Video Intercom Systems For Your Home – Keeping Your Family Safe!

Like many new technologies, intercom systems have gone through numerous changes since first appearing on the market. While intercom systems were once utilized primarily by businesses and apartment buildings, they’re commonly used for individual homes these days. As these systems have become more affordable over the years and have also added more and more options that have been useful for residential homes.

The addition of video is one of the most critical changes in intercom technology. You can now see the person at the door without them seeing you, and not only when the audio is activated. You can monitor your entry doors without anyone knowing you’re looking. This is perfect for homes where you have kids. Kids can now easily recognize the person standing at the door before attempting to unlock them.

Home intercom systems now offer features that let you monitor rooms inside your home as well, with the ability to check audio and video. You can play music through your intercom system, letting you enjoy the benefits of a home-wide audio system. There are various systems for these, so make sure you check out with your local vendor on the many functions of the video intercom systems.

Video intercom systems can be installed at entry doors as well as property gates. Those installed at gates can come with the option of remote or automated entry. Remote entry can be initiated with a gate remote, and with some of the more expensive intercom systems, you can use your cell phone to remotely open the gate. Gates can be installed with automatic relocking mechanisms, removing the need to exit your vehicle when entering or leaving your property.

All additional lines of security that can be added to your home will help you ensure the safety of your home and belongings, but more importantly, of yourself and your loved ones. Criminals these days hardly distinguish their prey, they do not care if you’re a single mother with toddlers in the house, nor do they care if you are eight or nine months pregnant. Criminals are criminals who will enter and rob you regardless of your social standing. That is why, all homes must have a good set of security system in place.

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.

The Benefits of Installing a Wireless Intercom System

An intercom system can be a very handy tool for allowing communication and providing a certain level of security for you and your family members. Gone are the days of having to run wires through walls and ceilings to each and every station, now days wireless technology has all but made the hard wired systems obsolete.

If you have an external garage or work shed a wireless intercom is a great idea for letting people know that you are home so they can let you in or communicating with people inside when you are out working hard in the shed. All that is required is either a power point for the power supply or batteries if you prefer to move the unit around. No more digging trenches and laying conduit to take one station away from the home.

Having several units inside the home can also be an advantage in that you can keep an eye on or at least an ear out for what everyone is doing. With the kids playing in one room and you at the other end of the house you can still hear what they are up to and avoid any dangerous situations such as the kids venturing outside without you knowing or doing something that may put them in harms way.

Taking this idea one step further, if you have a young child and need to get things done while they are asleep you can install a station in each of the different rooms of your house and be able to listen out for them irrespective of where you are in the house. Think of it as a glorified baby monitor! Many modern systems offer hands free operation allowing you to continue what you are doing while talking with the other people in your house.

Some limitations do apply to wireless systems though. Some areas, depending on the design of your house, may fall into what are referred to as black spots or areas where the wireless signal is not able to travel. That and the fact that either mains power or battery power has to be kept up to the units for them to work are the only limitations with a wireless system. Generally by moving the units around within the room an area of good reception can be found.

If you are having a home built you may want to consider a hard wired system as they can be installed as the sheeting goes on and are considered to be a bit more reliable than wireless system. However with the technology that we have these days there is no reason why a wireless intercom cannot be successfully installed in an existing dwelling and the increased flexibility may make it all the more worthwhile.