Home security options are evolving rapidly. Each has special features that set it apart from its competitors. Different price points, packages, monitoring choices, equipment design, contracts and types of installation all play a major role in the decision-making process of purchasing a home security system that’ll be right for you. With so many options, it can get confusing when trying to pick out the best home security system at the best price without compromising quality.
An electronic home security system can be the source of great peace of mind or a financial headache. That’s because when buying a system, you’ll generally discover that there are wildly differing aspects to each company. Basic home security systems, or burglar alarms, are typically linked to a central panel in the home that will activate when windows or doors are opened while the system is armed. More advanced systems add fire and carbon monoxide alarms, motion sensors, glass-break detectors and, increasingly, home automation options such as controlling home lighting and temperature. If you’re feeling overwhelmed about what type of home security system you want, then you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’ll discuss the specific areas in which you should focus on while attempting to compare home security systems in order to get the most out of your money.
What to Compare
When differentiating between security systems, it’s important to consider the following categories:
- monitoring options
- installation requirements
These categories help you determine which system and company best suit your home and lifestyle.
You want to be confident that your system will be able to communicate effectively with your monitoring center 24 hours a day, in case of an emergency. Consider the three ways your system can contact the monitoring center when your alarm is triggered, and choose the one that best suits your home. Landline, cellular or broadband are your options. Each options requires something different. For this reason, be sure you know what your home needs to have the most efficient security.
For example, landline requires a landline phone connection to communicate with the monitoring center. The system itself can be wireless, it just requires a landline for monitoring. Cellular monitoring requires that you live in an area with good cell service. Cellular is often considered the most reliable option, because your monitoring won’t be compromised if a burglar decides to cut your line. With broadband monitoring, your system is capable of notifying the monitoring center at least four times faster than a landline connection. However, you must be sure that your home is located in an area that receives a good internet connection.
Protect America offers three different types of monitoring options to fit your needs and budget. Our monitoring is affordable and starts at as low as $19.99 a month! Many smaller companies offer only one type of monitoring. Before choosing a home security company, make sure the system will actually work with your home.
The security industry is lacking when it comes to warranties. Many companies won’t even insure your equipment after the first year of your contract. Since the industry average for a home security contract is 36 months or 3 years, it can be dangerous doing business with a company that won’t even back you up for the life of your agreement with them. Protect America offers a lifetime replacement plan for all of your equipment and is there for you every step of the way.
Some companies let you choose between professional or DIY installation, while other companies only offer one or the other. Professional installation can be good for hardwire security. However, with technology advancing many companies are moving towards wireless home security. Wireless home security can be set up in less than 30 minutes and doesn’t need to be professionally installed. Professional installation can be considerably more expensive than necessary. It also required you to set aside a 4 hour window of time for a professional to come out and install it. Many people who work full time can’t just take 4 hours off during the middle of the week for a home security company to come out and install a system than you could install yourself.
For this reason, we suggest DIY installation. DIY installation is free, easy and convenient. Protect America offers DIY installation for all potential customers. The DIY installation option typically means that the customers own the equipment and can move it, so this tends to be the choice of renters or people who frequently move.
Be sure to read the fine print when doing business with any company. A lot of home security companies will charge you a very high up-front fee and then a high monitoring fee. Protect America offers free start-up equipment and low monitoring prices. Additionally, we have our Low Price Guarantee policy, which basically states that if you find a better price elsewhere….we’ll match it! So what are you waiting for? Call Protect America today and speak with one of our security experts about how to secure your home and family!