3 Reasons You Should Consider a Wireless Intercom System

Wireless home intercom systems are becoming much more popular in the homes of regular people, and there are plenty of reasons for it. It used to be that these systems were only used by cops or security personnel to interact on the job, but lately people have been discovering how handy a wireless intercom can be. In this article, I plan on giving you the most important 3 reasons you should have one in your own home.

1) Convenience

Let’s say for example that you are in the kitchen preparing dinner. Everything is just about prepared, and you want to tell your family that they should come down and get settled. But you also don’t want to run around shouting, “Dinner’s ready!” right? Maybe you don’t want to leave the kitchen at all because you have to watch whatever you have baking in the oven.

This is a perfect example. Simply pick up your wireless intercom and announce to every room in the house that dinner is ready! So convenient!

2) Security

This reason is actually multi-faceted. Many home security systems have intercom systems included to allow instant connection not only between rooms, but from the security host directly to your family. The added bonus of a wireless intercom system is the option to speak to, hear, and sometimes even see every room throughout your house.

And then there’s the possibility of a fire breaking out in your kitchen. Wouldn’t you like to be able to instantly warn your entire house and make sure everyone gets out as fast as possible? This feeling of security in the event of a disaster adds piece of mind that is invaluable.

3) Flexibility

Ever wonder if your student is doing their homework? Want to look into your living room in the middle of the day to check on your cat? How about figure out where your significant other is hiding? Any of these things are possible with a wireless intercom system.

Many of these systems are totally reliant on batteries (although a few can be charged through a standard wall outlet) and allow you to take them anywhere you go. Even outside of your house! You can talk to your son or daughter while you’re out completing errands (just for a short bit of course, can’t leave them home alone!). You can even check to see if anyone is home while you’re returning home from work. Many systems have video included with the audio capabilities, making them even more versatile.

As you can see, the possibilities are neverending when it comes to wireless intercom systems. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for something that will make your day to day life a little easier, or you want that extra sense of security knowing you are able to connect to any room in your home no matter where you are, a wireless intercom system will be useful for you.

Comments? Questions? Perhaps you can think of an application that I might have forgotten? Don’t hesitate to tell me in the comments below, I’m always looking for more ideas!

Advantages of having a Built-In Intercom System

Communication

Using the intercom for your home is not only used to communicate between rooms but also answer the door. There are many Intercom Systems that offer All Broadcast communication throughout the home but only selective few offer the convenience of Selective Intercom or Automatic Selective Intercom for private communication. Meaning that you can either call a specific room or the system automatically goes into a private communication. It will always depend on what is right for the user of the intercom.

Monitoring

Using the Monitor on your Built-In Intercom System is a great way to keep in touch with your children. The convenience of being able to select rooms to monitor or multiple rooms to monitor are available with most systems. Monitoring your child when they are sleeping or just playing in the room is an extra comfort that we all want.

Taking Care of your parents

We all dislike the thought of your parents getting old. But it’s a hard fact of life that we all have to face. Especially when your parents or parent is not able to get up and around very easily or we are taking care of them. The Monitor feature on a Built-In Home Intercom System can be used to monitor your parent’s room if they need assistance.

Door Intercom

That extra security sure adds to that safe feeling for all of us. The door intercom feature is available on most intercoms. This feature is a great way to communication to who ever is at the front door. How many times have you felt uncomfortable about opening the door to a stranger?

Music Distribution

When we build our new homes we look at it as an investment and how easy will it be to sell. Music distribution built into your home can increase your value to your home.
But there are many systems to choose and we all trust the installer or builder to tell us what is best. But be careful, the cost of these systems can get out of control and come with more features than you will ever use. With Home Intercom systems these features are kept to minimum which make the systems more affordable to purchase.

Privacy

Some systems allow you to put your room station into private. This will not allow anyone to monitor your room without your knowledge. This is a great feature to have on your system especially when your child or children get older.

Remote Control

There are Home Intercom Systems available with remote controls. These remotes usually can control the basic functions. But there are remote controls that you can purchase that control the intercom functions too. These remotes will allow you to communicate to the door or unlock the door without getting out of you chair. These remotes will also allow you to communicate to any room station in the home. It’s a convenience that we all love.

