5 Features to Look for When Installing a Home Security System
In this day and age, keeping your loved ones safe can be a real challenge. Your heavy workload and the increasing crime rates, in the city, can prevent you from having peace of mind while you’re away from home.
That's why home security systems are becoming extremely popular among homeowners nowadays. The smart and more practical systems are replacing burglar alarms with their abilities to control and connect you to your home, from anywhere in the world, using your smartphone. Thanks to these modern home monitoring systems, now your home’s security is just an app away!
So, you have set your mind on getting a security system, but you’re not sure what to look for. We have listed five important features a home security system should have, to help make the process of finding a good quality home monitor easier for you and your family.
What is a Home Security System?
First off, here's a quick overview of what a home security system is and how it works. A smart home security system includes a variety of different devices, with internet connectivity, that allows you to keep your home in check. The system usually includes a camera, sensors, motion, sound and temperature detectors, and sirens to combat any dangerous situation or emergency you could experience.
The devices are usually sold separately or in sets to fit all different types of lifestyles. For example, the Motorola FOCUS89 is a home monitoring camera that’s controlled through your smartphone or tablet. You can expand the monitoring system up to 4 cameras, and each camera is sold separately to fit your home and lifestyle. If you want to monitor your back door and your baby’s room, you can buy two cameras. If you want to monitor your back door, your baby’s room and your grandmother, you can purchase three cameras and place two in your home and one in your grandmother’s home.
These systems can be monitored and controlled using a compatible app such as HUBBLECONNECTED for Motorola Monitors, on your smartphone or tablet. You can set up SmartZone boundaries around certain areas of your home, such as windows and doors, and the app will notify you immediately if any sound or motion is detected within these boundaries. You can also use the two-way talk feature to remind your kids to do their chores when they get home, talk to your spouse or tell the family dog to get off the couch, while you’re away.
Top 5 Features in a Home Security System
Now you know how security systems work, let's get down to business. To ensure maximum safety, we made a list of top 5 features to look for when installing a home security system.
1 - Wireless Long-Range System
Along with wireless sensors, the connection between devices and the monitoring hub should be wireless too. It’s important to check if the wireless devices have a long Wi-Fi® range, that’s supported by your internet bandwidth. Systems that can provide a visible barrier from the outside of your property are more likely to prevent you from getting hacked.
Fortunately, there are a variety of apps available online that allow you to control your wireless systems at any distance.
2 - Smartphone Compatibility
Today, controlling your wireless security system lies at your fingertips. You access live footage, sensors, door locks, and even the doorbell, when you're out and about. Plus, many app-integrated security systems give you full control of your home camera through your smartphone. Remotely pan the camera left to right, tilt it up and down or zoom in and out, all from your smartphone or tablet. Use two-way talk to speak to your family members or ward off intruders. Check the temperature sensor to make sure it’s at a comfortable setting.
There are various app-controlled options that you can do, so you should find the camera that best fits your lifestyle and expectations, but before buying a home monitor, it’s vital that you ensure your security system is compatible with your smartphone’s software. The Hubble for Motorola Monitors app is compatible with iOS and Android devices, and it can be downloaded through the App Store or Google Play. They’re also compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant.
3 - Battery Backup
A battery backup is crucial for home monitoring systems. In case of a power outage, or if a device is unplugged, you will lose all visibility. A battery backup ensures continuous footage of any incident taking place in your home.
4 - Camera Type
It’s important to purchase a camera that allows you to record and save live video footage, in the case of an emergency or incident, so you can share with law enforcement or your insurance company. It’s also important to ensure that your camera has high-resolution video quality, especially during the night, so it’s easier to see faces and have a clear view of the areas you’re monitoring in your home.
Motorola home monitors give you the option of storing video footage on a microSD card (sold separately) or in the Cloud (for an additional fee through the Hubble App). You can choose from 720p or 1080p HD quality and many of the cameras incorporate a true color filter that illuminates lowly lit areas in your home so you can clearly see dark hallways and corners. Plus, all of Motorola’s home monitors have infrared night vision, to be your eyes in the dark.
5 – Installation
Lastly, the installation process. Today, we live in a fast-paced society, so most people want a home monitor that’s easy to setup and can be used immediately. Many providers offer DIY kits so you can set up your security system yourself and avoid high installation fees. There are also accompanying ‘how-to’ videos, that help walk you through the installation process.
When it comes to installation, it’s all about your preference. Wireless systems are more convenient, because you can pick up and replace the camera, without the trouble of wires; however, not every wireless system comes with all the features of DIY kits. Make sure you check the camera’s installation details before purchasing it.
In a nutshell, a smart home security system should have all the components that fit your needs and lifestyle. You should consider phone compatibility, battery backup, video quality, storage options and the installation process before buying a home monitoring system. Keep these features in mind and you’re on the road to buying a home monitoring system that keeps you connected and gives you peace of mind, no matter how near or far you are from home.