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How to logically configure your alarm system for your home, some things to consider.

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You should have a lot of questions when first contemplating what is considered one of the most effective ways of deterring burglars from targeting your house, which is a home alarm system.  In seeking answers to your questions, you may find yourself considering different aspects of an alarm system that will either make it a more effective or less effective alarm system than the one down the street.

With the above in mind, here are some things to consider in planning to make your alarm system as effective as can be:

  • Alert variations.  There are some alarm systems that emit various kinds of sounds to alert you to security threats and breaches.  When a window is broken, immediately a very loud and persistent siren sound is emitted.  When someone walks through a door, the alarm may be set to emit a sound that increasingly becomes louder until the alarm is turned off.  When such security breaches occur, other alarm systems may sound off a siren and strobe lights at the same time until the alarm is disabled.

  • False alarms.  Until you get used to your alarm system, you or your loved one may be directly responsible for most of the false alarms that are triggered.  One of the most common causes of a false alarm is the inability to disable an alarm system in time before the siren initiates or the accidental keying in of the incorrect security code as opposed to the correct one programmed to disable the alarm system.  Other false alarms may be triggered by animals walking through that are detected by the security alarm's motion sensors; pet alley sensor lenses may be needed to avoid such a repeated occurrence.  Motion sensors that are both passive infrared and microwave are better able to detect real "trouble motion" as opposed to just harmless "animal motion," which will cut down on unnecessary false alarms.

  • Inexpensive, portable alarm systems as an addition.  Sometimes, your alarm system may not originally cover all the rooms you'd like to be covered under the system due

     

    to logistics and budget constraints.  While the alarm system that covers the greater part of the house cannot do the job of covering some other rooms, you can opt to pay inexpensive, portable alarm systems to cover the rooms not already protected as a security supplement.  These portable alarm systems can be placed on the floor or on a table, which scan the room with their sensors, and, if movement is detected, a loud siren is emitted from this portable, all-in-one system.  These inexpensive portable motion detector alarms can be purchased at department stores, home improvement centers, even electronic stores, and online.

  • Motion sensors are a plus, as indicated above, but you must know where to place them and consider the type of sensors you put to work for you.  Generally, motion sensors should be placed at all access points of your house, which includes entrance doors and windows, and then the common interior "thoroughfares" of the house should be motion-monitored, too, with sensors, which include hallways, etc.

If your primary alarm system comes complete with motion sensors, your motion sensors are probably passive infrared sensors rather than microwave-only sensors.  Given that this is the case, you'll want to attach such passive sensors on walls that are perpendicular to the items of your house that you want to protect.  This perpendicular arrangement is best for passive motion sensors since they are better able to detect motion that comes across their spectrum of vision as opposed to motion that moves closer towards their spectrum of vision.

As noted above, when considering motion sensors, buy motion sensors that are both passive infrared and microwave because they are better able to detect real "trouble motion" as opposed to just harmless "animal motion."

  • Remote convenience.  Increasingly, home alarm systems, like car entry systems, come with remote controls.  Such a remote control can be programmed to arm and disarm/disable your home alarm system, in addition to opening your garage door or turning on or off your house lights.  For more money, you can even have your alarm system operated on your phone to control it while not in reach with your remote control.

  • Security screens.  Made of interwoven protective circuit wires, security screens look like ordinary window screens but do much more than keeping out bugs, they also deter and make it more difficult for burglars to gain access to your house through a window.  This nicely complements your home alarm system.

These are some security measures that you can consider in planning for the installation of a home alarm system for the protection of your home and the safety of you and your family.

Ed the Handyman

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