Home Security Systems – Parts of the System

May 6, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Home Security

Home Security Systems have a lot of different pieces. Knowing what these pieces are and how they work will help you decide what you need to build a complete alarm system for your home or business.

The main part of any burglar alarm system is the control panel. This panel is usually hidden in a closet, basement or mechanical room in the house. It is the brains. All of the other parts are controlled by this unit. The control panel also contains; a battery in case of power failure and an auto-dialer for calling a monitoring service. It also has all of the necessary contacts for any non-wireless equipment.


Glass-Break: This detector works just like the name impressions; it detects the breakage of glass. When glass is broken, it emits a sound at a specific wavelength. This detector monitors that wavelength and alerts when detected.

Motion: These detect any motion in an area. Their sensitivity, on many models, can be adjusted. Many modern motion detectors will avoid being set-off when any small pets are moving in the room.

Door / window contact: These devices are set-off when a door or window is opened. These can be located inside the door / window frame or can be attached to the sash of the window or to the door itself.

Fire Alarm: Most people do not know the fact that you are more likely to have a fire in your house than to have a burglar. But, modern home security systems can comprise a fire alarm as well.

Water Detector: Have you ever had a water heater or washing machine flood your house? Well, there are water detectors that will set off your alarm system when a water leak is detected.

Carbon Monoxide Detector: These are just as important as a fire alarm detector. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless and basically undetectable by humans. This one detector could save your life.

Other Parts:

Control Panel: This is the keypad unit. The functions of the alarm system are controlled from here (turning the alarm on and off, entering a key code, and setting up the system).

Remote Arming Fobs: These are small fobs (like remote car fobs) that you can put on your key ring and turn your alarm on and off with just a touch of a button. Some even have the capability of controlling lights in the house.

Light Controllers: Your alarm system can also turn lights on in the house when activated.

Horns or Sirens: These alarm (very loudly) when your alarm is triggered.

Cameras: Another one of the self-explanatory parts of the alarm system, but not easily understood. Video surveillance cameras come in a large variety of types. The modern home security system can also be remotely accessed. What that means is that you can access any of your cameras from any place there is an internet connection. My suggestion to you is if you want video surveillance then talk with a professional to get the exact product for your needs.

Digital Locks: These are great if you have kids at home. You can add a code for every person in your family and know when they get home.

As you can see, there are many parts to home security systems. We did not even get into the fact that many come in wired and wireless configurations. Also, a lot of these components can be included in small business security.

In order for you to get the right alarm system for your needs, it is a good idea to talk to a professional. At least now, you are armed with knowing some of the components and how they work.

In order to have the most effective burglar alarm system, I would also recommend a monitoring service. This will give you extra peace-of-mind knowing that your loved ones are protected.

Finding a reputable home security systems specialist is a daunting task. If you are in Denver, Colorado (or another major city in Colorado) there are professionals willing to help.

Source by Russell Roberds