From smart home products to video surveillance, motion detectors, and geofencing, home security can seem really confusing. With all of the fancy equipment available today, it may be hard for you to really understand what you’re getting. This guide will give you a basic understanding of how everything works so that you’re prepared when it’s time to get your home security system!

Do I Need a Home Security System?

Many security companies use the “insurance approach” and say, “The Boogeyman is out there, what if something happens?” These are tactics that we try to stay away from. Obviously the risk of a break-in or medical emergency is very real, but you don’t need a random article telling you that your home isn’t safe. In reality, most of us take measures to keep our homes safe every day.

We lock our doors and windows before going to bed, teach our children the importance of knowing the emergency phone lines, and many of us even have our own four-legged house alarms. Having a home security system just gives you an added sense of protection and peace of mind. It’s receiving that notification every day at 3:30 pm when Billy gets home from school. It’s being able to pull your smartphone out to look around your house when you hear a noise at night. It’s never again wondering if you forgot to lock the door when you left the house. Having a home security system becomes more than the equipment in the home, but part of your daily life.

What is Home Security Monitoring?

The most important thing about your home system is the monitoring. What’s a burglar alarm without the alarm monitoring? There are two different categories when it comes to your system, self monitored and professionally monitored; both are unique in their own ways. A self-monitored system is exactly how it sounds. It is a home alarm system that you monitor by yourself. Most come with a burglar alarm, and once you hear the alarm, you call the authorities. However, there’s a downside to self-monitored systems. If an emergency happens and you aren’t home or are unable to get to the phone, there’s no guarantee that help will be on the way.

Professionally monitored security systems, however, utilize a central alarm station with live agents that will notify the proper authorities for you in the event of an emergency. The best home security companies even allow you to talk to the agents through your keypad with something called Two-Way Voice. Most police stations require some sort of verification before sending the police. The great thing about Two-Way Voice is that it provides that audio verification.

How Do I Pick My Products?

Many alarm companies offer so many products that it’s easy to get lost when trying to build your system. Whether you’re looking for an automated home with smart home devices or want to skip the home automation for something a little more basic, the categories below will help you learn more about how the equipment works. Keep in mind, the best alarm system is a combination of all of the categories, and is customized to fit your home!

Security Products

Security products protect the entry points of the home like doors and windows. These products include door and window alarms, motion sensors, and glass break sensors.

Safety Products

With the use of a fire alarm system, panic buttons, and flood detectors, safety products help protect your family from medical emergencies, fires, and even floods.

Energy Products

With home controlling, smart home technology, energy products make your home more efficient and save you money on your electric bill. The best home automation systems consist of products like smart thermostats and smart light bulbs.

Entry Products

Entry products allow you to lock and unlock your doors from your smartphone, and even see who’s coming in and out of your home. These products take the term “wireless security” to the next level.

Mobile Video

There is a difference between a home surveillance system and a home security system with cameras. While a surveillance system allows you to look at your cameras. Having video with your home security system integrates all of your products together. That way, you can see exactly what’s going on when it happens.


Time to Design Your Security System

Now that you understand the basics of how home security systems work! The next step is to customize some home security packages! Use this Package Creator Tool and design a system that you feel would fit your lifestyle. Keep an eye out for many more of our helpful guides. Until then, be safe.

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