Choosing the right alarm system for your home can be confusing.

There’s a lot to consider. Which security company is the most trustworthy? How easy is the alarm to install? What do I get for my money? Does the alarm system have smart controls? There’s lots to learn.

To help you make the best decision, we’ve come up with six important features you should know. These are the questions you can ask in order to make the right choice for your home in terms of protection, value and simplicity.

1: Is it professionally monitored?

Professional monitoring is the gold standard when securing your home. Should an incident occur, a signal is instantly sent to an alarm receiving centre, where a trained professional is on hand 24/7/365 to contact you, your keyholders and the Gardai/emergency services where required. Nothing can substitute for this level of peace of mind, knowing there’s always someone there protecting your home.

At PhoneWatch, our alarm receiving centre is among the best in the business, certified to the highest EU and Irish standards. We are the only alarm centre in Ireland which specialises in home alarm systems, responding to over 670,000 alarm activations each year in an average of 7 seconds.

2: What type of sensors does it come with?

With so many different types of sensors available, it can be difficult to know what’s best for your home. Some systems come with just a small number of sensors, while others feature older technology which may not ensure the best emergency response.

At PhoneWatch, with more than 27 years of experience in monitored alarms, we know the best technology to use to offer the best possible monitoring service. That’s why we are one of the few alarm companies in Ireland to prioritise PIR Camera sensors with our alarm systems.

PIR Camera sensors offer many advantages over older PIR sensors. Our cameras take instant snapshots when triggered, giving valuable instant confirmation on what’s happening in your home, vital information which we can share with the Gardai/emergency services to ensure the best response times.

3: What else will the system protect you from?

Modern alarm systems can do so much more than just protect your home from burglary.

The PhoneWatch alarm system also comes with an always-on monitored smoke alarm as standard, while a monitored carbon monoxide alarm can also be added. Fire and carbon monoxide pose a real danger, and with our always-on monitoring we can take instant action to despatch the emergency services as soon we receive an alarm signal. When seconds can make a big difference, it’s important to have PhoneWatch looking out for you and your loved ones.

4: What happens if something stops working?  

It’s vital that your alarm works when you need it most. With many systems, the service and maintenance can be costly extras with expensive call-out charges, while replacing components can also be costly.

With PhoneWatch, your monitoring service also includes unlimited service and maintenance of your alarm system with a lifetime guarantee on the full system excluding only the batteries, so we’ll always be there when you need us, without the additional costs.

Our technical support team can even run remote diagnostics on the system for hassle-free services, while our team of engineers located across Ireland are on hand 24/7 should you require us.

5: What kind of smart features does it have?

Our homes are getting smarter all the time, with more and more devices controlled through our smartphones and tablets. Advanced technology is there to make our lives easier, with simple controls for alarms and lighting.

PhoneWatch alarm systems are smartphone-controlled, with a handy app allowing you to see the status of your alarm, and control it from the palm of your hand. In addition, we have handy smart key tags which allow you to control the alarm with a simple swipe of your hand.

Want more smart control? With PhoneWatch you can also add smart plugs to your system, allowing you to remotely control lamps and other electrical items for even more convenience.

6: Is it PhoneWatch?  

In reality, there’s only one question you need to ask when choosing an alarm – is it PhoneWatch? We’re Ireland’s No.1 since 1991, and with 27 years of experience, there are so many reasons why we’re Ireland’s most trusted home safety provider.

With PhoneWatch, you get everything you’ll need to keep your home safe, just ask any of our 105,000 customers across Ireland, and learn why our customer satisfaction rating is above 96%.

A PhoneWatch home is a safer home. #NoWorries