There are a number of security systems being offered by security providers. In making your selection, it’s best to make yourself familiar with the different features available, and make your decision accordingly. We’ll look at things such as monitoring (how a security system communicates with the monitoring center), installation (professional or do it yourself) and home automation. These are the essential features of any security system.
When looking for a monitoring system, be aware that there are three connection types you can select: Landline, Cellular, or Broadband. What this determines is how your system will communicate with the monitoring center in the event that the alarm goes off during a burglary, fire, flood or carbon monoxide leak.
In selecting a system, be aware that there are two types of installation methods: professional installation and do it yourself (DIY)
DIY Installation requires you to set up the security system by yourself. These systems are wireless and pretty straightforward to install. You won’t have to worry about setting up an installation appointment and dealing with installation fees, but you will have to do your research on how and where to install your equipment. DIY installation provides much more flexibility than professional installation—you just won’t have a professional doing the work.
If you are a homeowner, you have the flexibility of selecting nearly any type of home security system. The only thing you will have to analyze is whether you should get a landline or cellular based system—it all depends on what you currently have.
If you rent, you will want a security system that is not invasive to install (so you will get your security deposit back) and is wireless (so you can take it with you on your next move). A wireless system provides the flexibility you need when you do not own a property.
If you are planning to move within the next several years, you will have to look at the contract provided by the security company that you are interested in. Some have long-term contracts that are not suitable for someone who is looking to move in the next few years.
One thing to keep in mind is that some companies provide moving programs, so you can relocate both your equipment and service to your new home. If that is the case, see if you are eligible in the moving program before you sign anything. Another thing to consider is that a wireless system is a great option if you are not in a permanent home. They can literally go with you on any move.
Remote monitoring allows you to manage and control your home from any location, so long as there is an Internet connection on your smartphone, tablet or laptop. It allows a more involved aspect to home monitoring, which includes a variety of the following remote features: thermostat control, lighting control, appliance control, lock/unlock capabilities, and video surveillance.
With remote home monitoring, you will receive custom alerts and notifications through either email or text. It is keeping you in the know—24/7, even while you are away.
If you want video surveillance, you will have to pick a package that offers it. These tend to cost a bit more in comparison to other plans. Keep in mind that in choosing video surveillance, you will be able to view both live and pre-recorded video footage. You can also receive custom alert, letting you know of specific activities, such as when someone arrives to the front door, when your child gets home, etc.
Home automation is changing the role of home security. Now you can manage and control your home using your mobile device. It means finally having a peace of mind, since you can remotely do things such as: adjust the thermostat, turn lights/appliances on or off, lock/unlock doors, and watch video footage and more.
Home Automation packages are most costly, however they give you much more control than a standard monitoring package. Since home automation includes a variety of features, you’ll want to examine which features you want most in a security system.