Home is the place you should feel safest. Installing a smart home awareness system is one way to keep you, your family and your possessions secure. But what kind of system should you have? Continue reading for some considerations when making that important decision.
Level of Awareness
The most basic awareness system has a control panel with a keypad, and sensors at the entry doors and windows. The control panel is used to arm and disarm the system and is connected to a siren. Depending on the size of your home, you may have multiple zones controlled by the panel.
In addition to sensors on windows and doors, you can install infrared (IR) motion sensors to detect an intruder inside your home. Some sensors have a minimum size threshhold to trigger the alarm so pets don’t cause false alarms.
Sirens are optional and they can scare off the intruder before anything is stolen. You can use sirens alone to alert everyone of the break-in. You can also have notifications sent to your phone to let you know the alarm has been triggered.
Cameras allow for visual monitoring. You can set up the system to give you access to the video feed online or through an app. Keep in mind that you also need storage for the videos recorded and the quality of those videos depends on the cameras.
Wired vs Wireless Systems
Everything in your smart home system needs to be connected. These connections can be made using wires inside your walls and ceilings or the system can be wireless. For retrofits, wireless systems minimize demolition. Wired systems cost less, but with the additional install time and labor, the overall cost is similar. Wireless systems come with the risk of interference by other radio waves in the vicinity.
Monitored vs Self-Monitored Systems
For your home to be continuously monitored, you’ll have to pay a monthly fee. In turn, many insurance companies will give a discount if you have the service. When the alarm goes off, the monitoring company verifies it then alerts emergency response. While this may seem nice, keep in mind that even a false alarm can result in emergency services being alerted — This can eventually result in fines if this continues.
Self-monitored, however, gives you the choice of whether to call emergency services or to determine that the alert was a false alarm. If you’re out, you can receive alerts on your phone and you can access your cameras to determine whether it is a true emergency, or just a family member forgetting the alarm code!
Other Awareness & Automation Protections
Leak sensors can tell you if there is a major leak before the real damage happens. Similarly, you can connect your smoke and carbon monoxide sensors to the main system and have it shut down your furnace to prevent the smoke from spreading throughout your home.
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