It’s always a good idea to have an alarm system in your home. It not only protects you from burglars, but also can help protect you and your loved ones against fire, carbon monoxide poisoning, and natural disasters. So how do you pick the right home security system for your needs? We’ve put together this guide to help!
1. Understand the different types of home security systems
There are three main types of home security systems that you need to consider when making this choice. These are the following:
- Residential Security Systems
- Home Automation/Home Controls System
- Smart Home Systems & Access Control
Each type has its own benefits, so it’s important to first look at what your needs are before making this decision.
For example, residential security systems are great for protecting your family against burglars and other intruders. They can be installed in just a few hours by professionals – you don’t need to change any wiring or hire an electrician! It works by connecting sensors on doors & windows with the central control panel which is monitored 24/seven. If there’s any break-in, the system will send an alert to your smartphone (or other mobile devices) and you can immediately call the authorities or check out what’s going on at home with a live camera feed that is sent directly to your device via email or even text message.
These systems are very easy for anybody in your home to use, so they are perfect for families.
A smart home system is another great option if you want a more automated way of controlling your appliances and lights. You can program the system using an app on your phone, tablet or laptop to control when things turn on/off at certain times (like setting up “scenes” where all the lights turn on at the same time, for example). It also can be integrated with other devices and appliances you already have in your home.
2. Determine your needs and budget
Determine what you need from a home security system and how much you can afford to spend. There are many different options available on the market today, so it’s important to decide what is best for your needs before making any purchases.
For example, if keeping track of who comes in/out of your house at all times is very important then an access control system might be what you need. If protecting your family is the most important thing, then a residential security system will do the trick.
A home automation/home controls system can also make life easier by controlling all of your appliances and lighting with one simple product (like an in-wall touchpad or remote control). It works for both indoor and outdoor lights.
For example, low-voltage lighting is a great choice for the outside of your home because they are easy to install and look very nice! They can also help keep intruders away by making it difficult for them to see in the dark. And if you have pets or kids who make frequent trips into/out of your home, your home automation system can make it very easy for you to keep track of who comes/goes.
Don’t forget that many security systems now work with other products like locks and doorbells too! This is great if you want the same company monitoring both devices so they will communicate together flawlessly. For example, an alarm panel that works with a smart lock will automatically disable the alarm if you use your smartphone to unlock it.
3. Shop for a system that meets your needs and budget
When buying a home security system, you need to consider the cost of installation and equipment. For example, if it is important for you to monitor your home yourself or have total access control then an in-house monitoring service might be best for you (as opposed to using no monitoring).
For example, self-monitoring means that there are no monthly fees and you will be able to monitor your home via a web-based system or mobile app. You can then get alerts when the alarm goes off (or even if it is simply triggered).
So, whether you live in an apartment complex, condo community or single family house – there’s something on the market for everyone! A professionally installed & monitored home security system is going to cost you a little more in monthly fees, but it will give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your family and belongings are protected 24/seven.
A professional installer can come out to your location and run all new wiring for any equipment needed so there’s no need to change any current wiring or hire an electrician. They can then install all new equipment and help you get everything setup in your home or business so it is compatible with the rest of your devices (like doorbells, locks and more).
In conclusion, there are many benefits to having a home security system installed in your home. If you want more automated control of appliances and lights, then smart home technology might be what you need.
Don’t forget that there are also access control systems available if keeping track of who comes/goes from your house is important to you. And make sure the installation is done by a professional because it can be very dangerous to do yourself.