What Should You Know about Self Install Home Security Systems?

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What Should You Know about Self Install Home Security Systems?

4 October 2016
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Having a home security system is something most homeowners think about, but few move forward with installation. The reason for this is partially due to the high cost of solid and legitimate security systems. In recent years, there have been a number of companies to debut self install options to help lower the cost for homeowners, while still adding a layer of security. Before you begin a self install, there are a few things you should know.

Connection to Emergency Response

When you go with a professional home security system installation, one of your options may be to connect the system to emergency response units in your area. This will mean that when your home has a security breach, local law enforcement will be contacted and dispatched to the location. When you take on a self install kit as your home security option, this may not be the case. Though some self install systems do offer a discount or free trial with a local security emergency response team, many of the kits do not have a direct connect option.

Multiple Camera Bases

One of the benefits of a self install security system is the ability to add as you go. This means that you can start out with a smaller system and work up by purchasing add-ons as you need them. For example, you can start out with a small three camera kit and, if you find that you need more areas covered, you can purchase additional cameras and connect them to the master unit. Keep in mind, you will need to make sure you are purchasing a self install security system that allows for base expansion and make sure that you are purchasing the correct additional cameras that work with your base unit. A list of the compatible cameras should be located on the box or in the manual associated with your original base security system unit.

Professional Upgrade Options

One key point that you may be unaware of is the ability to get a professional upgrade to your system. This is because most major security system companies do offer self install options. You can purchase these options, and if you would like larger packages, such as extended cameras or emergency response connection, you can simply call the company. The company will send a professional installer to install the needed components or they can upgrade you remotely depending on the system and company. This options allows people to see if a security system is right for them, what upgrades they may want, and if they want to move to a contract at a later date.

These are just a few of the things you should know about self install home security systems. For a full list of benefits and options that are contract free, contact your local security system company.