Know how intercoms can help improve your home security.
Every year, thousands of homes and businesses in Australia fall prey to burglars. If you want to add another layer of security to your system, installing an intercom is one way to do it.
An intercom system is more than just a fancy way to talk to the people in the other room. It is now an essential component of a modern home that aims to upgrade its safety features.
How does an intercom work?
An intercom is a two-way communication device that can be installed in single detached homes, apartments, and commercial buildings.
Each unit has a speaker and microphone, which allows people to speak and listen to someone in another part of the building. Some intercom systems even have video capability that lets you see the person you are talking to through an LCD screen.
Why install an intercom on your property?
Here are some reasons to install an intercom system on your property.
1. Screen unwanted guests
One of the primary reasons to buy an intercom system is to screen people at the front door. If someone you do not personally know rings the bell or knocks on your door, you can see and speak to them without putting yourself in danger. This ensures that you are only allowing people that you know into your home or business.
Teach your children to always check the intercom screen before letting anyone in. Then, in the event of an emergency, they can press the alarm button on the intercom to alert everyone in the house.
2. Convenient communication
With an intercom system, you do not have to get up to answer the door to let someone in. Instead, all you must do is check who is there and then push a button to open the gate.
If you have a smart door release system, you can even unlock the door remotely from the comfort of your couch.
3. Keep an eye on the children.
If there are children on the property, intercom systems are a great way to check if they are safe.
Intercoms allow you to monitor the kids when they are in a different part of the house, or when YOU are out of the house!
Depending on the type of intercom you install, you may be able to communicate with your children through video and audio, even when you are not at home.
4. Integrate with existing security systems
Most intercoms are easy to hook up with security systems that you already have at home or in the office. Therefore, you do not need to replace your existing surveillance setup just to accommodate a new intercom.
Ask your security system provider for recommendations on the best intercom to integrate with your current system and enhance its capabilities.
5. Stop crime
The presence of an intercom system at the front gate, especially when accompanied by CCTV cameras, can deter criminals from trying to break into your property.
If they see that you have surveillance devices in place, they are less likely to try and burglarise your home or business if they know they could get caught.
6. Increased comfort
An intercom system has many benefits for seniors who are living alone. If they have mobility issues, an intercom will allow them to answer the door and either let the person in or send them away without the need to stand up and walk.
Intercoms are great for busy offices too. For example, if you are in the middle of a meeting and do not want to be bothered, you can use the intercom to communicate with someone in the other room without leaving your desk.
7. Boost property value
Like solar panels and CCTV cameras, intercoms help increase the resale value of your residential property. This is because people want extra features when they buy a property, and an intercom system means they would not have to pay for extra security.
8. Talk to everyone from one location
If you have a big house, calling everyone to dinner or when it’s time to leave can be done through the intercom instead of going from room to room.
This is also beneficial for offices if you want to make a big announcement. Just push the “talk” button, relay your message, and let people get back to work.
Upgrade your security system today
Smart homes come with smart appliances. Now you can turn on the TV, unlock doors, switch off lights, and even alert the police with just one push of a button.
An intercom is a basic component of any smart security system. But how do you know how to choose a suitable device? What features should you look for?
Here are some of the most popular types of intercoms on the market.
- Hardwired: This type of intercom is connected to the wiring of your property. It is best installed during construction. That said, it might be expensive to add it to an existing structure.
- Wireless: This intercom communicates through radio frequencies, Wi-Fi, or a 4G data connection. They are easy to set up because of the absence of wires.
- Carrier-Current: This type of intercom relies on the electrical system of your home or building to communicate. They are usually cheaper than hardwired intercoms but produce inferior radio signals.
- Mobile: This type of intercom is perfect for today’s mobile homeowner. They allow you to remotely monitor your home through an app on your smartphone.
Before you make a purchase, always check online product reviews to get an idea of how they perform in real-life settings to avoid any unpleasant surprises later on.
Ask Ambassador Locksmiths about how to improve your home security.
If you have an existing security system, be sure to buy an intercom that is easy to integrate with your current equipment.
A reputable security system installer can provide you with a free quote so you can compare prices before you commit to anything. This way, you can decide whether an intercom system is worth your budget.
If you are interested in adding an intercom service to your home or building, we can help. Ambassador Locksmiths offers a wide range of security products to help keep your property safe.