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Understanding The Four Basic Types Of Home Alarm Systems

By David Roman CT on March 18, 2011

Today's alarm systems have many common features, but may differ in terms of their design, purpose and response when activated. It is important for you to understand these differences.

Common features include keypad panic buttons dedicated to police, fire and medical emergencies, self-diagnostics for purposes of identifying system issues, reset options, the ability to bypass certain components, backup batteries, etc.

Moreover, most alarm systems are powered by standard home AC/DC electrical current, batteries or both. The system's backup battery is designed to power the alarm during interruptions to the home's electrical current, a feature Safe Home Security highly recommends. Some back-up batteries may recharge themselves when the home's electrical current is restored, another important feature recommended by Safe Home Security.

Most security systems, especially those designed for fire and burglary detection, are triggered by some particular event. Fire systems are typically activated when smoke, flame, or a rapid rise in temperature is detected. With burglary systems, the triggering event occurs when an electrical circuit is broken or closed, usually due to the opening of a door or window, or when motion is detected.

Once triggered, most alarms react in some manner. While some simply produce a sounding alarm, others may telephone for help, activate sprinklers to extinguish or suppress fire, cause lights to flash, disable some type of system, or perform a combination of these activities.

There are four types of alarm systems that Safe Home Security wants you to know about:

The first kind of alarm system is called a simple on-premise alarm system. These are simply designed to make a sound to alert the homeowner of a single type of danger. Smoke detectors, carbon monoxide monitors, small wedge type alarms for doors are examples of simple mechanisms for alarm security.

Second are local alarm systems which typically feature a bell or siren either inside or outside the home to signal when the premises have been compromised. These are more effective than simple alarms, but only provide protection when people are outside of the home to hear and respond to the alarm system's siren.

Third is a phone-based dialing system. These systems call a phone number when an alarm is triggered. A professionally monitored system may call the homeowner as well as the local police for you when your home alarm is compromised. Some people employ self monitoring systems which will call up to four separate phone numbers once an alarm is tripped. This could include the home owner's office, cell phone, a friend or neighbor and the local police from the actual alarm system within the home. A prerecorded message is then played through the system. Consistency is the one complaint voiced by owners of this type of system as effectiveness can vary in the event of a power outage or phone service disruption. Some home dialer systems contain panic buttons or remote controls that also call someone during the threat of an emergency once the button is hit.

The last and best type of home security system is a continually monitored home alarm system. Safe Home Security feels that continually monitored home systems are the most effective. If a burglar alarm is tripped or smoke or fire are detected, a monitored security system notifies a security monitoring company or central monitoring center, which typically operate on an around-the-clock basis. Central monitoring station representatives will verify that an alarm is real by calling back to the source of the alarm. If the alarm is validated, they quickly contact and dispatch the appropriate emergency responders i.e., your police, fire or ambulance service. In many cases, this process occurs in a matter of seconds. They may also call a predetermined list of emergency contacts (e.g., friends, relatives, neighbor, etc.) and often remain on the phone with you until help arrives or a resolution is in place.

Safe Home Security provides clients with peace of mind by offering highly professional, monitored protection from crime, fire, environmental and medical-related emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Today, nearly 100, 000 customers trust Safe Home Security to protect what really matters to them in their roles as parents, caregivers, homeowners, business owners, etc. With experience like this, you can feel assured that we'll fulfill your special security needs, too.

Safe Home Security, Inc. engages in marketing, installing, and servicing security systems for most residential and commercial security applications. Customers receive 24-hour monitored protection from crime, medical, environmental and fire-related emergencies and may choose from a full array of professional security equipment and services, including master control panels and keypads, fire and carbon monoxide detectors, door and window sensors, motion and glass break detectors, medical alert products, CCTV camera systems, access control systems, digital cellular back-up products, interior and exterior sirens, hold up buttons, smoke and fire detection products, and open and close notification. Safe Home Security, Inc. was incorporated in 1988 and now does business throughout the United States. The company is based in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Original article published on SooperArticles.com

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