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Understanding the Difference in Home Security Systems

With so many types of security systems on the market, from smart systems to custom installation, it can be time-consuming to whittle down which type is right for you. Below we break down today’s options for home security systems so that you can make an informed decision.

Professional Installation

The greatest perk of professional installation of home security systems is that you truly get to sit back and let an experienced technician do all of the work. Once you schedule an appointment, the technician will come to your home, install the system, and walk you through how to use it properly. Professional companies may also offer package upgrades and incentives based upon your subscription. They may even offer add-ons that monitor smoke, carbon monoxide, and water damage.

The drawback? Some professional home security systems can be pricey. You’re paying upfront for equipment and, in some cases, monitoring. Some companies offer monthly subscription fees for round-the-clock monitoring, while others charge an annual fee. Also, if you move to a new home you may have to pay a re-installation fee.

Businesses that offer professionally installed home security systems include: SSI (locally-owned Smith Mountain Lake company) and ADT.

DIY Installation

Do-it-yourself home security systems have become popular due to their ease of installation and integration with smart home systems, like Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa. You don’t have to schedule a time with an installer, and you own the equipment. You can also configure the equipment to meet your specific needs. The systems are ready to install right out of the box, and the instructions are easy to follow.

On the other hand, you do not have the benefit of a professional technician’s experience to guide you through the process. This means that you’re reading the manual, hanging and/or connecting all of the parts to the system, and spending time with tech support if you run into a problem.

Companies that offer DIY home security installation include SimpliSafe, FrontPoint, Wink, and Ring.