Alarm System Components

These components comprise a basic residential or commercial security system.


A wireless remote or keyfob is similar to the remote entry button used on most newer cars and gives you the ability to turn your alarm system on or off at the push of a button from a range of up to 75 feet. In addition to arming your system, your keyfob can act as a “panic button”; and can be used to open your garage door or turn your home lighting on and off for systems with these features.


Contact sensors installed on doors and windows are the primary detection component for most home and small business alarm systems. They are attached to the frame of the monitored door or window and operate mechanically through magnetic attraction. Contact sensors may be either hard-wired to the alarm panel or wireless and are very reliable.


Infrared motion sensors provide one of the most reliable and cost effective methods for protecting open spaces in the home or office. These devices which, like other detection devices, can be either hard-wired or wireless, project an undetectable beam of infrared light which senses motion within the 30 ft coverage area. The motion sensors can be adjusted to mitigate the motion of pets and décor items. Motion detectors are very reliable and are often used in conjunction with glass breakage sensors in locations with numerous entry points.


Glass breakage detectors are activated by the sound profile of breaking glass and are able to filter out other common household noises such as slamming doors, thunderclaps and animal sounds. Because they communicate an alarm before an intruder enters the premises, they provide a measure of assurance over internal motion detectors.


Every year billions of dollars of property damage is caused by fire loss and thousands of Americans die of fire-related causes. Sadly, over 85% of fire deaths occur in the home. A monitored smoke detector immediately alerts you and your family to the presence of smoke while simultaneously sending a signal to the monitoring center so that fire department personnel can be dispatched to your premises.


Carbon monoxide sensors detect unsafe levels of carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless gas created when carbon-based fuel sources such as natural gas, propane, and methane are burned incompletely. Space heaters are a common source of CO in the home and, in addition, automobiles left running in attached garages can also produce dangerous levels of CO. Carbon monoxide sensors trigger an alarm to alert you and the monitoring center of the presence of CO which has been dubbed "the silent killer"


Water level sensors are used in basements and water heater and air conditioning overflow pans to detect the presence of liquid. Similarly, wave motion detectors may be installed in swimming pools to alert the homeowner to entry by children or others. When the sensor is triggered, a signal is sent to the monitoring station to be handled based on instructions from the home or business owner.


Although not commonly thought of as a burglary system component, temperature monitors can be installed into your alarm system to provide remote monitoring of temperature conditions within a home or business. These devices have application for second and vacation homes which may be vacant for long periods of time. They are also common in storage areas where the contents are subject to damage as a result of improper temperature conditions.


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