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Technology advances rapidly, and home security systems are no different. Nowadays, the options available on the market offer various benefits. While some old school systems need professional installation and contracts, others have more of a DIY aspect to them, and they can be connected to the existing smart home security devices. Prices vary too, depending on what kind of system you want. Some might require monthly memberships, installation fees, cloud access fees, etc.
In recent memory, the idea of home security systems was considered to be for homeowners with deep pockets who are living in upscale neighborhoods. Nowadays, having a home security system is less expensive and more available to everyone. For example, wireless home security systems are not very expensive, and they are also easy to install and more portable than the hardwired versions. Most security systems have started using your Wi-Fi in order to communicate with the devices in your home.
Having a Sense of Security
Having a system in place helps give some peace of mind as well as a sense of security. One of the ways in which having a security system helps you feel more safe is by simply being wireless. In the past, burglars would look to cut the wires in order to shut down the system, rendering it useless.
As a result of advancements made in technology and with security systems being wireless nowadays, they can't be easily shut down. Additionally, having a wireless system is also useful for people who move to new places, as they are now able to take the security system with them—something that was not easily doable in the old day with the hard-wired systems.
Included in many security systems are also motion sensors, which help monitor areas and will let you know if anyone is intruding in a place that you want to keep safe. The sensor will alert you if someone entered through the gate, came into a room, showed up in a driveway, etc., depending on which space you want to keep an eye on.
In addition, modern motion sensors are able to send a person an email or a text message in order to let them know if any movement was detected. This feature helps monitor the house, even if you're not at home. If you're away and your loved ones are in the house, chances are you are going to want to know that they are safe and will want to remain connected in order to see what's happening in the house. Having a security system set up can offer you that peace of mind and you can use your smartphone to check in on the home security cameras and see if everything is safe at your house even when you're far away. If the house is empty, however, most systems are connected to a professional service which will contact the authorities in the case of an emergency, such as a fire or a break-in.
Plenty of new security systems are still coming with a keypad that gets mounted on the wall, but now they can also be controlled with a smartphone by using an app. Most systems are also able to communicate with devices such as Google Home or Alexa, as well as other technologies such as smart locks, thermostats, and lights. When everything is connected, you will be able to instruct the system to complete many tasks at once, such as turning off the lights or lowering the temperature.
As with any purchase, it's important to do the proper research beforehand in order to make sure that you make a confident buy. Check the type of technology that the system uses in order to communicate with the servicer provider and with you, and also check how the equipment needs to be installed, as well as the monitoring plans. A lot of companies will send over a technician in order to install the system, but in today's environment you could easily be able to install the wireless systems yourself in under an hour. Generally, you will place sensors on windows and doors, among other areas of your house, and then connect the hub that controls all the sensors to your Wi-Fi network and, of course, to an electrical outlet.