What to consider when choosing between security alarms for your home
A decent burglar security alarm system is a vital element of any home protection set up. As well as giving you that priceless peace of mind, it can also help reduce your home insurance premiums.
Smart home technology has increased massively in recent years, and this has also driven advances in alarm systems. While these systems now have a lot more functionality, this also brings additional complexity and it can therefore be difficult to know where to start when choosing a burglar alarm for your home.
If you don’t have an alarm system, or you need to update to a more modern one, here are some of the key considerations to help you get started.
Wired Security alarms or wireless alarm
Security Alarms are either wireless, hardwired into your landline, or a combination of both. The best solution depends on what you want your system to achieve and what your set up at home is.
If you already have a wired security set up, or your property can be easily wired, then this can be more reliable and cost-effective in the long run. If you can’t easily wire, then you have the wireless option instead.
Fortunately, reliability of wireless has improved significantly in recent years and you can get decent connectivity from a good system.
A security system can also be a combination of wireless and hardwired, which could include a wireless network of sensors with a hardwired landline control panel or vice versa.
Smart phone technology
You need to decide what level of monitoring and control you want, and these days, anything is possible. For example, the Cürv Smart Home Alarm System can be controlled from anywhere in the world via your smart phone. You can also get notified via text or phone call whenever the system is triggered.
Integration with other smart home devices
We’re increasingly using a range of smart technologies in the home, whether it’s smart lighting, heating, Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.
When choosing a burglar alarm system, you might want to consider getting one that speaks to other devices and systems you already have in place. For example, you might want to be able to activate your alarm using Alexa voice command. It is possible to control every device with one app.
Protecting the elderly and vulnerable
Depending on your age and who is living with you, you might want your alarm system to have features such as personal panic alarms and SOS buttons which can trigger the alarm and send messages to designated people. This can be extremely reassuring if you have an elderly relative home alone.
Depending on the level of security you want, you can pay for your alarm systems to be monitored by an external company, for example if you need an alarm system for your business premises.
Security Alarm Installation and maintenance
There are two main costs involved in an alarm system – the initial installation and then any ongoing monitoring or maintenance of the system.
Maintenance might include annual servicing and checks to make sure your system is functioning correctly and working well.
At Able Electrical, our expert alarm system installers have experience with a wide variety of systems and technologies and can help advise on the best solution for your needs – and arrange installation and set-up by one of our fully qualified electricians.
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