Home Security Systems - Make an Educated Choice
There are a number of important factors to consider when choosing a home security company and product. Too often homeowners will think only of one aspect of security – keeping their valuables safe. The truth is that a quality security system can do a lot more. Let's take a look at the most important things to look for as you seek out the optimal system.
Fire and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Detection
The best home security systems will include not just home invasion and theft prevention, but carbon monoxide poisoning and fire detection. These systems will include state of the art sensors that will alert your family if you're in danger. The cost to add these features is often minimal, but the extra protection is priceless.
Even if you think you're in your home for good, the truth is that you never know what might happen. Most security companies require a 2-3 year contract – and for good reason! It often costs them hundreds of dollars in equipment and manpower to get your system set up.
However, what happens if you move within that 2-3 years? Some companies will leave you in the lurch, with options to either continue paying for a service you're not using, or to pay for costly relocation services. On the other hand, the best home security systems providers will provide free relocation, with the agreement that you'll continue to use their service. In some cases this may require extending your contract.
Central Station Monitoring
Some home security companies appear all over the U.S., but in reality they only have offices in a few locations. They then outsource the actual monitoring to a 3rd party in your local area. This can be problematic for a number of reasons:
- You won't know who to call. If you have an issue with the monitoring system, do you call the person you send your checks to, even though they're not actually in charge of the monitoring? Or do you call the monitoring company, even though the security system company is their customer and not you?
- You won't necessarily even know who it is. Sometimes when a company uses a 3rd party they don't even tell you. In this case, you wouldn't have the first clue who to call or what to do if an issue arises in the middle of the night.
- You have limited recourse if you're having a problem with monitoring. When a problem does arise, the only thing you can really do is to tell your security system about it and hope they pass on the information to the third party they're working with. You have limited to no control.
For these and other reasons, it's essential that you choose a company who has their own central station monitoring. The good news is that the major providers of home security, like ADT and Brinks, do not use these third parties. While other companies may not tell you that they do use a third party, the companies who don't use third parties will certainly make that none. Keep an eye out for it.
The Home Security Systems Geek will help you identify what's important in home safety, and guide you into selecting the best plan for your particular needs.