What you need to know before installing a home security system

November 3, 2015

When it comes to a home security system, having the wrong system can be detrimental to your safety. Not only do you need to know the basic components, but it is also important to know what kind of system to choose for your specific needs.

What you need to know before installing a home security system

Choosing the right system for your needs

There are many kinds of home security systems, and choosing the right one can be overwhelming.

  • The first thing to look for is the basic components that come with any quality security system.
  • For instance, good security systems come with a control panel and door and window sensors as minimum requirements.
  • What you add to that depends on your budget as well as what you feel that you need.
  • For instance, you can add video cameras, key fobs for easy entry.
  • Some systems even have home automation and smart phone apps that allow you to set them remotely.

Monitored or non-monitored systems?

  • The monitored systems mean that someone is there for you 24/7, 365 days a year. These monitored systems allow you access to a control centre that will notify the police or fire department if you need it, and depending on the situation, you may not even have to be home. When the alarm is triggered, they may first try to contact you, or in the case of a fire, send a fire truck immediately.
  • Non-monitored systems typically have an audible alarm that may scare off a potential burglar but will not be able to notify the authorities. Keep in mind that you will likely be charged a monthly fee for monitoring.

Installation choices

There are wired and wireless systems, do-it-yourself systems and professionally installed systems to choose from.

  • Obviously, if you are renting, you'll want a wireless system so that you don't break any lease rules and can take it with you when you move.
  • As far as the DIY vs. professionally installed choices, it depends on what you feel that you can afford and do on your own.
  • The security systems you install yourself are usually less expensive, and most of them will have technical support to help you with the installation.
  • Having your system professionally installed may require an installation fee as well as a specific appointment time. Some places will offer free installation specials, so keep an eye out for these deals to save some money.

No matter what type of home security system you choose, it's a good idea to understand the basics of what goes into a quality security system that will suit your needs.

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