Many things have changed with the proliferation of smart home technologies, including the way you secure your home. Prior to this new world of easy connectivity, home security was left to professional companies that physically came to your home to install a wired security system behind the walls. They then charged fairly hefty fees for multi-year monitoring contracts. However, in recent years DIY smart home security kits have begun to catch the eyes of many frugal and technologically-inclined homeowners.
What is a Smart Home Security System?
Smart home security systems literally put the power of home monitoring in the palm of the homeowner’s hands via their smart phone or tablet. Not only that, but their lack of wires means that they can be easily installed by the average homeowner.
There are many different systems available from brands like Honeywell, Nest, Adobe, Ring, and others, with nearly all allowing arming and disarming capabilities from Amazon, Alexa, and Google. From these various companies, you’ll find that there are three predominantly used DIY home security system types:
- Wall Panel Systems – Wall-mounted, touchscreen control panel that allows you to wirelessly control different components via Wi-Fi, Zigbee, and Bluetooth, etc.
- Hub Systems –Similar to a wall panel system but is usually sleeker and smaller in design. Hub systems tend to blend in with home décor and can be placed on a flat surface out of the way.
- Camera-Based All-in-One Systems –As the name suggests. Additionally, some systems monitor for more than just security, and can contain environmental sensors.
Most of these systems come with key fobs, plus door and window sensors. In addition to these basic items, it’s possible to add motion sensors, video doorbells, glass break sensors, and smart locks, among other components.
There are two types of monitoring available with DIY systems. Homeowners can either monitor their homes themselves via push alerts or email notifications when a sensor is triggered, or they can pay a monthly fee for professional monitoring. The big difference being that if an intruder or other incident is noticed, those who self-monitor has to call the authorities themselves.
When the system is monitored by professionals, the monitoring centre first tries to contact the homeowners. If the homeowner doesn’t respond, the monitoring centre will then call the authorities on their behalf.
Do DIY Security Systems Mean the End of Traditional Home Security Companies?
When it comes to home security equipment and installations, it would seem that the sun is going down for traditionally wired systems (at least in terms of residential systems). This is particularly true in younger, Millennial households, where living the smart home life is becoming standard procedure.
However, don’t count traditional home security companies out. Many of the traditional security companies like ADT have embraced the trend toward smart home monitoring, and now offer these systems in place of the wired technology. Pair this with the added peace of mind that comes with having experienced professionals monitoring your home.
So, while DIY monitoring is certainly the more affordable choice, opting for the professional monitoring service is a great idea if the budget allows.