There are so many types of alarm available on the market today that deciding on one can be difficult. The proper choice it will fundamentally depend on the degree of security that is sought and what one is willing to invest, as well as other issues such as the characteristics of the home, the location or the state of occupation of the property.
Every alarm consists of several elements, which are at least:
1) Detectors or sensors. Opening, movement, vibrations … They are the elements in charge of capturing the activity inside the property, and some have a built-in camera.
2) Control unit. They receive the signals, process them and notify the users or the alarm center.
3) Keyboard, from which the alarm is activated or deactivated.
4) Siren, which in addition to having a dissuasive effect, alerts neighbors and passersby.
Alarm systems allow you to add sensors and other elements that increase the detection capacity or the information they transmit, such as Access controls (electronic locks that prevent the door from being forced mechanically, and that are deactivated by means of an app, bluetooth or biometric keyboard), sound, infrared, motion sensors, video surveillance cameras or visual signaling devices for users with hearing disabilities . So, starting from the most basic elements, the possibilities and models are many, and the cost of installation and maintenance will depend on them.
For that reason, the first thing to consider is the degree of security that the home requires, which will depend on factors such as the attractiveness it may have for the offender, or the vulnerabilities of the property. In this sense, easily scalable chalets, penthouses, ground floors and flats carry a higher level of risk than a flat in a higher block of a family of an average economic level.
Alarm with or without installments?
This risk assessment will be helpful in determining how much you are willing to pay for an alarm system. If you opt for a alarm connected to a central, the security company will be in charge of answering the warning, checking it (in some cases through a security guard) and, if necessary, notifying the police; but it must be taken into account that this option implies the payment of a monthly fee.
In the case of opting for an alarm without quota, it will be the owner, or the persons who have so determined, who attend the incidence. There are multiple models of this type of alarm, with different features, from those that give notice to the pre-established numbers to those that allow the cameras of the home to be monitored from the mobile through an application.
This choice will also be influenced by whether the house is used as first or second residence and, therefore, if the owner or a neighbor or close friend can personally take charge of a possible notice.
Home automation applied to alarms
The possibilities offered by home automation systems are so many that they also allow adding new functions to the home alarm. An example are the alarms by phases, which deter the assailant and progressively alert the neighbors with actions that range from turning the lights on and off or raising and lowering the blinds to emitting a loud siren sound; in addition to giving the option to visualize what happens inside the house.
In addition to the detection and warning functions, home automation allows, in a complementary way to an alarm, to delve into prevention. In second homes, or if the house is going to remain empty for days, it offers possibilities such as raising or lowering the blinds of the property or turning on the lights a certain number of hours a day, in order to simulate the human presence inside.
Another advantage that home automation applied to security offers is that, beyond the presence of thieves, can alert us of any other problem that arises in the home, by means of gas, temperature or humidity sensors. Something very useful if you do not reside permanently in the home, especially if it is far from your first residence, since it can allow you to act quickly on breakdowns or accidents that we would otherwise notice after more time.
In this way, you can take advantage of the moment of making an investment in an alarm system to add other utilities that will improve the security of the home in other ways.