Investing in a new home security system is a big decision. Your house is extremely important to you so you want the most efficient technology. However you also know that some systems can get fairly pricy. Is it worth spending more money? It’s important to realize there may not be a one size fits all approach. There are several important questions to ask yourself before signing away on a new system.
Do An Assessment of Your Home
Know exactly what your home needs before you even consider buying a new system. How many doors and windows do you have and which ones would you want to put an alarm on? What are some potential weak spots in the home? Make a list of what you want before you start looking at what companies have to offer. This way you won’t be sold into something you don’t need.
Consider Where You Might Want a Control Panel
Many people don’t take this into consideration. There are two kinds of security systems. One is wired, the other wireless. If you go with the wired you will need to understand how far wires will have to be routed. The location of the panel is also a matter of preference. It may be easier to place it near the bedroom or front door.
Decide What Kind of Surveillance You Want
Some alarm systems monitor your house 24/7. They tend to be more expensive. Others have sensor systems that connect to your Smartphone or tablet device. Again this may be a matter of preference or how serious you are about security. You may want to factor in the type of neighborhood you live or your relationship with your neighbors when you make this decision.
Take Lifestyle Into Consideration
This can greatly influence how you set up an alarm system. For example if you have pets that are constantly running around the house you may not want sensors installed in certain places. If you have kids that get up and move around in the middle of the night this could influence where and how you install the system.
Talk to Friends
Know that you know what your house needs talk to family members and friends as well as neighbors in the area. Ask them what they like and dislike about their system. Talking to someone who lives in a similar home, has a similar family and lives a similar lifestyle can help you narrow down your choices.
Some of the things you definitely want to ask are: What happens when there is a power outage? Does my system have a backup battery? Are there any warranty’s associated with the package? What if something breaks? What does it do besides warn me of intruders? Does is also monitor things such as fires, natural gas, carbon monoxide and flooding? What happens when there is a false alarm? Taking these questions into consideration will help you make the best decision.
About the Author: Lindsey Patterson is a freelance writer who specializes in technology, specifically home security advancements. She is currently acting as a consultant to Vivint Alarm. Be sure to follow them as well via Vivint’s Twitter.