Traditional burglar alarm systems have a control panel located in a closet, utility room or other out-of-the-way location. A keypad is installed at the main entry area to the home for arming/disarming and usually provide Fire-Police-Medical panic buttons. Motion, door and windows sensors (often called “contacts”) are installed either hardwired or wireless. Smoke, heat, CO, gas sensors and a variety of flood, freeze and panic sensors are also available.
SimpliSafe™ has emerged as a leader in DIY home security. Their use of wireless sensors and cellular communications, all in an affordable package, has won them top honors from many top organizations. SimpliSafe™ does not offer medical alert panic or professional installation, but they do offer a simple to install and operate security system with no or low monthly cost. They have a smartphone app for remote activation and notification of events. They have no contracts and if you move you easily remove the system and take it with you.
Whether you are looking to add or replace smoke detectors there are 4 variables you should consider.
- Sensor Type - Ionization, photo electric or dual sensor
- Power Source - 110 VAC Hardwired, Battery, Low volt wired
- Interconnected or not
- Single Detector or combo unit with CO Detection
Wireless sensors offer great flexibility and speed when installing a security system. They are great until they fall off. In commercial installations we always screw the sensor and magnet in place. In homes that is not always practicable or desirable. Double back tape works well but under certain conditions it fails. The surface adhering too must be clean, dry and not to hot or cold.