Increase your security with home intercom systems
When the doorbell rings and you’re not expecting visitors, you can’t always be sure who is on the other side. Living in a city as large and busy as Aberdeen also means you’re more likely to get calls from a number of interviewers, researchers and business or charity appeals that you might not always have time to manage.
Fortunately, modern technology has the answer – residential intercom systems offer you the chance to tighten your home security and set up an ideal communication network throughout your property. By installing a handy and well located remote intercom system (word document) in place you can deal with those people you don’t know or do not want to deal with. Plus, the latest intercom software has a number of extras and special features available that mean you can keep an eye on the family too.
How does an intercom system work?
A basic intercom system involves the connection between a front door-unit on the exterior of the home and an internal master control panel; the door-station should include a talk button for visitors and is fitted with a microphone (so you can hear them) and a speaker (so they can hear you). When the doorbell is pressed, the front door unit transmits a signal to the master station, which alerts you of the visitor’s presence – you are then able to communicate with them via your own control panel, which is also fitted with a talk button, microphone and speaker.
What types of systems are there?
Hard wired intercoms
A hard wired system will enable you to answer front door calls and monitor rooms with a master station in a fitted location in your home. Although the wiring can be expensive and a bit of a hassle, it will mean you don’t have to worry about interference from other wireless devices or poor signal strength – which can be a problem thanks to Aberdeen’s hilly topography and high levels of wind and rainfall
Video wireless intercoms
wireless intercom systems have two major advantages: they provide long-range transmissions – which can be useful if you live on the outskirts of the city – and the master units can be portable and therefore quicker and easier to access. If you live in one of the many high rise flats or apartments that have been burgeoning in Aberdeen in recent years, an added outdoors camera with a video screen at the master station will also help you identify unknown visitors, ignore nuisance callers and enable you to keep a vigilant watch directly outside your home.
Outdoor wireless intercoms
an outdoor wireless intercom enables you to keep in touch with what’s going on at home or in the office whilst on the move – perfect if you’re grabbing a quick bite to eat in Union Square Shopping Centre or are attending meetings and conferences between various buildings in Union Street. Most have a transmission range of up to four miles, allowing you to stay in contact with the entire city wherever you go
Room / baby monitoring intercoms
if you have an elderly relative staying with you or need to keep an extra eye on mischievous youngsters, home intercom systems for elderly and babies can also be installed internally, with a camera and microphone unit in the desired room and a master station wherever you need it.
Music Distribution intercoms
not only will this increase the value of your property, but purchasing an such a system that can utilise software to transmit music throughout your home is a stylish and trendy addition, perfect for entertaining family or dinner guests.
How much do intercom systems cost?
Although installing intercom systems can be performed by a standard electrician or telephone installer, you should look into hiring from a professional company for best results. A basic system can cost as little as £300 – £400 but the price will depend significantly on the type and number of extras you choose to have installed.
Most intercom installation companies can offer a free survey of your property, so you’ll know exactly where to have the units fitted and whether or not video or remote controlled features will be a worthwhile advantage for you – take time to compare the intercom estimates and aim to find the best value for money rather than immediately taking up the cheapest option. With Aberdeen city center set for some extensive modernisation, an intercom system is just the thing to bring your home into the 21st century.
* Prices accurate as for 2014