What Are the Different Types of Home Alarm Systems?

Home alarms are a great deterrent against your home being burgled. Their mere presence helps to deter burglars, and then the sound of the alarm is the second line of defense, prompting the criminal to run the majority of the time. Their other purpose is to alert others that something has happened, helping them to respond appropriately.

If you’re looking to equip your home with an alarm system, here are a few different types that you should understand.

Burglar alarm

Burglar alarms are equipped to trigger when a door or window is opened. They can only be turned off by entering the correct code. You can set the alarm when you’re leaving the house or going to bed. This way, anyone with authorized access can deactivate the alarm by entering the code, while anyone that shouldn’t be entering cannot.  

Motion detector alarm

If you don’t have a burglar alarm to detect entry or it fails somehow, then having motion sensors inside your home can detect if anyone is moving around. The alarm will sound if someone trips it by moving. This can be difficult for households who have pets, however. You can also set up motion detector alarms outside your home. 

Smoke and fire alarms

Smoke and fire alarms alert you if there is a fire by detecting smoke or heat, depending on the type of alarm. These can alert your family while sleeping, for example, so that you know to get out of the house. They can also be set up to alert the fire services. 

Carbon monoxide alarm

Carbon monoxide is a gas that’s undetectable by humans. It doesn’t smell of anything and it is colorless, so an alarm is required to detect it. Carbon monoxide alarms are very important for keeping you and your family safe as carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly.

Wired vs wireless alarm systems

Home alarm systems can be either wired or wireless. Wireless alarm systems are more convenient because they are easier to install and can be put anywhere since they don’t need a nearby outlet. Wired systems are less vulnerable to being hacked or interfered with, however, and can have a wider range. 

Monitored vs unmonitored alarm systems 

Unmonitored alarm systems simply sound their alarm when triggered. This helps to alert people who are close enough to hear the alarm. Monitored systems, on the other hand, are also set up to alert a security company on the other end, who can then alert the proper authorities to handle the situation.

Which type or types of alarm systems do you have in your house? If it’s time to add more, then Carolina Alarm can help you set everything up properly. Get in touch for home security services in Winston Salem, High Point, Greensboro, and Mooresville.