Do you ever feel like your house is exposed to vandalism and burglary when you are camping away from home? The best way to feel safe is to ensure that you pick the right security system.
Before you start comparing different systems based on the features each has, you need to understand the two types of security systems; landline and wireless home security systems. Landline systems rely on radio frequency and a wired phone connection to send signals when sensors are triggered. The advantage of these systems is that in case of a power outage, a backup battery keeps the system up.
On the other hand, a wireless home security system relies on cellular signals to send signals when sensors are triggered. The main advantage of these systems is that they come pre-programmed and ready to use. A wireless home security system is ideal for campers.
Read the Home Security Contract
Before you buy a home security system, read the fine print and understand what the contract requires. When reviewing the contract, consider whether the security provider charges termination fee, whether the contract includes installation and equipment fee, what the contract covers (and what it doesn’t), and whether you can rent or lease the equipment.
The termination fee for some contracts can be as high as $700. Some security providers will give you your money back in cases of burglary while others state on the contract that they are not liable.
If you have questions about the security system contract, you can always reach out to the provider before you sign the contract. Most providers are always available when you need them.
Can You Install the System or Do You Need a Professional?
Today, there are many DIY home security systems. The systems do not require drilling or wiring. Instead, you can attach them to your walls using tape or plug them into your standard wall outlet. The DIY installation gives you the freedom to set up your system the way you need.
Professional installation is ideal for landline home security systems. Again, because a home security system is a long term investment, you might need a professional to do the installation for you.
How is the Security Provider’s Customer Service?
Before you buy a security system, call your home security system provider and ask all the questions you need. When doing so, you need to understand the kind of customer service they offer. Some pertinent issues to get clarification on include:
- Measures taken to keep your home safe
- Cost of equipment and the warranty that accompanies them
- Availability of tech support
- The installation process
- How the equipment works in cases of a power outage
- Contract signing and associated terms
- Addition of more equipment to the home security system
Key Features to Consider on a Home Security System
Is your home smart? If yes, then you will need a smart security system to match. Modern security systems are engineered to connect to home automation devices. Some security systems make use of panels that send signals to smart devices such as lights, doorbell, smart heaters, and cameras. Other systems connect to voice assistant devices such as Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. This way, you can create schedules to keep the lights on or off when you are not home.
Most home security systems come with a mobile app. This way, you can monitor your home security even when you are not home. With a mobile app, you are notified when sensors are triggered. Even when you are home, you can watch live footage outside your home when sensors are triggered.
You can monitor your system and contact emergency responders when your home is broken into. However, home security system monitoring professionals give you peace of mind. Professionals monitor any motion or sound detected by the sensors and respond accordingly. Whether you pick a professional to monitor your system or you monitor the system yourself will depend on the security needs of your home.
Most home security systems today feature a small but powerful design. No one wants bulky wires running dangerously across your home. Some systems offer tablet-like controls while others have simple base stations.
Ease of Use
Your home security system will make many sounds. As a homeowner, you need to understand what each sound means and how to respond to each alert. You need to know where the panic button is located and when to press it. Again, the system needs to alert you in instances of a power outage or when the battery power runs low, or even when there is a technical glitch that needs your attention.
Ability to Expand
You might need more equipment after installing your home security system to keep your home safer. These equipment include sensors, cameras, and panic buttons. A good system should allow you to add these new equipment with ease. Before you buy a system, therefore, ensure that the system can expand. Expandability is a more compelling reason to buy simple home security systems when you are on a budget.
What Constitutes a Home Security System?
A standard home security system constitutes a control panel, sensors, cameras, and a panic button. However, each security system provider has a different package designed to meet your specific needs. Some of the security systems accessories you might need to include glass break sensors, door and window sensors, security cameras, and a video doorbell. The number of cameras and sensors are dependent on the size of your home.
You need to compare different packages from different security providers to know which fits your security needs best. Again, understand that the more the accessories in the package, the higher the cost of the package.
How secure is your neighborhood? The answer to this question will determine how stringent you need your security system to be. Again, how big is your budget, and how is your security budget? These two factors will determine the accessories you will install. Once the system has been installed, frequent diagnostics should be carried out to determine the working condition of the system. This way, you will not be caught with your security system down when you need it the most.