Wireless home security systems are growing in popularity. Unlike hardwired systems that run wires throughout your house, wireless systems have no wires. That means there are no wires from the control box to the various components like the window and door contacts that have been placed around the house. The wireless home security system works by radio frequency signals from sensor transmitters. Each of the components has a transmitter that sends the signal to the main unit when the sensor is triggered.
For example, you can install window and door sensors that will transmit signals to the main unit when a door is opened or a window broken. Other components can be installed too including motion detectors, heat and fire sensors, and carbon dioxide sensors. The main control units come in two styles: one style is plugged into an electrical outlet with a battery backup and the second style operates strictly on batteries.
You can also buy a system where the control unit can be plugged into a telephone jack for automatic dialing when the system is alerted. The auto dialer can notify the police or fire department when the main control unit is set off by a sensor radio frequency.
You can also use a 24-hour monitoring service like ADT or GE. In this case, the system may either autodial the monitoring service or it can send a wireless signal alert to them depending on the type of system installed. (The monitoring service then takes steps to ensure that there is a true emergency and then calls the proper authorities.) The sensors in the wireless security systems run on batteries. This means the batteries must be checked regularly and replaced as needed.
Several More Benefits To Wireless
Wireless home security systems are often chosen when the house is already built and not under construction. It’s more difficult to run wires in homes already constructed or in those without a basement. The wireless system is easier to install and can be adapted to most home layouts.
- Here are several more benefits of using a wireless home security system:
- Sensors can easily be placed wherever needed including hard to reach locations
- System is less visible because there are no wires
- Battery backup or operation means the system is always functioning
- Simpler installation compared to wired systems
- Don’t have to drill holes in walls or floors
- Easy to make system changes by adding or moving sensors
- Can get broader space coverage
- Easier for do-it-yourself installers to install
Wireless system components are similar to those found in wired systems including broken-glass sensors, motion sensors and heat sensors. Some of the more sophisticated versions will include a key fob remote control unit. There are also units available that include repeater units. Repeater units extend the reach of the radio frequency signals to gain broader coverage outside the house.
Drawbacks to Wireless
Wireless systems do offer you a lot of options for home security. There are a few drawbacks of course. First of all, the sensors run on batteries. So you have to remember to replace them or your sensors won’t work.
Also, depending on the type of wireless system, they can be much easier to disable. For example, some cheaper wireless systems can be easily yanked off a wall or power outlet, thus disabling the system. Regardless of which system you choose, take your time to research and make sure your home and family are fully covered. Going cheap on your home security isn’t something you want to do – as it could cost you dearly in the long run.