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How to Determine What You Need in a Home Security System

When moving into a home one of the key things that are top of mind for people are security systems. You want to make sure that you and your family are safe, but with so many systems on the market and so many different features, it can be difficult to narrow down it down to the one that suits your needs.

Truth be told your decision may just come down to your personal preference of home secuirty features. Furthermore, your living situation could heavily affect your decision. Here are some things to consider when purchasing a home security system.

Are You Renting?

If you are renting you'll probably want to find a home security system you can install yourself. There's no need to get a super complicated system if you may find yourself moving from one place to the next when your lease is up.

Even if you plan on renting the same place for a long time, you'll still want a system that can be easily removed in case plans change.

If you're a homeowner you can pretty much install any security system you want. Your house, your security system.

How to Determine What You Need in a Home Security System

How Often Do You Move?

Some people move pretty often due to work or other circumstances. Pretty often in this case being every one to three years.

If this is the case then you're going to want to pay attention to the alarm company's contract to see what they allow. For example, if a company requires a long term contract for the security system then it's obviously not going to work for you.

You may also want to consider a system you own outright so you can just take the equipment with you when you move.

What Kind of Access Do You Want?

This is where it gets fancy. When considering a home security system you'll want to take into account how much remote access you want to certain monitors around the home.

Most alarm systems let you arm and disarm your system from a remote or your smartphone, but some companies let you control other kinds of settings around the home.

Here is a list of things to consider when determining what you want kind of remote access you want:

  • Arm and disarm the alarm
  • Lock and unlock doors
  • Monitor thermostat
  • See which windows and doors are open
  • View live video via camera feeds
  • Get real-time notifications via text, email or video
  • Get notified if specific locations, such as a medicine cabinet or garage door, have been opened
  • Adjust lights
  • Monitor water and flood sensors

While not all of these may be necessary, it's important to note that some features can save you from costly damage. For example, temperature and water sensors can notify you of when temperatures get dangerously low in your home. This can help you avoid having a pipe burst in the winter.

Do You Want/Need Cameras?

Security cameras come with a some advantages you may want to consider. Besides catching an intruder, you can also use security cameras to see who is at the front door, check on the baby sitter or keep an eye on things while you are away.

This may just be a matter of personal preference, but cameras do come in handy.

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