Keep your home safe with 24/7 monitoring by a home security company
When it comes to keeping your home and loved ones safe, a home security system is essential. It typically accounts for hardware devices and monitoring services designed to protect your home from unwanted intruders. There are many home security system providers to choose from, which can make it tricky to decide on the one that’s right for you. In this guide, learn about security monitoring providers and how to choose the best system for your home.
What is a monitored security system and how does it work?
A home security system often refers to a combination of smart devices and monitoring services. Smart devices include things like security cameras, lighting, sensors and smart locks. All great for sounding the alarm on a break-in, but they can’t protect your home without a way to contact the authorities. That’s where home monitoring services step in. Professional monitoring means an extra layer of security, though you can expect to pay a monthly fee to your provider. Your home security system may also give you the option of monitoring things yourself, so you can keep an eye on your home anywhere, anytime.
How to choose a home security service
Since many home security companies require a contract, there are a few points to keep in mind when reviewing what they’re offering:
Professional installation versus DIY
There are two different options for installing a home security system – hire a professional or do it yourself (DIY). The best choice for you will depend on the equipment you buy and your level of comfort. Here’s what you can expect from either option:
The DIY approach can take some time to figure out, but it’s ultimately a cost-effective route. You can buy a simple smart home installation starter kit that includes almost everything you need to create a security system. Many offer guidance through how-to videos to help with the installation process. Most starter kits will be wireless, meaning you’ll need batteries to power your devices. Make sure you have all the necessary items before getting started.
You can also purchase a hub that allows you to connect all your smart devices and control them using an app via your mobile device. A hub gives you the ability to keep an eye on your home from virtually anywhere.
Depending on which home security company you choose, you may have the option of professional installation included in your contract, or as an additional service. While wireless devices may be easier to install, not worrying about batteries may be preferred. A professional can hardwire your home security system so you don’t have to worry about drilling and exposed wires.
You’ve worked hard for your home, so don’t leave it unprotected. Whether you look to the professionals or take matters into your own hands, a home security system helps keep your property, family and assets safe.
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