Buying a Home Security System? Top 5 Questions
Before you can decide which security company is best for you it is important to define what features and considerations are most important to you. There are literally thousands of home security companies and products available in the marketplace. While there are a few that stand above the rest, no company can be all things to all people. In order to select the one that is best for you, it is important to spend some time to carefully consider your priorities so that you can determine the factors that are most critical to you and your unique situation. To help you start sorting things out, we propose that you consider the Top 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Home Security System
What do I want my Home Security System to do?
As technology progresses, the capabilities of a home security system have expanded tremendously. Consequently, there are a myriad of options to consider when defining the scope of your security system. This may be influenced by your comfort level with using technology as well as budgetary considerations. Home Security System can incorporate:
- Intrusion Protection
- Full Perimeter
- Life Safety
- Personal Safety/Medical
- Low Temperature
- Home Automation
- Appliances Locks
- Energy Management
- Interactive Capabilities
- Remote Control
Before you can design a system and evaluate home security companies, product and services…it is important to clearly define what you want your system to do.
How much can I afford to spend on a home security system?
Sometimes what we want and what we can afford may be two different things. Keep in mind, that most security systems are fully expandable. Most wireless systems will include the capacity to accommodate 30-40 zones which will enable you to set up basic protection to get started with and expand as the budget allows or needs change.
Many companies have starter systems available for $99-$299….and some even include your equipment for FREE when you enter into a 3-5 year monitoring agreement. Monitoring can range from about $20/mo. to $50+/mo. depending on the products and services you require.
How will my system be installed?
Years ago, security systems were hard-wired into the home and required professional installation…often costing thousands of dollars. Now, the majority of home security systems are wireless and can be easily installed by the average homeowner. While there may still be some who prefer professional installation, many systems are shipped pre-programmed and virtually plug-n-play. This eliminates the need to schedule and wait for a technician, take time off and any concerns about having a stranger in your home to sell or install the system.
How will my system be monitored?
While it is still possible to set up a system that just sounds a siren and notifies the owner via text or e-mail, most consumers understand and recognize the importance of having the system professionally monitored. They know that the neighbors can’t be there 24/7 to contact the authorities and they also know that they aren’t always in a position to respond to a signal. (while driving, at the movies, at work, in a meeting, no signal etc..)
Most people install a home security system for the peace of mind of knowing that their home, family and everything that is near and dear to them are protected 24/7 by a UL Listed, 5 Diamond Certified Central Monitoring Station.
In the past, home security systems communicated through the phone lines. Now there are multiple channels of communication- phone lines, broadband and cellular. Many are opting for cellular communications so that the system can’t be defeated by simply cutting the phone or cable lines.
How will I control my system?
Some people might just want to be able to turn the system on or off at the push of a button. However, there is a growing market of tech savvy, mobile consumers that want the capability of controlling the entire home from anywhere in the world where they can access the internet. With broadband or cellular connections and custom mobile Apps, most security providers now offer interactive capabilities that enable one to control the entire system from any computer, tablet or mobile device!
Although it can be confusing when faced with so many options and companies-once you have taken the time to sort out exactly what you are looking for in a security system…the process of evaluating the companies that best meet your criteria will be much easier! Once you have established your priorities…check out our Top Alarm Companies and see which one might be best for you.
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Last Updated on May 11, 2015 by The Home Security Advisor