Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Everything you need to know about home security

Currently 80% of homeowners do not have a home security service.  

Home security has been around for decades but recent advances in technology have taken the meaning of a secure home to a whole new level.  From automated devices to mobile applications, there is no limit when it comes to searching for the best home security system.  

KNOW YOUR OPTIONS

The first thing to remember when selecting a home security provider is to research all of your options.  These days, many cable and internet providers offer a system of their own.  I would recommend looking for a simple self-install product, which could end up avoiding you hundreds and thousands of dollars in installation fees.  

The prices will also vary based on a few different factors like the condition of the equipment, the amount of monitoring the unit provides, and so on.  Make sure to ask the provider about all the different fees involved upfront so you can compare accurate figures.  

TRY MOBILE

Another popular option that has taken over the home security industry over the past few years is the ability to download a mobile app to use as a sort of remote for your system.  Sometimes the application can cost a little more but I would recommend spending the few extra dollars to have this capability.

Mobile applications are convenient because you can control and access them from anywhere in the world that you have service with your phone.  This way, even while you're gone in vacation relaxing on the beach you can monitor your services, set alerts, and turn off false alarms with just the push of a button.  

WEIGH THE BENEFITS

Most security systems come with the option to add monitoring, which alerts the police when the alarm is triggered, for only $15 or $20 a month more.  You can save money by choosing a self-monitoring option but just know that leaves the responsibility on you to alert the police in emergency situations.  

Under the same note, look for a business that offers 24 hour support.  Chances are a break-in isn't going to occur during the middle of the day as much it would in the evening time.  You'll want to be sure that your provider will still be available even if it's past business hours.  

Lastly, before you make your final decision make sure to check for customer reviews.  Home security systems aren't cheap and you'll want to ensure your money is going towards a company and service that will fulfill all your needs.  

When it comes to DIY home security there are a few things you can do on your own.  Trim any high shrubbery that might block an intruder trying to sneak in.  Also, you can find security company stickers online at sites like Amazon.com and put them up on the front of your house to try to persuade potential intruders to keep out.  

If you have any tips or recommendations on home security systems, or an experience you want to share please let us know in a comment below.  

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