Adding features to build an effective security system to keep your home safe

If you are deciding which features to include with your new home security system, it is important to consider the various companies that offer alarm systems. These include ADT, Brinks, Cox Communication, Comcast XFINITY, FrontPoint, Guardian Alarm, Honeywell Ademco, LifeShield, Monitronics and Protect America. Home security system reviews are an important research tool when it comes to picking out the right features. QualitySmith can get you connected with a professional in your area who can help you find services offered locally and provide an assessment on what you need to protect your home.


Alarm Systems

Alarms and sensors

Various types of alarm systems are available, including keypad devices with personal PIN codes and touchscreen keypads for additional functionality. Intruder monitoring helps stop burglars before they enter your home, and motion detectors alert the proper authorities if someone who isn't supposed to be there gains access. Upgrades to these systems include fire, flood and carbon monoxide monitoring.

Equipment Upgrades

Video surveillance services can be added on to many security packages. These services may include indoor and outdoor cameras. Other equipment upgrades to consider, depending on your family's needs, include glass break sensors, smoke and heat detectors, perimeter sensors and additional door and window sensors if you have a larger home. Local installers found through QualitySmith can give you an in-home estimate  to discuss any vulnerable areas of your home that may need additional equipment to remain secure.

Home Automation

Some companies offer complete home automation packages that allow you to control the entire system from a single touchscreen unit. This includes access to your security features and energy-saving options, such as regulating your thermostat. Some of these packages also let you control other elements in your house, such as appliances and lights. Some of the cable companies that now offer security alarms also incorporate other services into a home automation package, which can include running your television set or controlling Internet access.


Remote Access

If you would like to access your home's security system while at work or away from home, many companies now offer remote access. Through special gadgets, Internet services or smartphone applications, you can oversee your house from anywhere. With remote access, you can view your video surveillance cameras, let your kids in if they forget their keys or be notified when they get home after school.

Check out company websites to read home security system reviews before you choose to install a home security alarm system. Whether you choose to trust ADT, Brinks, Cox Communication, Comcast XFINITY, FrontPoint, Guardian Alarm, Honeywell Ademco, LifeShield, Monitronics or Protect America, QualitySmith can help you find an expert to install your home security system.