What to consider when choosing a home security system
There are a lot of decisions to make when choosing a security system. Many different home security companies offer their own service options. It’s important to know which service options you need before choosing the best security company for you.
For example, you might choose a home security system that you monitor yourself. This means that the system will send a notification directly to you whenever suspicious activity is detected. Then, it’s up to you to notify the authorities.
Other security systems offer professional security monitoring. This means that the system will automatically notify the police or fire department whenever a threat is detected. Monthly monitoring can be a useful tool for your security system, but it also comes with a monitoring fee.
The next few sections explore a few things to think about when deciding which home security system to purchase.
A quality home security system should be customized for your specific security needs. An installation expert can help you decide things like which devices you need and the best location for your motion sensors.
For example, Vivint offers multiple package options that make it easy to start building your home security system depending on your priorities. Do you just want to focus on security, or are you also interested in home automation?
You can build a custom system if you don’t see a package that works for your needs. Whether you want to combine a doorbell camera and outdoor cameras with motion sensors and 24/7 monitoring, or you’re just interested in smart door locks and a doorbell camera, all products work together to create a fully integrated system.
A home security system is made up of several different pieces of security equipment that work together to keep your home safe. Here are some security devices that most quality home protection systems have.
- A control panel communicates with all the parts of your security system and allows you to activate and control them from a central location.
- Sensors in vulnerable parts of your home like your doorways, garage door, or near windows tell you when somebody is trying to enter. Some sensors even have the ability to differentiate between human movement and animal movement to prevent false alarms.
- Security cameras can be placed both inside and outside your home to capture activity while it’s in progress. Some home security cameras have night vision so you can see what’s going on in the dark. Doorbell cameras allow you to view visitors at your front door and even communicate with them using a two-way talk function.
- Motion detectors sense when people are moving around inside or around your house, depending where the sensors are set up.
- Glass break sensors can tell you when glass is shattered in your home. For example, the window sensor will alert you with a high-pitched alarm whenever a window is broken.
- Home alarm systems can alert you to dangerous situations and often ward off potential criminals.
- Smoke detectors warn you whenever there is harmful smoke in your home.
- Carbon monoxide detectors determine if there’s carbon monoxide in your environment and will warn you if they sense any.
- Flood sensors and leak sensors tell you when there’s water in your home.
- Temperature sensors detect sudden shifts in temperature that might occur when your HVAC system is acting up.
- Floodlights can shine brightly when someone gets close to your home. Sometimes, this is enough to deter intruders.
- Emergency pendants immediately call emergency services to your home when you press them. Emergency pendants can be life-saving for people with safety issues and older individuals who may have trouble contacting emergency services on their own.
A great home security system needs a mobile app that lets you connect with and control your system from anywhere. Not only should the app be reliable but it should also work well with all of the security and automation tools in your home.
Vivint’s app has an intuitive design that makes managing all of your home’s automation processes simple — no matter where you are. It gives you the power to control all of your security and smart home devices, like security cameras, smart locks, thermostats, and smart lights.
Some home security systems are designed for DIY installation. However, installing your own system takes a little know-how. DIY home security systems may also require you to do things like wire your own sensors and security cameras, which can be risky if you don’t have experience working with electrical equipment.
A professional installer will know how to set up your system to give you maximum protection for your home. When you invest in a home security system from Vivint, you get professional installation and access to our award-winning support staff to answer any questions you might have.
Many home security systems come with contracts that range from three to five years in length and can have expensive fines for canceling. This means you don’t want to sign up for a system without asking yourself some questions, including:
- Is the contract for a fixed length or month to month?
- Are you allowed to bring the home security system with you if you move?
- What are the fines associated with canceling your contract before it ends?
It’s nice to have options when it comes to your home security system contract. You don’t want to sign up for a contract that doesn’t suit your needs.
Vivint has two great options: Our Smart Security System Service offers motion detection and home monitoring services. Our Smart Home Service offers additional features like integration with your smart home appliances and video monitoring.
When you enroll in a long-term contract with Vivint, we’ll give you the option to finance your smart home equipment. If you prefer, you can avoid signing a long-term contract when you pay for your smart devices upfront.
Smart home compatible
Connected smart security components are easy to control from a single platform, like the Vivint Smart Hub. This touch-screen control panel lets you quickly and easily do things like view security camera footage, lock your doors, and manage the temperature in your home.
You can also speak to a Vivint specialist any time of day or night through the Smart Hub, and they can contact emergency services if you’re ever unable to.
Another option you want to consider when choosing a home security system is professional monitoring. Vivint offers 24/7 professional monitoring services and support by Vivint’s award-winning monitoring team. With industry-leading response times, they are ready to respond at a moment’s notice when an alarm is triggered. Vivint also offers a two-way talk feature, and you even have the option to add a senior alert button.
Additional protection options
Protecting your home is just the start of a comprehensive security plan. You should also look into what other protection services are available through a provider. Vivint, for instance, offers Vivint Car Guard. With Car Guard, you’ll be able to know the exact location of your vehicle at all times through GPS tracking. You can also set up disturbance alerts so you’re notified of anyone bumps or tows your vehicle.
Something else you’ll want to look at when choosing a home security provider are their customer reviews and stories. It’s a good sign when a brand is transparent about their reviews, and it is also helpful to read customer stories to get a better understanding of how their products and services can protect your family.