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Which home security system is best for you?
That depends a lot on whether you rent or own your home.
Generally the most practical security systems for renters are 100% wireless. One advantage of wireless security systems is avoiding the property manager’s damage fees at move-out time; unlike hardwired systems, wireless systems don’t put holes in the walls. Another advantage is that wireless systems are easily moved from home to home. After you’ve paid for great security equipment, you won’t want to leave it behind.
Until recently homeowners preferred hardwired security systems for cost savings, but today’s wireless systems are just as affordable. Fully wireless security systems are generally more reliable too; they might be subject to electrical interference, but they aren’t as vulnerable to sabotage. A homeowner can save on home insurance when an effective security system of any type is in place. Compared with renters they can get lower prices too.
Choose basic home security or get a system with special features.
Here are some options to consider.
A control panel monitors security equipment, has a siren and can communicate with emergency dispatchers. Some control panels have simple digital displays. Others feature full-color touchscreens for managing home security and home automation.
Remote controllers that fit onto keychains are included with home security systems at all price levels. A keychain remote has buttons that arm/disarm the security system and can alert a monitoring company if help is needed.
Mobile access for home security systems lets people monitor and control their homes from anywhere in the world. A smartphone, tablet or desktop computer can be used for arming a system, viewing live security video, controlling lights and more.
Installing a security system is a convenient time to add home automation. Home security companies provide mobile apps that can control home lighting, thermostats, surveillance cameras and more.
Many alarm system control panels use cellular signals to communicate with emergency operators. Others used landlines or broadband Internet connections. Cellular systems are generally the least vulnerable to tampering.
Landline monitoring provides the most stable connection when a reliable cellular network isn’t available. Traditionally landline home security was the least expensive, but cellular networks today are affordable too.
Glass Break Sensors
Glass break sensors look similar to smoke detectors but are triggered by the sound of breaking glass. To work effectively a glass break sensor needs to be positioned with a clear sightline to the area needing protection.
Some security companies provide professional installation. Others have customers set up the equipment. Pro installation is most common with landline-based systems but is sometimes used for wireless security too.
Many customers prefer to self-install their home security systems. Setup takes about 15 to 30 minutes and mainly involves placing wireless security equipment in predetermined places around the residence.
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