Whether you’re looking to increase the IQ on your smart home or catch the neighborhood package thief, there’s no question a security system is a savvy purchase.

In fact, a study from the University of North Carolina found that approximately 60% of burglars indicated that the presence of an alarm would cause them to seek an alternative target.

How to Choose a Home Security System?

Deciding among different types of alarm systems can be a daunting task. There are a lot of home alarm companies out there—and the industry continues to grow.

So, to save you the headache and time, we did the research into what to consider when choosing an alarm system.

Considerations for Selecting a Home Security System

  1. Security system costs
  2. Customer experience and support
  3. Home security system packages
  4. Types of home alarm monitoring
  5. Professional vs. DIY alarm installation
  6. Choosing a reputable brand
  7. Technology and home automation capabilities

What Should You Expect to Pay?

Home alarm services are not the physical surveillance devices and alarm “systems” you (or a security monitoring service company professional) install in your house.

Instead, the term refers to the monitoring and surveillance of your home and/or property by trusted third-party service providers. Some service providers may promise to install their monitoring equipment in your home “free of charge” if you choose to sign a contract with them, but usually there are other expenses involved.

For example, homeowners are generally required to pay a monthly fee for the monitoring services offered.

Choosing Types of Services

Other things you should be aware of when choosing these types of services are:

  1. if your home monitoring service equipment costs isn’t above a certain amount, the service provider may retain ownership rights to the equipment.
  2. A good credit score is usually a requirement of getting the service, and homeowners normally are required to sign a long-term monthly service contract of between 24 and 36 months.
  3. Further, if a theft does occur on your premises, you may be required to provide a great deal of documentation in order to have your insurance deductible waived on the claim.

Types of Home Security and Monitoring Services

There are a variety of home alarm services available. You may choose from one or a number of services, including:

  1. monitoring for medical emergencies
  2. monitoring for the presence of carbon monoxide (an odorless, colorless gas)
  3. fire and heat
  4. flood
  5. burglary and
  6. theft

Medical emergency monitoring usually consists of providing customers with a remote device, such as a pendant or bracelet, on which there is a button to be pressed in an emergency situation that will send a special alert to the monitoring service and allow for two-way communication between the customer and the monitoring service center.

The monitoring service center will contact the proper medical providers and family members in case of an emergency and will talk with the customer until help arrives.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Monitoring

Carbon monoxide monitoring requires a device to be installed in your home, and if a certain level of carbon monoxide is detected in your home, the device will trigger an alarm and also cause an alert to be sent to the monitoring service.

Smoke, fire/heat, and flood detectors basically act in the same way, alerting both the homeowner and the monitoring service to the presence of smoke in the home, the detection of sudden increased heat, and/or rising water levels inside the home.

Burglary detection devices are generally installed in the entry points of your home and if these devices detect a breach, an alarm will be set off, and the monitoring service and proper authorities will be notified.

Keeping Your Children Safe

If you have children who often arrive home from school before you’re home from work, or you have an elderly parent living with you, it might be a good idea to look into which home alarm services are available to you in your area.

With a third-party monitoring service to look after your home and loved ones while you can’t be there yourself, you won’t have to worry about their safety and security.

You can rest easy, knowing someone is always looking out for you and yours.


With dozens of components, and as many decisions to make, purchasing a system can be complicated.

But it’s no shallow investment, and we’re here to help you make the most informed decision and design a system that will protect your home.