P&K How To: Picking a Home Security System
Our Homes. No place is more important in our lives for everyday respite, for growth, and for reconnecting at the end of the day. Thus, feeling secure when we’re there and when we’re not has a value that reaches deep into our hearts.
If you’ve decided that a security system is important for your family’s peace of mind, the next somewhat overwhelming step is picking one. It’s best to go into the process with some decisions already made, and then picking a system that fits your needs gets a little easier. The first thing to consider is whether you want a hardwired, wireless, or a hybrid system. A hardwired system may only be feasible if the wiring is already there from a previous owner or if you’re currently building or are making major renovations, because it involves getting into the structure of your home. Next you’ll need to decide if you want a monitored or unmonitored system. Basically, do you want to know someone else is there to contact first responders for you or are you okay with self-monitoring? The next thing to decide on is your budget. What can you spend at the outset? If you want monitoring or other needful services, what can you spend each month? The last step is to get some recommendations from trusted friends and neighbors about what they use and why they picked that service.
Things To Consider
It may be best to avoid anything that involves an analog phone system. Those systems are becoming less common in homes and relying on that could cause your security system to become outdated. Also, consider length of contracts vs value for those contracts. Additionally, having a battery backup or cellular capability to accommodate power outages keeps a constant shield of protection over your home, and it may be something to consider.
There are a lot of options in the home security system world, but going into the process with a defined set of desires and some educated opinions will help you weed out the choices in the market. Once you pick a company, then you can add extras to your system based on your predefined budget. At the end of the process, the added peace of mind will free you up to concentrate on what matters most – those wonderful people living under your roof.
Leah O’Gwynn Kackley lives with her husband and three kids in the Rez/Fannin area.