FAQ About Security and Access
Your home is important to you, and naturally you'd like to be able to keep an eye on it at all times to ensure it stays secure. However, hiring a private firm to provide 24/7 security probably isn't practical, so do the next best thing: get a home security system. Read on for more info about home security systems in Canada and how to choose the best solution for your needs.
What is a home security system?
A home security system is an electronic system that helps you protect your home (and all the valuable stuff inside). Some home security systems can trigger loud alarms if a break-in is detected, while others send alerts to your phone so you can decide what action to take (if any). You can choose between wired and wireless home security systems.
What's the difference between a wired and wireless home security system?
A wired home security system needs to be connected through wires (obviously) so it will probably have to be installed by a professional. Wired connectivity gives this type of system a higher level of reliability. A wireless security system, on the other hand, uses radio transmitters to convey signals so it's easier to install and gives you more versatility in where you place the components.
What features should I look for when choosing a home security system?
Here are some cool features that could come in handy:
Security systems with smart connectivity are able to connect to your home's WiFi network so they can send alerts to your internet-connected smartphone, tablet, or computer anywhere in the world. They can also be controlled directly from your smart device.
A backup system is a great feature to have because it keeps your security system active even if the power goes out or if the phone line gets cut.
Many home security systems come with cameras, which can be useful for keeping track of when the kids come home from school or to check what your rambunctious puppy is up to. Some cameras feature night vision capabilities so you can see what's going on around your house after the sun goes down. Cameras with motion detection features will send you automatic alerts when they detect activity.
Want more info? Check out some of our resources:
Home Security Buying Guide
Plug-in Blog: The Connected Home Series: Security and Surveillance
Plug-in Blog: Choosing Smarthome Products for Security and Access
Plug-in Blog: An IP Security Camera is Helping Me Care for My Injured Dog