Hardwired Alarm System
Whether you are building a new house and need a home security system, or just plan on replacing the old one, there are two main options available to you: Hardwired Alarm Systems or Wireless Alarm Systems. Even though, conventional wisdom would suggest wireless systems are easier to install and upgrade, some still consider traditional hard wired systems to be more effective and reliable.
Components of a Hardwired Alarm System
A hard wired alarm system is not a standalone device that comes in one package. These systems are a combination of different state of the art components that cover all aspects when it comes to securing a home. The components included are as follows:
Vibration Detector – designed to detect vibrations. Could be useful especially if you live in Alaska, California or Hawaii as these states, according to USGS, experience the most earth quakes in the US.
Strobe Flash – designed to produce flashes of light in case of an alarm trigger. Some models come with 90 flashes a minute.
Smoke Alarm – designed to detect smoke. These come in different technologies such as ionization and photoelectric.
Heat Detector - designed to detect heat, especially heat associated with fire.
Indoor and Outdoor Sirens – designed to alert both homeowners and neighbors in case of a trigger.
Panic Button – designed to alert in case of a threat. These buttons are usually concealed and connected to a monitoring center.
Indoor and Outdoor PIR Motion Sensor – designed to detect motion, these sensors measure infrared radiating from objects.
Wired or Wireless?
When deciding on an alarm system, keep in mind your requirements, preferences, home design and the feasibility of the installation process. There are two schools of thought as far as the benefits of wired and wireless systems are concerned.
Wired systems could be relatively cost-effective than wireless options, however these may have a more intensive installation procedure.
Wired systems may allow consumers to customize their security plan by adding or removing components. In a wireless system, you might be required to replace the entire system.
Wireless systems operate on radio frequencies that could be disrupted by other appliances in the house.
Wired systems may not be easy to remove, and install elsewhere, in case you plan on moving.
Why You Need a Home Security System?
According to 2013 figures from the FBI, 59.7% of all burglaries were through forced entry and another 6.3% were attempted forcible entries. From among these, 74.5% were residential burglaries. Needless to say, the security of your family should be of paramount importance. Electronic Security Associations’ “Home Safety Fast Facts”, states that 9 out of 10 burglars would not break into a house that has a security device installed. Homes without a security system are, however, 2.7 to 3.5 times more likely to be robbed (Greenwich Study of Residential Security).
Still not convinced? Here are a few more reasons:
Detection of Smoke and Fire
Another potentially fatal risk can be prevented with an effective smoke detector installed.
Get a Discount on Your Home Insurance
According to Insurance Information Institute, with the installation of a smoke detector, you can receive up to a 5 percent discount on your insurance. Some companies may even slash 15 to 20 percent on insurance premiums, if you install a sophisticated security system. Keep in mind though, that every system may not qualify for a discount. Be sure to check with your insurance provider before you make the investment.
Keep an Eye on Your Home When You’re Not Around
Ever been worried about leaving a window open at home? Had to ask your neighbors to keep an eye on the house while you were away? You don’t need to do that now. Your security system may help you with that with remote monitoring.
Assist Law Enforcement Agencies in Responding to Emergencies Faster
Some security plans are often designed to alert authorities when the alarm goes off.
As the saying goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry, getting a home security system may not only deter criminals from targeting your home, it may also assist with the resale and help you enjoy a worry free vacation.
Q:Do i required electrician services to install wired alarm system at my place?
A:A local electrician can play an important role in the security of your home. Qualified electricians are needed to install wired alarm systems in a correct way. You can also ask them for advice about selecting the right alarm system for your home. Electricians can help you in installation and repair, whether it is a smoke alarm or the latest security alarm.
Q:How do I uninstall a wired home alarm system?
A:The first step to take is to inform your home security monitoring company before uninstalling the system. Some security systems, when disconnected, automatically send notifications to the police department. The next step is to deactivate the alarm or siren. You may have to consult the manual to find out how to disable the alarm. Wired alarm systems may be difficult to uninstall as compared to wired systems. You can always ask for professional help in such cases.