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How Wireless Security Systems Work and What They Can Do for You

Smart Home

April 02, 2019

Wireless, or “smart”, home security systems are easily programmable and can help prevent theft, carbon monoxide poisoning, smoke and fire damage, and other hazards in the home. Here’s how they work and how they can make your home both safer and more efficient.

What is a wireless security system?

A wireless security system can help protect you, your family, and your property. They are often comprised of:

  • Indoor and outdoor wireless security camera systems
  • Door and window motion sensors
  • Alarm systems that monitor smoke, or carbon monoxide levels
  • 24/7 professional monitoring from a local control station
  • A touchscreen controller and mobile app to manage all components

Wired vs. wireless security systems

Wired security systems are connected by hard-wired cables and require access to power outlets, making them more difficult to place and install. Wireless systems, on the other hand, use a WiFi connection, are quick to set up, and can be placed anywhere inside (or outside) your home.

Wireless systems are also ideal for renters because they don’t require opening the wall, and can easily be taken with you when you move to your next place. If you’re looking to boost your apartment’s security, or just want to keep an eye on your place while you’re out, consider installing a portable wireless security system.

Why do you need wireless home security?

A wireless home security system can detect security and safety issues the moment they happen using features such as:

  • Intruder awareness. Window and door sensors can detect activity and alert you of an attempted break-in before a burglar is successful. WiFi-enabled cameras can allow you to monitor your property and receive notifications on your smartphone when you’re not home. Placing a wireless home security yard sign on your property, or putting wireless home security stickers on your window and doors, can send the message to would-be-robbers that your home is well protected. Plus, a wireless security system with monitoring features ensures that police, or other emergency responders, are contacted immediately.
  • Fire prevention. A traditional smoke detector will alert you to leave the house if a fire starts while you’re at home, but it’s not as helpful if a blaze sparks up while you’re away. A wireless home security system with connected smoke detectors can send an email or text alert as soon as it detects smoke, so you can take action immediately — potentially saving the lives of any pets you might have, as well as preventing smoke and fire damage from occurring inside your home.
  • Carbon monoxide detection. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas that can be toxic to both humans and animals. Since carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, the only way to monitor harmful levels of this gas is with a carbon monoxide detector. Fortunately, most wireless security systems include carbon monoxide alarms that sound off if the amount of CO in your home rises to a dangerous level. With a wireless system, you can also receive push notifications on your phone or tablet that let you know there is an issue, even when you’re not at home.
  • Energy efficiency. One of the best benefits of a wireless home security system is that it can connect to other smart home automation devices. WiFi-connected devices, such as smart thermostats, lights and energy management systems, can help save both time and money. For example, WiFi-connected thermostats can be programmed to remember your heating and cooling preferences and adjust themselves automatically, which can help you cut down on your monthly utility bill. With a smart home hub and accompanying mobile app, you can control these systems with one or more devices through your home security system.

With a wireless security system, you can rest easy knowing your property is secure and protected from a number of hazards that can strike at any time, whether you're home or away. Learn how Xfinity Home can help you install a wireless system that works for you.

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