5 Tips to Consider Before Installing a Residential Security System

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Residential security systems are not strictly for protecting valuables and preventing break-ins; they are also an invaluable tool in ensuring the safety of your family in extreme situations by using smoke and fire detection to alert emergency services.  These are just a few of the many benefits to having a residential security system installed in your home.  An important question to as yourself is what you need to know before you choose a security provider and having the system installed?

Here are some important tips you should take into consideration before having a residential security system installed:

  1. Determine what you want out of the system before you start shopping.  Do you want a security system that has audio and video capabilities, one that monitors glass or screen breakage, a system that alerts you to access point intrusions or one that does it all and then some?  No matter what your budget, you can likely find a system that meets all the requirements you have set for its performance.  Professional security consultants will design the system in your home if you are unsure.

  2. Research the security companies and their track record before making a selection.  Choosing the best residential security system for your home is an important decision, so you do not want to leave it in the hands of a company that does not have a solid reputation for providing high quality products and services.  Ask for references and testimonials, inquire about demonstrations and take note of what provisions the company is willing to put in writing.  If they will not put their name on it, you do not want it.  Look for multiple company quotes instead of settling after one sales pitch.

  3. Find out if the security monitoring permits you to remote-access your video securityfrom cellular phones, iPads or off-property computer equipment.  In today's information age, this type of system access provides additional peace of mind by allowing you to monitor your home while you are away.  You can also remotely arm and disarm your system.

  4. Ask the security system provider if any of the features you want have an additional cost.  Some features, such as carbon monoxide monitoring, and some incidentals, such asfalse alarms, have an additional cost or may require a recurring fee.  After you decide what you want your system to do, find out what is included in the price and what is not.

  5. Determine potential weak spots and ask if there is a possible work-around.  For example, if you have free-roaming pets, you may not want a system that provides motion detection for your home's interior.  Some systems have dynamic settings that can be adjusted based on the size of the object that may activate the motion sensor, and your system provider may be able to still give you interior motion detection without the system being triggered by your pet's activities.

There are many things to consider when choosing to install a residential security system, and these factors are just a few.  The optimal system will provide you with all the options you desire and be tailored to fit your lifestyle and habits.  If you are looking for a security system for your home, consult with a residential security professional today to determine which equipment will best suit your needs.  Professional security consultants will not be pushy; they will be helpful and answer all of your questions.  Professional installers will train you on the system to be sure you understand all of its functions.  Do not settle for less than professional, local service. 


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