Automation is a big deal right now. Due to technologies such as smartphones, for example, along with the fact that sensors of all kinds are so inexpensive, more and more companies are developing ways that allow you to automate all manner of different things. Things like your sprinkler systems, your electricity usage, and, of course, your home security system; just to name a few.
One of the biggest advantages a smart home security system gives you is the ability to always know what is going on in your home, at any time, and always to have access to the vast array of data that security system is gathering. Many of these systems are also quite extensive, giving you access to a wide variety of specific components within your security system, enabling you to have more direct control.
For those reasons, and many more, people are looking into smart home security systems. As with most things, there are a wide variety of options available, which makes finding the “right one” somewhat challenging.
In this article, you’ll learn what specific features and aspects you need to pay close attention to so that you can choose the best smart home security system for you!
Should I Get A Monitoring Contract?
Before we get into the more specific features, you’ll need to consider this particular aspect of owning a smart home security system. See, here’s the thing. Many smart home security systems offer these things called “monitoring contracts”. When you sign onto one of these contracts, there are people that watch your home – using the security system – twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. If the people are monitoring your home, detect anything, they will respond accordingly.
Many of these contracts are relatively inexpensive, but many feel a bit insecure since there are always other people monitoring them.
Some systems require a contract, and if that isn’t something you want, or isn’t within your budget, then make sure you learn, beforehand, if your security systems require a monitoring contract.
What Kinds Of Sensors Does The Security System Have?
Every security system comes with different kinds of sensors. Most of them come with door sensors that trigger alarms, and most of them come with window sensors. Others come with things like garage door sensors, sensors that detect water leakage and, of course, security cameras.
Depending on your needs and desires, some of those sensors may be irrelevant to you. Make sure to look at the specific sensors that the security system offers. For you, you might be more interested in having a video security feed, rather than all of these extra sensors and detectors. For others, perhaps security cameras aren’t particularly important, and instead, you’re more interested in sensors for doors and windows.
Whichever security system you buy, make sure that it comes with all of the sensors that you want and need.
How Much Functionality Does The Mobile App Offer?
Today, just about every smart home security system comes with some kind of mobile application. It’s easy to see why – just about everyone owns a smartphone, or some kind of mobile device – but not all mobile applications are created equal. Some of them are exceptional, offering you a great deal of control and access to all of the important and necessary information. Others, on the other hand, give you very little control and are very limited when it comes to the kinds of information that you can access. This doesn’t even begin to describe the problems that arise from a bad User Interface.
Figuring this out will entail reading the marketing material, which should describe the features that the app give you access to, along with the kinds of information that you can access through the application. You can also read user reviews, which are very helpful in determining what features the app excels in, and which ones it does not.
How Easy – Or Hard – Is It To Install?
Contrary to what you might think, just because a smart home security system is difficult to install, doesn’t mean that it has more features or is a more comprehensive system. In some cases, it’s actually the opposite.
This is why it’s recommended that you find a security system that is relatively easy to install. More often than not, they’re more well-designed, more well-made, and they’ll last longer, as well, and you won’t have to worry about not installing them properly. Instead, you can just install it, set it up, and you’re done.