Choosing the right home security system isn’t a one-size-fits-all decision. There are many different systems and programs with a variety of functions and capabilities. How do you go about determining which one is right for you and your lifestyle?
Use the below points as a guide when choosing a home security system that best fits your needs.
What are your needs?
Your needs will vary depending on the level of home security you’re seeking. Whether you’re living alone, with roommates, with a spouse or with young children, your security priorities will differ. Discuss with the individuals occupying the home about what kind of safety is important and the capabilities you agree the security system needs to have.
Consider the type of system
There is a variety of different home security systems to pick from, which doesn’t necessarily make the deciding process any easier. From monitored and unmonitored, all the way to wireless and electric systems, the options are many. Not only should you consider the type of system you’re on the market for, you should also consider your place of residence and what system would work best. For example, a monitored system would work well if you wanted the police to be notified when the alarm was triggered and an unmonitored system might be favored if you wanted to bypass extra fees and just have an alarm sound in the event of a break-in.
Research the system’s capabilities
It should come as no surprise that each system type has a variety of capabilities. For example, some may include the ability to connect and link all smart devices, equipping you with video surveillance that can be monitored right from your phone. Refer back to your needs when considering which system works best for you.
Check out the pros and cons
Naturally, there will be some functions in each type of home security system that you love and some that you don’t. For example, a monitored system will set off a call to the police making them aware of an intrusion. The downside to this is the lines are located by the outdoor phone line, and these can be disabled if cut or tampered with. Another example would be with a wireless alarm system. These types of systems are easy to install, but the distance is limited and the batteries will require replacing.
Read customer testimonials
Finally, it’s never a bad idea to see what other people are saying. Customer testimonials are a powerful piece of information to reference when making a decision as important as this. Save yourself the headache by doing your research and learning about the experience others have had with the various types.
Using these guidelines when you’re on the lookout for a brand-new security system should point you in the right direction. If you’re interested in learning about more about security, check out one of our events near you.