How Technology is Changing Home Fire Alarm Systems

Most homeowners don’t have complete fire alarm systems. They comply with the law, by installing smoke detectors, but rarely go beyond that. Up until now, home fire alarm systems have been expensive to install and monitor, but things are changing for the better.

AFFORDABLE INSTALLATION
Anyone comfortable installing a traditional smoke alarm can install one of the new smart smoke detectors. With wireless technology bypassing the need to run wires and tap into phone lines, installing a basic alarm system is simple and affordable. The Nest.com offers a system in which the home base can control a thermostat, combined smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, cameras, and more. It alerts your phone first, allowing you to silence false alarms.

COST-EFFECTIVE MONITORING
Consumers benefit from increased competition among monitoring services. Most low-cost home alarm systems that are popular today still need to be monitored. Now there are enough customers to create a strong demand for service. So, competition between monitoring services drives down the prices for consumers. Now, many companies offer packages as low as $30 per month for fire and intrusion monitoring.

SMART TECHNOLOGY
There are stand-alone alarm systems that detect smoke, carbon monoxide, and home intrusion. They can send alerts to your cellphone, which is helpful if you opt out of alarm monitoring. The latest devices can talk to each other. If one triggers, it will wirelessly alert compatible devices in the building. This is useful if the alarm that triggers is far away from the occupants. For example, a CO detector located in the basement can relay the alarm to the devices outside the bedrooms. Anyone who may have slept through the basement alarm would be awakened by the nearer device. There is a great source of information available on the Chubb Edwards website.

INSURANCE DISCOUNTS
Most homeowners and renters insurance companies offer discounts for independent and monitored systems. Whether they are complete life safety systems, or simple fire systems. The more safety features you install, the bigger the discount they will offer. Fire suppression systems generate large discounts because they minimize damage, but they are expensive to install. If you install a smart alarm system, let your insurance company know. They probably offer a discount, even if it isn’t monitored by an outside service.

It seems almost inconceivable that people still die in house fires in the 21st century. People overestimate their ability to navigate a smoke-filled house, and underestimate the speed, and impartiality, of fire. If you are going to install smoke alarms, take advantage of wireless technology and low-cost options for monitoring. Many alarm systems can easily contact emergency services if you’re overcome by smoke, or if you’re not home.



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