Home Security System

Alarm systems for home security

If protecting your home from intrusion is a major concern, installing a home security system can bring peace of mind and vital assistance in an emergency. However, choosing the right system and finding a reliable service provider is essential to receiving the coverage you need. Instead of making a quick purchase, consider the factors that make a security system effective in your home.

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Choosing a Security System

Home security systems range dramatically in price and features, depending on the amount of protection offered. Homeowners can purchase and install basic burglar alarms or opt for a 24-hour monitored system, which alerts the appropriate authorities in the event of an emergency. For this reason, the first step is to assess your needs and vulnerability, and decide on the level of security you wish to achieve.

You should view your home in terms of the "security zones" you wish to protect, including major entrances and windows. These zones can then be equipped with sensors that will release a signal when disturbed. Inexpensive alarms often use the simplest detectors, made of foil tape that triggers an alarm when the circuit is broken. The most complex dual systems, with sensitive infrared and microwave sensors, can prevent false alarms by requiring detection from both sensors before issuing a response. While a traditional system must run wiring between the control panel, sensors and alarms, a wireless home security system operates remotely, eliminating the need for drilling.

A blaring alarm might discourage an intruder, but there are no guarantees, especially when the property is definitely empty. Having security cameras and home monitoring services will provide homeowners with additional support. Also, incorporating smoke, flood and carbon monoxide detectors adds defenses against other types of home hazards.

What to Consider

An expensive system can put a dent in your budget, so the following factors will help you get started on researching the best home security systems before making a commitment:

  • Provider. It is usually best to stick will well-known, long-standing companies, such as ADT home security systems and Brinks home security systems. However, if you're considering a lesser-known company, always perform a background check and search for consumer feedback. You can also get recommendations from neighbors and family or consult the directory compiled by the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association.
  • Product terms. Most security companies either sell you the control unit outright (with or without monitoring services) or arrange a lease. Buying a unit without a lease allows for greater flexibility, especially if you want to cancel the service in the future or pair the system with monitoring services from another provider.
  • Ease of use. Components of the system should be easily understandable for all residents and accessible throughout the house, with a quick deactivation method to reduce accidental alarm triggers. It is also beneficial to have a system with backup power and infrequent battery changes.
  • Additional services. Protect yourself financially by buying products with reasonable warranties and a lengthy trial period. Once you enter into a contract, it will be costly to break, so always think ahead. Also, ask the dealer about the option of having the system reinstalled at no charge when you relocate.