Even though it is one of the most important decisions you can make for your family and home, very few people are actually clued about what the most effective security system is going to be for their home. That is part of the reason why I have written this guide, if you follow a few of the ideas in this guide then you will find that choosing the most effective system for your security needs is going to be a breeze.
When you start looking for a home security system you will need to consider whether you want a hard-wired alarm or a wireless alarm system. The benefit of a hard-wired system is that it is incredibly cheap. However, it is connected to the phone line, and thus if the land line is exposed they are not recommended as a burglar could quite easily cut the system. A wireless system is portable and thus even if you move home you can keep the alarm system.
You will also need to consider the type of control panel that you have installed, you may think this is an easy decision, but really isn’t. For example, more sophisticated alarm systems will show you if entrance points to your household are open, and thus stop you from locking the system. Other control panels will have buttons installed which will allow you to contact the emergency services quickly. Some also have two way calling. If you are hard of hearing then you may want an alarm system which offers voice technology, that way you know what you are doing. Some systems are so sophisticated nowadays that you can even control them form your smartphone away from the house!
You may also want to choose a number of add-ons when having your home security system installed. This includes sensors for your doors and windows which detect when they are undone. Motion sensors should be standard anyway. If you have pets then you will want to ensure that the company supplies ‘pet friendly motion sensors’ which ensures that it isn’t set off by your fury friends. You may also want to consider other types of sensors that could assist in your home security, for example windows which detect glass breaking (something which window sensors don’t do) as well as sensors for detecting smoke and heat, as well as carbon monoxide detectors. All of these combined should make for pretty effective home security.
If you have the budget to play around with, and a particularly large property then you may also want to invest in CCTV Cameras and similar monitoring systems. This will provide you with the best protection for your property.
Hopefully this article has been of some use to you. Remember, before choosing your home security company, always check online for reviews about the systems to see if they are ‘up to scratch’. Remember, don’t buy a poor quality system, you will end up paying for it in the long run!