Choosing a home security system is one of the most important decisions you can make to protect your home and more importantly your family. Ideally, you will want a system that will offer you and your family complete security and peace of mind but at the same time will not break your budget. Here are features to look for in a home security system that will hopefully fulfill both of these needs.
- Decide if you want a professionally installed or do it yourself system: There are advantages and disadvantages to both of these options. Professionally installed systems are more costly but offer many perks to them such as 24 hour monitoring. Moreover, these kinds of systems are usually more difficult to circumvent that DIY security kits. The downside to a professional monitoring service is that they are invariable more expensive than the do-it-yourself kits on the market. With a DIY system you will save money but you will have to do the installation yourself.
- Count the number of entrances and windows in your home that need to be secured: This will give you an idea of how many monitors you will need to install or have installed in your home. Each possible entrance to your home should be monitored by a motion detecting sensor.
- Get at least one smoke detector on your system: Intruders are not the only danger to your home. A complete security system should have with a way to detect fires.
- Figure out your budget: Knowing this will help you decide the kind of features you want, whether you will use a professional monitoring service or you will go it alone and how big of a system you can afford.
Common Home Security Equipment and Features
Most security companies will offer homeowners the items listed below as standard security features/equipment:
Doorbell Camera – These allow you to interact with anyone who comes to your door without your having to open the door or even be present in your home.
Spotlight Camera – This lights up the surrounding area when motion is detected. Spotlight cameras are also good for scaring away stray animals.
Door/Window Sensor – These tell you if a window to your home has been opened.
Glass Break Sensor – Windows and glass doors are common entry points for burglars. With a glass break sensor you will know when a glass door or window has been broken.
Motion Sensor – These alert you to motions that occur within a certain radius. You can often adjust how sensitive these detectors are so that you do not have to worry about them being set off by very small animals, etc.
Whether you choose to go with a professional security service or to do it yourself, the decision on which system to use and which features you desire is a very serious one. Hopefully, some of the above information will help you make this major decision. When you are ready to relocate, we offer full service moving in Los Angeles. Furthermore, our relocation company in Los Angeles can also safely store your items until you need them.