There is nothing more important than the safety one’s family and home. A person’s home holds all their memories — holidays, birthdays, family dinners, etc. — as well as the people they hold most dear to them.

According to A Secure Life’s Security Stats & Facts: What You Need To Know To Stay Safe  article,

“Homes without a security system are 300% more likely to be burglarized.”


“Over 265K burglaries resulted in a violent crime against a household member in 2013.”

These facts make it clear that home security systems are important to protect essential people and things. Home security systems have come a long way and many are often surprised to discover the wide variety of services and equipment that top-notch home security companies offer.


Home Security System Equipment

With so many different pieces of equipment that go into creating a security system, it can be tricky to figure out what each one does. To foster a better understanding of security systems, this list contains definitions of each piece of equipment and its function.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

These devices sound an alarm if it detects a level of carbon monoxide (CO) that is higher than the safe amount. If you have a monitored security system plan – such as those provided by Protect America – the monitoring center if notified if your carbon monoxide detector goes off.

There are three types of carbon monoxide detectors that each use different sensors on the market today. They include:

  • Electrochemical sensor detectors that sound an alarm when the chemical solution that covers the electrodes comes into contact with CO.
  • Biomimetic sensor detectors which contain a gel that changes color when it absorbs CO and triggers the alarm.
  • Metal oxide semiconductor detectors use a silica chip circuitry to detect carbon monoxide as the electrical resistance lowers.

Every house should have a CO detector on every floor of their house regardless of whether they have a professional monitoring service or not. However, having 24/7 monitoring by outside individuals can save lives when alarms are not heard.

Control Panel/Keypad/Touchscreen

This is an essential component of any security system. This panel is what communicates with the entire system. It talks to each detector, sensor, camera, etc. and sounds the alarm when one of them is triggered.

When the alarm sounds, the control panel is also the part of your security system that communicates to the monitoring station that alerts your security company. This is also where you arm or disarm your security system with a passcode.

Different control panels work in different ways based on the source of your monitoring – cellular, broadband, or landline. Thus, this panel will need to be connected to a cellular communication device, internet router, or phone jack.

Systems that run on landline or broadband connections run the risk of having wires cut by criminals and thus rendering your security system useless. Power outages pose the same problem.

However, cellular panels – such as those offered by Protect America – do not suffer from this issue. Their wireless operation eliminates that risk… If there are no wires then criminals cannot cut them.

Door & Window Sensors

There are two pieces of these sensors: the first piece sticks to the window/door and the second piece sticks to the window/door frame. These two pieces join together magnetically when the window/door is closed. If that magnetic connection is broken while the system is armed, then the alarm will sound.

These sensors are often more effective on doors than windows as criminals often smash windows rather than opening them. Which leads to the next piece of equipment, Glass Break Sensors.

Glass Break Sensors

These sensors do exactly what it sounds like they do… they detect when any glass is broken. They work by distinguishing a specific sound frequency and vibration that is produced when glass breaks.

These are an important part of every security system because criminals often break windows to gain entry into homes. It is essential that they are installed in a place that is within the typical range of these sensors – typically 20 feet.


Motion Detectors/Sensors

As the name suggests, these sensors detect motion or movement. It is a basic part of a home security system and is thus included with most basic security system packages.

Every security system should have at least one motion detector. Some pets can trigger motion detectors so make sure you know if there is a size limit to the motion detectors. For instance, Protect America’s wireless motion detectors are good for pets under 40 pounds.

Wrapping It Up

There is a plethora of other equipment that is used for home security. It is important to choose the right equipment and the right security company.

Interested in quality monitored home security with state of the are equipment? Get a free quote from Protect America.