Home Security Hot-Tips: 5 Things to Look for Before Choosing a Security System

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Every homeowner looks for reliable ways to keep their family and property safe.

Thanks to modern advances in technology, it’s possible to ensure your loved ones and belongings are safe, even when you’re away from home. There are a lot of modern home security systems available on the market, but before you buy and install one, make sure it meets your needs.

Here are 5 things to check off your list before deciding on a system.

Home Security Hot-Tips: 5 Things to Look for Before Choosing a Security System

  1. The Basics

    Any decent home security system has a number of basic features that work together to ensure your home is protected. Some of these features include a control panel, keypad, siren/alarm, door and window contacts, and a central monitoring system. Make sure they’re well-designed, and meet your needs.

  2. Price Point

    Before buying a security system for your home, you’ll have figure out what your budget is. There are a wide range of home security systems, and they vary widely in cost.

    Knowing your budget and how high you are willing to go will make it easier to shop around. You should also know how much the initial cost is going to increase from installation and regular monitoring fees.

  3. Wired vs Wireless

    Security systems for homes come in two main configurations: wired and wireless. While wired systems are known to be more reliable, wireless ones are easier to install since you won’t have to drill through your walls. Another reason to go for the wireless configuration is that analogue phone lines are becoming obsolete.

  4. Monitored vs Unmonitored

    Another thing you will have to consider is whether you want a monitored system or an unmonitored one.

    Just as the names suggest, a monitored system sends signals to a central monitoring system before trained representatives call the police.

    With an unmonitored system, you’ll have a siren that goes off when there is a security threat. You’ll be notified via a smartphone app as well, but there won’t be someone to call the police. You only have yourself to rely on.

    Either system type allows you to remotely control your home and security system, so it depends on if you want that extra monitoring and how much you’re willing to pay for the additional security and peace of mind.

  5. Customer Experience & Support

    Before making a purchase, it’s important to establish whether you had a good customer experience. Whatever experience you have while shopping could easily be indicative of the kind of support you’ll have as a customer of that security company.

    Find out if you’ll get support if the system malfunctions and how extensive that support will be. All of these factors will help you know that you won’t be alone in difficult times, and that your home will be secured always.

Follow these tips to find the system that works best for you and your family as well as your home and budget. And regardless of what system you end up purchasing, make sure you install it properly.

If it’s a DIY system, you should be able to handle it yourself, but professional system will need a professional installation. Once installed, you’ll be able to sleep easy, knowing your family and home are protected.

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