Choosing an alarm system is an important decision for you and your family. Typically, a wired alarm system has greater reliability than a wireless system so it often proves a popular choice. Whether you are looking into a system for your home or business, you want the best possible solution to keep the people and property inside those four walls safe. There are a great many wired alarm systems on the market, so it is useful to know the features and benefits of a few to help you make your decision.
Wired Alarm Features
You may decide to purchase a wired burglar alarm system that is installed and maintained by a third party service or you may want to install your own. In either case, you should first find a system that fulfills your security needs in your home or in your office. For example, if you are installing a system in a house that has already been built, you need to be prepared to do a little renovating along with your installation or invest in some sort of camouflage to hide wires. You want to have the wires hidden not only for aesthetic purposes in your home but also to make them difficult to find by intruders who look to cut the wires. Furthermore, wires are sensitive to cats, dogs, mice and of course children that might get a hold of the wires, so you need to inspect them every once in a while.
The wires of the system are connected directly to the control, i.e. a pair of copper wires that send information from the alarm trigger points to a control panel. If you cannot have your home renovated to accommodate a wired system, you can have wires run to a basement, attic or some other out of the way room to hold your master controls. Depending upon the system you choose, you may have an alarm that goes beyond simply making a loud noise. You can get a system that alerts the alarm company, police or fire department, particularly if you choose a service plan that connects you directly with your provider. You need to base your decision on whether you want a service to monitor your home or business all day, every day or a direct 911 distress signal partly on how susceptible you are to false alarms. Finally, your system might also include motion detectors and cameras.
There are also some great hard wired driveway alarms available that help reduce the chances of a false alarm. These systems only detect moving metal so that you do not mistake an animal like a pet or deer for a burglar. It is very unlikely that a possible intruder is working without metal tools, so these will be detected should an actual intruder come in to range. These systems also tend to be easy to hide and require no outside maintenance or battery changes. In addition, you will not affect any wireless signals with this system.
Benefits of a Hard Wired Alarm System
If the wires are cut on an active system, the alarm is automatically triggered. You will also receive a warning if there is any type of problem with the system such as a cut wire since a wired alarm system tends to be self monitoring. In addition, if you are upgrading from one hard wired system to another, you can use the existing contacts, glass break detectors, motion sensors and other devices you used with your old system. These parts are also easier to replace should you need to do so, but having to replace the parts of a wired system is rare.
It is usually difficult to tamper with a hard wired system, which is why many security experts still recommend them. You can have your doors and windows monitored according to a specific zone or use an individual attribute that will signal the exact problem to your security panel. Many systems can also monitor beyond intruders to keep you safe from carbon monoxide, dangerous, combustible gas levels and fire. Some systems can also monitor the temperature.
A Wireless vs A Wired Home Alarm System
Some people are starting to turn to wireless systems, but there are as many drawbacks to this type of system as there are to a wired one. For instance, there are many phenomena that can interfere with how a wireless system works including airplanes, CBs, cell phones and other devices that work on a radio frequency. In addition, the wireless system you use must have the highest quality radio available to remain secure. In other words, you will need a system that uses licensed frequencies rather than common frequencies so there is less chance of interference. However, if you live in an apartment or other place where you are not allowed to change the infrastructure of the building, you may have to consider a wireless unit. Equally, if you want to include an outbuilding or shed alarm in your system, wiring these in may not be a practical option. The largest benefit of a wireless system is that it is less invasive and often cheaper to install.