The security system you choose for your home will depend on few factors. You will want to take your budget into account as well as the types of alarms you will want. Some alarm systems are solely for security breaches. Other alarm systems can be integrated into other systems of your house such as your heating and cooling. These systems are great for people who may live in the northern part of the country but travel frequently in the winter. They can alert the home owner, or even an HVAC company, that the temperature has dropped below a certain set point in the house. This is but one example of the many uses of a security system in a home. The security system needed will depend upon homeowner needs: to protect the family while at home, to protect the family and also belongings while away, to have full control over home systems remotely.
The basic level of security systems allow the homeowner to be audibly alerted to a security breach. These systems include a series of sensors on windows and doors. Once the system is armed, an audible alarm will sound, alerting the home owner to an intruder. These systems are much less expensive than others that have more features. Most home owners are able to install these systems of peel-and-stick sensors.
Intrusion protection systems can be used not only to keep burglars out, but to help keep family members in. Many families use these to ensure their small children, or even elderly family members; do not get out of the home in the middle of the night. Families who live with an elderly relative suffering from dementia use these types of systems to ensure the safety and security of that elderly family member. These simple intrusion protection systems are often the best home security system for families in these conditions.
For a monthly fee, these systems can also provide 24/7 monitoring. This ensures notification of the homeowner and the proper authorities should an intruder gain access to the home at any time.
The best home security systems come with several ways to monitor the security of the home. Most companies offer a central monitoring system for which the home owner will pay a monthly fee. These systems monitor the home 24/7. Alerts will go directly to the security company. When they receive an alert, they first make an attempt to contact the home owner. If this fails, they immediately contact the proper authorities.
Monitoring services often include fire, smoke, and carbon monoxide detection services. These services are seen as standard from most security monitoring companies. Other monitoring services include extreme temperature alerts and water or flood alerts. When any of these alerts is reported to the central monitoring service, the service will contact the proper authorities. This life-saving measure is a main reason home owners prefer to pay for a monitoring service. There may also be a substantial reduction in homeowner’s insurance when these systems are installed.
Monitoring services, coupled with surveillance cameras can give the homeowner an added peace of mind. Customers can see their homes in real time. They can watch as the kids come home from school and walk through the front door. They can monitor a new babysitter while they are away. Some systems even allow the homeowner to look back at the history via DVR, to see certain events in the past.
Home automation services are rapidly expanding, but are offered by larger security companies. Home automation provides not only the same great protection services, but also allows the homeowner to control many other aspects of the home while away.
From a mobile app, larger security companies offer a wide variety of services to their customers. The customer is able to adjust the temperature in their home, turn lights on and off, and even lock doors they accidentally forgot before leaving home.
Home automation services are virtually unlimited. Drapes can be drawn and pulled if integrated into the system. Homeowners can monitor their HVAC systems as well. An alert can be set in the event that the internal temperature of the home falls below a certain set point. The homeowner and the HVAC Company can be notified at that time. This allows the HVAC Company to repair any issues before a home freezes up, saving the homeowner a great deal of money.
Homeowner who decides to integrate home automation into their security systems should know that the costs will be somewhat higher than with basic systems. The benefits may outweigh the costs, however.
Which Services to Choose
The services a homeowner opts for should be in direct correlation with the needs of that homeowner. The decision may be partially made by the family budget. Shopping around for services is the best way to ensure getting the best system for the money.