How do home alarm systems work?

If you have never bought a home alarm system, or if you are considering upgrading your system to a newer model, then this tutorial is just for you! We are going to give you an overview of the components that are found in home alarm systems and how they work to protect you.

The control panel – the brain

The Premises Control Unit (PCU) is basically the brain of your home alarm system. It is the panel you press to arm and disarm the system. It also reads inputs from the sensors you have placed throughout your home, and controls any alerting devices that are connected to the system.

Sensors – the intrusion detectors

The sensors are the devices that detect any intrusions. They should be placed at every possible point of entry to your home. Examples include door and window sensors that check for unauthorized opening; glass break sensors that check whether a window has been tampered with; and sound, motion and vibration sensors that check for unauthorized movement.

Alerting devices – the noisemakers

If a burglar has entered your property, you want to make sure your home alarm system scares them off – and warns you and your neighbors of their entry. That is where the alerting devices come in. These devices usually consist of alarm bells, sirens and/or spotlights. Some home alarm system can also be connected to a security monitoring service via mobile phone lines or the Internet. When activated, the service can launch a protocol of events to ensure your property is secure before alerting the police.

Options – for even greater peace of mind

Some of the newer home alarm systems can also connect to a concealed panic button in your home. This can be very helpful in alerting local security or emergency services professionals. When pressed, an alarm can sound on your property, at the premises of the security or emergency services professionals, or both. Newer home alarm systems can also connect to your home's smoke detection and fire detection systems.

Whether you are considering buying your first home alarm system or just upgrading the one you have, we hope we have been able to provide you with valuable information that will help you design the system that is just right for you.

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