Frequently Asked Questions About Home Security Systems
When it comes to a home security system, many of us know the basic facts. Such as, alarms go off if someone breaks into your house, or you get notified if your camera detects activity at your door. However, sometimes we come up with questions we need to know while we are researching the purchase of a security system. Or, we think of these questions after we install the security system. Here are some of the most frequently asked where home security systems are concerned.
Is It Worth Getting a Home Security System?
This question is usually at the top of the list since residents hesitate to spend the money if they don’t see instant benefits that surpass the investment. Home security systems use to be only a preventative measure. Even that should be enough to convince you since the FBI states that the average break-in results in almost a $3,000 loss. In addition, don’t forget the peace of mind of having your family protected. There is no price to put on that. But, today, these systems are much more than just security. They are smart home security systems that take on your easy home tasks.
Do I Have to Use Alarm Monitoring?
No, you don’t have to sign up for the monthly monitoring fee. However, we highly recommend that you do so. Your home security system only functions as well as you equip it. Minimal devices mean minimal coverage. Alarm monitoring is the way to get your home security functioning at its peak. The purpose of monitoring is to have a set of eyes always on your property when you cannot be there. Although you receive alerts with the app on your smartphone, there will be times where you are not available to check the alerts. One of these missed alerts could be critical, such as a fire or medical emergency.
Can My Home Security System Save Me Money?
Yes, it can save money in a few different ways. The immediate savings is on your homeowner’s insurance. They give discounts of up to 20% when you have alarm monitoring with your security system. The long-term savings are mainly from your energy usage going down when you have smart home devices integrated with your security hub. With a smart home thermostat and lighting, you can remotely adjust the settings when needed, ensuring that energy does not get wasted when no one is home. A smart home gives you endless possibilities for savings and convenience. On another note, a home security system is not tax-deductible unless you use it in your home office. Then, you may qualify to deduct a portion of the system and monitoring expense.
Can My Home Security System Get Hacked?
The truth is, there is always a possibility of anything connected to the internet today getting hacked. However, there are steps you can put in place to lower those odds immensely. The biggest precaution to put in place is to immediately change the password that comes with your Wi-Fi device. Change passwords regularly and keep them unique from other items in the home. Another safety feature is to keep the software updated. Technology may continue to advance, but so do the criminals. They make sure to stay up-to-date also.
Making Good Decisions
These are just a couple of the questions that many ask. It is good to be informed and do your research before you purchase your home security system. True Home Protection is available to answer any other questions that you may have to make things a little easier. We make sure to listen to any concerns you have and see to it that you get exactly what your home needs. Give us a call today to find out more!