How do I Choose the Best Residential Security System?

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  • Last Modified Date: 22 October 2019
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When selecting a residential security system, you’ll be faced with a range of choices. Your home’s features will be important, such as its size and number of doors and windows, the neighborhood, the visibility and access to it. You also will need to take into account the system’s price, available features such as monitoring, ease of use and the impact it will have on your lifestyle.

The first step in selecting a residential security system is to take a close look at your home. You will need to count the number of doors and windows you would like to be included in the system. This would be a good time to consider the placement of the control pads and to consider the distance between the control panel and each of the entry points.

For a monthly fee, 24-hour monitoring is available for your residential security system. This means that when the alarm is triggered, the security company’s monitoring team is notified, and the company will contact the police. The 24-hour monitoring option might be required for secluded properties or for second homes. If you decide to forgo 24-hour monitoring, the alarm notice instead will be sent to phone numbers that you choose, such as your cell phone or a neighbor’s phone line.


You might wish to consider a wireless residential security system. Wireless systems are more expensive, but they are far easier to install and upgrade. They also are portable and can be moved easily from one residence to another. For instance, if you are planning to sell your property in the near future, the wireless option might be preferable.

A wired residential security system, on the other hand, is the more common option. Many new and pre-owned homes already have the wiring in place. Wired systems do not suffer from electronic interference, and they do not have the transmission range limitations of wireless systems.

Look for a system that can incorporate smoke detectors and carbon monoxide sensors. Simplicity also is important, and all members of the family will need to be able to use your system. Make sure that the entire system can be controlled from a single panel, and make sure that panels are placed where they make the most sense for your family.

It’s a good idea to get a few quotes for your residential security system. You need to find an installer that you can trust, and selecting a reputable security company is crucial. If you need help finding reputable installers, your insurer most likely will be able to provide you with contact details. Your local police department also might be able to help.


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