Home security is vital, and when adding a security system to your house, there are some features that you may want to consider. While basic home security systems are a great starting point, many features can be added to most systems that will increase the system's effectiveness and add more functionality to the system.
Security System Basics
Home security systems typically start with a control box and keypad with entry point sensors installed throughout the home. Most security companies recommend starting with door and window sensors that trip the alarm if anyone opens either.
Adding features to the system is often optional, and there are a lot of different features that most companies off, so creating a home security package to provide maximum security for your home is not difficult. The security provider you are using can go through the system options with you, and most companies can upgrade your system and add features after the basic installation quickly and easily if you decide you need more protection for your home and family.
Medical Alert Features
Most home security systems offer voice communication with the monitoring center, and the system can be activated when you or someone in the house needs medical help. The monitoring company can dispatch an ambulance to your home for you, and if you are near the panel, they can talk to you until the help you need arrives at your home.
Some systems come with a key fob that you can use to activate the system, and adding a necklace-like device that you carry in the house will allow that feature to be activated even if you fall in that shower or slip in the driveway outside your home. These features can be excellent for older family members or seniors living alone, and the home security company can respond quickly when there is a problem to ensure they get help to you quickly.
Smoke And Fire Alarms
Adding smoke and heat sensors to your home security system is another option you may want to consider for your house. The detectors are placed in strategic areas and tied into the system so that if one activates, the security monitoring center is notified right away, and the fire department can be dispatched quickly.
Many times the security company will call to ensure that the activation was not just a pot on the stove that got too hot, but if you don't answer the phone, they will send responders immediately. The time saved getting firefighters to your home can often be the difference between some damage to the house and a total demolition of the structure.
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