Finding the perfect home security system is a balancing act between cost and protection. When considering what to look for in a security system, we suggest the following three-step process:
This article covers some of the most important ways homeowners balance cost with protection in a home security system. Specifically, we’ll break that down into security services and security equipment.
And if you’d rather speak to a friendly and knowledgeable Ackerman professional in person about balancing cost and protection, you can always give us a call at 800.552.1111, or schedule a free consultation online.
Three service variables should be considered when looking into a home security system:
Professional Install vs. DIY Install
Homeowners have two installation options to choose from when it comes to home security: DIY or professional.
Do-It-Yourself Security Systems
DIY systems are ready to install right out of the box. You won’t need a professional to help set these up, and because of that, the cost tends to be lower.
That said, DIY systems never take into account the design and layout of your home, leaving you open to camera and alarm system “blindspots.”
Another factor that limits protection is a lack of support. A tech won’t be there to set up your system and answer pertinent questions about it. A missed security feature could give a burglar the perfect opening past the home’s defenses.
Professionally Installed Systems
Professional systems require a security technician to install for you. After they’re installed however, they’re as easy to use as a DIY system.
These systems cost more initially. But they have added security benefits that homeowners should be aware of, including:
Professional Monitoring vs. No Monitoring
Homeowners have two choices when it comes to monitoring their home: they can hire a professional service company to monitor their home for a fee, or they can monitor their home on their own for free.
Landline Monitoring vs. Cellular Monitoring
If a homeowner opts for professional monitoring, she’ll have two options to choose from: landline monitoring or cellular monitoring.
The second piece of the puzzle is equipment. A homeowner should consider two variables when making their decision:
Keeping old equipment vs. purchasing new equipment
Many of our monitoring customers reach out to us to monitor their homes using the equipment they already have. That saves them a lot of money in new equipment cost, and they still get great professional monitoring rates through us. That’s a win-win.
Alternatively, it’s important to understand the age of your security system and when to upgrade it.
Security systems wear down and age like any other system. If you aren’t sure whether you need to update your system, you can always get a free evaluation from one of Ackerman’s expert security consultants.
Adding smart connectivity vs. keeping it simple
A universe of connected smart devices are making it easier than ever to secure, connect and simplify life at home.
Some of the most popular devices include:
It’s up to the homeowner to decide whether to purchase these devices or stick with a more traditional alarm systems (which usually includes a security camera, alarm system and monitoring.)
If you’re still not sure about the kind of security system you’re looking for, you can always schedule a time to meet with an Ackerman Security consultant. We offer a free, no-pressure consultation to help you decide on the security system that’s best for your home and family.