This guide will provide information about different options for home security systems, making it easier to decide whether a motion sensor setup, standalone home security cameras or video camera system is the right choice for your home security system.
What are the benefits of a home security system?
When considering installing a home security system, you may be asking yourself if you really need one. Besides deterring criminals, home security systems offer an extra layer of protection inside and outside of your home with these added benefits:
- Helping keep tabs on kids, pets or elderly family members in your home
- Keeping nannies, at-home nurses or other home caretakers accountable
- Detecting medical emergencies or other hazard warnings more quickly
- Saving you money in the long run (e.g., some insurance companies offer discounts for policy owners with home security systems)
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You can never be too careful when it comes to the safety of you and your loved ones, which is why a home security system is never a bad idea.
What types of camera systems are available?
There are multiple types of home security camera systems, depending on your individual needs. Let’s take a look at the differences between each system and how it can benefit your home.
Wired Home Security Systems
When you think of a traditional home alarm system, you most likely picture a hardwired home security system. Wired security cameras systems feature wired security cameras that are installed via your home’s electrical circuit, which usually flows between doorways, windows or other entry points with wired sensors and motion detectors.
When this circuit flow is disrupted, the alarm is triggered. This type of system is best for deterring crime and protecting your home while you’re sleeping or away.
Wireless Home Security Systems
There are three various options for wireless security cameras within a home security system: Wi-Fi security cameras, Wireless Security cameras and Wire-Free Security Camera systems.
Wi-Fi security cameras are standalone cameras that connect wirelessly to your Wi-Fi network and plug into an electrical outlet.. The camera records to on-board microSD card. The video is then sent to a receiver that is usually connected to a built-in storage device.
Wi-Fi security cameras are popular for their convenience and ease of use. They are the best option if both indoor and outdoor home monitoring is needed, especially if you are looking to keep an eye on young children or elderly relatives in and around your home.
Wireless security cameras connect wirelessly to a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) that is plugged in. The camera and DVR make up the security camera system.
Finally, Wire-Free systems, which are battery operated cameras that connect to a DVR. Just like the name suggests, wire-free security systems operate completely without wires.
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Monitored Home Security Systems
Monitored home security systems can be either wired or wireless, the only difference is that there is 24/7 monitoring by a third-party entity. When the alarm is triggered, monitoring specialists will notify you and the authorities immediately.
This option is typically more pricey, but is worth the cost if you are away from your home for extended periods of time for work or travel.
What type of equipment is involved?
Along with your security cameras, your home security system typically will include a control panel or keypad, door and window sensors, outdoor motion sensors and signage for your yard or front door.
Depending on your provider, you can usually expand your security system plan to include integrated smart home devices, additional motion detectors or lights and environmental monitoring devices (e.g., smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors).
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How much do home security systems typically cost?
Depending on what exactly is included, home security camera systems can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $2,200 or more. For simple camera systems with no monitoring, there is usually just a one-time fee for the camera itself. With monitoring, there are typically monthly fees associated with your service after installation. The price you pay ultimately depends on the type of camera and coverage you choose.
Home security cameras offer the protection and peace of mind you need whether you’re home or away. Refer back to this Q&A guide when considering your new home security system.
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