There are an overwhelming amount of options on the market right now for smart home security systems. Here are the some questions you need to ask yourself before you buy a smart home security system so you can ensure it’s the best fit for you!
Here are the questions you need to ask yourself before buying a smart home security system:
Can you install it yourself or do you need a professional?
If you can install it yourself, it will definitely help you cut costs vs. a smart home security system that needs to be professionally installed.
Another benefit to installing it yourself is that if you need to tweak anything, you won’t have to call someone back out to do so.
Yes, it will equate to more time, but it’s always better to have control over your own security system while knowing exactly how to use it!
Is there a contract required?
A lot the smart home security systems available right now require a contract to use their equipment and services.
Basically, they’re in charge of monitoring everything and they have a call line of employees who will contact you and the police in the event of an emergency or break in.
It’s good to know if the system you are looking to buy requires this, because that will definitely increase the price and probably won’t be the most affordable option. Additionally, some home owners prefer to monitor their own systems and make their own calls.
Can you Wi-Fi network handle it?
If you have an unreliable or spotty Wi-Fi network, it’s causing to be a huge problem for you to invest in a smart home security system that completely relies on Wi-Fi.
There are systems that come with extended Wi-Fi coverage, or cellular backup, which would be the best fit if you have any doubts about your own Wi-Fi.
Another thing you can do is increase your own Wi-Fi through adding signal repeaters and routers in your home.
You don’t need it going down while you’re trying to keep you home secure and safe!
How are you going to handle a power outage?
Power outages are a very real occurrence. Personally, I installed one heck of a generator as the backup to my home security system. In the event of a power outage, nothing is going to go down.
You need to consider this, because potential home invaders could steal anything they want by the time it takes for your system to be back online.
Is it compatible with connected devices you already have?
There are a lot of security systems on the market that are compatible with connected devices you might already own, such as Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.
It is definitely beneficial for you to take into consideration all of the systems that can work with connected devices already in your home.
Can you use voice commands to control it?
Tying into the above, if you have a connected device that lets you use voice commands to control a security system, that’s a huge benefit!
What about the cost?
The cheapest system is not necessarily the best system for you. You can cut down on costs by installing it yourself and making sure you pick one that doesn’t require a contract.
The most expensive system is also not going to be the best fit for you necessarily. It might have too many features that you don’t even really need or that don’t even fit your home.
You are going to definitely have to do a little research and leg work to determine which smart home security system is going to be the best fit for you and your home, but it’s absolutely worth it.
Bre is a female millennial go getter residing in New York. One part entrepreneur, one part geek, she obtained her degree in Textile/Surface Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology. She has held some exciting roles in both fashion as a designer working for brands like Victoria’s Secret and Henri Bendel, as well as in ad tech working for publishers like Ziff Davis.
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