Alarm systems are best known for their ability to alert homeowners of the presence of burglars, to make sound which is meant to let the burglars know they have been caught, and to automatically alert authorities to the intrusion, so that help can be sent immediately without the homeowner needing to call. Beyond this though, there are other types of alarm systems that can be used in a home, and there are many other reasons why a person may wish to use an alarm system.

Below are five types of alarm systems and their uses:

1. Door and window sensor alarms

This type of alarm creates a small indicating beep or sound whenever a door or window is opened and can also be set to trigger alerts if a light is turned on. Alerts can be sent to a smart phone device and can be monitored remotely. These systems are different from alarms and may be used for a variety of other reasons than keeping out burglars. For instance, if kids tend to sneak out at night, this alarm system will alert the user to what is happening. It is another way for people to keep their families safe.

2. Carbon monoxide alarms

Another type of alarm system is a carbon monoxide alarm. These systems will alert homeowners of the presence of carbon monoxide, a dangerous odourless and colourless gas which can be fatal to anybody who inhales it for an extended period of time. Many household appliances can emit carbon monoxide, so it is actually fairly common. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include flu-like symptoms (minus the fever), dizziness, vision problems, memory problems, among others.

However, with a carbon monoxide alarm, the alarm will immediately detect when the gas is present and will alert those in the home via an alarm sound or a visual flashing light – an added feature specifically for those who are hearing impaired.

3. Smoke alarms

While smoke alarms are legally required in every home and business, there are new advancements in the technology that can be taken advantage of for added safety. While most smoke alarms will only go off if the smoke specifically reaches them, some smoke alarms can be connected, so that if one in the house detects smoke, they will all sound to avoid anybody missing the alarm.

The alarm system can be hooked up so that notifications will be sent to the primary user’s smart phone device, letting them know that the alarm has been triggered.

4. Security alarms

In addition to keeping burglars away, security alarms actually help the homeowners to save money on their homeowners insurance. Because of the added security feature, it is less likely the person is going to take out a claim on insurance due to stolen valuables.

It has been proven that homes that simply have an alarm system installed – not even necessarily activated – are less likely to be robbed than homes that do not have any alarm system present. Further to that, homes who regularly activate their alarm system have an even lower chance of being robbed.

5. Home alarms

Alarm systems are like having a 24/7 babysitter for a home. If someone breaks in, or if there is a fire or a carbon monoxide alarm, all of these alarms can be connected so that emergency services will be dispatched, and the primary user or users will be notified on their smart device.

It allows for peace of mind for the family and protects the home from all forces against it. Newer systems even allow users to monitor what’s going on in their home via cameras that stream to their smart phone.

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