Whether you’re looking to upgrade your current system or have a new one installed, there are a few different types of home alarm solutions to consider. To help you choose the best option for your home, we’ll explain the common types of alarm systems and how they operate.
1. Wired Home Alarm System
Wired alarm systems are your basic burglar alarm. This system uses a low-voltage electrical circuit that flows between two points throughout a home’s doorways and windows or other entry points. The current flows easily when doors and windows are shut. But, when a door or window is opened, the circuit is disrupted and the alarm is triggered.
2. Wireless Home Alarm System
Wireless home alarm systems are exactly what they suggest—security systems without wires.
These alarm systems typically use a control panel and a series of sensors that are connected with built-in radio frequency transmitters. Once your alarm system is triggered, a signal is transmitted to the control panel and the alarm is activated.
3. Unmonitored Home Alarm System
Unmonitored systems rely on you or someone near your home to alert the authorities of an emergency. With an unmonitored system, audible and visual alarms are triggered whenever your system is tripped, but a monitoring center is not notified to dispatch help.
Unmonitored systems are typically a cheaper option compared to monitored systems. However, unmonitored systems don’t provide the same level of protection as monitored systems because even if you have alarm alerts sent directly to your phone, you may be unable to respond due to bad cellular reception, or because you’re away from your phone.
4. Monitored Home Alarm System
Having a trusted professional looking out for you is always comforting. With a monitored home alarm system, comfort is what you’ll get.
- Easy-to-use control panels.
- Wireless keypads and key chains so you can control your alarm system from anywhere inside or near your house.
- Motion sensors, door/window contacts and glass break detectors that trigger an audible alarm to ward off intruders.
- Mobile solutions that let you arm and disarm your system and get notifications on your computer or smartphone.
- Uninterruptible power supplies that ensure continuous monitoring of your security system.
- Cellular back-up that prevents weather or other interference with landlines.
- Award-winning monitoring service so authorities are notified quickly in the event of a break-in.