Adding a security system to your home can bring you the kind of peace of mind that comes with knowing you, your family and your possessions are protected from intruders.
It’s frightening to think of strangers gaining access to your home while you are at work, making off with your jewelry, cash or all those new electronics your family got for Christmas. But even more frightening is the thought of burglars entering your home when you or your children are in it. Surprising a burglar by being home often leads to disastrous consequences. Every security system has a variety of components tailored to meet the individual needs of homeowners. Take an inventory of what you desire in a home security system, then shop for the best match.
Alarms and False Alarms
A keyboard is part of every system — it allows you to arm and disarm your system, or activate the panic button (remote panic buttons allow you to keep one by your bedside, or wherever you might want an extra one). Not every alarm calls the police — some just ring to scare burglars away, so make sure you choose the service you want. Some police stations charge a fee for each false alarm they respond to, so it can be worth investing in a superior brand and training family members how to properly use it so you can avoid this expense.
Alarms are usually set up so that the action of opening a window or door interrupts a current that trips the alarm. This wouldn’t work if the window was broken, however, so now glass-break sensors are an option you can add on for extra protection. Motion sensors are another standard feature of home-alarm systems, which use an infrared beam to detect the presence of an intruder. These are not for the homeowner with a Labrador who has the run of the house while they are out, but some motion sensors will ignore movement of anything under 50 pounds, so small dogs and cats are safe to wander.
Surveillance and Remote Control
Even higher-tech are surveillance cameras, which can be set up inside your home, outside, or both. These record any movements within range, and many allow you to use your mobile device to log on and monitor the comings and goings at your home in real time.
A remote alarm control on your keychain allows you to manage your system more easily, and avoids the inconvenience and pressure of entering your code manually on the keypad and having to rush out the door in the 30 seconds you’re allotted. Some remote models also allow you to open and close the garage door and turn lights on and off inside your house.
Some systems can provide your home with protection not only from intruders, but from fire, as well. Most homes have smoke detectors to alert the occupants to a fire, but a smoke/heat/freeze detector can warn of all kinds of impending emergencies and even alert the fire department for you.
Everyone wants to feel secure in their own home. Contact TYM homes today to find out what kind of security system is right for your home.
— Kwikset (@KwiksetCorp) February 9, 2015