Home security is improved largely due to the presence—especially visual presence—of home security systems. However, not all home alarm setups are the same or equally effective. Let's explore the pros and cons of different types of security systems for the home.
Monitored vs. Unmonitored Standard Security Systems
Two of the most standard alarm systems are professionally monitored and self-monitored installations. Self-monitored alarms tend to be more basic, but they can have additional bells and whistles. The key here is that authorities will not automatically be contacted should the system be triggered. They are very affordable and easy to remove and relocate when moving. Some systems have options for owners to receive real-time notifications with a constant Internet connection; that being said, these could present issues due to power failures or Wi-Fi outages.
Professionally monitored security systems immediately alert a paid company that confirms that the alarm is legitimate before contacting the proper emergency responders. This can render aid much quicker. On the downside, false alarms can incur charges, these systems require an Internet connection, and the systems must be continually engaged.
Smart Home Security Systems
One of the most desirable types of security for homes today is within the realm of the "Internet of Things" (IoT). Anyone creating a smart home will likely have a smart home security system. Typically, the installation is connected to a central hub or has its own dedicated system. Smart security lets owners have complete system control and receive automatic alerts via the Internet device of their choice.
Users can log in and see through their connected video cameras indoors and outdoors. They can see who's at the door and even unlock it remotely for people authorized to enter without a key. Such a system offers optimal protection and is considered a premier security choice.
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Wired Home Security Systems
This type of system is hard-wired directly to the home's alarm panel. While people can snip electric lines to disarm them, overall, wired home security is fairly reliable. Wired systems are less prone to hackers than wireless, but they rely on having electricity at all times. Additionally, wired alarms typically require a pro to install them, but they are optimal for owners wanting to avoid Internet applications for home security.
On the potentially negative side, most modern home buyers are interested in wireless and smart features for their home alarm systems. This means a wired installation might not offer the best return on investment or add to the dwelling's appeal on the real estate market.
Wireless Alarm Systems
Wireless alarm systems are an excellent choice, as they prevent the ability to cut the wires to deactivate the system. Another perk to wireless alarms is that owners can typically install and upgrade them on their own. Wireless alarms can include features very similar to smart systems and can integrate with existing systems with ease.
Some potential cons to installing a wireless alarm include the fact that they are susceptible to being hacked and disabled. They also require routine battery changes to all the connected devices such as panel boards, surveillance cameras, etc.
Make Your Home Safer with a Reliable Security System
Home security is not a one-size-fits-all situation, as some homes can only accommodate specific types of alarm systems depending on the abode's age and location. Don't hesitate to talk to a local real estate professional about your preference and options for solid home security systems when home shopping.
Security systems also aren't the be-all and end-all of having a safe home. Keep an eye out for potential in-home accidents such as trip hazards and poisoning, especially if one or more occupants is a child, older adult, or pet.
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