Understanding your options when it comes to domestic alarm products can be hard work. Technology changes in recent decades have introduced a range of improvements and new functions to home security products, but it can be hard to navigate your options and decide what’s best for your home. We’ve put together a quick guide that explains some of the different alarm products on the market in more detail, helping you to make a more informed choice.
Wired and Wireless Alarms
Once upon a time all alarms needed to be wired in. Now wireless alarm systems are also available if they are a better fit for your home.
Wireless systems are battery powered and connect via radio signal. They are easy to install and can easily be taken with you if you move home. They will also continue to function during power outages. But wireless systems are usually more expensive, and batteries need to be replaced periodically.
Wired alarm systems are cheaper and don’t require battery replacement, but installation is normally more expensive because of the wiring. Wired systems can also be less nice to look at because of the wiring, but most of this can be hidden behind walls.
Standard alarms use passive infrared sensors to pick up on heat or movement within their range. These sensors are suitable for use in your home’s interior to detect intruders. But for specific protection for entrances and windows another type of sensor is used.
Magnetic contact sensors are attached to window and doors and their frames, creating a circuit that is broken and triggers the alarm if the sensors are separated by the door or window opening.
Bells Only and Notification Alarms
Bells only alarms, as the name suggests, set off a loud alarm but nothing else. These are an effective deterrent in most homes and should alert neighbours and anyone else nearby, but don’t notify the home’s occupier or a security service that there’s been a break in. Notification alarms, on the other hand, will alert chosen contacts and can be silent or combined with a siren. If you have a monitored home security service, then your service will be notified and they will investigate further and contact the police if needed. If your system is self-monitored then you can configure it to send an alert by email, sms or phone call to one recipient or several.
If you’re looking for more in-depth alarm or other home security advice, Garrison Alarms has over 35 years of experience in home security and is here to help. Don’t hesitate to get in touch today.