Safety is something you can never assume. You can’t assume that you’re safe or that your home is always secure. You can’t assume that your loved ones are safe back home. You can’t leave security to chance, you have to find ways to ensure that your home and family are indeed safe.
One way to do that is to install and operate a reliable home security system. Various studies have established the correlation between burglary and the presence of an alarm system. In a recent research by the news agency KTVB, 86 convicted burglars were interviewed on how they break into a home and what they consider as major deterrents. Generally, burglars agreed that home security devices were a deterrent and that when an alarm goes off, they would leave immediately.
Security is one of the things that make a home smart. Being able to monitor and control your home’s security wherever you are makes any home smarter and leaves owners with peace of mind. But just like phones and gadgets, even security systems have alarm system parts that are constantly evolving to be more reliable or have new features.
This year, choose from the latest smart home security devices for 2017 that will make your home even safer and more secure.
Power supply kit
Modern home security systems will usually have all the power you will need to drive all your devices. But for those that want those extra sirens or motion detectors or smoke detectors or even multiple touchscreen keypads, the alarm system control panel may not be able to cut it alone.
You may purchase batteries and transformers separately or you may get a power supply add-on kit from the Alarm System Store. This contains a DSC PC5003c large expansion cabinet, an Ademco 12612 Power Supply Board, a DSC PTC1640 System Power Transformer, and a DSC BD412 System Backup battery. Use this kit when you have exceeded or nearly exceeded your panel’s auxiliary power. You may also use this to power alarm accessories such as a siren.
Ademco Honeywell WAVE-2 Two Tone Siren
If you want the entire community to know that a burglar broke into your home, update your system with sirens and strobes.
The Ademco Honeywell WAVE-2 is an indoor siren that may be used with Ademco hardwired systems or hybrid alarms. With an open-hinge case, it is easy to install. It can be mounted on almost any surface like the ceiling or in any corner of the house.
20-watt Indoor/Outdoor Dual-Tone Siren
Talk about being “small but terrible.” The 20-watt Indoor/Outdoor Dual-Tone Siren is a little siren with very powerful impact. It is a combination of a speaker and siren driver and good for indoor or outdoor use given its weather-resistant feature. This alarm part is a perfect alternative for homeowners who want to use less current without sacrificing volume.
System Sensor-SpectrAlert HR
An important component of home security is a fire detection system. Update it with a System Sensor SpectrAlert HR, a fire siren that will blast a warning at 88+ decibel to people in your vicinity. The siren may be mounted on any wall as it comes with a universal mounting plate. It also comes in red and white.
DSC SLCC Strobe Light
A perfect backup, if not partner for the siren in your alarm system, is a strobe light. The DSC SLC line of strobe lights is a visual indicator that something’s not right. It’s like one of those police sirens, albeit with no sound, that steals anyone’s attention instantly. A strobe light is among the alarm system parts that is an attention grabber with its 60,000 candlepower units and quick 90 flashes per minute. DSC strobe lights come in clear, red, and blue.
ELK SP35 Surface Mount 20-watt Interior Speaker
Another accessory to update your alarm system is the ELK SP35 Surface Mount 20-watt Interior Speaker. It functions like a siren and blasts warnings. The speaker is for indoor use only and needs to be wired to a siren driver then back to your panel. Apart from being an alarm siren, this can also function as a PA speaker. But you will need a siren driver to utilize it.
Visonic DL-125C 2 Channel Voice Dialer
Need to call a friend when emergency happens? The Visonic DL-125C 2 Channel Voice Dialer is a 2-channel and message dialer that will call up to four different numbers upon alarm. The two channels allow you to have one message for burglary and one for another type of alarm such as fire. It also has a listen-in feature that allows you to monitor sounds from the location via a built-in mic.
Honeywell 5821 Wireless Temperature Sensor & Flood Detector
Sensors are among the best smart home devices you should get. The Honeywell 5821 is a multipurpose wireless sensor that can be used to detect a rise in or lowering of temperature in the area where it is installed. It has five probes that monitor freezer temperature and flood among other things. This accessory is completely wireless for easy installation.
Honeywell 470PB Flood Detection Probe for 5821
For homes located in flood-prone areas, the Honeywell 470PB Flood Detection Probe for 5821 can be very useful. You may attach the probe to your Honeywell 5821 and put it in areas that need flood detection. This is recommended for homes with basements and for use in bathrooms.
Ademco 5800PIR-OD Wireless Outdoor Motion Detector
For outdoor security, get the Ademco 5800PIR-OD, which has two passive infrared sensors and adjustable sensors that can adjust to detection range. This is ideal for outdoor sensing needs in difficult to wire areas. It is compatible with Ademco, Honeywell or Lynx alarm systems.
Ademco 5800SS1 Wireless Shock Sensor
For homes and establishments with glass doors and windows, the Ademco 5800SS1 is a wireless shock sensor that can be mounted on any type of glass. If someone bangs or breaks the glass where this sensor is attached, the alarm will be triggered. The sensor is compatible with Lynx and Honeywell 5800 systems.
RE204 wireless driveway / vehicle sensor for Honeywell and 2Gig
Another common point of entry for burglars is the garage and it is a must to guard your driveway at all times.
The RE204 wireless driveway and vehicle sensor will play an essential role in any home security system. This is a wireless sensor so there is no need to dig along your driveway. You just need to enroll it in your alarm panel. Locate the sensor close enough to the driveway so that it can detect up to the medium radius.
Ademco 5869 Wireless Hold-up/Panic Switch
Act fast in times of emergencies by mounting a panic switch. The Ademco 5869 Wireless Hold-up and Panic Switch can be mounted to a desk or any desired location. Once pulled, it will send a signal to your alarm panel which then alerts the monitoring station.
Honeywell ZStat Z-Wave Thermostat
One of the most popular smart home devices for 2017 are those that use the Z-Wave technology. The Honeywell ZStat Z-Wave Thermostat gives your system the ability to communicate with your thermostat so that it can set the temperature even before you reach the house.
Security should not be taken lightly. There are updates you can add to your system to make it even more reliable. Just know what your priorities are in terms of security and there’s an accessory just for you.