Having a hard time deciding what system to use for your new home or thinking of upgrading? Here are some tips on how you can save yourself the trouble of installing the wrong type of home security.
There are several brands that boast being the best in business but the first step is checking your home’s location and size before buying a DIY or setting up a monitored alarm system. There are three main types of home security: cellular, wired or ethernet and satellite.
This is best for small to medium sized homes. You must check how strong the signal reception is in your area before opting for this type. Cellular monitoring uses a system that sends a text message to its programmed recipient in case of a breach. It can be remotely accessed and easy to install.
The downside for cellular systems is that once the network encounters any issues then your home is not protected in case of a breach. The batteries should also be monitored because once the batteries go out or when there is a power outage then there is nothing protecting your home.
Wired or Ethernet
A wired connection is the most reliable in terms of signal consistency. This works best with large houses and buildings. A wired connection is best when cellular and satellite options are not possible. Although it is reliable, this system is also very cumbersome. It is difficult to install and relocate in case of transfers. Most people will just leave the system in case of a relocation and have the new home-owners or renters take over their contracts.
On the other hand, satellite monitoring connects home surveillance system to security centers that notify the police or fire department. In terms of streaming, security footage is secured and get saved on the cloud. This resolves the issue of saving footage on to a hard drive which has its own limitations. The downside of this system is that it is expensive to say nothing of the satellite system’s vulnerability to interference and signal hijacking.
Which one is the best option?
There is no absolute best security system. The current trend is to use a combination of two systems together with other DIY security options that they use. Additionally, always take into consideration which system will work best in your location and the size of your home.
Contracts and Maintenance Fees
Many homeowners do not want to enter contracts. They want to always have a way out home on the off side that they encounter issues with their current provider. This is OK but it is also a proactive deal to include in your monthly fees a “maintenance fee”. This allows you to get technician visits free of charge. Furthermore, an average visit can cost you a minimum of $49.00 and above depending on the damage and time it takes your tech to fix the problem plus costs for materials.
Setting up your system
Whether you are setting up your own system personally or have techs do it for you there are four critical areas that you need to consider. Again, the set up will depend on the type of home you have. According to SheKnows.com, the most common entry ways are windows, doors and basements.
Security systems are made up of three essentials: surveillance, motion and contact sensors.
Consider placing cameras outside covering your front and back doors. According to GordonMeyer.com For homeowners who own a gate, a gate sensor is highly suggested. Front yard signs are also simple deterrents for would-be home invaders. Let them know that your home is protected and monitored. A burglar would think twice before targeting your home. A camera on your driveway and garage will not hurt to keep your vehicle safe and will let you know if there is danger lurking nearby. Install cameras inside your home, the living rooms, dining rooms and bed rooms. Some alarm companies also include a doorbell camera with their package.
Motion and Contact Sensors
Glass sensors are a must. One of the most common entryway are the doors or the windows. Homes are broken into by their most vulnerable spots: glass. A window if broken or if it vibrates in case of attempts to break it, will trigger the alarm and alert homeowners and neighbors with its high-pitched siren. Ask your technicians how to turn it off in case it gets accidentally triggered. Make sure to install security films over windows to reinforce them.
Include motion sensors inside your home. There are different types but mostly they get triggered when there is movement on the area where they are activated. Some use video motion sensors – it will start recording only when triggered.
Contact sensors are those used on windows, doors or other openings. They would trigger an alarm if the window or door is forced open while the sensor is armed.
Common mistake is to neglect the basement. Most homes have basement windows covered by shrubs or plants – and neglect to make sure that the basement is secured with surveillance. Secure your basement by making sure the windows are visible to you and have either contact or motion sensors installed. Simplisafe.com gives us a rundown of the critical parts to cover when it comes to basements.
Lastly, include fire alarm in your package if its is included. Ask your technician on what possible upgrades you can make to your system. Most technicians would offer you free advise on how to strengthen your home security using compatible DIY systems.
The Best System
To sum up, whichever combination you choose, you’ve got to make sure that your home system is running in its optimum performance. Maintenance and care is needed for a system to successfully do its job. Many homeowners are not aware that they can take advantage of a free systems quarterly check especially when they are paying monthly maintenance fee. Consequently, it is also advisable to ask your monitoring company if there are any software or systems update for your home security.