We all know that being prepared is the best way to avoid problems down the line. This holds true when installing a home security system as well. It’s best to prepare yourself and your home for a new security system installation. But what exactly do you do to prepare? Follow these simple tips and you’ll be well on your way to a successful security system install.
Walk Around The House
Sounds simple right? We walk around our houses all the time. No big deal. What we don’t do is pay attention. Take a walk around the house to count doors and windows. Take not of easily accessible areas or places that might be susceptible to a break in. This will help you when it comes to determining what security system equipment to have installed and where it should go.
Don’t Forget The Pets!
It’s tough to forget your 80 pound Labrador when he’s jumping excitedly and slobbering incessantly. But we rarely take our pets into account when we think about things like a security system. Many security systems rely on motion detection to catch possible intruders. However, many motion sensors are designed to detect motion from physical beings that are over 40 or 50 lbs. If you have a small pet this is not of much concern. If you have a large pet you may want to ask the security system company about alternatives to motion sensors. A few alternatives might be window sensors and/or glass break detectors.
Where Are The Children?
One time when I was a kid I was sleeping over at a friends house. His sister used to sleep walk at night, and scared the bejeezes out of me one night when she wandered unexpectedly into the basement at 4AM. We can’t all be expected to stay in our beds at night, whether we can help it or not. Just like with having pets, having a small child (or anyone for that matter) in the home can cause similar problems with a security system. If you arm your system at night and you have night “wanderers” in your home it may be best to take precautionary measures or ask the security system company about alternatives.
Need vs. Want
We all want that cool new gadget, but we don’t always need it right away. The same goes for a home security system. No longer is a security system simply there to protect your home. Now you can monitor activity online, view live video and even interact with your security system through your smartphone or computer. The important part is to remember why you’re getting the security system in the first place. Put necessities in front of wants when choosing a security system. You can always add things later if what you want does not fit in to your budget. And if you’re going Gung Ho! all at once, well more power to you!
What If I Don’t Like It?
In the past if you had a security system installed and decided it wasn’t for you, there were very few options for you. These days many security system companies offer a trial period or money back guarantee. You can have your security system installed and if you don’t like it, you can simply uninstall it, send it back and get a refund. Make sure to ask the security system company about their return policy.
How Do I Find More Information?
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