Taking the time to improve the security of your home is time well spent, after all the lives of your family and their well being are depending on it. One of the most effective ways of achieving increased protection is to install a wireless alarm system. They're relatively cheap and easy to install and offer a practical deterrent to most would be burglars.
How do Wireless Alarms Work?
A wireless alarm when compared to a wired or fixed alarm operates by the use of radio frequencies (R.F), this allows the signals to be sent over the airways instead of by traditional wires. A home wireless security alarm system comprises of several components. The first of which is the control panel; this is usually located in an out of the way position, in a cupboard for example. Some wireless alarms may have a remote control key fob that allows you to control the alarm without being near the control panel.
Complementing the control panel are the sensors. There are a variety of types on the market, but usually they are categorised as motion sensors and magnetic switches. When any sensor has its threshold crossed and triggers, a signal is transmitted to the control panel, this is then analysed to see if the intrusion is authorised or not.
Doors and windows can be equipped with magnetic switches. These can be installed on the doorframe, the window frame or any other opening. When a door or window is opened the switch is moved out of its position and a signal is sent to the control unit and the alarm is triggered.
When it comes to covering large areas, such as living rooms and hallways, motion sensors can be installed. There are several other types of sensor available including, infrared (temperature) sensors to detect body heat. The choice of sensor is dependent on your application.
As properties expand your ability to protect it become increasingly difficult. This is where a wireless alarm set up comes into its own. If your property includes large tracts of land, complete with livestock and agricultural equipment, a wireless alarm has flexibility and can make life easier with no more messy wires.
Wired alarm systems have their place and if they're professionally installed offer an excellent solution. However, if you're undecided on which system to go with consider the following advantages a wireless system has over a wired security alarm system.
* A wireless security system can be easily installed. Installation can be achieved as a DIY project, unlike a wired system that needs proper installation of wires and therefore some technical ability.
* Since wires are not necessary you can install sensors and alarm units anywhere.
* Reviewing and understanding wired alarm system wiring diagrams might not be for the DIY person.
* A wireless alarm system has a cleaner look, with no wires running all over your home or office.
* It's more difficult to tamper with a wireless security alarm system. Wired security systems are prone to having their wires tampered with leading to loss of operation.
* Ease of maintenance. The only thing you have to maintain is the power supply, which usually consists of batteries.
Once you've decided to go with a wireless alarm you have to decide whether to have a monitored or an unmonitored alarm system. With a monitored wireless alarm any activation sends a silent signal to the Security Company monitoring station who are notified of a breech of security. An unmonitored alarm will usually set of a load siren when activated, but relies on any person in the vicinity being notified.
Whatever system you decide to use you must remember one thing, an alarm system is only beneficial if you – TURN IT ON.