19 June 2018
Finally, a home alarm system that suits you and your (furry) family members
Honeywell alarm systems provide the perfect solution to securing your home and keeping your pet happy too.
Britain has long been a nation of animal lovers, with just under half of British households owning at least one pet, ranging from dogs and cats, to birds, fish, chickens, and even house rabbits. If you own a pet, chances are you allow it the freedom of your home (less so with your pet catfish!), but this can be a problem if you use a home alarm system to protect your property whilst you’re away.
Some homeowners are discouraged by the fact their alarm system is not marketed as ‘pet friendly’, whilst others fear accidental triggers, and rightly so, as many local councils now enforce costly fines for alarms that go off and cause a nuisance to neighbours. Either way, many pet owners choose to leave their home alarm systems off when they are out of the house, which defeats the point of having an alarm installed in the first place.
So what is the solution? There are a number of ‘pet friendly’ sensors available, and while they can provide the answer for some, it should be noted that these systems are not 100% foolproof. Some sources suggest ‘hacks’ such as angling your regular sensors away from the floor to avoid the movements of pets, but this isn’t a suitable solution if you own a cat who likes to jump and climb.
Honeywell home alarms provide an alternate solution – At Home Zoning Mode. This clever feature allows you to set up to three zones around your home to suit your lifestyle, giving you the option to leave one of these zones unarmed to allow for movement around certain areas of the house. Originally designed for use by families at night, leaving the downstairs sensors armed whilst allowing for movement between bedrooms and the bathroom upstairs, this clever zoning feature can be tailored to suit pet owners too, giving your pet the freedom of certain rooms whilst the rest of the house, including the doors and windows, is alarmed against intruders.
Using your wireless keypad, you can connect up to 6 individual sensors to each of the three zones. For example, you could set the PIR sensors that cover the majority of the house as Zone 2, the door and window sensors as Zone 1, and the kitchen or the conservatory, where you shut your dog or cat during the day, as Zone 3. The At Home Zoning Mode will then let you set the alarm at the touch of a button as you leave, ensuring that your pet can move around their designated room without triggering the alarm system, but giving you peace of mind that the rest of your property is securely monitored and protected against burglary.
At Home Zoning Mode may provide peace of mind for you, but what about your pet? We take the care and wellbeing of our furry friends seriously, and will go to great pains to ensure their happiness. Whilst a barking dog has been long identified as a successful deterrent to potential burglars, it can also be a sign of distress in your pet that you may want to control. Dogs that are left at home alone all day can cause a nuisance to neighbours by barking excessively at noises made by the postman, or other people and animals outside, as well as internal noises such as the doorbell or telephone.
With a Honeywell wireless doorbell, you can utilise the sleep function to silence the doorbell for a set period of time, in increments of 3, 6, 9 or even 12 hours. If you’re home, and still want to silence the doorbell to avoid upsetting your pet, then some models also have a mute button which silences the chime indefinitely, with the option to set a bright, strobing light or coloured halo light instead as a visual alert.
Whether you own a Great Dane or Chihuahua, a pedigree feline or the neighbourhood Mog, owning a pet shouldn’t compromise your home security. But if you need any further persuasion, bear in mind that dog-napping reports rose in 2017 to just under 2,000 cases – an irrefutable reason to ensure your house alarm is keeping your property, your family, and your pets safe and secure.