Steps to Choose a Security System for Your Home

Selecting a home security system is very important to protect your home and family. There are a variety of options and costs to consider before making a decision. It is best to purchase a system that has non-proprietary features and can be modified or repaired by generic parts.

Step 1. Decide whether you prefer a professionally installed security system or do-it-yourself security system that you will buy and install the system.

Step 2. Select a system that has no more than a one-year monitoring contract. Although signing a contract can reduce the up-front cost of equipment, you must take into account a cancelation fee in case that you want out of the contract down the road.

Step 3. Count the number of your home’s doors and windows that need to be secured. This will help in deciding how many sensors you really need.

Step 4. Get at least one smoke detector on your security system, including automatic monitoring. If you are away from your home, the smoke detector can help save some of your valued belongings.

Step 5. Keep all main level doors contacted with a device in order to tell the main panel if it has been opened. If your home has some doors that cannot be reached with wiring, you can use an area coverage motion detector, typically 35 foot (10.7 m) range to protect them.

Step 6. You should use motion detectors in areas that have windows which are accessible from ground level. This can cut down on total cost, too.

Step 7. Consider how your basement can fit into your security options. The wiring of the basement windows and doors are easier for the technician if you have an unfinished basement. But if your basement is finished, a wireless addition to your system might be required to protect your basement, doors, windows, and main floor.