Safety is the number one concern for any individual and any family. With the aid of technology, security systems can be installed to ensure the safety of your home and your belongings.
What is a Home Security System?
A home security system, in its most basic sense, is a full system designed to secure your home from a varying range of threats including intrusion and fires. Of the many different types available, the two classes they are broken down to are DIY and alarm company monitoring systems.
Who Needs One?
Everyone needs a sense of security. Even if you only want a smoke detector hooked up to a monitoring system that alerts the fire department, security is something you cannot go without.
How Much Does It Cost?
For DIY security systems, outdoor fake security cameras that blink at intruders can cost less than $10 but if you require all the bells and whistles, expect to pay upward of $500.
Monitored systems run by companies such as Brink generally provide installation specials starting around $100 but can exceed $1,000. After that, there is a monthly monitoring fee with an average cost of $30.
Is It Easy to Install?
Installation for both types is easy with many now wireless. Some companies even provide customers with a home security package that they can then install within their house in a way that makes sense. Many are adjustable, since they are not hardwired, and can be moved around the home as necessary.
Home Security System Types
Hardwired: The originators of the home security system, the hardwired systems are attached to the wiring system of the home, allowing it to communicate with the monitoring service through the landline. Since it runs on power from the home, if the power goes out, it is useless unless it has a backup battery.
Internet-Based: The biggest difference with this system is the signal transmission because emergency signals are sent through the internet connection. If this connection is out, however, so too is your security system.
Cellular: One of the newest additions to home security systems, these are the most expensive because of the chance of you needing a SIM card and other phone number for the system. It works by sending the alarm signal through cellular phone towers.
Wireless: They run off of the landline like the hardwired but all of the components that make up the system are wireless, making this the easiest to install and move.
What Do You Look For?
Before investing any money, do some research on the topic. Know what kind of system is best for the size of house you have as well as the amount you are willing to spend. This alone can determine if you go with a monitored system or not. Also, read consumer reports of different companies to verify that what you’re purchasing is reliable.