At one time or another we have thought about getting a home security system to protect our family and belongings. Often I get asked ‘what is the best home security system’. The right answer is it depends. On what, you ask? On several factors such as burglary prevention, to monitor or not to monitor and perimeter or whole house.
Home security systems can be divided into two general types indoor alarm systems and outdoor alarm systems.
Indoor home alarm systems protect the perimeter and inside of the house. There will be monitoring devices attached to the doors and windows to detect when they are opened. In the large open spaces will have a motion detectors installed.
Outdoor home security systems are designed to protect the perimeter of your property. They are designed to detect movement and take an action. The action could be turning on a flood light at night, sounding a siren or notifying a monitoring station.
In the past the neighbor’s cat out for a morning stroll would set off the fence perimeter alarm. Manufactures have made a lot of improvements in this area modern outdoor systems take into account the size and shape of the object setting off the alarm before taking an action.
No matter which home security system that you decide to have installed they are both activated the same way. Inside your home a keypad will be installed. Most of the time it will be located by the back door and optionally a second keypad will be installed in the master bedroom. However, you can have the keypads installed where ever you want.
To arm the system you generally press and hold a button for a few seconds. Some of the older systems require you to enter your pass code to arm the system.
To deactivate the alarm you will need to enter your pass code. Usually you will have about thirty to forty five seconds to enter the pass code before the alarm goes off.
The best home security system is one that takes into account your home’s layout, neighborhood and your family’s lifestyle. Most home security companies offer a free security assessment. As part of the assessment they will come out and review your home and recommend what kinds of security sensors to place and where to place them in your home.
When buying the best home security system, it is best to find a local dealer that has a license to sell home security systems, and is an authorized dealer. Before purchasing a system, verify their license. You will also want to locate a dealer that will customize your home security system to fit you and your families needs.
The best home security system is designed to enhance the protection you have already on your home.