When it comes to finding the best available on the market today, whether that’s a DIY solution you build and monitor all on your own or one that you purchase through a home security company, nothing is as simple or as straightforward as it may seem on the surface.
For starters, there are more options available in the home security industry today than ever before. More homes security companies exist now than used to in the past, and on top of that you have plenty of DIY solution that aren’t difficult to set up, do not require too much technical knowledge, and can even be configured to basically self monitor – though you have to do the heavy lifting when it comes to building, installing, and networking the different elements together.
In an effort to help you more effortlessly select the perfect home security solution for your specific needs, we’ve put together this quick guide of important features that you should be on the lookout for. As long as your home security solution contains these elements you shouldn’t have much (if anything) to worry about!
A home security system today needs to be all encompassing
In the past, home security solutions usually worked to secure your front door, your side door, your garage door, and maybe a handful of first floor windows. Today, that just isn’t the case.
Today’s home security systems are all encompassing, providing you with an envelope of security that is absolutely second to none. Sure, there are some home security solutions out there that aren’t anywhere near as complete or as comprehensive as the top-tier security solutions – but those are the ones you should be avoiding at all costs.
A home security system today needs to the networked
Thanks to the proliferation of high-speed internet, as well as the establishment of the “Internet of Things”, it is easier today than ever before to create a home security system that is effortless to under, effortless to maintain, and provides instant alerts not only to you the homeowner but also to anyone else you provide access to as well as to emergency services.
There’s absolutely zero reason whatsoever to even consider moving forward with ANY home security solution today that does not provide legitimate networking technology. You need real-time information about the security of your home, you need instant and immediate alerts should anything happen to your property, and you need your home security system to contact the proper authorities as quickly as humanly possible to get the results that you are depending on.
A home security system today needs to be more than just a security system
As we highlighted above, home security systems in the past were really just that – home security systems.
Today, however, home security solutions are usually intertwined with home automation systems, communications systems, and the internet in a way that allows you to completely control almost every aspect of your home directly from your smart phone or any other mobile device.
There’s nothing quite like being able to fire up an app on your phone, change the settings on your thermostat to conserve energy or to heat or cool your home down before you arrive, or to monitor that all of your lights are off, your doors are shut and locked, and that your pets have plenty of food and water.
This is just the tip of the iceberg as far as what today’s fully automated home systems are capable of. There is a huge advantage in networking your security system to home automation tools and technology, and if you’re going to go part of the way and install a new security system you may as well go all the way and save some money with a full blown home automation AND security solution.
At the end of the day, it can be a lot easier to find the right home security solution for your specific needs – especially when you take advantage of all the inside information we’ve been able to share with you in this quick guide.
Outline your needs and your expectations, come up with a concrete budget, and determine whether or not you want a DIY self monitoring solution or want to turn everything over to a reliable and reputable security company. Do your research and due diligence and you’ll have nothing to worry about.