If the fast approach of Halloween has you dreading monsters at your door, it may be time to invest in a home security system.
In the following article, we’ll outline the key benefits of having a home security system, and we’ll also take a look at some of the features you’ll want to look for as you consider the various systems on the market.
Why Installing a Home Security System Is a Good Idea
Home security systems keep you and your family safe. They are the best barrier between your home and possible intruders, burglars, vandals, and other criminals. While several years ago, many people considered security systems to be specialized technology that was complicated and expensive, today, security systems are more affordable than ever. They’re also easy to set up and use.
Home security systems or alarm systems are a good idea for the following reasons:
- They deter burglars from entering your home whether you’re there or not.
- If you own a second home where you cannot be at all times, they deter burglars, vandals, and squatters from entering or stealing from you.
- They deter burglars from stealing packages outside your door after they’ve been delivered.
- They keep your family safe from intruders at all times of the day and night.
- Via a smartphone app, they allow you to monitor your home when you have to be away — on business, vacation, or for any other reason.
- They give you peace of mind that you’re protecting your home and family in the best possible way.
- In some cases, having comprehensive, centrally-monitored security systems installed can give you discounts on home insurance (check with your provider first).
Types of Security Systems Explained
Expect to have to choose between several different types of security systems. You’ll need to make two main choices regarding key features:
Professionally Installed Systems or Do-It-Yourself Systems
Enjoy doing work in your own home? A DIY system will generally be less expensive than a professionally installed system; however, it may be difficult if you’re new to the technology.
Centrally-Monitored Systems or Self-Monitored Systems
For a less-expensive overall cost and more personal control over your home security and various features, you can buy a home security system that you monitor yourself. With these systems, you’ll want to install the app that comes with your system so that you can check in from anywhere in the world. You may be able to log-in from other outlets as well — such as from desktop computers or laptops. All software is different and depends on the company.
Centrally-monitored systems are more expensive in general, and you’ll need to choose between some key terms in your contract. For example, you can choose how long you want to commit to having a centrally-monitored security company cover you, then go from there.
What Features You Should Consider
In addition to the above decisions you’ll need to make, there are some other features to consider that may make your home security system slightly more manageable and comprehensive at keeping your home safe.
- Home Automation: Control systems like your lights, alarms (on/off), and door and window locks remotely with a smartphone app.
- Video Surveillance: While video surveillance is good for all types of systems, it’s not a part of every system. If you do choose to have this feature, you can also choose between secondary features like high definition cameras, 24-hour surveillance, recording, panning and zooming options, and more.
- Hardwired Vs. Wireless: Decide whether you want a wireless system that is easier to manage away from home or a traditional hardwired system.
Check out other key feature options here.
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