If you are looking for a simple, affordable way to protect your primary residence, vacation home or business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, there’s a new device called the DIY Cellular Alarm for Homes that sends text message alerts 24/7. The base unit sells for under $200. Unlike other alarms in this price range which are typically “local” alarms and effective only when you are around to actually hear the alarm sounding, the DIY Cellular Alarm for Homes is a “call-out” alarm that sends text message alerts directly to you (anywhere!). That makes this alarm especially useful for times when you’re away. With a DIY Cellular Alarm, you’ll know immediately when there’s an emergency condition or power outage at your home or office.
Why a Cellular Alarm?
A cellular alarm communicates via a cell phone signal, making it ideal for homes or buildings without a landline phone or Internet connection. A cellular alarm is also the perfect solution in vacant vacation homes where those services are turned off in the offseason to reduce expenses.
The beauty of a cellular alarm is that it requires only one or two bars of cell phone signal strength to be able to transmit text messages to your phone or mobile device (which is much less than the signal strength needed for voice calls). So, even if your home or building is in a remote location with minimal cellular service, there is a good chance that you can still use the DIY Cellular Alarm for Homes.
What Can I Monitor?
The DIY Cellular Alarm for Homes is “dual-sensor” alarm, meaning that it monitors up to two conditions plus power outages. The unit comes standard with two water sensors, but other types of sensors and detectors can be used.
Use the water sensors to monitor:
- Sump pumps
- Basement and utility room drains
- Water pans
- Underneath appliances such as refrigerators, water heaters, dishwashers, and washers
- High or low room temperature
- Sump pump well levels
- Smoke/carbon monoxide
- Motion sensor
- Remote power outage
- Driveway motion using a beam sensor
- Driveway motion using a probe sensor
How Do I Receive Cellular Alarm Alerts?
The DIY Cellular Alarm for Homes can be programmed to send real-time text message alerts to up to three cell phone numbers. In the event of a power outage or emergency condition, a text message is sent to each phone number. When the condition returns to normal and/or the electrical power is restored, the unit sends another text message notifying you that the situation is resolved. The DIY Cellular Alarm uses four AAA batteries for backup power, so you are always protected, even during power outages.
Extend Protection by Including Your Caretaker
When you receive a text message from your DIY Cellular Alarm for Homes, you will know to take action to correct the problem. For extended protection in the event that you are far away or unable to respond to the emergency, you can program the cellular alarm to send text messages directly to your caretaker, property manager, plumber or contractor (in addition to yourself) so they can handle the crisis for you.
Where to Buy the DIY Cellular Alarm for Homes?
The DIY Cellular Alarm for Homes is sold exclusively by the online retailer DIYcontrols.com. The device uses the Verizon network* and your first year of Verizon cellular service is included in the cost of the unit. After that, cellular service costs only about $30 per year.
When ordering, choose the two sensors or detectors that best address your concerns. The DIY Cellular Alarm for Homes comes with two water sensors, but you can replace one or both of these with another sensor that monitors conditions such as temperature, humidity, smoke and carbon monoxide. The DIY Cellular Alarm automatically monitors for power outages, but you can get an additional power outage sensor for another location in the house that is on a different circuit breaker.
* NOTE: Before ordering the DIY Cellular Alarm for Homes, be sure to check that there is cellular service at the location where it will be installed.