Security alarms have become a standard feature in most homes and business premises. A mistake made by homeowners and business people is installing alarms without conducting due diligence to establish if the system meets their needs. The extract below puts forward four questions that will guide you as you buy a security alarm system.
1. Will You Buy Or Lease The Alarm?
Most people will often be in a dilemma of whether to lease or buy the system. Buying is advantageous in that you will only incur the upfront costs of purchasing and installing the system. On the other hand, leasing is a suitable option when you cannot afford a new system. Most security companies will offer free installation and maintenance once you lease the system. Additionally, they will also upgrade the system once new alarm technologies are released. It is important that you read the terms of the lease contract to ensure you understand the standard and extra charges of leasing the alarm. Additionally, read the company's liability policy to comprehend the terms of the warranty.
2. Do You Need Remote Monitoring?
Remote monitoring is a service offered by security firms. Typically, the company will monitor the alarm using advanced technologies and alert you once the system goes off. Besides, most security companies will send guards to your home or premises once the alarm is activated. Although you will spend some extra cash on remote monitoring, the service improves the system's functionality since the guards will stop bulgers and respond to fires.
3. What Features Do You Need In The Alarm?
Below are some features you should consider when buying the alarm:
- Remote access allows you to control the alarm when you are away from home. For example, you could deactivate the sensors if you have cleaners or children inside the property.
- If you have pets at home, go for alarms with an intelligent system that differentiates pet and human movement. It prevents your pets from tripping the alarm.
- The alarm should have smoke and heat detectors to warn you of a fire. Consider integrating these sensors with overhead sprinklers.
- The alarm should have backup power that prevents it from shutting down due to a power outage.
4. Can The Alarm Integrate With Other Security Devices?
How well does the alarm integrate with other security devices in your home? For example, you may want to connect the alarm with your CCTV cameras. Once the cameras detect movement, they can send a signal to activate the alarm. Additionally, the system should also integrate with your restricted access system.
When installing a security alarm, determine whether to buy or lease the system, establish the need for remote monitoring, consider the recommended features and assess if the alarm integrates with other security devices.