Home Security Systems Basics

Your home’s security system can be as complex or simple as your desire. After understanding the basic equipment needs, you will be more informed when talking with home security system vendors.

Control Panel- This is the mainframe of the security system. Often installed in a closet or discrete location, the panel controls all of your security system’s connections. The panel contains data on your security system like which zone your alarm system is going off. If something trips an alarm within your system it will alert your alarm company and tell you which zone is causing the disturbance.
Alarm Keypad - A keypad is installed centrally in your home and allows you to manage every feature of your home security system. Keypads carry the ability to make activating alarms, controlling individual sensors, and speaking with alarm system representatives a breeze.
Motion Detectors – A motion detector will detect any movement within a room. For when you are away from your home and sleeping, you are able to activate a motion detector through your keypad. Many alarm companies also have motion detection technology that allows your pets to roam free without tripping the alarm while the motion detectors are live.
Door and Window Contacts – Often wireless; contacts are mounted on the frame of your home’s main windows and doors. The contacts can set off an alarm if unauthorized entry is present. It is ideal to put contacts on every point of entry, but if you are limited on resources, place the contacts in your most valuable rooms.
Smoke and Heat Sensors – Smoke, carbon monoxide, and fire detectors have recently been an additional security feature for many alarm companies.

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