Comparing Home Security Systems

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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We had a home security system installed many years ago. Technology hs changed so much over the years that it’s always fascinating to me to see the new features available in a home security system. If you’ve been researching them, here are some tips from Jeff, shared with permission.

The Latest in Home Security

You can find high-quality home security that uses the latest technology to make it simple and easy to monitor your home from your smartphone. There are several good systems available, and you can see a comparison to find the best home security systems that suit your location and type of home.


A monitored system is considered the safest and most secure. It guarantees that help will arrive at your home when the alarm is triggered. The help could be the police, fire department or an ambulance. There are three ways you can connect with your monitoring center 24 hours a day.

The fastest and most secure is a cellular uplink that connects your mobile phone to the monitoring center. This is considered more reliable because it still works if your landline is cut, and it’s much faster than a landline connection.

You can also be connected to the monitoring center through your broadband connection. This is also faster than a landline connection, but not as reliable as a cellular connection. However, it is usually less expensive.

A landline connection communicates with the monitoring center through a regular phone. It can be wireless, but there needs to be a wire connection for monitoring.

Select the Best System

If you are a renter, your best option is a wireless system that you can take with you. If you are a homeowner, there is a wide variety from which to choose. Some security experts recommend a landline system that is backed up by a cell uplink. This gives total protection because it covers all eventualities. If you plan to move in the next one to three years, you should look closely at the alarm company’s contract. You may not want to lock yourself in to a long-term contract. If you own your own equipment, be sure to take it with you when you move.

Before researching security systems you should make a list of your requirements. For example, do you need medical alert for a parent or disabled person living in your home, or do you need temperature monitoring to make sure your pipes don’t freeze and burst.

Mobile Access

Mobile access is required if you want total control. This mean you can arm and disarm your system from your key fob, web-enabled device or smartphone. Some companies also offer the ability to control your thermostat, lighting and sprinkler system from your phone. Most automated systems include:

• Locking and unlocking doors
• Setting lights and thermostat
• Receiving security alerts
• Monitoring water, flood, smoke and fire sensors
• Receiving live video from security cameras

Security Cameras

The necessity for security cameras may not be required for everyone, however they offer a lot of conveniences even when you are at home. Some of the things you can do if you have security cameras installed in different places in your house are:

• See who is at the front door
• Check on a baby in another room
• See what’s happening at home when you are away
• Check on the babysitter
• Watch maintenance workers
• Catch a burglar in the act

The home security systems that are available today offer total protection for every aspect of living. You can pick and choose the features that best suit your type of dwelling and lifestyle.

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1 comment

pat.navymom February 12, 2015 - 8:27 am

Response time to get there is the key ingredient to success or not of any system.


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