Author: Lock and Security Expert, Ralph Goodman
A home security system is the perfect partner for homeowners who want to make security their top priority. Home security systems are an extra set of eyes that are meant to keep watch of the parts of your home that you cannot always pay attention to, because let’s face it, even a small home has a lot of ground to cover. For homeowners who care about their families and belongings, a home security system will be indispensable.
However, home security is not as simple as merely understanding that a home security system will benefit you. In order to determine which type of home security system will be best suited for you, you need to examine your lifestyle and the specifications of your home. In some cases, a homeowner might benefit more from a DIY security system than from a monitored security system, which requires professional installation.
Regardless of the type of home security system you choose, it is important to be aware of the most important components of a home security system. That way you know whether they are included in your system or not. For those of you wondering how you will be able to determine what the most important components of your home security system are, do not worry, I am here to offer a helping hand. Let’s dive right into it.
- Control Panels
The control panel is by far the most important aspect of your home security system. It allows the homeowner to control and monitor all aspects of the home security system from a central location. Furthermore, the control panel is also responsible for ensuring that each of the devices that comprise your security system is communicating with one another. It serves as the hub for the entire system and as a bridge that allows homeowners to communicate with their security system. In some cases, your control panel will able to send alerts or push notifications to your or to the authorities when an unauthorized party attempts to enter your home. It will be very hard to have a complete home security system or even a cohesive one, without the inclusion of a control panel to tie it all together.
- Door/Window Sensors
Door and Window sensors are also very important components of home security systems, but in most cases, homeowners neglect these crucial elements. It is important to realize that doors and windows (especially first-floor windows) are the most popular entry ways for burglars. This is usually because they are easy to access and are not afforded a whole lot of security. Installing door and windows sensors as a part of your home security system will help keep these vulnerable points safe, and they will alert you to any unusual activity springing up in said locations.
These sensors work by sending notifications whenever a door or window is open. If the security system has been shut off via the control panel, the circuit for the door or window sensor will remain open. This means that even if there is a signal sent from the sensor, the alarm will not activate. But once the alarm is set and the circuit is closed, the security system will be activated should the door or window be opened.
- Surveillance (Security Cameras)
Surveillance cameras are a more popular aspect of home security systems, so there are many homeowners who are familiar with this. These security cameras come in many different forms, and homeowners have the luxury of choosing between monitored professionally installed security cameras or DIY security cameras. In addition to this, homeowners will have to decide if they want internal security cameras, external security cameras, or if they want to utilize both. In my opinion, it is always best to make use of both of these types of cameras so that you have an expansive and complete home security system.
The importance of surveillance cameras should not be underestimated. These devices help homeowners have visual coverage of nearly every corner of their homes. If you are fortunate enough to choose a surveillance camera that allows for remote monitoring, then you will be able to see what is going on in and around your home from just about any location. There are many factors that have to be taken into account before homeowners make a decision to commit to a surveillance camera. They should make sure that they are well versed in the different types of cameras, and the varying benefits and features that each might have.
- Environmental Sensors
Environmental sensors might sound like something that could be used to combat the effects of climate change, but they have a much smaller impact than that. This is not to say that they are not an important part of every home security system. Many people make the mistake of assuming that home security simply refers to deterrents that are put in place to keep burglars out. However, home security involves any action that helps secure the safety of your home and all its occupants. Therefore, it is crucial to realize that not all security threats are external, and some might originate within the home.
Environmental sensors range from carbon monoxide sensors, temperature sensors, water sensors (beneficial to homes with basements) to smoke and fire detectors. These sensors are additional alarms that are meant to pay attention to the subtle changes that become life threatening. It is rather unfortunate that some homeowners overlook the importance of these sensors, but they are integral and are an extremely important component of any home security system.
- Auditory Alarms
Auditory alarms can be viewed as the icing meant to top the cake of home security (I’m not sure if that metaphor is entirely applicable, but let’s run with it). These type of alarms are meant to provide homeowners with an auditory notice every time something goes wrong. They are also meant to scare burglars off, as well as, notify your neighbors and the people around you that something might be wrong. Auditory alarms are pretty much the same as sirens, and they can be set to different levels of sound intensity and volume based on the homeowner’s specifications and needs. It is always important to keep in mind that you want to be able to hear your auditory alarm, and you also want people outside your home to hear your alarm as well.
Home security systems are integral to keeping you and your family safe. There are many other additions and components that can help push your security system over the top. The 5 mentioned above are the most important components, and they are the best way to start building your home security system from the ground up. If you are ever unsure about the components of your home security system and how they fit into your home, make sure that you consult with a security professional or a residential locksmith. They will be able to keep you up to date on information that ranges from new lock installations to home security audits.