Monday, June 16, 2008

How To Chose A Home Security System

If you’ve ever been the victim of a burglary, you will undoubtedly appreciate the importance of a home security system, but even for those that didn’t go through such a nasty experience, it should be quite clear that having a powerful home security system is essential today, when burglars are becoming more and more clever and witty. Regardless of which of the two cases you fall under, choosing a home security system is not the easiest of decisions, mainly because of the multitude of options you’ll have and the high number of smaller details you’ll have to take into consideration. Let’s see what your main concerns will be when having to choose a home security system.

Wireless vs. Hardwired

This isn’t only a cosmetic choice, as most people think; it can actually affect the reliability of the home security system. Hardwired home security systems are known to be more reliable than wireless home security systems and a general opinion has formed in this sense, although as of the last few years, wireless technology caught up with its hardwired counterpart in what regards safety and reliability. So if you’re opting for a modern home security system, remember that their performance is very close and you should focus on other factors when making the decision between the two.

One of the most important factors that will come into play when choosing between a wireless and a hardwired home security system is price. The price will vary heavily depending on the state of your house when you decide to install the home security system. You see, hardwired home security systems are a lot harder to install in a house that is finished than in one that is under construction. Installing a hardwired home security system in a finished house will require a lot more work to get the cables throughout the house, reaching every control panel, keypad, alarm or camera. In this case, it will be cheaper and more convenient to get a wireless home security system. However, if the house is not fully finished yet and the drywall is not applied, a hardwired home security system will be a lot cheaper. Take note that the maintenance or the addition of new security zones is a lot harder and more costly for hardwired systems.

Protect the essential areas

Oftentimes, a full home security system that will cover every single window, backdoor, and zone of your household can be pretty expensive and you might not have the budget for the full treat. Instead, you can choose to protect the essential areas of your house. To figure what these parts are, try putting yourself in the burglar’s shoes and see what the most vulnerable parts of your home are. Enforce the backdoors if they’re weaker or protect your windows with burglar alarms and/or security cameras, just make sure that there won’t be any more “vulnerable” spots in your household after you’re done installing the home security system.

Obviously, the choice will be heavily influenced by other factors such as your budget, the size and structure of your household, the type of neighborhood you’re living in and so forth. Still, the above mentioned tips should help you choose the right home security system, regardless of these factors.

Fraser Wheaton is the founder and publisher of The Home Security Reports website.

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