You already know that starting 2022 off safely involves upping your home security game, but where do you start? There are many things to consider when choosing a home security system, from installation to monitoring systems, contracts, and costs.
Here are 6 things to keep in mind when choosing the best home security system for your needs.
Most home security systems will require a contract, but make sure you read the fine print for the terms. Some contracts are short-term, some can be up to three years, and some may not require contracts at all. It’s important to keep your goals, such as a future move that will require breaking the contract.
2. Professional Monitoring Services
Professional monitoring services can come with your system, or as an add-on with additional fees. You can choose to rely on the security system’s alerts and alarms, but you won’t have the added peace of mind that comes from knowing the authorities will be alerted immediately when the system is triggered. Carefully weigh the pros and cons of a monitoring service; the fees are an investment in your family’s protection.
Costs will include installation costs, cancellation fees, equipment costs, activation fees, and other hidden costs. A reputable home security system dealer will show you all of your costs upfront to avoid surprises. Most providers offer several different systems and levels of protection. Make sure you understand the total costs of the security system, both upfront and monthly.
4. Equipment Choices
How much equipment will you need? From security cameras to access control system hardware and software, you’ll need to consider how a security system will impact the look and feel of your home. Sleek, modern options are one choice, but other options can include obviously placed, bulkier security equipment designed to deter intruders.
How will the authorities receive alerts?
- Broadband: While this is a great option for those with high-speed internet, you could be looking at outages if your WiFi or power is interrupted
- Landline: This is the least expensive option, but it’s the least reliable. All a bad actor needs to do to disable the alarm is to cut the cord.
- Cellular: This is the most expensive option, but also the most reliable. Cellular monitoring sends alerts to the monitoring centers via built-in chips and the same signals used by your cell phone.
6. Are the Basics Covered?
Make sure your security system has all the basics covered, including:
- Temperature sensors and smoke alarms
- Security cameras
- Panic buttons
- Motion detectors
- Window alarms and sensors
- Carbon monoxide detectors
- Centralized control panel
You may also opt for a system that features motion-activated floodlights to further deter intruders.
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