Installing a security system is a smart decision for any home. And with today’s smart home technology, you can ensure that you’ll enjoy the benefits of a high-quality, effective, and easy-to-use system.
When installing a security system, there are several things to consider, including the property’s features as well as the types of protection you desire.Here are some simple tips from AVDG’s security experts on how to install a home security system successfully.
consider which areas need protection
To start, you’ll want to assess your property for any potential vulnerabilities. These include doors and windows as possible break-in points. If you’re concerned about vandalism or trespassing even without break-ins, look for any areas that aren’t well lit or visible from public viewing areas.
Assess indoor as well as outdoor needs. If you’re frequently absent, you may want more security features inside the home. Not only can you monitor suspicious human activity, but some home security features can detect environmental threats such as fire, flooding, and gas leaks and alert you when you’re not home.
alarms, lighting, and/or surveillance?
There are many options available when it comes to smart home security features. You can install a system as simple as a couple of motion-activated light fixtures and cameras, or go all in with a multiple-piece alarm system.There are three categories of devices you’ll want to consider incorporating into your system.
- lighting: Use automatic lighting technology as a deterrent against trespassing, vandalism, and home invasion. You can use motion sensors or timed lights on the exterior, and you can also schedule lights to go on at certain times indoors when you’re absent.
- alarms: If you’re concerned that deterrents aren’t enough, an alarm system can give you peace of mind. Event-based and motion-activated alarms can sound alerts when someone tries to use an access point, for example, or breaks a door or window when you’re asleep or away from home.
- surveillance: Home security cameras, as well as video doorbells, can function as deterrents and enable you to check on your property at any time. They can also assist the authorities in identifying trespassers. Features include wired or wireless devices, remote access speakers, motion-activated recording, night vision, high definition, and more.
choose self-monitoring or a monitoring service
Alarms and alerts are only useful if someone is monitoring and responding to them. Most smart home security systems can send an alert to your mobile device if motion is detected or an alarm is tripped, which is fine if you want to monitor your property yourself. But many homeowners also choose to have a third-party monitoring service that can respond to alerts and notify the appropriate authorities as needed. Monitoring services can also store hours of video footage via the cloud (an option you may not have available with your cameras on their own).
professional advice designing and installing your system
At AVDG, we know smart home technology, and we know security systems. Contact us for a free consultation, and we’ll help you determine the most important features and capabilities for your home security system. We’ll also work with you to design it according to your preferences, install it, and streamline the controls so it’s easy for you to use.