Adding a security system to your home provides both safekeeping and peace of mind in your home, and has the ability to stop a burglar in their tracks. Any interruption to your home’s sensors can trigger your alarm to sounds and your security company to be alerted. You have many options in your home, but are you aware of all of them?

Wireless systems connect to sensor’s and contacts around your home and can be controlled by your centralized panel, or wireless mobile device. Typically you will place your central panel in a remote and accessible location for easy access. With the option of smartphone wireless connection, your access and control are now more available than ever.

Wired systems also run off a central panel, but are connected through sensors. A basic advantage of a wired system is the lack of accessibility as it is typically in an inaccessible unit in a separate area of your home.

Both systems allow you to utilize contacts and sensors in your home. There are many types of sensors available to consumers that you can customize based on your wants and needs to properly suit your location:

Passive Infrared is the most common type of sensor as they detect changes in the area when a potential burglar enters the room. These sensors are pet and animal-friendly.

Magnetic switches, also known as window or door contacts are typically placed on the frames, send a signal when the two magnetic pieces become detached.

Ultrasonic sensors detect high-frequency sound waves.

Microwave detectors use ultrasonic detection using sound waves.

Photoelectric sensors transmit infrared beams of light. When an intruder passes through and breaks the beam, the alarm is triggered.

Make sure you familiarize yourself with your options and make the choice best suited for yourself and your home. Reach out to one of the industry’s leading companies like SimpliSafe, Think Protection or Protect America today.