Home Security FAQs
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How does a home security system work?
A home security system protects entry points while simultaneously protecting valuables within the home. Various security components are installed and connected through a network, which communicates with monitoring stations and responders to dispatch in the event of an emergency.
What is the difference between home security and home automation?
A home security system consists of equipment that is designed to protect a home and property. Home automation allows users to often times control their home security system and other features in the home remotely. For instance, home automation can enable users to lock/unlock doors, arm/disarm a security system, turn lights on/off, adjust the thermostat, access live or recorded video from cameras, or control some small appliances.
Do you have to own your home to have a home security system?
That will depend on the home security provider and the rules found in the rental agreement. If you rent a space or home, check with your landlord to make sure you can have a security system and then find a provider that works with renters.
Do home security companies always make you sign a contract?
No.There are companies that do not require a contract. However, the companies that do not require a contract do require the homeowner to purchase all of the equipment up-front. Companies that do require a contract, loan the equipment to the homeowner throughout the duration of the service.
Can home security save me money?
Yes, it can. Check your homeowner’s policy to see if there is a discount on insurance for those who have a monitored home security system. There are also ways to get a tax deduction if the security system is a safeguard for personal property. A home security system can also prevent property damage and burglary from taking place.
Which home security system should I get?
Each home is different, which means each home has its own vulnerabilities. You should assess the needs of your home before determining which security system is best. Not every home security provider will have the best solution for each home. For instance, if your home has several doors/windows, you should look into home security companies that provider several sensors to protect access points.
A wireless system is connected through individual sensors that communicate through a cellular “uplink.” A hard-wired system connects sensors with a network of wires. These wires are usually concealed within the walls or floors.
What is the difference between wireless and hard-wired home security?
The best home security system for one home may not be the best option for another. Service package options and prices also vary; so, one service is not ideal for everyone. To find the best home security system for you, assess the needs of your home, figure out how much you are willing to pay for the service, and then determine what solution fits best for the situation.
How much does home security cost?
Each provider’s costs and fees will vary depending on installation, equipment, and monitoring fees. Monthly monitoring fees range anywhere from $9.99/month to $129.00/month. Equipment charges will also depend on whether or not the system is leased or purchased. Equipment can cost anywhere from $99-$1,500 for a system.
What is security monitoring and it is worth it?
Security monitoring is a service that monitors and responds when emergencies occur. A monitoring service will contact responders when an alarm is activated and will also communicate with the homeowner to ensure alarm validity. Professional monitoring is worth it if you want to maximize efficiency of the home security system.
Can I get a home security system if I have a pet?
Yes, there are home security systems that fully-function with a pet on the property. If you have a pet, make sure to check with the provider to ensure the system is pet-friendly and false alarms will not be triggered by their activity.
What happens if I have a false claim?
False alarms happen. If emergency responders are dispatched and come to the home, a penalty may be assessed.
What is the difference between professional installation and do-it-yourself installation?
A professionally installed system requires a certified technician to come to the home to install and activate. A do-it-yourself system means that the homeowner can set it up and activate the service on their own. Some providers only offer professional installation options, while others are completely self-installed. There are also providers that offer both installation options.
If I move, can I take my home security system with me?
Yes and no, depending on the home security provider. Most home security companies will transfer the system if the homeowner moves within their service area radius. If the provider requires the homeowner to purchase the equipment, the homeowner owns the system and will be able to move it anywhere they go. If you are anticipating a move, you may want to ask the provider if the system can be transferred.
What happens to my home security system if the power goes out?
Most home security providers have battery back-up systems to make sure the system remains online even if the power goes out. Prospective home security companies should double check to make sure a back-up system is in place in the event of a power outage.