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How to Shop for a Home Security System
« on: April 26, 2014, 05:04:46 PM »
There are many options for home security systems. Depending on the size of your home and your level of concern for break-ins or vandalism, you may find that a basic system that monitors the main entrances to your home is sufficient. Or, you may want something a little more advanced, such as a system that monitors all entrances, all windows, and has motion sensors available for outdoor areas. The best place to start when determining your level of need is with your local police station. They can give you some quick stats on the type and level of crimes they see in your neighborhood, and provide unbiased advice on what type of alarm system you should install for your home.

Alarm systems are available through many different vendors. They can be purchased as standalone systems from hardware stores and security websites; or you can look into getting a bundled deal. Typically this bundle would include free installation of a discounted (or even free) alarm system, and monitoring for a minimum of one year. Monitoring can be 24/7 on all points of your alarm system, or during specified hours and/or for just specific areas of your home. While bundled deals may seem appealing, usually you'll end up paying more money in the long run than if you pay for equipment up front and find an alarm monitoring company separately. This will cost you more money up front, but in the long run you will usually save money.

When looking at potential features for your alarm system, here are a few you will absolutely want to have:

smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms

sensors for motion on all entrances and ground-level windows; you might also consider second-floor windows and balconies if they could be accessed via trees or even tall bushes

wireless panic buttons

an intercom for each level of your home (this will put you in contact with your alarm system and the monitoring center in the event of an emergency where you're trapped on a non-ground-level story of your home)

Once your alarm system has been installed in your home, the technicians who installed it will take the time to walk you through the basics. Now would be a good time to ask any questions you may have, and to get clarification on anything you might be uncertain about.
« Last Edit: April 29, 2014, 08:44:41 PM by Keith »


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