How to Know Which Alarm System Configuration is Best for Your Home?

Choosing the right alarm system can be a challenge if you don't understand the different components. Security systems should be customizable to give everyone flexibility and control over the amount of protection they need. When you start to shop for a new home security system, arm yourself with knowledge of the different products. This information can help you make the best decision on which system configuration is best for your home.

Wired or Wireless Systems

Property owners are faced with a couple of options regarding installation. They all serve different purposes, but which one is right for you?

Wired Access Panel

A wired access control panel utilizes sensors throughout the home to communicate to your security monitoring team if there is suspicious behavior. It’s called wired because it uses low-voltage wires to form a connection. An alarm security company like NCA can help with installation. When there is a power outage, a battery will keep it running. Despite popular belief, the wires can't be cut if someone wants to enter your property and bypass security. A wired system does take a bit more time on the installation which might result in higher fees.

Wireless Access Panel

Technology is at the forefront of the wireless access panel that uses radio transmitters to communicate with each other around the house. It's straightforward to install. Just like its counterpart, if the power was to go out, the backup batteries will kick in to provide energy. Some wireless units have batteries that recharge on their own. A definite bonus. Because of the easy installation, you can expect there to be fewer costs up front.

Smart Home Security Solutions

While we are on the conversation of wireless, we wanted to talk a little about smart home security. Smart home security refers to devices in the house that you can remotely access from almost anywhere. That would include your job, while on vacation, or out to dinner. All you need is a laptop or smart device and a secure wifi connection. From there you can complete many tasks. Notifications can be sent to your phone to let you know that the alarm is going off. You can remotely log in to arm or disarm your system, and if you have cameras, get real-time footage of the events that are unfolding.

Security Devices

All home alarm systems should have the option to sync with multiple devices for layers of protection.

Door/Window Contact Sensor

Reinforce security with door and window contact points. Thieves who try to pick a lock or climb through a window will set these sensors off. Be sure to install these devices over doors and windows that aren't highly visible.

Glass Break Detector

Smash and grab is how most criminals like to operate. A glass break detector will notify the access control panel when someone tries to smash through a door or window.

HD Wireless Camera

Does the smart home sound appealing? You'll need a wireless camera. Cameras on their own do a lot to deter crime. Their appearance will thwart theft. But, they are great inside the house to check on issues or confirm your children are home safe.

Monitored vs. Non-Monitored

You have a couple of different options when it comes to your home alarm system: monitored or unmonitored. Each one has various benefits, but which one should you choose?


Let's take a closer look at what this means. Installing a control access system on your property is possible as a DIY project. Under the unmonitored umbrella, you don’t have the option to connect your controls to dial the local authorities. What usually happens is the system will beep or send an alert to your phone notifying you if someone is in the home. While you might save on monthly service fees, you put yourself and loved ones at risk without immediate access to first responders.


Monitored systems give you an access control panel and an entire team of people to help you when you need it. Take NCA Alarms for example. Our team provides 24/7 security for Middle Tennessee. That means when your alarm is tripped a group of experts are notified. A couple of things can happen next. They call you to confirm there is an intrusion and contact local authorities if they are needed. Was the alarm tripped on accident? No worries. We can help you reset your signal. We're also on hand if your alarm system is beeping or seems to not be operating efficiently. Talking to professionals about your home's security will help you devise a detailed plan that will get you the ultimate protection.

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