More people are starting to invest in a security system these days. Crime rates in some areas are on the rise and new technology has created smart homes. There are more options than ever on the market for security systems, including DIY systems that you monitor yourself. If you are ready to invest in a security system there are a few things that you need to consider before you buy.
DIY vs. security company
Your first step is determining if you want to find a system that you will monitor on your own, or if you want to work with a company. You can save money by monitoring the system on your own. However, there are still advantages to having a company monitor your home for you. With a security company, you don’t need to worry about keeping an eye on your house. You can rest at ease while they watch for you.
Wireless vs. hard wired
In the past security systems had to be hard wired. This means that installation was more time consuming and you usually needed to pay someone to install the system for you. However, new technology has introduced wireless systems to the world of home security. That means you don’t have to run wires all over your house and you can simply place security cameras in the places that you want to monitor.
When your system is running off your home electricity what happens during a power outage? When homes are without power is one of the biggest times to be concerned about possible break-ins, especially if the outage last for a while. You will want to understand what type of battery backup the security system has. Make sure you understand how long the backup will lasts so you understand when your house is no longer being monitored.
Size of the system
Bigger isn’t always better, but you want to make sure you have the coverage that you need. Before you purchase a system take a moment to think about how much coverage you really need. Consider how many doors, windows, and rooms need coverage. Do you have a large yard that you want to keep an eye on? All of these things will play into the size and type of system that you purchase.
Recording, live view, or both
There are some systems that will allow you to log in from an app to see what is happening at your house from anywhere that you have internet access. There are even some systems that will allow you to talk to the people in your house or at your door through the security system. Then there are other systems that don’t allow you to watch live feed but are constantly recording so you can go back and watch the video feed. Some systems will give you the option of skipping forward on the recording to watch only the parts where there is action on the feed.
You may be able to save money on your homeowners or renters insurance once you have a security system in place. If you are after the savings on your insurance call your company to see what requirements they have. Their requirements could help make the decision for you.
It’s always a good idea to have a security system no matter where you live. There are small systems that are great for apartments and condos and large systems that can cover any size house. Make sure you compare ratings and details on each system so you know exactly what you are purchasing.