Picking the Best Alarm System for your Home
There are many factors you should consider when choosing a home alarm system. The type of dwelling you live in is one of the main things you should consider, especially since single family homes, apartments, town homes, and condos all have different security needs. You should also consider your home’s specific attributes, such as the number of windows, if it has a basement or attic, whether you own or rent, and how many months of the year your home is occupied. All of these things are important when picking a home alarm system.
Many people think that, if they rent an apartment or condo, they do not need a home alarm system. This is not true as many break-ins occur on these types of properties. The best type of home alarm system for this type of dwelling is a wireless system. A wireless system consists of a main keypad and wireless receiver that do not require hard wiring through the walls. All you have to do is plug the receiver into the phone jack. All of the door and window contacts communicate with the receiver wirelessly. With this type of system you do not have to drill through your landlord’s walls, and you can move the system easily if you decide to move. In fact, many companies will move the system for you for free if you meet contract requirements.
If you own your residence, you can consider either a wired or wireless home alarm system, depending on the type of dwelling you live in. If you own a condo or town home, you may want to purchase a wireless system to avoid having to drill through shared walls.
If you own a single family home, both the wireless and wired options can work for you, depending on the type of walls you have and whether you have a basement. Single family homes that are less than 1500 square feet and have drywall can use a wired system as drilling will not damage a large portion of the wall and it can easily be installed. Wireless home alarm systems are usually better for homes with plaster walls or with basements that have concrete ceilings, as drilling through plaster and concrete can be hard and leave permanent damage.
Large homes, over 1500 square feet, can benefit from partitioned systems that allow home owners to have more than one key pad and divide the monitoring areas of the home. If your home has more than one level, you may or may not need to include the upstairs in your home alarm system. If upstairs windows are accessible from trellises, porch roofs, or other structural features, you will want to include them in your home alarm system. If none of your upstairs windows are accessible, you can forgo securing them.