Home Security Systems

How to choose the best home security system

A home security system is a worthy investment, but it's tough to know what is necessary in order to protect yourself and your family. It is possible to install a cheap home security system, comprised of some basic necessities: locks, a smoke detector and good exterior lighting. But in dangerous times, some people have opted to install advanced security system software as part of a high-tech security system.

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High-Tech Home Security

Typical security systems will include some sort of extra protection against unwanted intruders - something that goes beyond a simple lock and bolt. Usually, this protection is provided with a keypad and an alarm. In the event that the alarm is triggered, there will often be a signal sent to your security company, which then calls to ensure that everything is all right. This type of alarm network is often referred to as home security monitoring, and it is superior to simple security measures in a lot of ways. Not only will it help dissuade burglars, but home security monitoring may even make it easier for police to apprehend somebody who does break into your home.

Wireless Security

If you live in a remote area, it is possible to get a home security system installed that utilizes wireless technology. This sort of wireless home security system will be able to connect you with your security company, or the police, no matter where you are living. But before investing in a wireless security system, you should make sure it's the best choice available. If in doubt, ask your neighbors; they should be able to give you advice that's specifically suited to the area you live in.


The affordability of home security systems can vary from company to company. It also depends on what security features you feel are necessary. When discussing the affordability of security systems with your security company, it is always best to ask questions: Will there be an installation fee? Is there an annual cost for home security monitoring? Most of the time, these costs will be itemized before a security system is installed, but a few questions can prevent a nasty surprise when it comes time to pay the bill.

Don't Forget

As good as technology is, a home security system is not complete without a good lock on the door. And don't forget to install a working smoke detector. If you're unsure whether your security system provides one, find out immediately. Fire safety is a serious issue, and a smoke detector could save your life.

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Alarm Systems: Many families have considered investing in a home alarm system. Choosing the appropriate home security alarm for a household may seem like an overwhelming task, but the resulting peace of mind can be well worth the effort.

Once you've chosen an alarm system, consider where the keypads for the alarm should go. These should sit adjacent to doors and windows for easy access when you return home. The home alarm will sound if a window or door is open when it is activated. Having a security alarm will not only assist in cases of break-ins, but a door alarm can monitor the activity of those exiting the home, as well. For example, if a child manages to let him or herself out, parents will be made aware by the sound of the door alarm. In addition, wireless driveway alarms will monitor activity outside, drawing attention to any unwanted visitors on the property.

Investing in home security systems can help homeowners monitor what's going on in their home and on their property. Alarms ensure that authorities are on-call to assist with any unwanted activity, but they will not prevent a break-in or other incident from occurring. Furthermore, monthly fees for companies to monitor a home can be expensive, but they can also decrease insurance costs.

Smoke Alarms: Having an effective smoke alarm in the home is now the law in many places, for both homeowners and renters. For safety reasons, it is highly recommended to have multiple smoke detectors in a home - at least one per floor. A smoke detector runs on a simple battery, which should be tested approximately once a month by pressing the smoke alarm's button.

Smoke detectors alert residents to a fire by sensing smoke and sounding a loud, squealing alarm that signals residents to make a safe exit from the building. The alarm is meant to be loud enough to wake someone from sleep, but it is still recommended that smoke alarms be placed in proximity to bedrooms to ensure the noise carries into them.

Recently, smoke detectors have been added to some home security packages. In addition, there has been a rise in the use of carbon monoxide detectors. Instead of monitoring smoke, carbon monoxide detectors sound when they detect unhealthy amounts of carbon monoxide – a toxic gas that cannot be seen or smelled. These alarm systems are fairly inexpensive and save thousands of lives every year.

Motion Sensors: Motion detectors can act as a form of security both on their own and within larger-scale home security systems. A motion sensor can detect intruders passing by. When movement is detected by a motion detector, its motion sensor lights come on or begin flashing, and an alarm will sound. This will alert the homeowner or monitoring company that movement has been detected so that the authorities can be contacted immediately.

Similarly, driveway sensors sound when they detect movement in a driveway. This allows homeowners to monitor any activity that might be taking place outside of their home (but still on their property) - the arrival of guests (wanted or unwanted), vandalism, theft, etc. can all be detected by a working driveway sensor.

Though motion sensors are relatively simple, they can help alert homeowners and police in the event of a crime. Their presence can even be enough to scare burglars away.