When the time comes to think about protecting your home in a significant way, there’s no doubt that the thought of some kind of home security system will cross your mind. And if it has, you are most likely faced with the prospect of trying to choose between several systems and several monitoring companies. This can make the entire process seem more stressful than it is, especially if this is your first time dealing with the potential purchase of a security system.
Because every security company wants your business, they will do their best to try and convince you that they are the smartest choice. But this certainly doesn’t help you any, does it? Choosing the right home alarm system for your family means thinking about particular aspects of that system.
Size of Your Home
The size of your home will be the first thing you should consider when thinking about home security. The larger the square footage, the more distance that will likely be between your system’s control panel and the sensors. This will mean more wire to be run if you have chosen a wired system, or more relay points if you have chosen a wireless system.
Believe it or not, your family’s habits will have an influence on the types of components your home security system will have. For instance, if you know that your spouse tends to indulge in a regular midnight snack, or you have a pet that wanders from room to room, the type of motion sensor, along with how it is installed will differ from a family that doesn’t have any wanderers. And depending on the type of system you’ve chosen, your family may need to visit the system’s control panel so that false alarms can be avoided.
Knowing how many security zones there are in your home will be crucial, as each zone will have to be covered by your system in order to have adequate protection overall. Every area in your home that has an entry point like a door or window should be considered a zone. Most security systems will allow up to 8 zones to be controlled.
Ease of Use
A system that looks like the cockpit of an Apache helicopter may not be the easiest one for your family to use. And so just as important as the other factors is choosing a system that everyone in your household can use in the event that quick arming or disarming is needed.
Once you have figured out which type of security system will work best in your home, it’s time to begin the process of choosing the company who will be in charge of monitoring your home for security breaches. And the best way to do that is to know what to look for, and then comparison shop.
While this might not be something you think about initially when trying to choose a monitoring company, it can end up being very important when you find out that you have to pay for a service that you may no longer want.
Most companies will require you to sign a contract for one or more years. Usually, once the contract has expired, you are free to go with another company. But, if your contract has automatic renewal, you may be out of luck. Finding out what kind of renewal a company offers is as easy as looking over your contract carefully before you sign it.
With automatic renewal, you may have to give the monitoring company at least sixty days’ notice, and do so before your contract expires to avoid paying for service you don’t want or need any longer.
Confirming what your system does and doesn’t include can also end up saving or costing you money. Some of the more common security system inclusions can be a free control panel, siren, back-up power and decals for your windows. If there’s anything on the free list that you don’t understand, it’s always a good idea to ask the company so that you know exactly what you do and don’t have to pay for.
Guest author Emma Prior writes on a variety of topics, particularly related to home securty sytems. You can also find Emma on Google.