Full Alarm Systems

Are you considering a home alarm system to protect yourself, employees, and most prized, material possessions? If you have never worked with an alarm system before, it is important to understand that there are basic components to look for when alarm companies start to sell you their products. Reputable companies may sell the components in a package. At the minimum, four components are necessary for a fully functional, efficient system.

Master Control Panel

The “brain” of the alarm system is known as the master control panel. This control center houses the system’s central processing unit. It is programmed to know when to respond with a sound signal, and how to respond to the different commands. The master control panel is predominantly pre-programmed prior to installation, with specific information entered as the technician works on your system. This sophisticated panel is also programmed to communicate with the company’s central monitoring station. Usually located in a box of some sort, the master control panel is typically mounted in a closet or basement.


Each alarm system has a keypad, which is the alarm system’s command center. This is where the alarm is armed and disarmed. The alarm can also be silenced through this keypad. A private code, known only to the home’s residents, is programmed into the keypad and used to arm, disarm, and silence the alarm. Most keypads will also contain a panic button that can be used to sound the alarm immediately in an emergency.

The keypad is used each time you enter and exit your home or business. As a result, it is a good idea to mount the keypad near the door you use most as you come and go. If you use your attached garage, placing the keypad near the door into your house is a good choice.?


Once the master control panel and keypad are situated in your home, it is time to make sure sensors exist on every door and window into the house. Sensors are essentially magnetic switches that are triggered when a door or window is opened. One part of the magnet is installed on the door or window itself, and the other is attached to the frame. As the magnets separate when a door or window opens, a signal is sent, triggering the alarm.

There are three different types of sensors that can be used in your home alarm system. Your alarm company will install door sensors on all that lead to the outside. Window sensors will be installed. In addition, homeowners can consider passive infrared motion sensors, or PIRs, which detect motion through body heat. PIR units can be mounted in the corner of rooms to monitor the entire area.


For your safety, it is important that your alarm system gives off a signal of some sort. This can be a loud sound, a strobe light, or both. The sound or strobe light effect can help startle unwanted intruders and chase them away before they even make it into the house. In addition to the sound or light, it is also vital that immediate notification is sent to the alarm company’s central monitoring station or to the police and other emergency agencies.

As you consider an alarm system to protect the people and goods in your home, be sure that you are at least getting the basic components. It is important that you use all the components as intended. Knowing what to look for in an alarm system can help you install the best option, providing you with peace of mind. After all, you want to be able to live comfortably and safely within your own home or business?

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