Comparing Home Security Systems!

The main goal of this web page is to help make comparing home security systems a more positive & productive task for anyone experiencing some difficulties in finding an alarm system that is suitable for their needs.

Comparing home security systems is about discovering the best & most suitable alarm system for one’s home.

Those with some experience & knowledge of alarm systems will routinely assess & compare various security systems which meet whatever specific requirements that they may have.

Unfortunately comparing home security systems has turned out to be a negative experience for many individuals who have a limited knowledge & understanding of alarm systems.

Some people, who have little or no experience with alarm systems, have been commenting on how frustrating & overwhelming the process of finding a suitable system has been for them.

I have been receiving emails from people over the past 2 years asking if I could recommend a suitable home alarm system that they could purchase for their homes.

In most of the emails, people have made various comments informing me how discouraged & overwhelmed they have been with the process of trying to find an appropriate alarm system.

The process of comparing home security systems became such a negative experience for them due to their limited knowledge & understanding of security alarms combined with a large variety of systems to choose from.

Not clearly knowing what one is looking for can certainly cause quite a bit of indecision, but many people are also overwhelmed with the vast number of alarm systems that are being retailed in today’s market.

There has been a major increase in home alarm systems which have been added to the retail market over the past several years.

This is mainly due to a number of advancements in wireless, electronic & computer technology that has been benefiting the security industry & consumers over the past decade or so.

Prior to making any kind of assessment or comparison on any of the numerous systems that are available in today’s market, you need to have a clear understanding of what it is you are looking for.

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If your knowledge of alarm systems is limited, you may want to take a little time to gain a basic understanding of how the system & its various components work.

Comparing home security systems can only be done after you have taken a little time to educate yourself on what it is you are actually comparing.

To fully understand alarm systems with their various components & detection sensors, please visit my home security components web page.

This will help you obtain the insight you need for deciding what components, devices & security features will work best for you & your family.

Once the decision is made, you will only need to calculate the number of components & devices that will be required.

Knowing exactly what you need your home alarm system to do is the first big step in identifying the system that will be appropriate for your security needs.

If you are planning to acquire the monitoring services of an alarm company, it will be in your best interest from both a monetary & a security standpoint to obtain your own home security system first.

To understand the importance for having your own system & what you need to look for in a monitoring company please visit my home security alarm monitoring web page.

As you start comparing home security systems you may want to pick out a number of systems that closely matches what specific requirements you may have.

In addition to the alarm components & devices you will require there are several questions below you will need to answer.

The decisions you make below will help you define the type of alarm system that will work best for you.

Comparing Home Security Systems – Your Must Have List!

• Type of System: Prior to comparing home security systems you will want to decide if you want to install a “Wireless”, “Hybrid” or ”Hard Wired” alarm system. If you are not familiar with Hybrid security systems, they are simply an alarm system that will allow you to use both wired & wireless components & detection devices.

• Price of System: Most people these days only have a limited amount of security dollars available to work with & therefore will look at comparing home security systems that do not exceed the specific dollar amount that they are able to afford.

There are two things you will want & need to consider when deciding the maximum dollar amount that you budget for a home alarm system.

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Just about all systems or alarm kits being retailed are not adequate enough to provide you with the electronic security coverage you need.

Most home security kits lack an adequate number of perimeter detection sensors for ones needs. Purchasing an alarm kit is by far the best approach to take as it is certainly less expensive than buying each component separately.

The second thing you will want to keep in mind & consider is most home alarms that are being retailed today should last you & your family for the next 15 to 20 years.

With an alarm system that has the potential of lasting for the next two decades, you will find the most cost effective approach would be to obtain a system that is capable of being upgraded in the future.

There are a number of things that could happen to increase the crime rate in one’s area to the point where a higher level of electronic security is needed. You don’t want to purchase a new system several years from now because you are unable to upgrade the existing system you have in your home.

You really should look at a home security system as a long term investment in the safety, security & wellbeing of your home & family.

• The Number of Supported Security Zones: When comparing home security systems, you will notice in each alarm systems description the number of hardwired & or wireless security zones that each system supports.

Obtaining an alarm system that supports an adequate level of security zones for your needs is absolutely critical.

In a hardwired alarm system you can place several detection devices (sensors) in the one security zone.

