Whether after a day at work, a long hike or a week-long vacation, there’s just no place I’d rather be than in my home. There’s something about being home that fills me with a wonderful sense of peace, relaxation and happiness. It’s my safe haven – the place I can lounge around in my boxers while doing absolutely nothing.
I imagine that many others feel exactly the same way about their homes, so it’s pretty easy to see why so many people would want to protect their home. Peace of mind comes with knowing that your safe haven, family, pets and belongings remain well protected.
Unfortunately, there are burglars out there who aren’t concerned with your peace of mind, only with your belongings. But unfortunately for burglars, there are many effective ways to protect your home, none more effective than a home alarm system.
The Basics of Security Sensors
Security sensors are the most basic components of any alarm system, but don’t let that fool you, they’re also one of the most important. For most alarm system users, sensors operate as the first line of defense, protecting the perimeter of their home.
When a sensor – like a Door and Window or Motion Sensor – gets tripped, there is an immediate reaction. In a monitored system like FrontPoint’s, this means that it’ll send the alarm to a monitoring center, who will then contact you and the authorities.
Best of all, security sensors require no effort from you outside of the initial placement. They’re the ultimate “set-and-forget” type of protection for your home.
Protecting Against the Environment
However, many homeowners live in areas where their concerns are less about burglars and more about the environment – like flooding or wildfires. It’s a good thing then that there are sensors designed to help you protect against the elements.
A home rigged with a Smoke and Heat, Water and Flood, Freeze, or Carbon Monoxide sensors is well-equipped to face anything Mother Nature throws at it. Like any other sensor, anytime one of these sensors detects anything out of the ordinary, you and the monitoring center will know about it immediately, so you can react swiftly.
Monitoring is Important
So far, I’ve only discussed security sensors under the assumption that they’re being monitored. And that’s because having an alarm system that is monitored is important, and plays a huge role in having peace of mind.
Think of a monitoring center as an all-seeing eye that’s always hovering around your house. Whenever something is out of place – a sensor is tripped, system tampered with, etc… – it will know about it and subsequently, so will you. You can either confirm or deny the emergency. If it seems like a dire emergency, or if you don’t respond to the confirmation call, the monitoring center will immediately notify the authorities.
In comparison, a self-monitored alarm system requires you to act as your own monitoring center. You’ll have to be the one to know about the alert, confirm it and then call the authorities, which can be problematic in dire situations.
Cellular Monitoring is King
While we’re on the topic of monitoring, it’s also important to remember that not all forms of monitoring are equal.
The bottom line is that cellular monitoring is the safest and most reliable. Hardwired systems have one major security flaw: wires. A burglar with a cheap pair of wire cutters can defeat that. If you’re concerned about the security of your home, it’s easy to see how this flaw would put a dent in peace of mind.
Other Features that Help
We’ve gone through the basics of how a home alarm system can help you get peace of mind, so let’s focus on the extra goodies that can improve your home security.
Nowadays, security companies are offering systems jam-packed with features that make it easy to stay connected with your home 24/7, no matter your location. FrontPoint customers can purchase cameras, view live feeds from those cameras using a mobile app, receive instant alerts and more.
Achieving Peace of Mind
Put all of this together – sensors, cameras and features – and you get a complete home alarm system that will always be protecting your home. You’ll have a monitoring center that’s always got your back, while also have a bunch of features at your disposal to help you see what’s going on at home. Achieving peace of mind has never been easier.