Not long ago, all you could hope for in a home security system was a blaring alarm when the system was engaged, and your door was opened. Today, however, things are much different.
Today, a home security system enables you to alert authorities directly when someone illegally enters your home. You can monitor your home from work, turn off lights and lock doors from your smartphone, and even see who’s ringing your doorbell when you’re on the other side of the world.
Of course, all systems come with various features and options to choose from — and selecting the optimal system for you can be tough!
In this article, we’ll discuss the top considerations to make when choosing the ideal home security system for your home, and we’ll talk about the added benefits of select security systems — in case you’re still on the fence!
Let’s get started.
Top Considerations to Make When Choosing a Home Security System
Wi-Fi Vs. Hardwired
While hardwired security systems offer more reliability in many cases, wireless systems tend to be less expensive and offer a more streamlined installation process (especially if you’re doing the installation yourself). Also in some areas where wired systems can’t be used (for example in outbuildings where there’s no electricity), Wi-Fi or wireless systems are perfect.
Self-Installation Vs. Professional Installation
If you have time, many home security systems offer easy self-installation. And these days, self-installation systems are more comprehensive than ever.
On the other hand, the tried and true option of having professionals install your home security system can also be easier for you and your busy schedule — and may be more reliable in the long-run. Just keep in mind that professional installation usually comes with a bigger price tag.
Self-Monitoring Vs. Central Monitoring
Are you hoping to keep track of your home monitoring yourself, or don’t you have time? If you’d like to leave it to the professionals, you can opt to set up a contract with a security company who will keep tabs on your home 24/7. In the event of a break-in or trespassing, you can have the security company alert just you, just the authorities, or both automatically. Just make sure the terms of your contractor fit your needs and budget.
Other Features to Consider
- Light and alarm options
- Video and still camera options (high definition, pan, and zoom, motion alter, night vision, etc.)
- Entrance options (choose to have just your front door monitored or all entrances, including windows)
- Home automation options (turn on lights, locks, and alarms with the touch of a button — even when you’re not at home)
Do You Really Need a Security System?
While not every homeowner will opt to have a security system installed, there truly aren’t any scenarios where one wouldn’t be a good idea. In this day and age, crime in some areas of Indiana is terrible, and the only way to deter burglars, intruders, and other would-be criminals is with a strong security system.
When you choose to have a security system installed in your home, you’re hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst:
- Protection for you and your family
- Home-monitoring options while you’re at work every day
- Deterrence of thieves stealing delivered packages
- Deterrence of vandals, squatters, and trespassers while you’re away for a long period of time
- Possible insurance discounts (NOTE: Only select insurance agencies offer discounts for installed security systems. Always speak to your insurance company directly for more information.)
If you’d like more information on how your insurance policy may be affected by a new alarm system, stop into our office today, or give us a call at your convenience. We’re always here to help!