Nothing is more important than keeping your family safe. You want your loved ones as secure as your home. At Hive, a premier home automation company in Tampa, we want our clients secure in the knowledge that their home’s safety is handled by seasoned professionals.
In this article we cover:
- What Is An Alarm System
- How Does Hive Install An Alarm
- Your Hive Technician
- Hive Alarm System Housekeeping Tips
What Is An Alarm System?
A security alarm is a system that alerts homeowners of potential danger in their homes. Used to detect unauthorized entry, an alarm system emits a signal (such as a siren or direct message) to alert the homeowner and emergency services.
Home security consists of different components including an alarm key, motion detectors, smokes, glass breaks, carbon monoxides, and window and door sensors. Note: An alarm system does not include security cameras. For more information on security cameras and systems, check out our previous security blogs.
Your system can be as simple or complex as you want. Hive offers systems that connect to your smart device for easy viewing. Monitoring services are also available so no matter where you are, someone is keeping an eye on your home.
How Does Hive Install An Alarm?
Alarms can be hardwired into the home or placed on a wireless network. No need for pre-wiring to protect your space. Often, a home security system is made up of multiple sensors installed throughout the home. As a part of Hive’s top-of-the-line system, this includes:
- An alarm panel inside the AV room
- 2 keypads (by the master room and garage entry door)
- 1 motion detector by the living room area
- 1 interior siren by the middle of the house
- Security sensors, hardwired or wireless for all the exterior windows and doors.
All these parts come together to optimize your home with our easy-to-use technology.
Your Hive Technician
When it comes to any type of installation or repair, tradesmen are expected to enter the home. It can cause anxiety over mess and time for many. But rest assured, Hive’s smart home technicians are professional, tidy, and experts in their fields.
One great thing about home security is it can be as simple or complex as you’d like. With a vast selection of security features available, Hive tailors your installation to your personal needs. An alarm system installation can take anywhere from a few hours to several days.
The timeframe is dependent on factors including home size, system complexity, and the homeowner’s schedule. Installers also perform a demo so you understand how to make the most of your new automated system.
Before the tech’s arrival, you will receive a readiness checklist. This list will help ensure the technician can get right to work on arrival. Steps include; checking for stable internet, moving/covering furniture, and removing old equipment. We broke down our steps in a previous blog you can check out here.
Our technicians always introduce themselves before beginning any work. Then, our technician will ask you to go over your scope of work with them. Once you and the technician are on the same page, they will start working on your installation.
For more information on our amazing Hive technicians, check out this previous blog How Hive Technicians Work.
Hive Alarm System Housekeeping Tips
- It’s integral to keep up with your security system maintenance. Test your alarms every 30 to 90 days to ensure everything is up and working. Should your system have a serious issue, get in touch with your supplier to troubleshoot the problem.
- Likewise, it’s a good idea to upgrade your system every 5 to 10 years. After so many years, parts begin to malfunction due to age. This leads to an increase in false alarms and a decrease in security.
- Keep your sensors clean and free of dust and debris. If you feel like you can’t keep up with the maintenance, then contact your system installer. A bulk of security monitors offer service plans, thus allowing you more freedom with the same safety. Check out Hive’s service plans here.
- Set off your alarm? No need to panic. Most systems can be disarmed by pressing the master code. If it is before 30 seconds, the alarm monitoring station will consider it a false alarm.
- Don’t worry about your system going out during a crazy Florida hurricane. Many alarm systems stay active for 12 hours without power using an internal backup battery.
Your home holds everything near and dear to you. For more information on alarm systems and the vulnerable part of your home, check out the previous blog Alarm Systems: What You Need To Know.
Protect your home with a Hive alarm system. Have more questions? Then check out more alarm security behind-the-scenes on our Youtube channel and our full interview with one of our worker bees below.