Home Alarm Systems

While the primary focus of a home alarm system has remained the same – to protect the home – the means by which that goal is accomplished has evolved over the years thanks to growing technology trends. In days gone by, bars on windows and locks on doors were the primary way to keep intruders out of your home. But now, more sophisticated means are being applied by home alarm companies.

Wireless Home Alarm Monitoring

Traditional home security systems included complicated wiring that had to be installed in a customer’s walls. Not only was this often messy for the homeowner during installation – but the systems often failed during a power outage. Another issue with traditional wired systems is that removing them is hard and messy; prompting some customers to stick with a company they may not like just to avoid the hassle of removing the equipment.

With a wireless system, installation of the system’s base units is minimally invasive and oftentimes includes only the connection of the base to your phone jack. Additional units communicate wirelessly with the base unit, eliminating the need for further interior wiring.

No landline? No problem! According to a recent study by the CDC, up to 23 percent of homes in the US today rely solely on cellular phones versus a traditional landline phone. These clients still are able to obtain home security monitoring thanks to new technology that uses cell phones to connect to a home alarm monitoring system. Using wireless technology, home security alarms are able to contact authorities without a traditional landline should your home security system be breached. An additional benefit to using a cellular connection is that thieves cannot prevent your system from automatically alerting authorities by cutting your home’s phone line.

Because of ease of use, and increased protection, wireless home alarm systems are the biggest trend in new technology for alarm systems for the home.

Phone Home – Remote Home Alarm Monitoring

With the advent of Smart phones, people are able to do many things with the push of a button or touch of a screen they couldn’t accomplish before. Among those things is the remote monitoring of their home security alarm.

Of the five top-ranked home security systems in the United States, all offer some form of wireless system with remote cellular access. ADT, Brinks, LifeShield and FrontPoint Security are among those companies providing their customers with the option of managing their home alarm from their Smart phones. A mobile application is made available to customers, which can be uploaded to their phones and used to manage the security system. Management includes allowing customers to arm or disarm their systems, turn on lights, and unlock or lock doors remotely with the use of their Smartphone.

The use of cellular phone technology has been among the fastest-growing trends in home security alarms.

Security Cameras and Wi-Fi Monitoring

Security cameras used to be big, bulky and very obvious. While some would argue the obvious presence of a camera would prevent crime, others might argue that it would simply alert thieves they must be more cautious. Another downfall was that cameras often recorded onto bulky tapes that had to be viewed from start to finish.

Today’s security cameras have taken leaps and bounds into the future, and come in packages so small that their presence is very rarely detected. In addition to being smaller in size, technology also allows home alarm companies to provide the option to its clients to view their homes at any time, from anywhere. Through use of a Wi-Fi connection and a device such as a laptop, tablet or Smartphone, clients are able to patch into their home alarms system and view their home in real time.

Footage obtained from these cameras can be stored on the client’s computer, or on a secure server at the home alarm monitoring company, eliminating the need for storage of and review of bulky tape recordings. According to statistics compiled by home security companies, up to 52 percent of their clients are expected to make use of this technology to help keep their homes safe and secure by the year 2016.

Many of the top alarm systems for the home have this latest technology available to customers. Still not sure which company is right for you? Find the best home alarm systems and get free quotes with HomeAlarmFinder.com.

Article by Shari Berg, HomeAlarmFinder.com

filed under: Home Security

Home Security Systems

Is Your Home Secure?

When you go to sleep at night, do you lose sleep worrying about whether your home is safe and secure? If you leave for vacation – or even just to go to work for the day – do you fear that your home will be the target of thieves?

There are many steps homeowners can take to protect themselves and their property from theft or damage. Consumer Reports has produced a list of the top seven ways to burglar-proof any residence and boost your home security. Along with kick-proofing your doors, choosing the right door locks and lighting up exterior areas of your home during evening hours, a home security system is ranked among the top ways to keep you and your valuables safe and secure.

But how do you know which system is right for you? A quick search of the internet reveals numerous companies offering home security systems, many touting theirs as “the best home security system” around. So how do you decide which option is best for you?

First and foremost, before choosing any security system provider, determine the specific needs for your property. How many doors and windows do you want to have tied to a wireless security system? Do you want only the main doors of the home – as well as all windows on the first floor – to be secured? Or would you prefer to have every possible entrance into your home covered? Do you want a home security camera system, or a basic home security system that notifies the provider when the alarm has been triggered?

Once you decide how many entrances you would like to be included in the coverage, as well as the type of system you prefer, the next step is to decide where to place the control panel for the device, as well as the keypad(s) to operate it. Placing a keypad near common entryways – such as a front door or garage door entryway – is probably a good idea. It also is recommended to place one near your bedroom for ease of access should the alarm activate during the nighttime hours.

After the basic decisions have been made, it’s time to start reviewing the various security systems for the home that currently are available on the market. One of the best things to do is to search for and read home security system reviews. Not all home security providers are created equal. A great resource for help in selecting a company can be found by calling your homeowner’s insurance provider. Many insurance companies offer a discount to clients whose homes are covered by a security system for the home. Your agent will be able to tell you which companies and products qualify for the discount.

The following home security companies have been listed as among the best and top-performing companies on the market today:

ADT – This company consistently ranks first among all home security system providers. It offers burglar monitoring, fire monitoring, medical monitoring, carbon monoxide monitoring and flood monitoring to its clients. Among the benefits of choosing this company is that it offers wireless security systems with lifetime warranties on the equipment. Cost for service with this company starts at $35.99 a month.

Brinks Home Security Systems – This company has been bought out by ADT, so they are one and the same. It offers the same services as its parent company, ADT.

LifeShield – This company frequently tops the list of best home security system providers. It offers alarm monitoring, fire and smoke monitoring, carbon monoxide monitoring, medical monitoring and environmental monitoring. Unlike some of its competitors, LifeShield offers mobile security apps and a cellular security system. Service through this company starts at $24.99 per month.

FrontPoint – Burglar and intrusion, fire monitoring, environmental monitoring and life safety are the specialties of this home security system provider. It offers wireless security video, remote alarm access and redundancy safeguards as part of its more popular package. Prices start at $34.99 per month.

When choosing among a selection of providers, it is a good idea to ask if the company is a member of your state’s Burglar and Fire Alarm Association. Members of this association agree to maintain a specific level of conduct and standards under state and national ethics codes. Companies also should be asked if they are licensed providers through your state’s Registry of Contractors. Never hire an unlicensed provider. Most states keep a record of complaints made against licensed contractors, which can be a helpful resource when choosing a provider. The Better Business Bureau also is a good resource for checking whether a company has significant customer complaints against it. Companies that are members of the Better Business Bureau are required to handle customer complaints and concerns in a timely fashion, according to standards set forth by the bureau.

Before settling on one company, arrange for a visit with representatives from three to four providers. Ask for a qualified home inspection, demonstration and a quote covering all costs and services in writing. For additional review, you also may wish to request references from each of the providers. Most quality home alarm companies will be happy to provide potential clients with references from former or current customers.

Still need help choosing the company that’s right for you? Find the best home security systems and get free quotes with HomeAlarmFinder.com.

Article by Shari Berg, HomeAlarmFinder.com

filed under: Home Security