Retrofitting your home for a home security system can be difficult, if not impossible, in some homes. The building structure sometimes just doesn’t allow for the wiring involved with a home security system to be installed in a reasonable way. This can especially be true in some older homes. However, there is hope for people who find themselves having difficulty retrofitting their home for an alarm system. Thanks to recent advancements in wireless technologies, there are now wireless home security systems that don’t require you to have to retrofit your home in order to monitor and secure your health and safety.
There are a number of options available to the homeowner who is considering a wireless home security system. They can be as simple as wireless transmitters that are installed at the windows and the doors of the home. The transmitters work much the same as the wired connections by transmitting a signal to the control panel when a connection between the contacts is broken. The system can also include wireless alarms that alert you when the home has been entered. Motion-sensitive lighting that will activate when someone is prowling around outside of the home is also easily installed in older homes. Other wireless accessories include cameras that transmit their video signal to a storage device somewhere in the home, fire and carbon monoxide detectors and even glass break detectors. All of these provide great flexibility when it comes to retrofitting your home.
Most of the time, a retrofitted home security system will contain a synthesis of both wired and wireless systems. For example, a home security system that is monitored by a third parties like ADT, will typically require a phone line to access their network. Some service providers have options available to use a wireless phone connection to use as a backup to the land line. This ensures complete connectivity to the monitoring service in the case phone lines are down or even cut.
There are some things to consider when retrofitting your home for a wireless home security system. You will want to make sure that you know the range of the various components. Some components may not be able to get their signal to the opposite end of the house because of the distance or the layout of the walls in the home. You will want to be certain that you know the limitations of these wireless systems before you install them in your home. Test all the connections sufficiently once they are installed and feel secure that your aged home can have the same amount of protection as new construction.