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How To Choose The Right Security System For Your Home

How To Choose The Right Security System For Your Home

How To Choose The Right Security System For Your Home
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Security is one of the key things that a homebuyer looks for when making a decision. Earlier, security meant well-covered premises with tall walls and gates, a security guard, and in some homes, a dog. However, with technology taking over our lives and homes becoming 'smart', these physical forms of security are now being replaced by gadgets that ensure safety. These sleek gadgets, such as security cameras, alarms, and smart locks, are known to be accurate and quick to respond in case of emergencies.

So, if you are planning to buy a smart security that will be a perfect fit for your home, MakaanIQ brings to you a guide on how to choose the best security system for your home.

Research well

Before you plan to set up a security system at your home, do your research well. Know what type of security systems are available in the market and know the services your home needs. For instance, the number of security cameras, burglar alarms, video door locks or voice door locks, among other things. Also, know the services included in the basic home security system and the additional features that are compatible with the system you choose. Some systems come with motion sensors, some with fire alarms and emergency services, too.

Compare

After you have done your research, compare the products you have zeroed in on. Know more about their features and the services that will be suitable for your home. You could go online and compare. Also, some leading security players in the market have 'touch and try' stores that give live demos. These stores will help you understand how the product will work at your home.

Installation

Different security systems have different installation methods, based on how complicated the system is. While some require a wireless system at home, others need a wiring system for installation. For the ones that require wiring might cause some wear and tear of walls, be ready for that.

Customise on the basis of your lifestyle

Nowadays, the security systems available in the market offer you the option of customising them on the basis of your and your family's needs. So, when going to buy a system, share your habits, needs and schedule with the company, which will create a personalised system for you. For instance, if you have children who come home when you are at work, or there are elderly people staying with you, the features you need will be different from those of a couple staying alone in a house.

The brand

Choose the company that specialises in security systems. Besides, the company should be prompt with pre- and post-sales services, because security is a critical matter. Choose the company that offers you several options in security systems.

Quick tips:

The security systems come with different services, including wireless alarms, hardware alarms, security cameras, driveway alarms, digital door locks, fingerprint door locks, and video intercoms. You may need one or multiple systems for the security of your home.

Here are some tips that you can keep in mind while choosing a security system:

  • Check for the specifications of the camera you plan to install
  • If there is no one at home for long hours, opt for a system with which you can switch on some lights when you are not at home to give your home a 'somebody is at home' look.
  • You can choose between a monitored system or a self-controlled system. In a monitored system the person at the call centre of the security company reaches you or calls the police. In a self-controlled system, you get a notification when an intrusion happens.
  • Check the level of sound of the security alarm. It should be audible to help you raise an alarm.
  • Always check for the costs involved. These include product cost, installation, wear and tear (if any) and maintenance.
  • Opt for a biometric lock, if you are not good with keeping home keys safe.
Last Updated: Thu Jul 27 2017

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