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. It is recommended that you own the equipment, particularly, if you own the house, as it will add to the value of your property. Furthermore, any potential buyer will have the freedom to choose who monitors or services your that home security alarm system.
Partition – This describes the process of segregating your home security alarm system in two or more “partitions”, arming and disarming each area separately whilst using only one phone line, and being charged only one monitoring fee. Although this set up prevails in commercial situations, it can be used in a residential setting, as well. For example, a homeowner has a garage or work area that is not attached to her house, but wants to secure that area separately while she is at home. Generally, each partition has its own keypad, or one keypad can be used to access each partition. This option is quite common when landlord and tenant live in the same dwelling.
Zone – Describes a way of separating the devices (window sensor, motion sensor, door sensor, etc.) that are attached to your alarm panel. If your rear door is attached to zone A for example, every time that door is opened the “zone A” light on the keypad will light up.
Hard Wired – Each security device (motion sensors, door sensors, etc) is physically attached, or “hard wired” to the control panel. This is more reliable than a wireless device.
Wireless Security Alarm System – The wireless receiver is a device attached to the control panel which “connects” with any of the wireless devices (motion sensors, door sensors, etc) in space, using radio frequency waves. Wireless devices require batteries to operate, and this reduces their dependability, increasing servicing requirements at the same time.
Control Panel – This is the metal “box” that holds the electronic “brain” of the home security alarm system, along with the backup battery that powers your alarm during a blackout. It is usually installed in a well protected area, where it cannot be tampered with.
Radio Monitoring – It is the backup signal sent by radio waves, and follows the standard phone line alarm signal.
Now, you’re much more knowledgeable about home security alarm systems available in your location. before entering any negotiations with the alarm system companies or installers, do an online search for the available options. It’ll save you time, money and frustration. After all, when the security of your family and property is concerned, you must take an utmost care.
At YY Security we offer the best advice when it comes to fitting the right alarm, we will provide a free site survey after which we will be able to offer a tailor made package. www.yysecurity.co.uk