10 Things to Know Before Buying a Home Security System

By Crystal Newton on Apr 9th, 2014 10:52 AM

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For many homeowners today, the best way to protect your family, household and assets is to invest in a quality, monitored home security system. Home security systems have become more advanced and flexible than ever before, so it is important to consider a few things before selecting a particular company.

1. Emergency response teams are always on standby.

The best home security system provides customers with fast emergency response time 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If a fire or intruder is detected, you can rest assured the appropriate help will arrive right away.  Many DIY systems do not offer this option.

 

2. Customize your security system.

Do not hesitate to discuss all the various options that are available with your home security provider and customize your security system accordingly. The most important thing is to install a home security system that gives you and your loved ones peace of mind.

 

3. The best home security systems rely on the best technology.

Video cameras are now a very common attribute to many home security systems today but technological breakthroughs in the security field are happening all the time. Discuss the latest, cutting edge security components with a trusted professional to not only best secure your home, but also make your life easier.

4. Don't confuse a siren with a home alarm system.

 

While a burglary alarm system is engineered to detect break ins, home security and life safety systems can help protect a home from a variety of threats aside from robbery.  Carbon monoxide, gas leaks, fires, floods: All of these potential hazards can be just as dangerous as any intruder. The best home security system is equipped to provide you with adequate warning if problems like these occur.

5. Local companies mean local service.

Let's face it, electronics malfunction.  Batteries die.  It is highly likely that you will need to speak to someone about maintaining your security system over the years.  Local companies are more likely to answer the phone rather than put you on a long hold and they also can schedule a service appointment within a day or two.  

6. Select the security system that's right for you.

There are a myriad of home security systems on the market today and each caters to a specific type of residence. The level of security you choose will depend on several factors. Think about particular valuables or vulnerable points in your home to protect and take your time before committing to a security provider.  Meet with a consultant who will design a professional system rather than purchasing over the phone.

7. Home security systems are not completely automated.

It is important to remember that there is a human component to today's home security systems. Monitoring stations are operated by individuals who are paid to ensure your home is protected from danger at all times.  Local security companies are there to answer your questions and train you on how to use the system properly.

8. Do not forget to protect yourself.

For those who suffer from medical problems, a home security system can offer a panic button which can be used to notify an ambulance in the case of emergency.

9. Enjoy additional benefits with a home security system.

Homeowners can receive a considerable discount on home insurance when a home security system is installed. Also, if your family employs pet sitters, nannies or maids, a home security system is a great way to provide an additional element of safety that anyone can appreciate.

10. Shop around and go with the best.

Check the Internet for customer reviews to help locate a home security provider that has an outstanding reputation. You may also consider asking neighbors what home security system continues to work best for them.

By knowing what to expect from a good home security system the task of selecting the right security provider can be much less daunting. With a little patience and research you can easily find the home security system to suit the needs of you and your family.

Comments

Kimberly said...

Another tips I'd add is that price shouldn't be the deciding factor. I know we all want the cheapest, but sometimes the cheapest won't suite your needs best. Be sure to do your homework and ask companies if you can talk to some of their current customers to see how they like the service.

posted at 9:54 PM on Apr 9th 2014

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