With the increase in crime around the world, the increase in interest in having the best home security system to protect families. There are still a lot of misconceptions about home security systems. Some people still think that they are expensive and clunky and worth having in high crime areas. None of these things are true.
Here is everything you need to know about home security and home security installation so that you can choose the best home security system for you and your loved ones.
Different Types of Security Systems
Before you make any type of decision, you need to understand what type of system you need. There are a few types of security systems:
Monitored Security System: the security system is monitored by a call center. When the alarm is triggered, it alerts the call center, and the call center contacts the authorities. Usually requires with a multi-year contract.
Unmonitored Security System: the security system relies on a loud siren to alert you and neighbors to a potential threat.
DIY Security System: a do it yourself security system kit that allows the flexibility to have only the features you want/need instead of being locked into a contract.
Wireless Home Alarm System: an unmonitored system that uses radiofrequency to communicate via a control panel, having various alarm sensors placed throughout the home. Installation and customization are easy.
Electric Current Home Alarm System: a wired home alarm system that uses low-voltage electrical current to monitor whether a door or wind alarm has been tripped.
This type of alarm can be triggered or interfered with by outside electrical currents like lightning.
Different Types of Security Cameras
Bullet and Dome Cameras: These cameras are easily mounted to a wall or ceiling, both indoors and outside. Bullet cameras are long and cylindrical. Dome cameras are dome-shaped and provide a wider view, while supporting night vision and motion detection. They only offer a fixed view, will likely need multiple cameras.
Smart (Voice-Integrated): Smart cameras can be integrated with the latest smart home devices like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
Wired: Wired cameras are the traditional cameras that are connected directly to a video recorder and are powered through directly connecting a power source. Newer models allow you to access video surveillance footage remotely.
Wire-Free: These cameras do not require wired connection as a source of power. They are powered by batteries that must be regularly replaced.
Wireless: Wireless cameras, not to be confused with wire-free cameras, collect and stream data over a wireless internet connection, allowing you to access your video footage remotely. They can be either wired or wire-free.
Security System Features and Accessories
Modern home security systems have advanced way beyond just video surveillance cameras. They have so many features including:
- Carbon monoxide detectors
- Window and door sensors
- Glass break sensors
- Heat sensors
- Motion sensors
- Smart home integration
- Remote control and viewing
- Mobile app notifications
Having a home security system isn’t as expensive as it once was. If you are still unsure of what it is you need in a home security system, the Video and Sound Inc home security experts can help you pick the system that will make you and your loved one feel safe and secure.