How to Choose a Home Security System
According to the FBI, more than 2 million homes are burglarized in the United States every year. This means that someone is breaking into a home somewhere across the country about every 13 seconds. There are several measures homeowners can take to help keep their homes and families safe.
Aside from the security of knowing that your personal possessions are protected, there are other benefits to having a home security system that just might help you make the decision to purchase one.
For instance, many homeowners insurance policies offer a reduction on premiums for those who have a home security system installed. Speak with your insurance carrier to see whether it offers this discount, and what is required of the system to receive the discount.
In addition, more advanced home security systems can provide you with an alert if one of your appliances is not working properly and could cause damage to your home. Furthermore, home security systems give guests, babysitters and nannies peace of mind, knowing that they are safe and secure in your home.
To avoid being a victim of a home burglary, investing in a home security system is your best option. Here is our list of things you need to know before purchasing a home security system.
Asset Protection Devices
There are devices you or a professional security installation company can install that will alert you if your valuables have been tampered with. For example, asset protection devices alert you when a jewelry box has been opened, a painting removed or moved from a wall or if a safe has been tampered with. Asset protection devices provide peace of mind if a repair person or cleaning person has access to your house while you are not home and tamper or disturb your valuable items.
Burglar Alarms are Not Home Security Systems
There are many differences between a burglar alarm and a home security system. A burglar alarm is a traditional type of alarm system that has sensors on your doors and windows. It will alert you or a monitoring service if an intruder has entered into your home.
A home security system is a network of integrated electronic devices working together with a central control panel to protect against burglars and other potential home intruders. Home security systems can also warn you about environmental dangers, such as fire, carbon monoxide, and even flooding.
A typical home security system includes:
- A control panel, which is the primary controller of a home’s security system
- Door and window sensors
- Motion sensors, both interior, and exterior
- Wired or wireless security cameras
- A high-decibel siren or alarm
- A yard sign and window stickers
Security Systems Operate During Power Outages
Many homeowners are concerned about how their home security system is powered. Suppose you are out of town and there was a storm in your neighborhood that knocked out the electricity. Is your home security system still on? Is your home protected?
Don’t be alarmed: No matter what type of system you have, it will continue to operate even when there is a loss of power at your home. A traditional system that is powered by electricity is typically low voltage, which means it doesn’t take a lot of power to run the system. These types of systems contain a large battery that will back up the system when the main power is out.
Although some security installation companies may tell you there is only one kind of security system for everyone, this is not true. In fact, several types and sizes are available, each of which can be customized to fit your needs. Security systems are designed specifically to fit your home and your way of life. A reputable security installation company know this and designs a system customized for your house and lifestyle.
A small security camera system might be fine for a condominium or small home, but if you have a larger home, you’ll need a system that can handle a larger amount of information and monitoring. A large home requires a system that covers all the doors and windows, as well as the exterior.
Home Security Systems are Affordable
While there are many DIY home security kits on the market, homeowners who go the DIY route need to make sure they know what they’re doing and install the system properly. Always make sure the system includes door and window sensors.
The Installation Process
The installation process of your home security system depends on what type you purchase. A traditional wired system will need to be installed by a professional, and often requires drilling to connect the sensors to the main alarm system.
On the other hand, a wireless system is much easier to install, as no drilling is required. In most cases, wireless systems are powered by a battery.
Choose Your Security System Installer Carefully
Now that you have determined the importance of a home security system, and know what services are available, you will need to choose a home security system installer. Consider how long the company has been in business. We recommend you choose a company that has at least 10 years of service. This track record will give you not only customer feedback but also peace of mind. Always ask for references and perform your own reference check. Before you purchase a home security system, do a little research. Look at the different types of systems, as well as additional features, to determine what you need. Don’t spend money on unnecessary extras. Find a provider that is within 250 miles for the best possible protection.
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