Selecting the right home security system is vital step in protecting your family and home. There are a variety of options and expenses to evaluate before concluding your ideal choice.
1. Determine if you want a professional installation for your security system or if you prefer to do-it-yourself.
2. Only get a system with a maximum of a one-year contract. A contract can reduce the cost of equipment, but you should consider the potential of getting a fee if you need cancel service later down the line.
3. Calculate the total amount of entryways and windows for your home that you need secured. This determines how many sensors you’ll need.
4. At least one smoke detector should include automatic monitoring. Smoke detectors with automatic monitoring can save a considerable amount of your belongings if you’re away.
5. All main doors should be hardwired to notify the control system that they’ve been opened. If several doors are out of reach, you can cover the gaps with motion detectors.
6. Use motion detectors in places where many windows are accessible from the ground. This can cut down on your overall expenses.
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7. Consider how your basement affects your security choices. Wiring the basement windows and doors are easier for a technician if your basement is undeveloped. A wireless system can be used if your basement is finished. Wireless systems are more dependable with the latest technology developments. An advantage of a wireless system is that you have access to key fobs that to arm and disarm your system remotely.
8. Walk around your home before having a security system consultant arrive. Look for the most reachable and hidden areas to find the places you want covered by the security system. Choose a good spot for your security control pad. Sometimes it’s convenient to have a second controller installed in your bedroom. You’ll also need a central closet or discrete area, like your basement, for the main electronics box.
9. Determine if you want to pay for monitoring with a monthly payment. The security monitoring company can notify local authorities if the security system detects a fire, break-in, or other emergency. While this is a convenient feature you may need to pay for an alarm permit from your city. Also, false alarms can result in expensive fines.