There was a movie that was released in 2013 called “The Purge” about a society that had one night a year to do any crime that they wanted—any crime. A family, with the best intercom system and video surveillance around was protected until the son opened their heavy duty door. Big mistake, but in the real world, intercom systems are the perfect way to keep your home and your family safe from harm. Additionally, intercom systems are perfect for communication with other people in your home, especially if you have a large home.
If you’re thinking about purchasing an intercom system, you have made the right decision. Before you go out and buy one or purchase online, there are several things that you should consider including video, intercom system types and stations. All of these factors I want to talk about in this blog post to ensure that you’re familiar with what is offered today and in hopes to make your buying process that much easier.
Video Intercom Systems
In “The Purge” they used a high-tech version of the video intercom system. It’s quite self-explanatory but having a video intercom system allows you to see who you’re talking to, even if they are on the front porch near your front door and you’re in the bedroom. In this way, video intercom systems can be used like a security camera being installed at your front door to view guests—wanted or unwanted. There’s no better feeling than being able to screen who is at the door before you’re standing behind it. Allowing some space between provides you with an awesome sense of security.
An intercom system is just like any other control station—there is a major location that will be used for all communication. However, one of the things that you should consider when looking to purchase intercom systems is the number of stations you’d like to have. Basic designs have two stations linked together that communicate via a switch, but if you want the system to be in more rooms you will need to buy more than two systems. For example, a station in your room, in the upstairs hallway and in the kitchen will allow you to have access to the intercom system at the front of the house. This means that you have convenient access no matter where you are in the house.
Intercom System Types
There are three types of intercom systems that you can take advantage of—hardwired, wireless and carrier designs. You can choose from any of these types but hardwired, obviously, provides the best quality because a series of wires are embedded into the walls of your home. However, if you’ve just moved to an old home, hiring an electrician to wire the intercom system can be costly, so a wireless intercom might be a better choice. If you’re building your home from the ground up, though, you can easily have a hardwired intercom system installed. Carrier intercom systems should also be integrated into the wiring of your home, but these systems are often more susceptible to static. Personally, I refer wireless intercom systems because they transmit audio signals through radio frequency which means that they are pretty easy to install—without having to embed wires into the wall. These systems can have a limited range, but I haven’t yet had a problem with my Nutone kit.
All in all, the tips mentioned throughout this blog post should help you with buying your intercom systems. Hardwired systems will usually offer the best quality but they aren’t the easiest to install and while wireless intercom systems are easy to install, they can have a limited range of usage. Most systems on the market come with two stations so if you’d like more options, they will have to be purchased additionally. Be sure to stop by Westside Wholesale and take a look at the extensive selection of intercom systems on sale.