What to Look For In a Pet-Friendly Home Security System

by | Nov 10, 2023 | Everyday Living

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Just as a home is more than simply a house, home security is about more than simply securing your house. Our home should be a place of safety and comfort for ourselves and those nearest and dearest to us – including our pets.  As pet owners, we want to ensure the safety and well-being of our furry companions, even when we’re not at home. That’s where pet-friendly home security systems come into play. These advanced security solutions are tailored to accommodate the unique needs of pet owners, allowing us to protect our homes and our pets simultaneously. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the importance of home security for pets and provide a detailed overview of the key factors to consider when choosing a system that suits you and your pets. 

 

Motion Sensors and Pet Immunity 

 

Motion sensors are a fundamental component of any home security system, and they play an important role in detecting potential intruders. However, when you have pets, there’s an increased risk of false alarms caused by their movements. Pet-friendly security systems have evolved to address this issue by incorporating innovative features like pet immunity. 

 

If you are a pet owner, pet immunity is a crucial factor to consider when choosing motion sensors for your home security system. These sensors are designed to distinguish between the motion patterns of pets and humans, reducing false alarms. They use a combination of infrared technology, heat detection, and the size of the moving object to make this distinction. Generally, our pet-friendly motion sensors at CPI Security are effective at ignoring pets weighing up to 40 pounds. 

 

When installing motion sensors in your home, it is important to ensure they are strategically placed to minimize the chances of false alarms especially when you have pets. Our security technicians will position your pet-friendly alarm sensors at an appropriate height and angle, taking into account the size and habits of your pets. 

 

Video Monitoring and Two-Way Communication 

 

Video monitoring is a game-changer for pet owners, as it allows you to keep an eye on your pets while you’re away from home. Whether you’re at work or on vacation, having real-time access to a dog camera provides peace of mind, ensuring that your pets are safe and comfortable. 

 

When choosing a home security system, pay close attention to the features of the video monitoring component. High-quality video resolution is essential to capture clear, crisp and detailed images. Wide-angle coverage is another important aspect to consider. A camera with a wide field of view can monitor more space, which is particularly useful in larger rooms or open-concept living areas. This allows you to keep an eye on your pets, even if they move around frequently. 

 

Two-way communication is another feature that enhances your ability to interact with your pets remotely. Many security systems now include built-in speakers and microphones, allowing you to talk to your pets or hear their sounds. This can be incredibly comforting for your pets when they hear your voice, and can help alleviate separation anxiety in especially anxious cats and dogs. 

 

Smart Alerts and Mobile App Integration 

 

Home security for pets comes with a unique set of needs, and one of the most valuable features of a good home security system is receiving real-time alerts about potential dangers or disturbances at home. Smart alerts are customized notifications that can inform you of various events, such as a door opening, a window breaking, or a motion sensor being triggered. 

 

For pet owners, a pet-friendly security system from offers specialized smart alert features. These features can include pet-specific notifications. For example, you could set up a tripwire near the couch that would send you an alert anytime a pet jumps up on the couch. You could then speak to them through the camera to tell them to get down. 

 

Mobile app integration is a convenient way to access and control your security system remotely. A well-designed app should provide easy access to smart alerts, live video feeds, system controls, and a history of recorded events. It should be user-friendly and compatible with both iOS and Android devices. 

 

Environmental Monitoring and Pet Safety 

 

Home security for pets extends beyond simply intruder detection. Environmental sensors are essential for monitoring conditions within your home that can impact your pet’s health and well-being.  

 

Early detection of environmental hazards such as smoke, fire, or carbon monoxide is crucial for prompt action. Modern, pet-friendly security systems are equipped with environmental sensors that can detect these dangers and trigger alarms to protect both your home and your pets. In the event of an emergency, you’ll receive immediate notifications so you can take the necessary steps to ensure your pet’s safety. In the event you don’t see the notification, a monitored home security system will call first responders for you, which could be lifesaving.  

 

 

Professional Monitoring and Pet Rescue 

 

Professional monitoring services are a critical aspect of a comprehensive home security system. Monitoring services such as CPI offer 24/7 monitoring of your home and can provide an immediate response during emergencies, including intrusions, fires, or medical incidents. For pet owners, professional monitoring can make all the difference in protecting your pets. 

 

In cases where pets may need assistance or rescue, a monitored security system is invaluable. Professional monitoring services can dispatch first responders, such as firefighters or paramedics, to your home in a matter of minutes. This can be a lifesaver for your pets in situations where they may be trapped or in distress. 

 

Emergency protocols that prioritize pet safety are essential when selecting a pet-friendly alarm system. Ensure that your security provider has procedures in place to address the unique needs of pet owners. For example, at CPI, our monitoring professionals can let first responders know how many pets you have in the home. 

 

Conclusion 

 

When your pets are a part of your family, ensuring their safety is a top priority. A pet-friendly home security system offers the perfect solution to protect both your home and your beloved furry friends. As you begin to select the right home security system for pets, remember to consider the following key factors: 

 

  1. Motion Sensors and Pet Immunity: Choose sensors that are pet-friendly and strategically placed to minimize false alarms.
  2. Video Monitoring and Two-Way Communication: Look for high-quality video resolution, wide-angle coverage, and the ability to communicate with your pets remotely.
  3. Smart Alerts and Mobile App Integration: Ensure your security system provides customized alerts and a user-friendly mobile app with pet-specific features.
  4. Environmental Monitoring and Pet Safety: Invest in sensors that can detect smoke, fire and carbon monoxide.
  5. Professional Monitoring and Pet Rescue: opt for a system with professional monitoring services that prioritize pet safety.

 

With the right pet-friendly home security system in place, you can rest assured that your pets are protected and feel confident in their safety, no matter where you are. 

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