Power outages can be a big worry when it comes to choosing a home security system. After all, the very reason to install one is to ensure peace of mind. And the disruption of electricity to your home is a big enough inconvenience on its own, let alone an added worry that your home is suddenly vulnerable.
When it comes to the system itself, pretty much every up-to-date home security option should continue to work during a cut in electrical power. This is because backup batteries are included for such an event. These will automatically kick in when necessary, ensuring uninterrupted cover. When the power returns the system will switch back to the mains, and re-charge the battery.
The type of battery your system contains will determine how long it can run. Quality products will have a battery that will last for 24 hours or more.
But that’s not the only aspect you need to think about. Because the more pressing one is that of Communication.
Home security systems need to be able to contact the control centre, or police, in the case of a break-in. And there are different ways that this can be achieved. Depending on which type is used will influence whether or not a power outage will affect it.
Thankfully, understanding the different options is relatively simple, and it’s easy to grasp the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Different Types of Home Security Systems
Security systems communicate in a variety of ways. These are:
- Traditional phone lines (landline monitoring)
- Cellular radio monitoring
- Broadband monitoring (VoIP – Voice Over Internet Protocol)
So, what’s the difference between them? And, crucially, will they work during a power outage?
Traditional phone line/land line monitoring
Yes, this will still work. Just as your landline is not affected by a power outage, so will your home security system. This is because it’s being powered by the phone company, with an extensive generator and backup battery system.
Cellular radio monitoring
Yes, this will still work, just like your mobile phone does. It communicates wirelessly and is powered by its own internal battery.
Broadband monitoring (VoIP)
No, this will not work. This type of communication is the most vulnerable to power outages. Your broadband is dependent on mains power. So if this fails, so does the system’s ability to communicate with the monitoring centre.
If you live in an area where power outages are common, then it’s definitely advisable to go for a system that utilises either landline or cellular monitoring. Some people do prefer cellular monitoring for a variety of reasons. These include:
- There are no wires. This means there’s no way a would-be burglar could cut them to prevent the control centre being alerted
- You’re not tied to keeping a landline
It’s worth taking the time to ensure that you have the right type of home security system for your needs. Crown Security has long looked after the needs of homeowners in WA, and are the trusted choice for many satisfied customers in Perth and the wider area. They have a wealth of experience in all aspects of home security and will ensure that the system you choose for your home is tailored to your individual needs.
- Posted by admin
- On 25/06/2019