How to Decide on a Home Security System

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When you are deciding which home security system is best for your home, you need to choose a system that deters threats and makes you feel safe. You don’t want something that will simply record crime. You need a home security system that helps prevent lurkers from entering your home.

The answer to the question “which home security system do I need?” depends on a number of factors including the size of your home, the number of entry points, how much you travel, whether you own your home or rent it, how many pets you have, and whether you have kids living at home.

This resource will walk you through the factors that you should consider when deciding on a home security system.

Amount of space needed to secure and number of cameras

Before you talk to a home security specialist, it’s important that you know the details about your home. Jot down the answers to following questions and then you’ll be armed with specific numbers when you call Home Guardian and you’ll be able to get the right home security system at the lowest price.

• What is your home’s square footage?
• What about entry points? How many doors does your home have? Number of windows?
• Will you need to monitor your garage?
• How many vehicles are usually at your home?
• What is the proximity of your home to the road?

You’ll want to consider whether you want motion sensors for every window, door and entry point. You may only need to monitor the premises, in which case you’d only need cameras. However, if you want to customize your system, it’s best to talk to a home security professional.

Do you have pets or kids living at home that could trip the alarm? Will you want to monitor activity inside the home as well as outside? Most of the home security providers in our network offer pet-friendly adjustable sensors to reduce false alarms from pets walking around. For parents, knowing what is happening both inside and around the home can help you rest assured that your kids are safe. Our network of home security providers can help decide the best system for your needs.

Family, kids and pets

If you rent the home where you live, you may consider opting for the DIY installation method because you can keep the home security system when you leave and take it with you to your next home. The DIY home security system options are easy to pack and reinstall. Whether you own or rent, it’s a good idea to test that your system is working properly so that you don’t have a false sense of security.

Rent vs. own

How much do you travel per year? If you’ve got a busy year planned ahead, or simply spend a lot of time away from home, you’ll need a home security system that gives you full control with your mobile device.


There are professional monitoring options available. With reliable equipment, you’ll be able to set up medical alerts for senior safety.

Senior citizens

Do you love the newest tech gadgets? Do you use Google Home, or Alexa, any smart climate controls in your home? You can get home security systems that integrate with your favorite home assistant devices. You’ll enjoy being able to lock your house, arm your alarm system, monitor activity, or contact law enforcement all from your mobile device, or by voice activation. If you’re enthusiastic about these types of features, your home security specialist will be able to help incorporate them into your package.

Smart technology enthusiasts

Do you prefer to have a professional team install your home security system? Or are you envisioning setting up your home security system yourself? If you’re pressed for time, or if you want the comfort knowing that the system has been installed correctly, you may want to inquire about deals with professional installation. You could also save money by going the DIY approach. The advantage here is that you get the same products included in a home security system at a lower price.

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Alyssa DiCrastro

Editor at Smarter Home

Alyssa is a writer and editor who has spent her entire career making complex topics easy-to-understand through clear, unbiased writing. With a degree in Professional Writing and Information Design, she specializes in creating content about a variety of technical products and applications. Alyssa has been with Smarter Home since it’s beginning, helping develop our rigorous editorial policy. At the end of the day, she hopes she is able to help readers find the information they need to make the right security and smart home choices for them.

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