FAQ About Security Sensors and Alarms
As a homeowner you want to keep your belongings safe and secure. Security sensors and alarms provide a simple and effective way to help deter thieves or let you know if there's a problem so you can enjoy peace of mind.
What are security sensors and alarms?
Security sensors are able to detect motion or whether a window or door has been opened or broken. The sensors transmit signals to security alarms, which then send out alerts (to you, a monitoring service, or the police) when a disturbance is detected. Sensors and alarms can be purchased separately or in systems.
What types of security sensors and alarms can I choose from?
If you want an all-in-one solution check out an alarm system, which will usually include a sensor (or multiple sensors), an alarm, and possibly other components that all work together. Some home alarm systems work with smart hubs or smart bridges, which allow for more functionality (like flashing the lights when an alarm goes off).
For people who like to go more hands-on you can purchase separate security alarm system components and tailor them to your own needs. You can choose from wired and wireless products, depending on what you're looking for. Many wireless components are battery powered while some wired products need to be plugged in.
How can an alarm system help protect my home?
A security system can detect when someone breaks into your home or goes somewhere they're not supposed to. Some wireless alarm systems use technologies like WiFi to connect to the internet so you can receive alerts on your smartphone no matter where you are.
Want more info? Check out some of our resources:
Plug-in Blog: The Connected Home Series - Security and Surveillance
Home Security Buying Guide