Security – FAQ
How much does a security system cost?
There is no set price for a security system, and virtually no system is the same; however, most people are surprised at the affordability of the system that Impressive designs for them. At no cost to you, an Impressive Security expert will come to your home or business and design a system that provides the most security for the best price.
Do I need to have a monitored security system?
The simple answer is yes. If your security system is not monitored, you essentially have an expensive door chime! Professional, UL Listed, 24 hour monitoring facilities are really what is going to protect your family and your belongings from burglary or fire.
Do I need a home phone line?
No. With the popularitiy of mobile phones, many homes are canceling their land line connections. Consequently, Impressive incorporates cellular communicators to contact the monitoring facilities in the event of an alarm.
How long does it take to install a system in my home?
Most installations take anywhere from four to eight hours. Your sales professional will be able to give you a pretty accurate idea of the time frame for your particular installation.
Can I view a security camera over the internet?
Yes! Using specialized recording hardware to capture the images of your home or business, Impressive’s surveillance cameras allow you to check on your property from anywhere with an internet connection.
Are security systems easy to use?
Absolutely. The only thing you will need to remember is your 4 digit PIN to cancel your alarm. People of almost any age can be trained to use a security system in a couple of minutes.
Will I get a yard sign and window stickers for my home to alert potential burglars?
Yes. No one will pass by your home or business without knowing that it is secured and monitored!
What is VoIP, And How Can It interfere With My Alarm System’s Monitoring Capabilities?
VOIP is an acronym for Voice Over Internet Protocol. It simply uses your broadband internet connection to place voice calls digitally over IP based networks. Generally, a consumer will pay a flat monthly fee for local and long distance calls, often for considerably less than a regular analog land line
Speaking of sensors, how are the “glassbreak” kind operated?
“Acoustic” glassbreak sensors, usually mounted on ceilings or walls, work by “listening” for the sound of breaking glass in a window. “Shock” glassbreak detectors are mounted on the window and “feel” the shock of breaking glass.
I’ve been hearing so much about “wireless” security devices. Are they easy to use & work well?
Yes on both counts! Technological breakthroughs have led to the development of wireless electronic security products, and their effectiveness has been proven time and again over the years in millions of installations.
What is a PIR?
A passive infrared motion detector (PIR) is an electronic security device that detects intruders by “sensing” motion or body heat in the area being protected. Most PIRs are designed to be used when your family is away from home or when no one will be passing through the area “covered” by the PIR.
I have a dog! Does that mean I can’t install a PIR?
Absolutely not. Recent innovations in security technology have resulted in the creation of “pet immune” motion detectors-allowing dog and cat lovers to enjoy the same level of protection they would receive with a standard PIR.
What does the keypad do?
You operate your security system by entering your security code at the keypad. Generally located at entry doors, keypads can arm and disarm with push-button ease, and literally put security at your family’s fingertips!
What are magnetic contacts?
Magnetic contacts are two-part devices used to safeguard windows and doors. One part of the contact is a switch installed in the window or door jam; the other contains a magnet and is placed in the window or door itself. Any noticeable shift in contact with the switch results in an alarm.
I am new to security systems, how do they work?
A security system starts with a control panel. Usually located in a closet or a basement, the control panel contains the “brains” of the security system, and essentially operates as a central computer.