So you want to install an alarm system and amongst the many questions you are likely to ask before buying is, “why should I choose a wireless alarm?” And the answer? Well, the traditional method of protecting a property has been by a hard wired system but with the advances in technology wireless systems are becoming increasingly more reliable and cost effective and consequently more popular. We believe there are six good reasons for choosing a wireless alarm.
- Aesthetics – no need to drill through walls and no unsightly cable or wiring
- Easily Installed – no skill or experience required. An easy DIY project
- Less Expensive than professionally Monitored systems
- Reliability – Systems built to the Government approved operating frequency enhance reliability
- Add additional detectors – add an extra detector wherever and when ever you like
- Take it with you – Take your wireless alarm with you when you move house or leave student digs
Now let’s look into each one of these in more detail:
Aesthetics - the main, and probably the most obvious benefit to having a wireless alarm system is that you don’t have to drill holes through walls and run unsightly cable around the house. The only time that a wired system should be considered is when the property is being built and the facilities for a wired system can be installed during the first fix process and hidden away – the same way as your electricity cables for lighting and heating are tucked away between the walls and floors. After that, any wiring will appear on top of the walls and whilst it can be covered it can never be completely hidden.
Easily installed. Hard wired systems need you to be proficient in using 6, 8 or even 12 multi-core, colour-coded cable which run between the various detectors and the control panel. Now that’s not everybody’s cup of tea. The beauty of a wireless alarm system is that it can be installed by almost anybody. The detectors can easily be positioned in rooms, hallways, the garage and even the shed with simple fixings. After that the detectors “talk” to the control panel using a radio frequency and that’s it. For added reliability it is strongly recommended that the wireless alarm you choose operates on the new Government allocated 868 MHz frequency. The Halo range of wireless alarms do operate on this frequency.
Less expensive than a monitored system. When comparing a wireless alarm system with a monitored alarm system one of the areas to consider is cost. To install a fully monitored, hard wired system will cost in the region of £450 to install plus £150 per year for monitoring and maintenance. A Halo wireless alarm costs considerably less and the ongoing monitoring cost starts at only £2.49 per month up to a maximum of £12.47 per month for the full services.
Reliability. In the past, lack of reliability was the stick used to beat the wireless alarm companies about the head (usually by companies selling hard wired systems!!). To get past this issue and to ensure you purchase a reliable system it is recommended that the wireless alarm system you choose comes operates on the Government's approved 868 MHz frequency - the Halo system operates on this frequency.
Easily movable. Another major benefit of a wireless alarm system is that it is mobile. Because it isn’t hard wired you can move the various detectors around the house and when you move house you can take the whole system with you. Just remove the various components from the walls and doors, pack them away and set them up in your new house – simple. This is particularly useful for students or those living in rented accommodation where you do not own the property.
Adding Additional detectors. Because each PIR, magnetic contact or other device in a wireless alarm system “talks” directly to the main control panel it is easy to install extra detectors. For instance, once you’ve set up your wireless alarm in your house you may decide that you want to protect your shed at the bottom of the garden – after all garden theft is big business. Well, with a wireless alarm system you can easily obtain another PIR or magnetic contact and fix it to the shed and programme it into your existing house wireless alarm system – as easy as that. No wires or armoured cabling required. The Halo system will even allow you to add cameras if you have a power source nearby.
And so, with its cost effectiveness and ease of installation a wireless alarm system has the ability to provide the security and peace of mind you need for yourself and for your family.
(Source: information taken from wirelessalarmsreview.co.uk)