Different Types of Home Security Systems

For those who plan on investing on a home security system then here are the different types that you should know about.


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Monitored Alarm System

Monitored alarm systems are offered by home security companies like ADT and LifeShield. These systems are similar to local alarm systems, but in addition to the alarm have a connection to a monitoring service. This means that if your alarm is tripped, a professional is ready to help 24/7, 365 days a year. If an intrusion is detected, an agent will call your home asking for a password to determine if it is a real break-in, or just a false alarm.

If it they determine it is a real break-in, they will immediately alert the authorities on your behalf, so the police can be there in minutes. They can also monitor for fires and carbon dioxide to keep your family even safer. Many times these services are included for free with the security monitoring service.

You can also get apps for your mobile devices with some of these services, so you’re constantly in the loop about the status of your home while you are away. Another bonus is that your homeowner’s insurance premiums may be reduced by up to 20% when you have a monitored alarm system installed. Check with your insurance company today to see how much of a discount they offer.

These monitored alarm systems offer the most protection available for your home, but that coverage does come at a cost, as you have to pay a small monthly fee for monitoring (rather than a large one charge for non-monitored equipment). The upside, besides the peace of mind that comes with monitoring, is that while you pay for the monitoring service often times you will get the equipment and installation for free when you sign up for service. Source: White Fence

 Unmonitored System

Another type of security system is the unmonitored system. An unmonitored system sets off a loud siren inside and outside the house when the alarm is set off. This system will rely on your neighbors to call the police if you are not home. A major advantage to this system is you will not have to pay monitoring fees. The system also can be installed with flashing lights so that people will know where the lights are coming from. Most of the time with the loud sirens the burglars will not hang around since there will be a lot of attention drawn to the house. The only disadvantage to this alarm is that you will be relying on your neighbors to hear the alarms and call the police. Source: Do It Yourself

 Wireless System

You can also go completely wireless. In this case, key components of your home security system are battery-powered and communicate with a monitor device inside your home. That monitor is in touch with a remote cellular network—the heart of your provider’s service.

Some critics point out that a wireless home security system can be disabled more easily than a wired one. Source: House Logic

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