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How To Choose An Alarm System That Is Effective For Your Home

Robbery is one of the most common crimes committed without mercy. Most homeowners fear their home is at risk of being broken into, so they buy insurance to protect them from losses from theft and fire.

But more than just insurance to protect them from loss, it's more important to consider setting an alarm to monitor and alert the authorities about unauthorized entry and in the event of a fire.

No insurance company can recover losses due to damaged or stolen files, pictures, and sentimental valuables. Insurance companies also cannot refund the delay and time lost due to the hassle of filing a claim. That's why an alarm system is just as important, if not more valuable, than insurance for someone's home.


When it comes to buying an alarm system, don't just buy whatever is popular on the market. Consider your needs, the structure of the house, the wiring system and other aspects of your home before deciding what to install for your home. Remember that what may work for your home or other building may not work for you.

Here are a few things to think about before buying one.

How many entrances will be integrated into the alarm system?

Consider the number of windows and doors in the house. It is recommended that all windows and doors, even smaller attic windows, should be connected to the alarm system. The number of entrances determines the complexity of the wiring and also determines where you have to place the control center to turn the alarm on or off.

Determine the alarm system company to install security devices

Consult a security systems specialist, insurance agency, National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) or the police department for recommendations.

Make sure the company does free surveys and inspections. Ask for installer recommendations, an explanation of the assessment and a price quote. Document it properly so that you can compare it to the contract, once you decide to take advantage of the company's services.

You also have the option of purchasing a do-it-yourself alarm system, although this may not be as reliable as professional installation of the system. This is usually a "bell only" system in which the homeowner is alerted by voice if an unauthorized entry turns off the alarm.

Should you subscribe to a monitoring station?

State-of-the-art alarm systems can connect to monitoring companies 24 hours a day and notify them if the system has recorded a breach. The monitoring company then alerted the local police. This is the best option, although the agreement with the monitoring company may require a monthly fee.

Another, cheaper option is to install a telephone accessory that is linked to your phone line. If a breach is detected, the caller can dial some pre-programmed numbers such as your cell phone number to notify you of the intruder. The problem that can occur with this, however, is that if the thief had cut the phone line before getting in, the dialer accessory would be useless.

Determine sensor location and sensitivity

This is especially important if the person living in the house gets up at night and roams around the house. Also, consider the presence of a pet that can turn off the alarm system.

If you have a motion sensor, make sure it is set up high enough not to be disturbed by pets. You can also ask about motion sensors that the pet will not trigger. This sensor can identify the size and weight of the target.

If you have an infrared sensor, make sure it is properly positioned so as not to detect areas that have a heat source.

The exact location values for the control panel and keypad

Ideally, the button is located near the front door to make it easier to turn the alarm on / off when leaving the house or when returning home. Another keyboard can be installed near the bedroom, as a manual trigger, if an entry is not detected by the alarm system.

Check the home automation possibilities

There are burglar alarm systems that can also be connected to carbon monoxide and smoke sensors, flood detectors, and lighting systems. It may be useful to turn on all lights during an emergency.

Control type

Controls should be easy to use so that household members can remember how to use them in an emergency situation. Switches must also be properly protected to prevent freeze damage when the climate changes.

Should you go wired or wireless?

The difference here depends on the complexity of the installation. The wiring system is complex and requires drilling holes in the walls. Wireless systems cost a little more than wired systems but setup is hassle-free.

With this information, you can be prepared when choosing what type of alarm system will be needed for your home.

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