For the person who has limited experience with home security systems, a home security systems comparison can be a challenging task. There is not only system pricing to take into account, but a number of other factors you will want to consider as you compare security systems and companies.
For example: Will you only want your house interior protected, or will you want your yard and outer buildings secured as well?
Preparations Before Getting System Quotes
When you compare prospective security systems and companies, in addition to comparing prices and rates, you will want to first identify all the services you will be needing. So, it is important for you to make this optional services list.
Here are a few potential factors to consider as candidates for your list.
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
There are other considerations you will also want to keep in mind as you compare systems:
- Does each prospective system include a maintenance plan that will cover both parts and service?
- Does each have a rechargeable backup battery that will keep the system operating in the event of a power failure?
- Is each system connected to a UL-Listed, 24-hour monitoring center. (UL is the recognized abbreviation for Underwriters Laboratories, an organization that approves goods and materials after standardized and stringent testing.)
- What detection coverage and features are included?
Because dependability is a key factor in comparing and choosing home security systems, two factors that you should always include in your comparisons are company experience and dependability.
Here are two well known home security companies you will be able to use as criteria against which you can evaluate experience and reputation of other prospective alarm companies:
HOME ALARM COMPANIES
History and Experience:
Brinks – This company has been in business since 1859 and is a trusted name in the security industry.
ADT – They boast nearly 8 million customers throughout the world, including US Government offices, US airports, and 90% of Fortune Five Hundred companies.
When you have your list of requirements created and are ready to begin comparing companies, you should request proposals or quotes from at least three companies that offer similar services. Trying to compare service that are all different can be extremely confusing, and you should carefully create the criteria you will use to compare systems before you begin arranging competitive proposals or quotes.
Regardless of how convincing sales people from these companies might be, you should resist the temptation to make a choice of companies until you've compared costs and services from at least three competitors.