Published on February 12th, 2017 | by Guest0
Ways to Choose your Home Alarm Systems
Although technology advanced, thieves are becoming more and more ingenious by the day and are learning new ways to break into even the most secure homes. To combat this menace, home alarm systems are rapidly evolving in sophistication and choosing the right system for your home can go a long way towards protecting your home and your family. Planning to get a new home alarm system installed? Here are some tips to help you choose the best alarms for your home based on your individual requirements.
Type of Security System
Deciding on the type of monitoring system you need is the first step in making the right choice. These systems can be broadly categorized into monitoring, installation and home automation categories. If you plan continuous monitoring, for example, you can integrate your home alarm system with the monitoring center through a landline, cellular uplink or a broadband connection. Your security system also varies based on the type of installation you choose – a DIY system or a professional installation. Last but not the least, choose whether you would like to monitor your home from a distance and get notified no matter where you are, should any of your alarm systems go off.
Determine the Right System
Determining the right alarm systems for your home depends on several factors, and some of these are discussed below.
- Home owner vs. Renter
As a home owner, you are free to install virtually any alarm system you desire. It is always good to have a communication system that is linked to the monitoring center so that you can get the perfect response for any situation. If you are renter, on the other hand, you need to get a portable system installed, so that you can take with you when you move. This makes the whole process simpler as you won’t have to pay installation fees all over again and can conveniently install the alarm system at your new place.
- Your Plans to Move
Before you choose a home alarm system, sit back and think about how long you plan to stay in the present location. If you plan to move within the next year or two, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Look for companies that offer short term contracts and that cater to your move and can transfer your alarm system and monitoring services to the new place. Also, consider the option of owning your alarm system instead of hiring it as you can then take it to the new place without the hassle of returning it to the company.
- Method of Monitoring
An alarm system is not just a unit that alerts you when someone enters your premises. You need to have greater control of your home with this security system. A great way to do this is to choose to monitor your home with your smart phone. Depending on the level of security you need, you can choose to adjust thermostats and lights, arm and disarm your entire home security system, lock and unlock doors, get security alerts and live notifications, monitor water and flood sensors and look at the history of your alarm system’s events. Getting all of this on your mobile device gives you greater flexibility and peace of mind.
- Security Camera
Apart from keeping an eye on an intruder, your security camera can be a major part of your alarm system. It can be configured to notify you, should any abnormal activity occur during your absence.
Although there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution for your alarm systems, a combination of these can help you protect your home and property from intruders. When you choose the right alarm systems, you may not always be able to prevent intruders for giving a try at getting into your home, but you can certainly scare them off and even catch them while in the act of breaking in.