With a wireless system several detection devices would require several zones as each wireless device will need to have its own separate security zone.

To purchase a home alarm system that can be upgraded in the future, you would only need to have a system that has several or more extra zones that can be used for additional devices at a later time.

For additional information on security zones please visit my security zone web page.

The type of system, the maximum amount you budget for your system & the minimum number of supported security zones that you will need is what you should use for quickly identifying systems that you want to compare.

If you find either one of those three things in a system that does not measure up to what you are looking for, just move on until you feel you have acquired an adequate number of systems to compare.

Comparing Home Security Systems – Do Any Of The Features & Functions Below Belong On Your Must Have List?

There are a few features & functions listed below that you also will want to make a decision on. You will want to decide how important they are for you. If any of them are without doubt important enough to be a part of your system, you will want to add them to the above list.

If they are not to be a part of your must have list above, you may just see them as a bonus if they are supported by any of the systems you compare.

• Alarm System Has X10 Signaling Capabilities: Many home alarm systems that have been manufactured in recent years are capable of sending signals to a number of x10 devices.

When comparing home security systems you will need to decide if the systems you are comparing need to have X10 signalling capabilities.

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If it is not an absolute requirement, you may just want to view it as a bonus if it is supported by any of the systems you choose to compare.

If you are not familiar with X10, it is a communications protocol that allows X10 products to communicate with one another over the existing electrical wiring that runs through the walls in your home.

Usually a wireless transmitter is plugged into any 110 volt outlet in your home & it sends a command signal to any X10 receiver which is plugged into another outlet in your home in a different location.

The X10 receivers that are plugged into an outlet will have a lamp or some type of appliance that plugs directly into the receiver. If it is a Lamp that is plugged in, the receiver could receive one of three command signals, on, off or dim.

There are different types of X10 receivers. Instead of having a lamp turn on, you can easily replace any wall switch with an X10 wall switch which will also operate by receiving X10 command signals.

Important Security Benefits for Having X10: Having certain lights come on the moment an intruder(s) triggers your alarm system can increase the safety & security for you & your family.

You can have your system control certain lights or if an “All On” X10 command signal is sent you can have lights come on in every room in your home & exterior lighting as well.

Lights can also be controlled without your system being triggered as they can be preprogramed to go on & off at times you have setup.

Some of the sounding devices that come with or are available to purchase for home alarm systems are not as loud & as strident as they need to be.

It is extremely important for your systems sounding device to be loud enough to instill fear or panic into an intruder so he/she quickly moves on.

In my opinion the interior alarm for your home depending on where it is situated should be between 105db & 120db. UL (Underwriters Laboratories) state that sounding devices used in home alarm systems should not be rated lower than 105db.


With so many sounding devices on the market that are rated much lower than this, there are many people who will purchase X10 sounding devices that can be plugged into any outlet in your home.

X10 alarms are presently being retailed for less than $30 each & they are rated for 110db.

My wife & I have been using X10 products in our home for many years & have found X10 technology to not only be extremely reliable but also affordably priced.

One great thing you will find about adding on X10 Modules, they do not need to use up any of the security zones your alarm system supports.

• Latchkey Sends Reports to Pagers: This feature has been available on a wide range of home alarm systems for the past several years as it has provided many parents with peace of mind.

If you are not at home when your child arrives home from school each day & would receive peace of mind knowing that your child arrived home on time, then the latchkey feature may be beneficial for you.

Your alarm system will send a report to your pager each day informing you of the time your child had entered the home.

This may or may not be an important & beneficial feature for you but if it is something that is an absolute must, then you need to add it to the list above.

• System Supports a Number of Key-fobs: Having the system support several or more wireless remotes for signal button operation like arming & disarming the alarm system. Key-fobs – key chain style remotes also operate without having to use up any of the systems security zones.

There are a number of other beneficial end user features like being able to arm & disarm the system using a touch tone telephone & various enhanced keypad features.

These are things you may want to consider when comparing home security systems when more important things are equally matched.

I sincerely hope the content outlined on this comparing home security systems webpage provided some beneficial information that will help you find an appropriate & suitable alarm system for your home & family.

If you haven’t already viewed my home security components web page you may want to consider doing so as it will show you what components & detection sensors make up a home alarm system & how they work.

It should also provide you with the insight you need to map out the components & detection devices that will work best for you & your family.

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