In today’s world, keeping ourselves and our families safe is of the utmost importance. People spend thousands each year trying to prevent harm to their families and their homes by means of home security systems. There are many options on the market, and some of them can be very confusing to the average customer. A few key pieces can be all it takes to prevent tragedies, if you familiarize yourself with how they work.

Carbon Monoxide Sensor

carbon monoxide sensorCarbon monoxide, described as a silent killer, can poison an entire household while they sleep unaware. There is no odor, color, or taste associated with this gas, which is what makes it so dangerous. Carbon monoxide gas is produced when a fuel-related system is not vented or operating properly. The discovery of your fueled device working improperly by means of carbon monoxide build-up can be too late for the health of your family.

A Carbon Monoxide Sensor is an inexpensive piece of equipment that is invaluable. It can detect dangerous levels of carbon monoxide that build up in the air over time and signal to homeowners to evacuate or ventilate their equipment. Common sources that can trigger the alarm by emitting carbon monoxide are open flames, water heaters, space heaters, or improperly ventilated chimneys. These alarms are designed to alert homeowners before critical levels are reached, giving time to evacuate and call for help to find the source.

Control Panel

control panelThe control panel is the central location for working your home security system and for getting help quickly when you need it. Most control panels will contain buttons that directly call the police or fire departments. You can also alarm or disarm your entire security system from this panel.

It’s imperative to take the time to thoroughly learn your control panel. Seconds can make all the difference when you have a fire or an intruder. Some panels will allow you to enter a certain numerical code should an intruder follow you into your house at gunpoint, which will disable the alarm but also call the police immediately. Knowing how to use these options is invaluable. Also take the time to ensure each person in the family knows how to appropriately work the control panel.

Door and Window Sensor

door sensorDoor and window sensors have added security features that will make it harder for people to break into your home unnoticed. For windows these devices come in two pieces that are attached both to the window frame and the window itself. For doors, it also comes in two pieces that will attach to the actual door and the stationary door frame. These two pieces are usually connected wirelessly, and if their connection gets interrupted while your alarm is set, it alerts the control panel and will emit a loud noise or siren.

The door and window sensors available are compact in size and easy to install. Most intruders will not be able to notice they are attached to the doors or windows until it’s too late. These are motion sensitive, but will not be set off by your family pets or walking around at night in your own home. For first floor bedrooms or offices especially, these are a safety feature you should consider adding to your home security system.

Glass Break Sensor

glass break sensorA glass break sensor will sound an alarm when an intruder breaks a window to enter your home. These unique devices can detect the sound frequency that accompanies breaking glass. The glass does not even have to be completely shattered for your alarm system to be notified. One break in the glass is all it takes.

Glass break sensors are easy to install and usually you don’t need more than one sensor in a single room. They can be placed on the walls or ceiling and will work as long as they have a clear line of sight of the windows they are protecting.

Motion Detector

motion detectorA human walking through your house is going to emit infrared heat. Motion detectors can read the heat and trigger an alarm when they detect motion that should not be happening. The sensor will alert the control panel of your alarm system and subsequently your alarm monitoring company. This is what is known as the Passive Infrared type of system, and it is the most commonly used type of motion detector in home security systems. These can also be set up to ignore your pets.

Another type of motion detector is the Microwave Sensor. It works by sending out microwaves and then measuring the reflection off a moving object. These are usually more expensive than the passive systems, but can cover a larger area.

One option to consider is getting a detector that blends both technologies. By combining both microwave detection and passive infrared detection, you will covered by both systems for better accuracy and less chance of a false alarm.

Keychain Remote

key chain remoteA keychain remote is a good accessory to consider if you have a busy lifestyle and sometimes forget to set your alarm. Instead of getting back out of the car and entering your house to set the alarm, you can save precious time by arming your system from the outside of your house.

These devices typically also include a panic button. So if a stranger approaches you outside your home and you feel threatened, it will send a signal to your inside control panel and call for help. This convenient tool is small enough to attach to your regular set of keys on a keychain, and can definitely be a time saver and a fantastic tool.

Smoke Detector

smoke detectorHaving smoke detectors in your home is a definite must. Each year smoke detectors save hundreds of lives by alerting people to danger. Smoke detectors are inexpensive and easy to maintain. They require only a 9-volt battery or 120-volt house current.

A photoelectric smoke detector contains a light and a sensor that are located 90 degrees from one another. This device has a light that shines and this light usually does not come in contact with the sensor. However, when the smoke starts to waft through the detector, the smoke scatters the light signal and it triggers the sensor, resulting in a loud alarm blast.

Ionization smoke detectors are more commonly seen in the home because they can detect a small amount of smoke. These devices have an electrical current that runs through the inside, and when the smoke enters the detector, it interrupts this current. When the electrical current is disrupted, the smoke alarm goes off.

Wireless Camera

wireless cameraWireless cameras can be a useful addition to your home security system. These cameras contain built-in transmitters. The transmitters are able to send their signals through the air to the system’s receiver instead of having to send it through a hard wire. Wireless cameras can be used both inside the home and set up outside the house.

Cameras outside the house can pan across your driveways and front yard, or your backyard depending on where they are installed. The video they capture can be streamed in real time to a computer or laptop and the data can be saved. This data can be priceless in catching the perpetrators if a break-in happens.

You can also choose to install indoor wireless cameras. These can be discreetly placed to protect your home and children when you are away. These also can transmit their data to a device of your choosing.

Garage Door Sensor

Garage door sensors can add an extra layer of security to your home system. In case you leave and mistakenly leave your garage open, you can set up your system to send you an alert. If an intruder tries to open the garage door, the sensor will let the control panel know.

Talking Remote Touchpad

The talking remote touchpad brings even more comfort and ease to your security controls. With this device, you can audibly hear the system tell you it’s on and armed. You can also control your system settings from a different room in the house.

Hearing the touchpad confirm your selections can be especially useful at night if it’s dark in the room and you can’t see the numbers and options well on your control panel. This can also be a useful tool to have with younger people in the home, making it easier for everyone to operate the security system.

Home Security: You Have Options

Today there are many options to choose from to take control of the safety of yourself and your family. Choose the options that are right for your household. Each option listed here will add an additional layer of safety and peace of mind to your home security system. Given the world we live in, one cannot be too careful when it comes to protecting the ones they love. A home security system can make all the difference in maintaining a safe environment, and they can be both easy to install and easy to operate.

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