Smart alarm systems have seemingly taken over the home security industry. More and more consumers are creating a “smart home” with devices all connected to a wireless network. Smart home products can include everything from appliances to alarm systems. However, security companies can offer more than just smart home monitoring. There are alternatives available to consumers who don’t want to make the leap to home automation.
Pros and Cons of Smart Alarms
A major benefit associated with a smart alarm system is cost-effectiveness. Smart alarms are wireless and don’t typically require professional installation. You pay a monthly fee for home monitoring and you can usually control the alarm system from your smartphone or tablet.
Despite their popularity, not all smart alarms are created equally. Drawbacks of smart home alarms include the following:
- Security risks: Smart home alarm systems are password-protected and if an unauthorized user finds out the password, your property is made vulnerable.
- Privacy issues: Smart home alarm owners should always review a company’s privacy policies to ensure any photos or videos taken by security camera equipment will not be shared.
- Programming flaws: Software issues can arise when you own smart alarm systems. Always update the system with security patches to prevent any issues.
- System failure: Not all smart home alarms will keep operating in the case of power failures. Safety.com also cautions that companies are more likely to make the consumer responsible for any repair costs if the DIY smart alarm breaks or malfunctions.
Alternatives to Smart Alarms
You have several options when it comes to smart home alarm alternatives. One of those options is to install a hardwired security system for your home or business. Hardwired systems require professional installation and tap into the property’s electrical circuits to operate. They also usually rely on battery as a backup in case of power failure. Hardwired systems will also not be disabled due to cut wires. Another benefit for a hardwired system is you won’t need to worry about changing batteries for the system to continue to operate.
Alert systems are available that don’t include any monitoring at all. Once they are set up, they will sound an audible alarm to alert you of the sensors being triggered. Sensors are placed on the doors and windows and when they are armed, they will sound an alarm when a window or door is opened. A keypad or key chain is typically included with the alarm kit and will be used to arm and disarm the sensors as needed. The aim of these types of alarms is to alert homeowners of break-ins and also to notify any nearby individuals that your alarm has been triggered.
Tips for Choosing Home Alarms
Hybrid systems are a solid investment if you’re thinking of testing out a wireless alarm system and already have a wired system in place. A hybrid system will allow you to continue to use your hardwired alarm and integrate new pieces of wireless security equipment. Each company has different offerings and should be contacted directly for assistance. Since you’re already an established customer, the home security provider may offer a money-saving deal on smart security product offerings.
If you plan to move within the next five to ten years, then a hardwired system is not a good buy. Choose a wireless system that can be moved along with you. Renters may also have to use a wireless system since rental agreements may prohibit you from installing hardwired systems.
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