Q: What does a typical home alarm consist of ?
Typically an alarm consist of a control/communicator circuit board housed in a metal cabinet usually located in the basement or utility closet & all wiring home runs to this control, this is the brain of the system. A plug in transformer & standby battery powers the control. Alarm switches detect the opening of doors & or windows. A loud interior or exterior siren or combination of both. Motion detectors placed to provide optimum coverage. The remote digital keypad controls all of the end user operation of & are usually located near main entry doors, hallways & master bedrooms for convenience
Q: I already have a security system in my home/business but my current service provider has changed hands several times & my rates keep going up. Can CBAS take over monitoring & service of my existing system?
Today's security systems are programmed via software & password protected which prevents changing necessary account information required to redirect signals from one location to another. This makes it necessary to upgrade the main control for a nominal equipment cost of about $100.00 when taking over monitoring of a system installed by another alarm dealer.
Q: Will my alarm still operate if my phone lines are cut?
Your alarm will still operate if the phone lines are cut, but only as an audible signal at your premise since the alarm uses standard phone lines for signal transmission. Cellular backup transmitting is available for a nominal fee to those customers who require a higher level of security.
Q: What are pet friendly motion detectors?
Today's advanced dual technology signal processing allows for interior motion detection of people while ignoring household pets. Allowing you to arm the system with pets inside the premise.
Q: I have a lot of windows, what are my options?
Window switches detect only the opening of the window & not the breaking of glass, if glass break detection is desired, audio glass break sensors may be utilized to protect windows or large door glass. Alarm screens are ideal for window protection and allow for use of the alarm while enjoying fresh air with windows open. Many home owners choose to utilize interior motion detection as an alternative to individual window/glass protection.
Q: Do you install hardwired or wireless systems, what are the pro & cons?
CBAS uses hardwired systems when possible due to fact that wireless systems are dependant on batteries for operation requiring more frequent service. Wireless systems have improved over time & can provide needed security were it is not feasible to run wire, but are still more suseptable to RF interference.
Q: Are you promoting any no up front cost installations or discount priced systems?
Business 101 nothing is free. Beware of any company willing to give away a free security system as you will no doubt end up paying for it in a lengthy monitoring agreement. CBAS installs quality systems at a competitive price & we don't ask you to marry us for three to five years.
Q. I am building a new house & my builder requires that I use his recommended alarm company for warranty of windows etc.
Plain & simple your builder is making a commission on your security system if he is denying you choice of your preferred security provider. Certified Burglar Alarm Systems sales & installs the widest range of security products from world leading manufacturers setting today's industry standards. No alarm company has exclusive purchasing rights to any manufactured residential security products. Bottom line, there is no magic or exclusive alarm equipment available from your builders recommended alarm company that is not offered by CBAS. We can handle all of your low voltage needs when building your new home make one call for security/phone lines/audio/video/dish/coax/CATV & CCTV/LAN computer networking /intercom. Years later when the need for service or upgrading arises you will only need one number to call CBAS trusted since 1952.