Home Security Basics

We’re far too focused on the nitty-gritty details with most everything these days. Home security is no exception to this trend. On that note, let’s slow things down. Let’s take a big step back and take in the big picture of what is available these days when it comes to your home security basics. Now we’ve put aside the complex, here’s a quick what you should ask yourself when shopping for a home security system.

Wireless or Wired

This is the first question you need to answer. You will need to weigh the pros and cons of different home security options. A wired system is more geared towards a house under construction or heavy renovation. This is because of the mass amount of re-wiring and drilling into walls required. Wireless systems are better suited for those seeking an easy installation process. You can mount the components of a wireless system on a wall and link a handful of sensors and detectors can into the system. A homeowner can accomplish this without rewiring half the house.

DIY Alarm Systems

The next question you need to ponder is what style of system you should purchase. Do you want an all-encompassing security system, or mix and match a system tailored to your specific needs? Keep in mind, the DIY system we’re talking about here is right out of the McGyver playbook. Try to avoid confusing the DIY we’re referencing with a DIY system that Protect America offers.

A McGyver DIY system can be far more cost efficient than a ready-made system from any ‘big box’ store.

A McGyver DIY system can be far more cost efficient than a ready-made system from any ‘big box’ store. A quick trip to your local hardware store will open the doorway to a plethora of doo-dads and trinkets to assemble your Rube Goldberg (see below) of a security system. If you opt for a true DIY home security system, keep in mind that the full weight of your safety falls on your shoulders because of the absence of professional monitoring.

Professional Central Monitoring Service

This is the home security system that most people think of when prompted to do so. While there is a service fee attached, you can rest easy knowing that someone is always looking after your family and home no matter where you are. A monitored system also provides the reassurance of the central monitoring service acting on your behalf and dispatching the services. Another perk to a monitored system is that you may well qualify for a discount through your home insurance company.

Home Security Basic Equipment

Door & Window Sensors

Doors and windows…the two most common entryways to any home. Only makes sense to monitor these points for potential unwanted visitors. In all honesty, no alarm system is anywhere near complete without a solid array of door and window sensors. Secure all first floor points of entry and all balconies and window wells!

Motion Sensors

Motion sensors are a vital component of any basic home security system. They monitor any activity that the door and window sensors may have missed. If an intruder gets past your entryway sensors these little guys will clean up and alert, you to any perimeter breaches.

Closing Thoughts

Don’t make a costly mistake and go with some shifty or sketchy home security system. This is especially true for security systems for sale off the bed of a pick-up truck. Instead go with a trusted brand like Protect America, who will provide a smart home security system and ship it directly to your home today. Get a free quote here or call to get a professional security consultation at 1-800-951-5190.