Is a Hardwired or Wireless Alarm the Better Option with Home Security Systems

Technology is an ever evolving entity. This is true in all different manner of businesses. Yes, even the home security realm will experience changes in the technology that it utilizes. Case in point, alarms now offer a wireless system that is more technologically advanced than the traditional hardwired one. Of course, you can still acquire the traditional hardwired alarm setup.

For those new to home security systems, obvious questions and concerns will arise regarding which one is better. The truth is both have their value and both can protect your home. However, the modern wireless system may come with a few additional benefits.

A hardwired system will require quite a number of steps to be installed on doors and windows. While not overly complex, there will be several wires that must be effectively connected or else the alarm will not work. A wireless system does not have any of these wires. It is a much simpler set up. Also, since there are no wires, the wires cannot become loose causing malfunctions. Instead of wires, there are sensors connected to the walls. This means there will be no drilling or extensive work required to set up the hardwired alarms.

A lot of work is required with a hardwired system. And what happens if you move to a new home? Basically, if you move, then you have to take the entire alarm system apart and then have to reinstall it. Actually, you probably do not know how to do this on your own so you will have to likely pay a home security firm to do the work for you. That will come with costs.

This is not to say the wireless alarms are completely perfect or are automatically better than hardwired systems on all levels. Hardwired systems, for example, do not deal with interference from other wireless signals that might be in the near vicinity. Even another wireless alarm at a neighbor’s house could cause issues with your system. A hardwired alarm just might be the much better option here.

While it may be difficult to install a hardwired system, it can be equally difficult to disassemble it. The chances of a thief being to remove a wireless system without tripping when the system is engaged are next to impossible. What happens though when the person has brief time in the home when the wireless system that is not engaged? The thief may be able to disconnect it and then return later. Granted, this would be a rare instance, but you never know what can occur.

The bottom line here is both wireless and hardwired systems have their values and their drawbacks.  It is up to you, the homeowner, to discuss these pros and cons with a home security company to determine which alarm system is the best one for you to buy.

~Linda Schweitzer

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