Hand Held Players

Everyone one is getting into the Ipod or mp3 hand held players. Even your car has the option to plug in your iPod. Most Home Intercom Systems now have this option. But some are more elaborate than others. Most systems are dedicated only to iPod but some are not. Today when you purchase a cell phone and you have the option to have a mp3 player. Amazing but most hand held devices will have mp3 players and you want your equipment to be universal.

FREE Home Security Systems – Are They Really Free?

When it comes to, so-called “FREE” home security systems area, I’m reminded of the parable of the wise king who wanted to give his subjects the wisdom of the ages. He called all of the scholars in his kingdom together and told them he wanted to gather the wisdom of the ages. They worked for a year compiling a great work, volumes and volumes of the best wisdom the kingdom possessed. They presented it to the king and he was impressed, but he said it was too vast, that his subjects would never be able to read it all and asked them to condense the wisdom. They worked and debated and finally got the “wisdom for the ages” down to just one book. The king, again was impressed, but said it was still too long. They worked even harder and got the wisdom for the ages down to a chapter, and then to a page, a paragraph, and finally to just one sentence. The king looked at that one sentence and finally proclaimed, “You’ve done it! This is truly the wisdom of the ages.” That sentence; “There ain’t no such thing as a FREE lunch!”

When it comes to home security systems, in spite of what companies claim, “There ain’t no such thing as a FREE lunch!” Sure they tell you that your home security system is free,(and worth $850) but lets look at the facts. First, what kind of quality can you really expect to get for less than the price of an iPod? And, for that matter, what level of security can you get for your family for $100? We’re talking about protecting your home, and family and I’ve had customers in the Scranton area get a second quote on a $99 home security system. Instead of looking at the quality of the panels and the design of the security system, they were comparing prices on FREE-$99 systems. You have to wonder what was his family was worth to him.

Before I go any further let me add a disclaimer, and I tell this to all of my customers; “The home security system you can afford is always better than the one you can’t afford.” That is to say, any home security system is better than none at all, because a burglar doesn’t know what you have. If you’re on a fixed income or money is extra tight then go for the $100 system, just make sure you own the system and you’re not getting an entry level panel. Now that that is out of the way lets take a closer look at just what you’re getting for “FREE” or $99.

Anytime someone is offering you a “FREE” home security system you can take it to the bank that it isn’t free, and you don’t own it. To start with, they usually hide a $99 installation fee so that they can advertise the home security system as “FREE”. The biggest secret about so-called “FREE” security systems is that in 9 out of 10 offers you don’t own the security system. It is what is called, a leased system. They don’t tell you it’s a lease, but ask them if you own the panel. Ask, “If I cancel my monitoring will your company remove or disable my home security panel?” The strategy behind a leased security system is if you try to cancel your monitoring they will threaten to take the system out of your home (leaving a big hole with wires hanging out). You may have spent $1000.00 on additional devices to protect your home, but when they take out your control panel those security devices are worthless. So your stuck with a security company you don’t want and can’t afford.

That brings me to the monitoring. The place where these companies make their money is on the back-end of the sale, the monitoring fees that you pay each month. You may have saved a little on the so-called “FREE” home security system that you still paid $100 to have installed, and that you don’t own, but you’ll pay an extra $75-$100 more per year for that FREE home security system. During the life of the panel you would have paid $1,500-$2,000 for a very low-end, entry level security panel. This method of selling low-end (a nice way of saying “cheap junk”) home security systems has proved to be very effective as shown by some of the biggest names in home security. Many of the big names in home security, including the biggest names, got there by selling cheap or “FREE” home security systems and charging higher then average monitoring fees. Of course, in most cases, you are not getting any better monitoring for your money. (I’ll have to discuss the differences in the monitoring differences in monitoring companies in a another article.)

Finally, what can you expect to pay for a quality home security system. In the Scranton, PA area, you can get a good wireless panel and a perimeter home security system for $1,000-$1,500. As I said before, you can get the basics for $99 and if you get a good control panel, you can always add devices to it in the future. I had a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barron’s (now a Yankees farm team) pitcher purchase 7 window devices each year for three years until every window in his home was protected. Some of my customers take their tax return to upgrade their system. If you have a good panel then you can always add to it in the future. If you’re starting with junk, then junk is all you’ll ever have. As the quote goes, “It’s like putting lipstick on a pig, its still just a pig.”