Home security systems are marketed on TV, in magazines and online ads. A hallmark of modern systems is the 24-hour monitoring that is available. The alarm sensors and detectors are connected to central panels or hubs that communicate with a monitoring station. Live agents ascertain alerts and notify emergency services as needed. The overwatch these systems provide to sleeping occupants as well as houses where no one is home gives great peace of mind. However, there are other great benefits to installing a security system today.
Self-Installation of Home Security Systems
Today’s wireless home security systems make for easy do-it-yourself installation. Many security providers have recognized that some homeowners do not want technicians in their homes installing alarm systems. They would rather do it themselves. The new systems are wireless using lithium batteries in sensors and detectors that last for years before needing replaced. No running of cables is necessary. Everything from window sensors to motion detectors are installed using peel-and-stick adhesive tabs. A full protection system can be installed in a home in a couple of hours. Many new systems use cellular technology, so not even a phone line connection is needed.
Monitored Fire and Carbon Monoxide Protection
There is no doubt that smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) gas detectors save lives, and it only takes a couple of minutes to install them. However, one of the drawbacks of both detector types is the limits of their built-in sirens to alert sleeping occupants. Plus, they are not likely to alert neighbors if they are activated while everyone is away at work or school. Detectors that all go off together when one is activated are better, but even those ones do not call out the fire department. Monitored smoke and CO detectors of modern home security systems send alerts to a monitoring agency who can call out emergency services even if occupants are incapacitated or not at home. This is especially helpful for homes that have beloved pets who are left at home.
Integrated Surveillance Cameras
Today’s advanced home security systems now integrate with wireless surveillance cameras that owners can remotely view live footage. Apps for smartphones, tablets and computers make checking in on what is happening live at any moment as easy as pressing a button. Cloud-based archiving makes it easy to store footage that cannot be compromised by a crook stealing a security DVR at the house. There are even doorbell cameras available that have two-way voice communication. Homeowners can answer the door bell and see who is there from halfway around the world on vacation.
Most homeowner insurance policies offer discounts for monitored home security systems. An online article from CE Pro magazine indicates the average policy discount for home security systems is 20 percent. The amount of the discount may vary but can offset the cost for monthly monitoring, making a good system even more affordable. Adding natural gas and water leak detection sensors may provide for even greater policy discounts with some insurers.
Home security systems offer more than just intrusion protection. The latest innovation to be added to the systems is home automation to remotely control door locks, thermostats, lighting and appliances using an app on a smartphone. Combined with around-the-clock smoke and CO protection that is monitored by live agents, the systems can provide peace of mind, control and help during an emergency.