Are you thinking about getting a security system for your home?
Security and alarm system types can vary greatly, and you can find specific systems tailored to your unique needs. Below, we’ll discuss the various types of systems on the market today and inform you of the many advantages of owning and using a security system in your home.
Choosing the Best Type of Security System
What type of security system should you buy?
There are many options available, and it can be daunting to weed through them all. Most importantly, you’ll need to ask yourself the following questions:
- What type of alarm do you want?
There are two considerations to make concerning the type of system you get: Installation method and monitoring method.
If you choose to install your system yourself, you’ll have a DIY system. Installation can be a challenge, but this option is generally the cheapest. On the other hand, there’s a professional installation. With this installation method, everything’s easier, but you’ll be paying more for the service.
Now, consider how you want your system monitored. The main choice here is between self-monitoring (usually with an app on your smartphone) and central monitoring (a security service keeps an eye on your home remotely).
- How do you want law enforcement contacted in case of an emergency?
Do you want to call the police yourselves if you need them, have the central monitoring security company call them, or have the system contact the police automatically?
- Are you looking for a hardwired system or a wireless system?
Hardwired systems are highly reliable (generally speaking, unless there’s a power outage), but they tend to be less user-friendly. Wireless systems usually come with an app that allows you to monitor your home remotely and control certain functions.
- What other features do you want?
Lastly, choose from the following optional features:
- Constant, 24/7 video surveillance
- Automatic alerts sent to authorities
- Home automation features
- Lights or sound alarms when a breach in security occurs
- Special video features, including high definition cameras, picture-taking capabilities, zooming, and panning options, and more
Why Every Homeowner Should Have an Alarm System
Alarm and security systems are more common now than ever before. They’re also more useful now than they ever have been. With an alarm system, you’re first and foremost protecting your family from intruders, burglars, and other criminals.
While it may seem expensive to put in an alarm system in some cases, think of what you’re protecting — you and your family and the home you’ve built. You simply can’t put a price on that.
Moreover, small problems can be thwarted by a good alarm system. For example, you’ll drop the risk of anyone stealing delivered packages from your front door. You’ll be able to keep an eye on your home, outbuildings, and surrounding property — including cars — from a distance. You can even check up on seasonal homes or other properties that are far away with the help of a smart device and wireless system.
You’ll also feel safer about leaving your older children alone sometimes — for a date with your spouse or a night out. Even though they’re old enough to stay at home for a few hours, an alarm system will give you better piece of mind.
Some insurance agencies may offer a deduction if you have a centrally monitored security system. Andreotti Agency can help you identify if your system qualifies and help you get the comprehensive homeowners insurance you’ve been looking for. Give us a call today for more information.