Common Questions About Back to Base Alarms Answered

It’s a lovely feeling to be inside your house, alone, and yet know that there are people outside watching out for your safety and the safety of your belongings. That’s exactly what back to base alarms do; yet many people still resist getting them because of misunderstandings about how they work. We’re aiming to smash down the walls of misconception today – or at least, answer some of the common questions which might be stopping you from getting a back to base alarm!

Aren’t back to base alarms really expensive?
Definitely not! Especially if you look at the figures involved:
• You can get a back to base alarm system installed for around $700-$1000.
• Your lifetime chance of being burgled is about 1 in 3
• A back to base alarm usually puts some pretty hefty discounts on your home and contents insurance, of around $50 to $100 per year
• You can also confidently put the excess on your home/contents policy up to the highest level, saving $100-$200 per year
• If your back to base alarm prevents a break-in being completed, you will have instantly saved yourself the excess amount on your insurance policy – up to $500.
When you look at the potential savings, even top-of-the-line back to base alarms are not particularly expensive.

Okay, isn’t the monitoring service really expensive?
Monitoring costs as little as $1 per day. Monitoring isn’t just the icing on the cake for a home alarm system, it IS the cake. Many passers-by assume that even if an alarm is going off, ‘Somebody is already dealing with it’. Your neighbours may not always be home, and you wouldn’t want to give them any reason to put themselves in harms way, anyway. When you consider that your home insurance discounts won’t be as sizable without active monitoring, you can see how essential it is!

Can’t back to base alarms be hacked anyway?
No. If anything happens to the alarm other than being armed or disarmed in the standard way, your back to base alarm monitoring company will receive a tamper alert, and will attend immediately. Life isn’t like Charlie’s Angels, fortunately!

Will my pets set off a back to base alarm?
No, there are plenty of ‘pet-proof’ models available nowadays. Most of these infra-red equipped don’t cost much more than standard systems.

But you can’t use them at night when you are home anyway…
Actually, by creating ‘ones’ within the home that your back to base alarm covers, it is possible to cover only certain rooms, certain levels of the house, or selected pockets. For example, you could secure the entire house apart from the bedrooms, or the downstairs only.

What if the power goes out?
Battery backup exists on all back to base alarms, and the monitoring company will be alerted if the battery fails also. However, most battery backups are designed to last around nine hours … far longer than the average blackout!
Back to base alarms will pay for themselves in just a few years, in monetary terms. However, in terms of your peace of mind, they pay for themselves instantly. Nothing else will instantly help you sleep better, and feel more free to enjoy your life!

10 Things You Should Know About Carbon monoxide house alarms systems

When most people think of a house alarm system, it’s intruders of the physical, human, nasty sort that they want to keep out! However, one of the largely unsung benefits of house alarm systems is their versatility. Many house alarm systems can be rigged to alert the security company (or other public service department) of fire, smoke, or medical emergency. An even more insidious intruder to guard against, though, is invisible … odourless, and silent. Carbon monoxide leaks can be devastating to your family’s health, and luckily there are carbon monoxide house alarm systems to help you avoid them. Here are the top ten things Pacific Security Technology think that you should know about carbon monoxide detectors.

1.    Not everybody needs a carbon monoxide house alarm system. If you don’t use gas appliances in your home and don’t have a garage adjoining the house, the levels of carbon monoxide in your home should be zero. We always advocate being safe over being sorry – but by the same token, if there is nothing to guard against, the money spent on a CO detector will be wasted.

2.    Carbon monoxide comes from gas appliances like:
– Indoor furnaces
– Gas powered space heaters
– Gas ovens and stove tops
– Gas powered hot water systems
– Some clothes dryers
Electric appliances do not create carbon monoxide as a by-product.

3.    However, if you do have gas appliances in your home, you could already be suffering from low-level carbon monoxide poisoning. It produces symptoms similar to a cold or flu; people suffering from it are easily tired, have mild headaches, and sometimes feel inexplicably nauseous.

4.    Carbon monoxide is toxic to the body because it binds to the oxygen sites on your red blood cells, meaning that your tissues can’t receive their normal amount of oxygen. You can imagine what this would do to your body, especially to sensitive brain tissues.

5.    Many carbon monoxide house alarm systems perform self-diagnostics, and have a standard sensor lifetime of around 6 years.

6.    Your CO detector can be linked to your standard house alarm system, so that if CO is detected and the alarm is not shut off within a specified period of time, the fire department or security company will attend the scene.

7.    CO detectors should be placed between 5 feet above ground level, up to ceiling level. CO is slightly lighter than air.

8.    Many carbon monoxide house alarm systems have a multi-stage warning system, so you’ll know if non-critical levels of carbon monoxide are detected, and be able to head off a problem with your appliance before it occurs.

9.    Just like regular house alarm systems, you may be eligible for a discount on your home and contents insurance if you have a CO detector installed. They are considered an environmental sensor.

10.    If you have babies, young children, immuno-compromised or elderly people in the house, you may want to consider getting more than one CO house alarm system. These groups are more sensitive to the effects of carbon monoxide – CO detectors are usually designed to protect healthy adults.

For more information on how we can help you create a safer environment at home, call 1300 660 445 for a free consultation.

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