Ask Americans what lifestyle perks they long for, and a lot of them will likely talk about home size. Last year, the US Census Bureau reported that new houses built in 2015 had an average size of 2,687 square feet, with a median-sized new house having a footprint of 2,467 square feet. That’s a size increase of more than 50% over American houses built in 1973. But a bigger home comes with significant risk, considering that most violent and property crimes that occur in the US remain unsolved, according to the Pew Research Center.
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It may not be obvious at first, but there are challenges living in a huge house that you won’t have to encounter with smaller domiciles. Energy and climate control costs can be significant, the upkeep can be demanding, and securing the property is more challenging.
So if you’re looking for the most complete protection possible for your big house, the DSC Neo system is the one you need. The DSC NEO PowerSeries offers unique security benefits for large homes.
Big Houses, Big Headaches
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Consider a small home like an apartment. The average size of a new apartment in the US was 1,015 square feet in 2006, which shrank to 934 square feet in 2016. In such a setup, you can probably expect a living room, two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a kitchen/dining room.
Following general tips for home security, you’ll want to protect potential entry points and monitor suspicious activity in critical areas. That means adding sensors for the front door, at least one camera or motion detector in the living room, and maybe additional devices in the bedrooms, as well as alarms. Protecting your home from environmental hazards like fire, smoke or carbon monoxide requires a different set of detectors. All of those have to be controlled through a central security panel or touchpad.
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Now consider a larger home like a mansion. It won’t have the same number of rooms; that additional real estate will be used to create new areas. It can have an extra bedroom, a home office or study, an additional bathroom, an attic, a basement and laundry room, a garage, and maybe a separate entertainment room. Larger properties may also have separate structures, like a barn, a workshop or a guest house.
With more rooms, you may encounter major problems with living large. Owners have more places to secure; aside from getting alarms and detectors to cover the added windows and doors, they have to get sensors and cameras for the additional rooms. The larger floor area also makes connecting security devices harder. Not only will laying lines for wired sensors and alarms be more difficult, but wireless devices placed too far from the panel will be useless. And security management can be harder. What if you want to disarm the security devices for one area while keeping other areas secure? Add those issues up, and you’ll understand why finding must-have security for big homes can be challenging.
Cover All Your Bases
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Securing a big home isn’t as simple as covering a king-sized bed with a big duvet. It involves a lot more planning and organization. You have to deploy security devices in all the critical areas and make sure those devices are properly connected. You’ve also got to have flexible control over your different security areas.
The whole setup starts with establishing wired and wireless security zones. Wired zones are the ones with security devices connected via a direct line to your control panel. Wireless zones, on the other hand, would be connected through a wireless connection; a large property needs a strong and long-range security connection, especially if it’s for a separate structure. It’s possible to extend the connection range using a repeater, but that only works for certain devices; a repeater will also make troubleshooting system issues more complicated because that’s one more potential source of failure.
Once the wireless and wired zones have been created, they can be organized into different partitions. Partitioning is essentially dividing your house into different security areas. With a partitioned setup, you can deactivate the security system for spaces like the bedroom or the kitchen without compromising critical zones like a home safe or a gun cabinet. An ideal system lets you divide your big house into multiple partitions with independent areas and levels of security.
The DSC NEO Advantage
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This is where the DSC Neo Kit can help. This topnotch alarm system series is designed to accommodate a wide range of alarms, sensors, cameras, and control devices, both wired and wireless. Starting from the basic DSC PowerSeries NEO HS2016NKCP01 Board and Cabinet all the way to the HS2128NKCP01 model, the NEO series boards come with a default of 8 wired zone slots.
Wireless devices are also supported via PowerG technology. By adding a PowerG transceiver to your NEO panel, you can connect compatible PowerG wireless security devices that are up to 1.24 miles away – a distance of more than 6,500 feet. Of course, pipes and other metal fixtures may shorten the functional distance, but it should still work well within the confines of the average American home. The devices detect how close or far they are from the panel, so they can calibrate how much energy they use to transmit signals; closer devices use less energy, so their batteries can last for up to seven years.
DSC Neo Panels also let owners set up partitions. Depending on the board you get, you can create anywhere from two to eight partitions for your property. The most popular board among homeowners and business owners, the HS2032, can support up to 4 partitions. Doing a quick DSC NEO system review, either by yourself or with a home security professional, should let you know how many you can make.
It’s not enough to know how to secure a big home with partitioning. You should also consider possible property upgrades. For example, should you decide to add a new room to your house, the panel needs to accommodate security devices for that new zone. That’s possible with DSC Neo system panels, which can be upgraded with the HSM2108 expander module. Each module lets the panel take on an additional 8 wired devices. The most powerful panel, the HS2128, can accept up to 15 expander modules, which is an additional 120 wired security devices. Of course, you can just add wireless devices to your system. Adding together wired and wireless devices, the most basic HS2016 panel can support up to 16, while the most powerful HS2128 can integrate a maximum of 128 devices.
Of course, living in a big property comes with plenty of advantages: the family members can each have more room to themselves, large interiors can be very luxurious, you can accommodate more valuables, and invite more guests over. But with all these benefits comes an increased need for security. All the benefits of the DSC PowerSeries Neo system add up to create an expandable and effective home solution that’s perfect for your large home.