You might think that a standard home security system is the same as any other. They all will allow you to monitor the inside and outside of your home, but are some better than others? The most common features of the home security system are sensors on doors and windows and a motion detector that detects movement. The system is controlled by a keypad and can be powered with either a battery or electricity.
When you purchase a home security system it can and will be customized to fit your needs and location. If you feel that you need more sensors you can add extra door and window sensors, motion sensors, smoke detection sensors, temperature change sensors, breakage and leakage sensors and latchkey sensors. You can have sirens installed for indoors and outdoors, when triggered a loud alarm will sound. More advanced security systems will also offer a closed circuit television and a wireless video surveillance system which will be hooked up to a television, VCR or DVR so you can see the images they capture.
Purchasing a Home Security System
One thing you need to do before you purchase your home security system is a risk assessment. Most companies will give you a free risk assessment. After you have figured out what type of alarm you need you will be able to purchase the right type of alarm for your house. Even if you are installing the system yourself it is still best to get your equipment from a reliable source. If you are purchasing a more sophisticated system, professionally installation will most likely be needed.
It’s essential to make sure to get it from a licensed seller and most states require all businesses that specialize in alarm and security systems to have a permit and certification.
Most standard home security systems will provide a remote monitoring service, which watches over your house when you are gone and will alert you and authorities if the alarm is triggered. This service does require a monthly fee and may even require a long term contract, so consider your location before committing to this service.
All security systems come with signs and decals for your yard and windows. People with signs in their yards are less likely to encounter a break-in, than a person with no sign or decal on their property. Home security systems require little maintenance. If the security system runs on battery power a back up battery will be required and also if it runs on electricity. It doesn’t matter what kind of security system you purchase in order to make it work it has to be installed. By leaving your system unarmed you leave your property at a higher risk for theft.
If you are looking for an easy way to protect your family and home a standard home security system may be the way to go. By spending a few extra dollars each month, you will be able to put an extra layer of protection on your house. By having a home security system installed you will get a discount on your insurance as well. A standard DIY home security system includes everything you will need to keep your home safe.