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Home Security System Considerations for Your New Home
By James Todd
Your New Home and Your Family's Safety
When you're building a home, you're undoubtedly overwhelmed with excitement
and ever-changing plans and decisions, making it easy to overlook some of
the smaller details. But this is not a time to compromise your family's safety.
By determining your family's safety needs early on, you can better equip
your new home and ensure you and your family are safe with a comprehensive
home alarm system for many years to come.
On the most basic level, a home alarm electronic security system can
provide you with protection from break-ins with four important levels of
deterrence: yard signs, warning decals, loud sirens and 24-hour monitoring.
The right home alarm system can also save your family from fire, a
necessary benefit considering that a home fire occurs every 86 seconds and
8 people die in house fires every 24 hours. Add to this the fact that many
electronic home alarm systems can also detect carbon monoxide and
it becomes clear that security systems are something you should strongly
consider when planning your new home.
Thanks to advances in technology, homebuilders have a wide variety of
home alarm systems to choose from. There's the more standard
electronic system that includes an home alarm system and 24-hour monitoring
which requires homebuilders to purchase the inexpensive equipment, pay an
installation fee, and pay monthly (usually less than $40) for the monitoring.
This traditional system is tried and true and remains the backbone of home
security systems today because of its ease of use and affordability. (www.ADT.com
Also on the market is automated home alarm systems, which resembles
something seen previously only in James Bond movies. Using automated systems,
homeowners have the luxury of using voice recognition and even seeing inside
their home while away via their laptops. Despite their futuristic qualities,
adding home automation to an existing home is surprisingly affordable and
simple, with many of the products costing less than $40 and requiring no
new wires! (www.Smarthome.com).
Regardless of which system you prefer, you must consider your own needs before
deciding which home alarm system is best for you and your family,
The style and number of doors and windows in your home How many floors your
home will have
Your children's ages and their bedroom locations
The number and type of pets you have
Your home's location
Does your home have a detached garage?
Are there any gas-fired appliances in the home? (For carbon monoxide detection)
Does the home have a hot tub or gas logs? (For carbon monoxide detection)
Do you have elderly people living in the home (Critical condition monitoring
solutions such as medical assistance)
You can save money on security monitoring services or even monitor for
non-traditional security events like water in the laundry room or basement.
Additionally, Smarthome products include devices that will allow you to unlock
the front door to let friends in or close the garage door from your office
via the Web. Remote control thermostats allow you to adjust the temperature
from bed at night or even from a cell phone while on your way home (or to
your 2nd home!). They can even trigger a notice to you if the temperature
gets too low (freezing pipes) or too high (pets, plants, etc.).
Go over your wants and needs for your home alarm system with
your builder. And, it is wise to ask friends and neighbors about their security
systems. Find out what kind of system they have, what company they chose
and why, and find out if they are pleased with their system. You may also
want to ask about their system's ease-of-use, reliability and even costs.
Once you have narrowed down the list of companies you want to work with,
give them a call and discuss your specific needs.
Then, go over your findings with your builder to ensure the system gets installed
and is up and running long before you and your family spend your first night
in your new home. And last but not least, don't forget to make a quick call
to your insurance agent. Your home's new home alarm system system
should save you money on your homeowner's insurance premiums.
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