Choosing the Best Home Security System
The home security market is rapidly expanding, giving you more options than ever for protecting your home’s security. However, with so many security systems to choose from, how can you decide which one will best fit the security needs of your home? The answer to this is largely dependent on many factors, which will affect which security system will cover your home’s security needs, and for the best price. Here are some of the most useful questions to use when searching for the best security system for your home.
What’s my Budget?
For many people, expense is a huge consideration when purchasing a home security system. This is especially true in regards to security systems that have a monthly subscription fee. When deciding on the “best” security system, however, it’s essential that you do not decide by price alone. Evaluate the price of a system against other factors, such as monitoring devices that you would like to install in your home. For example, security camera monitoring is available from many home security companies for an extra fee. However, if this is a feature that you need, it’s important to factor that extra cost into your budget. Decide which features are right for you, and use your budget to work out an estimate of how much you’re willing to spend for your home security system.
What Type of Monitoring is Best for My Home?
When choosing a home security system, the type of monitoring that you choose will affect which security system is best for you. While some of the older security systems had limited options, today’s technology allows for three commonly used types of monitoring for security systems:
Two-Way Voice Monitoring
In this type of monitoring, someone from your home security company will be able to directly speak to you over the intercom of your control panel. This means that as soon as an emergency is detected in your home, a member of your company’s security personnel will attempt to reach you by speaking through the intercom. If you confirm the emergency, or if they believe an emergency situation is currently taking place, they will send emergency vehicles to your location.
For households without a landline telephone, broadband monitoring is now available. This allows a security system to connect directly to the internet. When an emergency situation is detected, the system will be able to transmit a signal via the internet to your home security company.
Landline monitoring is the traditional monitoring method for many security systems. Landline monitoring connects to a landline telephone line in your home. When a situation is detected, a representative from your home security company will call your home, in order to confirm the situation.
What’s my Living Situation?
Many people don’t realize it, but your living situation is extremely important when choosing the best security system for your home. Some home security systems, such as wired security systems, may be very difficult to move and re-install if you plan on moving to a new residence. A wireless security system, though being slightly more expensive, can be easily transported to a new residence without much difficulty. Another factor about your living situation that you should consider is if the features of your home security system are approved by the zoning laws of your community. Some features, such as bright motion-sensing outdoor lights, may require the approval of your community or town before they can be installed (especially if you live in very close proximity to other homes).
What Features Do I Need?
Since many security systems are available with customizable features, you now have a greater degree of versatility in protecting your home. Some of the features that may be available for your home’s security system may include:
- Window Sensors
- Door Sensors
- Intercom Voice Support
- Security Camera Monitoring
- Weight or Pressure Sensors
- Motion-Sensing Video Surveillance
- Smoke or Heat Detectors
- Glass Break Sensors
- Flood Sensors
- 1-Touch Emergency Alert Buttons
- Carbon Monoxide Detectors
- Email/Text Alerts
- Programmable Duress Signal
What Type of Support Do I Need?
When you are purchasing a home security system, you need to consider the type of support that you may need for your home. To put it simply, different security companies offer different types of support to help monitor your home. If you would like your home to be monitored by a company 24/7, it’s important to make sure that this is included in the type of support that they offer. If you want to be able to install multiple control panels, be sure that the system that you choose will support this option.