Comparing multiple home security systems is important before making a final decision. You don’t want to be stuck with a system that does not work the way you wanted it to or a system that costs too much with a company that has a bad reputation. First, read reviews to see what actual customers think of the home security system. Also, read professional reviews, if any are available. Next, determine how many sensors the alarm company would install. Then, look for an easy-to-use keypad and check for other features. Finally, ask about warranty and look at the price. Once you have a few quotes in hand, you need to start comparing them and the alarm companies behind them.
Read reviews to see what actual customers think of the home security system
You want to take notice of how easy the home security system is to use and if it is effective or not. You also need to see what kinds of complaints the alarm company is receiving. If you see multiple negative reviews about poor customer service or slow response time to emergencies, that is a company you don’t want to do business with.
Read professional reviews, if any are available
Having the experts compare different alarm systems is invaluable. If you cannot find a professional review of the entire system, look for reviews of individual parts of the system. The quality of the cameras, the console panel, and the sensors can tell you a lot about the overall quality of the entire home security system.
Determine how many sensors the alarm company would install
Some alarm companies only offer sensors for two doors: front and back. However, many homes have more than two doors. You may find that an alarm company can install additional sensors, but at a much higher cost. See if you can find a company that will give you enough sensors without additional cost.
Are there any motion sensors included? If no one is at home, motion sensors can alert that someone has entered without permission. The home security system should include at least one motion detector for inside. Plus, make sure the sensor is pet neutral or pet sensitive. You do not want emergency services called every time your pet walks across the living room.
Look for an easy-to-use keypad and check for other features
You do not want to have a complicated, hard-to-use keypad. Not only are you going to have to use this keypad, but the rest of your family will too. The home security system should offer prompts for major functions and let you enter your passcode without going through a ton of menu options.
Check other features. Some home security systems come with built-in smoke detectors. Others include water or flood sensors. When comparing home security systems, you need to see what features are offered and at what costs.
Ask about warranty
What happens if one of the door sensors stops working? Most home security systems come with some sort of warranty. However, some are better than others. With some, the alarm company will send someone out to make the repair for no cost. With others, you may have to buy the replacement part and fix it yourself.
Look at the price
Unless you are a billionaire, you probably have a budget to keep in mind when looking for a home security system. Compare the installation costs for each quote. Also, look at what features you are getting for your monthly service fee. This research will help you determine what is a good bargain and what is not.
Take the time to compare home security systems to make sure you are getting the best system for the money. If you want to talk more about a quote for your home security system, contact us here at 1st Alarm. We have locations in the following Texas cities: Midland, Odessa, Amarillo, Lubbock, Abilene, El Paso, and San Angelo. Give us a call today at 1(800) 276-5559. You can also contact us via email. We look forward to providing you with the best home security system available.