If you are thinking of having a burglar alarm installed in your home then you will have been faced with the dilemma of whether to go with a wireless alarm system or a hard wired system. In this post we take a look at the pros and cons of each so that you can make an informed decision on your purchase.
What is a wireless alarm? As the name suggests they are intruder alarms that run from a battery and aren’t wired into the main electrics of your house. Hard wired systems on the other hand are connected to the main electricity supply.
Both types play the same role in crime prevention by detecting any movement in your home and sounding the alarm if they detect an intruder. Wireless alarms are much easier to install as they don’t require any specialist knowledge in electronics whereas hard wired alarms must be installed by a qualified electrician. The purchase price of hard wired alarms is usually lower but when you factor in the labour costs for the installation then wireless alarms become considerably cheaper.
There is also the problem of the wires themselves. They can be unsightly and unwanted, especially when you have the option of a completely wireless alternative. Nobody likes to see wires everywhere.
Wireless intruder alarms have a bad reputation for ‘false alarming’. This is no longer a problem as technology has advanced over the years the wireless systems are much more reliable than they used to be and it can’t really be held against them any longer. That being said, hard wired systems are incredibly reliable and always have been so they probably win this particular battle.
What if you want to extend your alarm? Well if you have a hard wired system this can be a real problem. For example you want to place a motion detector in an outbuilding next to your house you would literally have to run cables underground to the outbuilding to connect it to the main panel. This is obviously a hassle. The opposite is true for wireless systems, just connect the new detector to the alarm system remotely, program the zone type and it’s good to go.
Hard wired alarms tend not to have a running cost as far as maintenance is concerned. The batteries in a wireless alarm system must be changed every couple of years or so.
To conclude, in a domestic property a wireless alarm system is a fantastic way to protect your home as they are reliable, aesthetically pleasing, easy to install and usually cheaper. However, in an industrial or commercial unit a hard wired system can be a better option as the aesthetics aren’t usually a consideration.
If you are still undecided you could always go for a hybrid alarm which (you guessed it) are a combination of a hard wired unit with additional wireless zones.
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