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Which Alarm Systems Are Best in the Home?

by Wilma Rhodes

There are many different types of security devices you could install in your home. Anything, from window alarms to lights that turn on when they detect movement outside, is great for beefing up domestic security. However, these are not alarm systems in their own right — they are merely individual devices that can play their part within a wider installation. Professionally installed alarm systems, on the other hand, provide a great deal more security and can be tailored to meet your individual household circumstances. Which one is likely to be the best fit in your home?

  • Wired Alarms

There are various types of burglar alarms that are wired. One common type will connect to the phone network so that a security firm or the police will be notified if your home alarm sounds. This way, even if the power is cut to your home, the message that someone is attempting to break into your home will still get through. Of course, it is possible to cut through telephone cables, too. However, with most wired alarm systems, doing so will generate a fault that means the alarm will sound anyway.

  • Wireless Alarms

These systems often make use of home Wi-Fi technology to communicate. One of the major advantages of using wireless technology — Wi-Fi is one of many that security systems use — is that you do not have to chase out cables into your walls. Even better, there are no wires running over surfaces that might get cut. With a wireless system able to sound the alarm in your home, all of the sensors and motion detection devices can be installed anywhere you like and even moved around. So long as they are within range of the alarm system's control unit, you have much greater flexibility.

  • Pet-Friendly Alarms

Since many types of alarms will be set off by movement, having dogs and cats in your home can make you think that a home alarm system is not for you. However, some manufacturers have come up with elegant solutions to the problem of pets moving about. Most work by sensing the heat signatures of particular animals and only sounding the alarm when they detect something larger or warmer than a pet dog or cat. Of course, if you have a very large pet, then this still may not work. If so, using a combination of a pet-friendly alarm and a zonal system will probably be the best way forward.

To learn more, contact a resource that provides alarm systems.