Protecting the people and things most dear is a top priority for many. While some may believe a break-in could never happen at their home, there is always a chance. Certain precautionary measures, such as installing a home alarm system, can help reduce this possibility.
With so many systems available in the marketplace, choosing the best can be difficult—especially if you're unsure how to properly assess its capabilities and overall quality. While a key feature is to effectively alert you of an intruder or fire, there are others to consider.
Here are five features of the best home alarm systems to keep in mind as you narrow down options:
Your home alarm system should do more than just alert you of an intruder; it should also come equipped with security cameras that can be set up inside and outside your premises. This way, you are able to stay up-to-date on what’s happening on your property. You'll see any strangers approaching the front door and vehicles parked across the street for an extended period of time—whether delivery personnel or otherwise. These cameras tend to have motion sensors, too, which are activated by movement.
Alarm systems enable you to know what’s going on at home when you’re not there. This is why the best setups grant complete control over your property via remote video and alarm monitoring capabilities. Users can view from a desktop computer, laptop, iPad, and/or smartphone. Such access grants invaluable peace of mind, too, since homeowners can check on whether their kids arrived home from school safely and are actually doing their homework, or confirm there isn’t any suspicious individuals lingering on or near your property. Plus, these alarms can be activated remotely—and users can even answer their front doors via an intercom system.
3. Energy Management
The ideal alarm system should also enable users to control other aspects of their home from a desktop computer, laptop, iPad, and/or smartphone, too. Adjusting the home thermostat while at work or on vacation according to the current weather in your area, is one such example. This will ensure it's always the right temperature, and help save money on energy bills. Another example concerns light settings. We’ve all slept late and had to rush out of the house in a hurry to get to work. Unfortunately, you may forget to turn off all the lights. An energy management feature details what lights are left on, and enables users to regulate, accordingly.
4. Carbon Monoxide Detection
Carbon monoxide is a deadly, near-undetectable gas that can build up indoors and poison people and animals who breathe it in. Carbon monoxide detectors are therefore critical additions to any home. Although these devices are available for purchase separately, many security systems come equipped with them to help homeowners protect against more than just burglars and fires.
5. Wellness Alert
Wellness alerts incorporated into home alarm systems help protect older customers from injuries sustained within their domiciles that may result from unexpected slips or falls, for example. This increased security enables them to live independently, while also ensuring they'll receive the proper assistance in the event of an emergency. Simply pressing the bottom of an alert device can instantly put users in contact with an emergency call center, which then notifies the appropriate first responders.
A modern wellness system can also monitor elderly homeowners' activities. This way, loved ones can check for anything out-of-the-ordinary, such as unusually long periods of time in bed, for example.