How to Choose a Home Security System

October 16, 2021 10:18 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Installing a home security system can be the difference between falling victim to a crime and having peace of mind knowing that you and your family are always protected—but it’s important to note that not all systems are created equal. The system that works for your house might not be the best option for your neighbor.

We know that choosing a security system isn’t always easy, which is why we put together this helpful guide to help you determine the best system for you and your family.

Professional vs DIY installation

The first thing to consider is whether you want to have a professional install your home security system or if you’d like to do it yourself.

With professional installation, an experienced rep will set everything up for you and teach you how to operate it—but this route is more expensive, and you’ll need to work around their schedule and be home during the installation.

DIY set up is cheaper, but trying to install a home security system by yourself isn’t as straightforward as you might think. You run the risk of improperly installing it, which means the system won’t function when you need it the most.


The good news is that home security systems are available on nearly any budget. On the flip side, the cheapest packages aren’t always the most effective, and they might not include perks like 24/7 professional monitoring. Do your research to find the security plan that gives you ultimate protection at a price you can afford.

Monitoring options

Be sure to consider installing a security system that offers 24/7 professional monitoring. Although it may cost a bit more, you’ll sleep better at night knowing there’s always a dedicated professional keeping an eye on your home. These pros don’t just look out for criminals, either—they’re also watching for fires, floods and other disasters whether or not you’re at home.

Smart home integration

Today’s home security systems can be integrated with smart home devices like Nest thermostats, Kwikset smart locks, Amazon Alexa and more. This integration adds convenience to your daily routine. For example, all you need to do is ask your Amazon Alexa to turn on your security system before you leave the house.

Type of connection

The three types of connections for security systems are landlines, broadband and cellular.

With a landline, the provider uses your home’s landline connection to contact the alert center in an emergency. This is the cheapest option, but it’s the easiest to tamper with.

Broadband uses your high-speed internet connection to stay in contact with the authorities; however, if you lose power, you lose connectivity.

Cellular monitoring operates on the same technology as your smartphone. It provides the fastest and most reliable connection, but it’s typically the most expensive plan.

Advance On-Site Protection Security has you covered

If you’re in the market for a home security system, call our pros at Advance On-Site Protection Security. In addition to installing and monitoring alarm systems, we offer 24/7 security guard services to give you ultimate peace of mind day or night.

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