The home security system of yesteryear was usually installed by a professional and then monitored 24/7 for a significant monthly fee. Today’s security systems, however, can be installed by the average homeowner and monitored round the clock via an easy-to-use smartphone app.
If today’s society has you on edge and you’re thinking it’s time to protect your home and family, a DIY home security system might be the answer. Before you rush out and buy the first one you see, though, take a minute to consider the following.
1. How Much Time Do You Spend Away from Home?
If you spend a lot of time away from home, you may want to include features that make it appear that you’re home even when you’re not.
For example, a video doorbell allows you to interact with someone at your door even when you’re miles away. Another feature of a home security system you may want is one that turns your lights on to make it look like someone is home.
Lastly, many home security systems give you the ability to grant temporary access codes to anyone that needs to enter your home when you’re not there. This is especially handy if you’re expecting a delivery or your neighbor needs to enter to water your plants while you’re away.
2. Do You Have Pets?
Pets and home security go hand-in-hand these days as some motion-activated systems are designed to ignore pets, while others allow you to check in on and even talk to your pets while you’re away. There are even some systems that include automatic food/treat dispensers that can run on a timer or via a smartphone app.
3. How many Areas Do You Want to Monitor?
If you’re planning to monitor all areas of your home, you’ll need to choose a system that can accommodate the number of cameras you’ll need. On the other hand, if you only want to monitor specific areas, you can probably get by with installing just one or two portable cameras in those areas.
4. What Kind of System Do You Want?
Home security systems can vary greatly from one system to the next. For example:
- Alarms – do you want your system to give a loud sound when motion is detected? If so, what kind of motion will trip the alarm?
- Notifications – do you want the system to send you a notification every time it senses motion?
- Will you arm the system 24/7 or only while you’re away or sleeping?
- Video – will you watch live video feeds, or do you want to save the video to watch at a later date?
5. Will You Upgrade Your System Later?
If you want to be able to add to or change the system as your needs change, be sure to get a system that grows as you do. For example, you may want to add additional cameras, smoke detectors, or window alarms later. Also, be sure to choose a system that can be controlled via a smartphone app rather than a less intuitive older model.
Home security systems are becoming more and more popular these days. If you’re thinking of getting one, consider the things above to be sure you get one that works best for your needs.