Every year in Australia, hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses throughout the country are burglarised.
Do you want to protect your home or business from being victimised? If so, consider adding an intercom to your existing security system.
Not sure why an intercom is a good choice? Keep reading. Outlined below are some of the greatest benefits of investing in an intercom system to increase the security of your home or business.
How Does an Intercom System Work?
An intercom (short for intercommunication device) is a type of stand-alone communication tool. It can be used within a home, an apartment building, or a business building.
This two-way communication device transmits and receives audio communications. In other words, it allows someone who's speaking into a microphone to be heard by folks in another part of the building via a speaker. Some intercom systems also feature video technology and allow you to see the person with whom you're speaking.
Once upon a time, an intercom system was considered to be a pretty basic security tool. They've come a long way, though, and are quite sophisticated these days. They're also available in a wide range of styles to fit anyone's unique needs and preferences.
Security Benefits of an Intercom System
Now that you have more insight into how intercom systems work, let's get into the specifics of how they benefit you and increase the security of your home or business. Here are some of the top reasons why you might want to purchase an intercom system:
1. Enjoy Easier Screening
One of the primary benefits of intercom systems for home and business use is the fact that they make it easier for those inside to screen visitors.
It doesn't matter if you talk to someone when they approach the building before letting them in or you see on a video screen who they are. Either way, an intercom system helps you to ensure you're only allowing people who belong there to enter your home or business.
2. Increase Convenience
Intercom systems make visitor screening and general communication more convenient, too. You don't have to get up to answer the door or let someone into your office when you have an intercom in place. All you have to do is push a button or two to see who's there and let them in or direct them to the proper location.
3. Monitor Children More Easily
For those who want to keep an eye on their children more easily, intercoms are a great investment. They're worth considering both for those who need to monitor kids while they're in a different part of the house and those who want to check in on their kids when they're out of the home entirely. Depending on the type of intercom you purchase, you can communicate with your children easily through video and audio to ensure everything is okay even when you're not right there with them.
4. Integrate with Existing Security Equipment
Many intercoms integrate easily with existing security equipment that you might already have at your home or office. You don't need to buy a whole new system to enjoy the benefits of an intercom.
Your security system provider will be able to help you find an option that works with the current system and enhances its capabilities. This helps you to save money and saves you from having to overhaul your entire setup.
5. Deter Crime
The presence of an intercom system, especially when it's accompanied by other security equipment, can deter criminals from trying to break into your home or office building. If they see that you have devices in place that could potentially catch them in the act, they're going to be less inclined to try and victimise you and your family or business colleagues. This benefit, alone, is reason enough for lots of people to purchase an intercom.
6. Enjoy Increased Comfort
For those who want to stay comfortable while still keeping their home safe and engaging with family members or visitors, intercoms are excellent tools.
Think of an elderly individual, for example, who has a hard time getting up and getting to the door. An intercom allows them to talk to those who are waiting and either let them in or send them away without having to stand up, walk to the door, and potentially injure themselves.
Busy people can benefit from intercoms, too. If you're in the middle of a project and don't want to abandon it to get to the door, you can use the intercom to see who's there and find out what they want or need.
7. Increase Property Value
The presence of an intercom can increase the resale value of your home. People want to live in places that are safe, after all. If you invest in tools that increase the security of your home now (and save future buyers from having to purchase the equipment themselves), you can likely fetch a higher price than you would have otherwise.
8. Send Announcements More Easily
You can use an intercom to make announcements to your whole office quickly and easily. Just push a button, say that you need to say, and let people get back to work.
This is also beneficial for home use. If you have family members spread out through the whole house, you can use the intercom to let them know that dinner's ready, it's time to leave, etc.
9. Conduct Quick Meetings
With the help of an intercom, particularly one with video capabilities, you can also conduct quick business meetings without wasting time waiting for everyone to leave their desks or offices and make their way to the conference room. Use the intercom to reach out to those with whom you need to speak and ask questions or get feedback in the most efficient way possible.
How to Choose an Intercom System for Your Home
At this point, you're likely convinced of the benefits that intercoms can provide when it comes to increasing the security of your home. How do you choose the right system, though? How do you know what type to purchase? What kind of features should you look for?
Here are some guidelines that will help you to narrow down your options and make the best decision before you meet with an intercom installer:
Consider Different Intercom Types
Remember, there are lots of different types of intercoms. The following are some of the most popular options to keep in mind:
- Hardwired: This type of intercom is hardwired into your home or building, typically during construction; it can be expensive to add to an already-existing structure
- Wireless: A wireless intercom requires radio frequencies, Wi-Fi, or a 4G data connection for communication; they're easier to use and set up that hardwired varieties
- Carrier-Current: This type of system uses your house or building's existing electrical system to produce radio signals for communication; they're often cheaper than a hardwired system, but does not offer as clear communication
- Mobile Connection: Mobile connection intercoms, such as the Aiphone intercom, allow you to control the device through an app on your mobile phone, so you can always see and communicate with people whether you're at home or on the go
Depending on your specific needs and preferences, there are pros and cons to each of these intercom types. Wireless and mobile connection intercoms are currently some of the most popular and affordable options to consider, though.
Decide Between Video and Audio-Only
In addition to choosing between different types of intercoms, you'll also want to think about whether you want to be able to see the people with whom you're communicating or if you're comfortable with audio-only.
Many people like the added security and peace of mind that intercoms with video capabilities provide them. However, video-powered systems will often be more expensive than audio-only ones.
Always check reviews for a system, as well as the installation company, before you purchase. This helps you get an idea of how satisfied customers generally are after working with a particular seller. It also reduces your chances of having to deal with any unpleasant surprises later.
Ask About Ease of Use
Ideally, your intercom system will be easy to use and integrate alongside your existing security equipment (if you have any). Be sure to ask about this when you're considering different types of intercoms to ensure you're purchasing a product that you and your family will actually be able to utilize and benefit from after it's installed.
Stay Within Your Budget
Finally, don't forget to think about the price. When you work with a reputable intercom and security system installer, they'll be able to provide you with a free quote before you commit to anything (be wary of sellers that charge you for a quote or don't give you clear prices). This will help you get an idea of how much you'll be spending so you can budget appropriately.
Invest in a Home Intercom System Today
Are you interested in purchasing an intercom for your home? No matter what kind of system you want to purchase or what your specific needs are, we can help you make the right decision at Four Walls Security.
Contact us today to learn more about our services for homes and businesses, or to schedule an appointment for a free, no-obligation quote. We can't wait to hear from you!