Monitored Home Security Systems
If you are getting started with home security, then you will need to invest in a security system. A security system consists of many components. These include a control panel, sensors and a communicator. There are other components of an alarm system, but these are the main parts to focus on. Alarm Grid has everything you need to provide a complete, reliable security system for your home. Our wireless systems are particularly great because they are easy for new users to setup and install themselves.
The alarm control panel serves as the central hub for your security system. All your security sensors will report to this central hub. If you choose a wireless panel, then the device will double as a keypad. You can operate your system right from this panel. Many users like to place their panels right by the main entrances in their homes. This way, they can conveniently Arm and Disarm their systems as they come and go. Arming and Disarming is one of the main functions of a security system.
Sensors represent another essential component of an alarm system. These are the devices that let the control panel know when there is building activity. There are many sensor types. There are door and window contacts that let the system know when a door or window is opened. There are motion sensors that let the system know if a person is moving inside the building. There are glass break sensors that let the system know if a window is broken. An alarm system can even support life-safety sensors like smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
Any proper alarm system will also need a communicator. This is the accessory that allows the system to send outbound signals when the panel receives notification from one or more sensors that there is activity on the premises. Modern alarm system communicators send signals across IP networks or cellular networks. Many systems come with communicators already built-in, but others will need to have one added separately. If your system does not already include a communicator, then adding one is extremely important. You might also add a cellular communicator to an IP-only system to achieve a more-reliable cellular communication path.
In order to get the most out of your alarm system, you will need alarm monitoring service. Without monitoring service, you cannot receive automatic emergency dispatch from a central station. You also cannot receive text or email alerts from an interactive service platform like Total Connect 2.0 or Alarm.com. Basically, your panel will just serve as a local noise maker. This can be useful if you are on-site. Buy if you are away, then you will definitely need monitoring to be quickly informed of any problems. Alarm Grid offers alarm monitoring plans of all types. More information is available by clicking the orange Alarm Monitoring button at the top of this page.
Before you can get monitored, you will need a system. We have a great selection of systems that you can purchase here. If you need a new alarm system, you can turn to Alarm Grid as your source for excellent security equipment.