What to consider when you are buying a home security gadget.

With over 83% of the population owning at least one device that can be connected to a smart home system or gadget, it is inevitable that many more homes in the UK are looking at ways to automate their security and make life that little more comfortable.

In this blog post, we explore all of the options available to you on the market, and how you can choose the right system for your budget, needs and comfort.

So, what exactly is a smart home security system?

A smart home security system is a set of security devices, which typically include a combination of security cameras, motion detectors, door locks, and sensors that detect when a door or window has been opened. These devices often work cohesively to make up a security system.

All smart home security systems are driven by a central internet-connected ‘hub’, which wirelessly connects to and communicates with a smartphone app and the other components of the system.

Our in-house experts have rounded up some of the most important things to consider when purchasing a smart home security system:

Stable Wi-fi range

If you have a large home, ensure that your Wi-Fi connection is stable throughout the home so that each and every device can work at maximum efficiency. Smart systems with battery back-up can help give you peace of mind if there’s a power cut or a component gets unplugged.

Cut energy costs.

If your energy consumption has increased after installing a Home automation system you can make sure that you could conserve energy by installing a smart thermostat. This way, it would be easier for you to track energy usage and adjust the temperature of your home even if you are not in.

Smartphone and Third-party compatibility:

Ensure that your smartphone is compatible. Most work with Apple and Android, but fewer support Windows phones. 

Some devices only work with gadgets made by the same brand, such as Yale and Honeywell, but others, such as Samsung, work with companies such as Phillips and Amazon, as they all use the Z-Wave system.

Buying extra door, window and motion sensors: 

This may cover your entire home, but this will increase the price for any property larger than a small flat, so check the price of additional products before you buy.

Visible Prevention:

Only systems that can provide a visible deterrent from the outside of your property too are likely to genuinely help you avoid being a victim of crime. Many reformed burglars mention that homes with CCTV or visible security cameras are huge deterrents when targeting homes.

So how much does a smart home security system cost?

An entry level smart home security system can be bought for as little as £200, but it’s worth bearing in mind that it may not be enough to cover your entire home.

Depending on the size of your home and how many additional components you require, the cost can sometimes range from £600-800, so consider how large your home is when purchasing.

Should I choose a smart security system over a traditional system?

Traditional burglar alarms are manufactured to rigorous security standards but systems that are monitored by a third party require subscription payments, or in a bells-only system may leave you to rely on your neighbor to inform you if you’re not at home when the alarm is sounding. A smart system would send an alert to your phone and let you check what’s happening.

There are many smart home options available in the current market but purchasing only what is right for you and your needs is the most important factor in making a decision.

Our team can best assist you in finding out what is the right solution for your lifestyle. For a free consultation and on-site survey, which we also provide via FaceTime, please get in touch with us via email on  info@abelalarm.co.uk or call us on 0116 2654200.

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