Don’t let frightening sounds and eerie visitors spook you this Halloween! Keep your home and family safe with the help of a home security system. With just one simple installation, you can rest assured that your property and loved ones will be secure at all times — whether you’re home or away.
Below, we’ll help you choose the type of system you’ll want, plus key options and features to keep an eye out for. We’ll also go over the top reasons to install a home security system in the first place.
Types of Home Security Systems Available
Expect numerous types of home security systems as you begin shopping. Manufacturers like to push various features and aim to satisfy an array of security needs — some of which you may not have and won’t want to pay for.
You’ll need to make two major decisions as you shop for a home security system. First, how do you want your system installed? And second, how do you want your home or property monitored?
Installation: If you’d like to have your system professionally installed, expect to pay a bit more. On the other hand, the good news here is that you can sit back and relax as the professionals do all the work. You can also be sure that your system is perfectly installed, without hitches or flaws.
If you’re looking to save some money, you might consider installing your system by yourself. The DIY method is safe and should work as long as you follow all of the appropriate instructions.
Monitoring Method: Are you hoping to have your system monitored by a security company who specializes in keeping homes and families safe? If so, you’ll need to set up a contract with them. On the other hand, you may also choose to monitor your home (or other properties) yourself.
If you choose the latter, it will make a big difference which system you choose. Some systems come only with software that allows for central monitoring while other systems send data (including alarm messages, video feedback, and more) straight to your phone. While monitoring your home yourself can be handy and make you feel safer; remember that it’s also useful to know that someone has your back — like a security company. Additionally, it’s important to note that some home insurance providers will offer discounts if you have a centrally monitored home security system, but they don’t offer those same discounts for self-monitored systems.
Other Options and Features
Keep in mind that there are numerous other security features to consider when it comes to protecting your property and family with a security system:
- Alarm sounds, lights, and other messages
- Video surveillance, including 24/7 video recording, zoom and pan options, picture-taking capabilities, and more
- Home automation features
- Wireless capabilities vs. hardwired capabilities
Why Everyone Should Have a Security System
If you’re still on the fence about having a home security system installed, consider this: You’re away from home on a business trip and leave your spouse and children behind. Halfway through you learn that while your family was in the house one day, a burglar entered the garage and stole several expensive electronic items and some tools.
How do you feel?
The most important reason to have a home security system installed is the safety and protection of your family. The second most important reason is to have your property and belongings remain safe and secure.
Only a home security system can ensure these things.
Frydach Insurance can also help you keep your home and family safe by helping you find a homeowners insurance policy that meets your needs. Call us today or stop in to learn more.