Home security alarm systems consist of one or more of the following components:
- Door sensors
- Window sensors
- Motion detectors
- Smoke and heat detectors
- Indoor and outdoor sirens and alarm strobe lights
- Computer controlled circuitry
- Keypad for inputting the security code
There are many terms and professional jargon words describing home alarm systems, and those most common are explained below. Knowing them will help you when dealing with installers and security salespeople.
Keypad – You use it use to enter your code to arm or disarm the system, and to locate the device that caused an alarm. Your installer will use it to program your home security alarm.
Rent or Lease – An arrangement where you pay only a monthly fee just for the monitoring of the security alarm, without actually buying the equipment. Consequently, you do not own the system, and the monitoring and servicing is done by the security company that you’ve bought the system from.