When it comes to security, many homeowners have a “take it as it comes approach.” In other words, they address security issues one by one as they present themselves. Unfortunately, this approach fails on multiple levels. For one, waiting until issues arise means that the security has already failed. Of course, we recommend taking a proactive, rather than a reactive, approach to designing and installing security equipment. Additionally, failing to design a complete security plan at one time often leads to an inefficient security installation. This affects the cost of the installation, as well as the effectiveness of the equipment you put in place. In this post, we share tips to help you create an efficient security installation to combat these issues.
To start, we’ll focus on some of the specific benefits of planning your security measures in advance. From there, we’ll break our discussion down into some of the steps you can take to enjoy these benefits. First, we’ll see how working with an established security company — such as ourselves — can put you on the right path. Then, we’ll take a look at how you can find the best security equipment that fits your budget. Finally, we’ll see how connecting multiple types of security products can add efficiency and effectiveness as well. Now, let’s dive in and explore the benefits of planning your security measures in advance.
Designing Your Security Measures in Advance
As we mentioned eariler, many homeowners wait until a security failure to update any security measures. This makes one of the benefits of proactively designing your security measures quite obvious. In short, implementing a security plan before a breach of security allows you to stop a crime or an emergency such as a fire in its tracks, rather than reacting to it after the fact. This can save you with the headache and cost associated with replacing lost items or, in extreme cases, recovering from losing your home. More importantly, it can also save you from the potential personal danger that these scenarios present.
In addition to creating added security, taking a proactive approach often leads to multiple levels of efficiency. For starters, it can lead to cost efficiency. For example, if you plan on hiring a security outfit to help you create and execute a complete security plan, it makes sense to know exatly what you should install. In turn, this allows for a single, efficient installation, rather than a drawn-out and more expensive process. Additionally, pre-planning also allows for careful product selection, as well as the ability to find security measures that work together. In the next few sections, we’ll break these aspects down for you. Let’s start by reviewing how working with a professional security company can help you achieve an efficient security installation.
The Benefits of Working with a Security Integrator
We receive hundreds of calls every year for help designing home security measures for customers, and with good reason. Working with a professional security integrator helps with efficient security installation in many ways. For starters, companies such as ours offer the best the security that the industry has to offer. While DIY security products certainly exist, many of them fail to meet the same security standards as the proprietary equipment offered by those who do security for a living. Moreover, we can also tell you the differences between the DIY equipment and our own offerings. Therefore, we can offer the inside scoop on any equipment you may already have in mind. If necessary, we can even make suggestions for similar, but more effective, products!
Furthermore, we also offer professional installation, backed by a staff with both electrical and professional security licenses. This ensures that we will complete a safe and effective installation of your security equipment that follows all legal codes and local safety requirements. Because we also completely warranty our work, we will even fix any installation-related issues at no charge. Of course, this gives you peace of mind that your security measures will work when you need them most. It can also add years to the life of your security products. These benefits make working with us a no-brainer for many security-minded homeowners. Next up, let’s turn our attention to finding equipment that fits both your security needs and your budget!
Finding Effective Security Equipment That Fits Your Budget
As we mentioned, hiring a security company can create a more efficient and cost-effective security installation. The ability to create and install a security plan in one fell swoop obviously saves time and money. Additionally, we also help customers find quality products that still provide the security they desire. As with the products in many technology-related industries, security products come with a variety of intended uses, as well as a wide range of prices. Of course, the “cheapest” security products often fail to deliver dependable security at all. We chronicle the dangers of going down this road in our post outlining The Dangers of “Budget” Security. As with most things you can purchase, you often get what you pay for when it comes to installing security.
However, we can often work with customers to find an effective “middle ground” when it comes to purchasing certain products. After all, some applications require extreme security measures. Therefore, the highest-end security products often have features that the average homeowner may not need. For example, you may be one of many homeowners wishing to install surveillance inside your home. If you purchase the most expensive cameras on the market, you are likely paying for features that you do not need, such as an outdoor durability rating.
The same goes for locks, safes, alarms, and other security products as well. Given the wide variety of products on the market, sometimes blindly looking for “the best of the best” adds tremendous cost for an impractical solution. For this reason, we recommend figuring out the level of security you need and asking your security provider how to go about getting it efficiently. Let’s now shift our focus to connecting multiple types of security to create a more efficient security installation.
Creating Connected Home Security
Another aspect of generating effective security with a great user experience involves installing products that work together to create added security. Specifically, we can tie many smart security products in to your alarm for greater security and convenience. We can do so using our cellular dialer, powered by Alarm.com. This cell dialer monitors your alarm through a cellular network for the most reliable security monitoring available.
In addition to providing consistent monitoring, the Alarm.com app also contains a Z-Wave receiver to connect with smart security devices around your home. The term “Z-Wave” refers to a mesh network providing communication between our Alarm.com cellular dialer and smart home devices that operate on this network. As one of the most popular smart home platforms, Z-Wave technology gives you many options to add smart security devices. Our customers control these smart home appliances with the same Alarm.com app that they use to control their security systems.
For example, these devices include appliances such as Z-Wave light bulbs that you can control remotely to make your home look occupied while you are away. Additionally, Z-Wave locks allow you to let contractors or housesitters into your home without providing a key. Moreover, the universal Z-Wave outlet allows you to turn any appliance into a smart home device. For example, customers often plug coffee pots, hair curlers, or other potentially dangerous devices into these outlets. This allows them to ensure they’ve powered down any electrical appliances that may start a fire. Of course, if they’ve forgotten to do so, they can fix the issue with the push of a button! We’ve helped hundreds of customers add valuable smart security to their new or even existing alarm systems.
Putting it All Together and Experiencing Efficient Security Installation
We hope that this post helps you create the efficient security installation you desire. Moreover, we also encourage you to contact us with any questions this post may raise for you. We will happily answer any and all of your security-related queries. Furthermore, we also invite you to take advantage of our free site survey program. We offer complimentary site surveys and equipment quotes to both new and existing customers alike. During our visit, we can address any security concerns you may have. Moreover, we can also make suggestions based on our own observations from our visit. Together, we can create a complete, efficient security plan that keeps you, your most valued possessions, and your familiy as safe and secure as possible!