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How to Choose a Home Security System

Keeping your family safe is a priority when you move into a new home. 

A home security system is essential to protect your property and family from danger. Often, a home security system consists of security cameras, sensors, and sirens, among others. These electronic devices can help you get some peace of mind knowing that your house is protected even if you're away or asleep. 

However, there are thousands of home security systems available on the market, claiming to increase your safety. So how can you choose a security system that is suitable for your home? 

Here are things that you need to consider when choosing a home security system.

1. Potential Entry Points 

Did you know that, on average, over 1 million burglaries occur annually in the US? Even though the trend of burglaries is dropping, the number is still huge!

So when buying security equipment, you should survey your house and identify points where a burglar can enter. Then, determine how many glass-breaking sensors or motion sensors you'll need. Buy a security camera and position it where it's visible.

2. Size of Your Home

The number and type of devices that you'll need also depend on the size of your property. Make sure you buy enough security cameras to capture all the blind spots. And, remember to cover all the entrances and exits of your home. 

3. Home security system features

Almost all home security systems and providers offer sensors, monitors, and alarms. Some have security packages and starter kits. What differentiates them from each other are their features. Here are some features you need to take into account.   

  • Professional vs. DIY installation. Some security systems are easy to install without professional help. With DIY installation, you can customize your system, and it's less expensive. But if you want a stress-free installation, professional security providers can install the system for you. You don't have to drill holes in your wall or connect wires. You just have to pay extra. 
  • Professional vs. self-monitoring. You can also pay the security provider for professional monitoring. For a monthly fee, your home will be monitored 24/7 by trained professionals. But if you don't want to pay for around-the-clock professional monitoring, you can always do it on your own. 
  • Wireless systems. One important feature to consider is the wireless connection security devices. Wireless devices are easier to set up and more accessible. 
  • Smart home integration. Smart home integration is the way of the future. It lets you customize your security system using your phone, automate everything and help save your money.  

Choose a security device with the feature that fits your primary purpose and who you want to protect. For example, buy a wireless nanny camera when you need to monitor your baby or buy an atmospheric sensor to detect smoke or carbon monoxide leaks. You can even combine them to get the best result. 

4. Keep within your budget

Lastly, check your budget. It's good to invest in high-quality security systems, but you have to consider the cost of the product and the installation services. You can buy new security systems during the holiday season when you can get the most discounts.


Take your time in choosing a proper security system. It's better to stress about buying and installing security devices than to experience break-ins and home invasions. So take care and always stay safe!