How to Choose the Ideal Security System for Your Space
Ask Yourself These Questions Before Reaching Out to a Security Company
Home security systems are a significant investment when it comes to protecting your family. Every detail needs to be considered to make sure you have a solution that directly addresses the needs for your Woodbury, MN home. Especially now that smart technology components are regularly part of the mix, it can be challenging to figure out exactly which features you need to include.
As experts in both security and smart home control, we are glad to help you through the process. Though a one-on-one consultation is the best way to design a custom solution, there are a few questions you should have in mind before scheduling your initial meeting. Having a general idea of the things you may discuss during the call will help you prepare for optimal results.
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How Safe is Your Home Right Now?
Every call should start with a high-level risk assessment. During this part of the meeting, you'll discuss the most common vulnerabilities in your home. Here you'll go over some scenarios that will help your installer figure out what features and hardware to include in your home security system.
In some cases, these have to do with your neighborhood dynamics. For example, nicer neighborhoods probably have lower crime rates, so you don’t need extreme measures like padlocks or window bars. The size of your backyard and driveway may also be a factor. Cameras and sensors are ideal in larger properties, so you know as soon as someone approaches the perimeter.
Do You Need Protection from Extreme Weather?
In most cases, intruders aren’t the biggest threats. You should also consider what environmental factors you want to protect yourself against. Security systems should always include hardware that protects you from fire, water, and CO2 contamination. There are additional steps that can be taken, though, if there are particular vulnerabilities due to your home’s design or location.
For example, homes in Minnesota are at risk of flooding due to frozen pipes during the winter months. One way to avoid severe water damage is to add water sensors near pipes so you can be alerted as soon as there's any leak. Remove the risk of a leakage entirely with climate control features that keep your home above freezing at all times.
How Often Are You Away from Home?
If you are investing in a security system for a second home or spend a lot of time away from your primary residence, you need one that offers remote access. Let your security professional know what functionalities you’d like from an app and on which smart devices you want to use it.
Some basic security apps just let you lock doors and activate your alarm. There are more advanced integrated security systems which allow you to control climate, lights, and shades. From the app, you can also view surveillance footage remotely.
How about an app that alerts you in case of an emergency? Every time your fire alarm goes off, someone opens your front door, or if the garage door is open, you receive a push alert on your app, an email, or a text message.
Security companies sometimes get a bad reputation because overly aggressive salespeople try to sell homeowners more than they need. Only trust those companies that meet with you to learn not only about your home but how your family interacts with it. Ultimately, this will result in a custom solution optimized to protect your property.
Lelch AV helps you through the process to find the ideal home security and integrated technology for your family. Our technicians will meet with you one-on-one to find out exactly what you need. For a consultation, call us at (612) 851-8576 or fill out our contact form.