Helpful Tips for Choosing Your Own Home Alarm System

Jul 09, 2008 • By • 588 Views

One of the best ways to protect your family, your home, and your belongings is a home alarm system. When you purchase a home alarm system, there are many features and options to choose from, which can make your decision quite difficult. Understanding the function of each feature and accessing your home's need for that particular type of protection is the best way to decide which features are right for your home.

Some people have questions about pricing when purchasing a home alarm system. Many people have a budget and can only spend a certain amount. Luckily, there are alarm systems that everyone can afford. Simple contact alarms on doors and windows are a good place to start. If someone forces an entry, these alarms will alert you immediately. Then, you can add other features later in order to complete your home alarm system.

A home alarm system protects your home from intrusions and burglary. Warning signs prevent breaking-ins and stop break-ins with a loud alarm and a message sent to local monitoring stations. Usually the sheer volume of an alarm would scare off potential burglars, but if that is not enough, an alarm that is tied to a central station will trigger a call to the police.

A keypad and control panel, contact alarms on your doors and windows, an audible alarm, and a monitoring system are all included in most basic home alarm systems installed by major alarm companies.  But there are many other home alarm system features you can consider for your home, and they may not be costly.


Motion detectors will recognize when there is any kind of movement within your house. Even if an intruder breaks in to your home without setting off any contact alarms, such as going through a broken window, they will set off your motion detectors. If a door or window is opened when the alarm system is set, contact alarms, which usually come with the home alarm system, will trigger the alarm. Audible and visual indicators are available in many alarms, providing such features as a loud alarm and a strobe light. A strobe light will further help to dissuade an intruder, and this option is especially important for people who are hearing impaired.

Choosing which type of alarm system, wired or wireless, is best for you is your decision. Plugging directly into the phone jack and communicating wirelessly, wireless systems do not require any drilling in the wall. If you choose a wired home alarm system, you will have to contact the professionals for installation and drilling. As part of your home alarm system, you can also get window stickers, yard signs, and motion activated lights.

Given the amount of choice and options on the market, choosing the right features for your home alarm system may seem overwhelming. But remember that any kind of home alarm system you choose, even the most basic one, will help you and your whole family be secure.

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Wayne Smithton

Wayne Smithton is prepared for any burglar that comes his way because he has an adt home security system. His ADT alarm system is a wireless...