Buying a home security system can be a little overwhelming but also one of the best investments you can make. Whether you are renovating your home or have recently moved, this is an opportunity not to pass up. All together, can you really put a price on the value of keeping you and your home safe?
With the number of decisions that have to be made when choosing a home security system, we want you to make the right decision when all is said and done. Here are the ten topics to keep in mind while shopping for a home security system:
Things to keep in mind when buying a home security system:
1. Peace of mind is everything.
At the end of your search, you should feel that you are fully protected and receiving the best security for the amount you are paying. Everyone has certain monetary constraints. Make sure that you find a security service you can maintain and also provides you and your family with the right protection.
2. Technology drives advancements in home security.
Ask your home security provider about the latest devices and systems that can protect your home. The technology and offerings for home security systems continually advances and newer options are coming around each year. The current advancement companies are pushing is the wireless security option that connects you to all of your appliances. Yes this is a nice feature
3. A burglar system is different from a home security system.
Like a burglar system, home security systems protect you against unwanted visitors. However, a major difference between the two systems is that home security systems also guard against environmental threats. These environmental threats include flooding, fire, and natural gas buildup inside your home. Each of these threats can cause major damage to your home and cost you more than the annual cost of a home security system. To find out more about the type of home security systems used for these types of situations, check out our section on supervisory alarms.
4. One size does not fit all.
Make sure you get a system custom to your lifestyle so that you will get the better level of security for a greater level of value. The system should take your schedule into account and get protection for specific things you value most. For example, one aspect to protect against is flooding. Water damage is the second most frequently filed insurance claim in the United States. For this reason, we suggest you make sure to incorporate a flood protection option when deciding on a home security system.
5. If you have a Medical Condition, your home security system might provide a medical alert system
Do you currently have a medical condition that requires medical assistance to be at the ready or you have a family member at home who you want to make sure is safe while you are away? For an extra fee many home security firms provide personal pendants or wristbands with a panic button in case of a medical emergency. Though these can be a little bit pricey depending on the capability and medical assistance offered, the knowledge that a loved one is being watched and monitored is a security that is hard to ignore.
6. External Benefits
Having a home security system has a number of benefits. First, you can save up to 20% off of your home insurance once you have a home security system installed. Second, using the signs displaying that a system is installed in your home is proven to deter burglars. Third, you have a higher chance of preventing malfunctioning appliances from causing long-term home damage. Lastly, your home is more attractive for household workers such as nannies, sitters and maids.
7. User education is the best defense against false alarms.
Have the installer teach you and your family how to properly use your security system, including false alarm prevention measures. There are a number of shortcuts and personalized features that home security systems have in place. You can have certain regions of the house unarmed if you have pets that are home while you are away or if you will be entertaining friends outside and want the house armed except for a few doors. In the end, the more you know about your system, the safer you and your family will be.
8. Get several price quotes for both system installation and monitoring.
With 80 percent of homeowners with alarms rating their systems as effective in protecting their homes, according to a survey by the Consumer Report’s National Research Center, there are a number of providers that can provide you with the right home security system. A number of firms will include installation when you buy a certain package. By having a few other quotes, you can negotiate a better deal for a brand or system you might prefer but costs you a bit more than the competitors.
9. Motion Sensor lighting outside is a secondary defense and also a good safety investment for kids.
Not a product usually sold by security companies, motion sensor lighting is a great way to deter potential crooks from approaching your home. A home that is not well lit is more prone to being broken into, as there are more places for one to hide when breaking in. Motion Sensor lights should be placed in areas that are not usually lit and areas of entry. When the security firm comes to install your security system, ask the engineer for where they would place the lights.
10. Look into complaints against individual companies with the Better Business Bureau.
Not all home security providers are created equal. Make sure that the provider has at least ten years of experience in the industry, latest technology, and a number of reviews from current or former customers. Both positive and negative reviews are helpful in getting a full feel for a company. Make sure that the complaints are from legit customers. In the end, you want to feel the people behind the product are those you can trust and feel secure that your life is well handled.
In the end, choosing the right home security system will decrease the threat of having your home broken into and can save you money. Here at Sentry Security, we strive to educate our customers so that the best decisions can be made. We hope you have enjoyed our tips on choosing the right home security system and are excited at the possibility of helping you create a safer environment for you and your family.