Your Ultimate Guide to Home Alarm Companies and Home Security Systems
Your Ultimate Guide to Security Systems for the Home
Are home alarm systems really effective? Are there advantages of having
a security system installed in your home? Is it accurate that dogs or cats can create false
alarms? These are logical questions, and they are very universal questions
that home alarm companies are questioned about each day.
This guide was developed to help answer some of those questions regarding home security systems.
What is a home alarm system?
Home alarm systems are devices that are installed in a home or business to detect and stop home invasions. A security system for the home can be easy and affordable, or it can be complex and expensive. The nice aspect of home alarm systems is that they are simple to adapt to the security needs of any home.
What is the cost of a home alarm system?
There are two main categories of home alarm systems: the DIY (do-it-yourself) home alarms or home alarm systems that are professionally installed. DIY home alarms are basically wireless security systems that almost anyone can buy and install themselves which eliminates the need to hire and pay for a professional installation. DIY home alarm systems can cost anywhere from $60 to over $100, depending on the features of the equipment. However, some of these self-installed systems are not as effective as a professional home alarm system.
The cost of a home alarm system that is professionally installed is decided by several things, such as needed options, type of system, and whether the system is wireless or hardwired. With a hardwired security system, the installation takes longer and is more costly than a security system which is wireless. Wireless systems take less than 30 minutes to set up and installation costs are much more affordable.
It is not rare for security companies to give away a free home alarm system in exchange for the cost of installation and a 2-3 year montoring contract. Since the cost of equipment can be expensive, many homeowners will opt to sign a monitoring contract so they can save money.
Which is the better option - wireless or hardwired?
Each person has their specific likes and dislikes in regards to selecting a alarm system for a residence or business. Some people have a hardwired security system installed because of its reliability and longevity. Others want a wireless home security system because of the easy installation, portability and variety of features. Deciding to choose wired or wireless will mainly depend on your needs, the type of home you live in and your budget.
If I have pets, can I still have a home security system?
Years ago, motion sensors weren't very advanced, so animals and home alarm systems made an imperfect combination. With today's advanced technology, home security systems now have pet immune motions sensors, which can differentiate between a person and a cat or a dog. Although it is still possible for a pet to trip a motion sensor, the chances of that happening are minimal with the correct installation.
Are there other benefits to having a home alarm system?
Besides protecting your family and property, a home security system can increase your property values. Many home sellers will include a security system in the list of features of the house they are selling. Also many insurance companies will offer a discount to homeowners who have a monitored home security system. Most importantly, the greatest benefit to having a home security system is having peace of mind knowing that your home and loved ones are protected from intruders.
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