The control panel is the center of your home security system, where all of the action takes place. The reception hub where all the security detection devices—such as fire detector, door sensor, motion sensor— send their signals, the control panel is on call 24/7, ready to sound immediate alarm and instantaneously alert the homeowner whether directly or through a monitoring service professional on call. An easy to use, accessible security control panel puts the control of your home’s safety at your fingertips.
How Does a Security Control Panel Work?
Either hardwired or wireless, the control panel is connected to every security detection device in your home security system. The status is available to you through the panel’s built-in display window. If a door or window is open somewhere in the house, it will show you where. If an alarm is triggered, a quick glance at the control panel points you to it. Many control panels include a panic button to dispatch emergency services as well as a two-way voice function that allows you to communicate with emergency personnel. Multiple controllers called keypads may be installed anywhere around the home such as places of entry, a hallway, or bedroom.
How to Choose a Control Panel
When choosing a security control panel, you’ll want to be sure a few key features are in place to ensure it will meet your home and family’s needs. First, be sure your hardwired systems has a battery back-up in case of power outage, and wireless, battery run control panels should have an alert when the batteries are running low.
Next, prioritize those features that will provide the highest level of security you can get, and make sure it’s easy to program to your specifications and simple for every family member to use.
Looking to the future, and the need to accommodate your home and family’s growing needs, consider a control panel that can expand to include additional protection zones—such as the basement or remote workshop— as well as additional detectors for added zones or needs.
Additional Features to Consider:
- Multiple user-codes for family members, relatives, baby sitter, etc.
- Data storage of event history identified by user code, date and time
- Emergency panic button and two-way communication
- Communication via cell, web-enabled device such as computer or smartphone, and/or monitoring service
- Remote arm/disarm
- Email and text message alert
- Turn on lights, appliances, thermostat by remote command or programmed schedule
The benefits of having a home security system are innumerable in terms of the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have a reliable, trusted system in place to ensure the safety and protection of your family, home, and valuables. That said, finding the security control panel that is dialed in to your specific needs is a must have for homeowners who:
- Are away from home most of the day or who travel
- Want to connect remotely to monitor and communicate with their security system via the control panel
- Enjoy the confidence of knowing family and property are protected