Buying a security system may seem overwhelming to those who have never done it before, but it doesn’t have to be! Sure, there are plenty of options for different system types, services and monitoring levels, but these options exist to help you create the best possible system for you and your needs. Whether you’re a first time homeowner or a security system veteran looking to upgrade,here are five questions you should ask yourself when creating your next security system.
- Do I want to my system to monitor for fire and carbon monoxide?
Most people know that a home alarm system is used to deter and detect burglary attempts, but there many more things your system can pick up on. By installing fire and carbon monoxide detectors paired with your security system, our monitoring center will receive an alert and dispatch the authorities any time the devices detect early signs of a fire. That means that if you are away from your home and unaware of any threat, we can send the fire department to take care of the fire in its earliest stages, possibly saving countless dollars in damages.
The same goes for carbon monoxide, which is colorless and odorless and nearly undetectable without the proper sensors. A professionally monitored system will not only detect the early signs of a carbon monoxide leak, but will contact you or your emergency contacts to ensure you are safe.
- Do I want cameras?
Security cameras are quickly becoming the most popular security devices on the market, and for good reason. Cloud based services and higher resolution cameras are making keeping an eye on your home easier than ever before. There are a wide variety of discrete, stylish devices that can be tied right into your security system. This allows you to check the camera feed instantly from a smart device if you receive a notification that your alarm has been tripped.
Interested in video doorbells? We’ve got you covered there as well. The sleek devices allow you to look-in live at your front door, receive notifications when there’s motion or when the bell has been pressed, and connect live via two-way speaker to communicate with your visitor. Just like any other camera, these are enhanced when paired with your complete security system.
- Can home automation make my life easier?
If the first two questions weren’t already an indicator, the home security system has evolved way past just burglary detection. Your security system can tie into a plethora of devices around your home that you can then control from your smart phone. Forgot to lock your doors before leaving for work? Your smart phone can lock them. Want to lower the thermostat but don’t want to get out of bed? Just tap your phone. Everything from garage doors to light bulbs can be controlled from the palm of your hand.
Taking it a step further, because these devices all live in the same ecosystem, they can work in cooperation with one another by creating scenes. Select the “Going to Work” scene on your phone and it’ll lock your doors, lower your thermostat and turn off all the lights at once. Not bad for a security system.
- Do I need other parts of my home or life monitored?
Do you live in a flood zone? Doyle has water level and sump pump monitoring. Afraid of temperatures becoming too high or low in your home? We have temperature monitoring. Do you take care of a senior family member and need peace of mind that they are safe? We have personal emergency response systems. We own a UL-Listed, award-winning monitoring center that works 24/7/365 to make sure all parts of your life are protected and safe. We’ve adapted over our 100 years of experience to provide more than just alarm systems.
- Should I get it professionally installed or do it myself?
There are a lot of home security options out there to fit different lifestyles and preferences. As this list has detailed, it’s important to find the right fit for your home and your family. The value of a professionally installed system starts with us coming to your home for a free security consultation. We can review all of these options and how they would work for your home. Ever wondered if flood detection is needed in your location or where you should place a security camera? That’s what our professionally trained security professionals are there for.
Once you pick all of the services that are right for your home, our security installers will provide an efficient and tidy installation with quality guaranteed, making sure your system is up and running the way it’s supposed to be, no matter how intricate the design.
Getting started when picking the right security system can be overwhelming, but we are here to help you through the process and create the perfect, custom system for your home so you can enjoy your new home with the ultimate peace of mind.
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