September 14 ,2018
Custom Security System or Basic Boxed System: Which is right for my home?
We all want our homes to be safe and secure, and nobody wants to worry about the potential for some type of property crime. By installing a home security system, you can protect your home and mitigate these concerns. But is it enough to get just any security system?
When you go shopping for a home security system, you have a lot of points to consider. One question to ask yourself is whether you want to go with one of the basic boxed systems or if you want a custom security solution that is designed specifically for your home. In this post, we are going to take a closer look at this issue to help consumers make an informed decision concerning their home security needs.
What do you get with a basic boxed system?
The first thing to know about the basic boxed systems is that they are not designed for any specific home; it is more of a one-size-fits-all approach to cover basic security concerns. If you go looking for one of these basic systems, you will find different offerings from different companies, but there are a few things you can expect from a boxed security system.
The following includes some of the features and parts you would get with most basic security systems:
- Alarm Panel: The alarm panel is at the core of every security system. All of the security devices connect to the alarm panel, and it is the part that is responsible for communicating with the monitoring service.
- Keypad/Control Panel: The keypad or control panel is where the user interfaces with the system. It is also the hub from which the system can be programmed. When you need to do things like arm or disarm the system, you do so from the keypad.
- Door Contacts: The door contacts are the sensors that tell the system when a door is open. Most basic systems will come with two or three door sensors.
- Motion Detector: A motion detector is a sensor that sends a signal when something large enough to be a human enters its field. Most basic systems would come with one motion detector.
That is your basic boxed security system. Depending on the manufacturer, you might have the option buy more contacts for windows or add more door sensors. Some of the newer boxed systems may even come with the option to add a camera.
A basic security system does provide protection. It is certainly better than having no security system, but you have a lot that is left uncovered and you have to use your own judgment when deciding on what you need and how the system is going to be set up.
What makes a custom security system a better option?
The short answer to this question is that custom security solutions provide better security. When you go with a custom system, it is not some cookie cutter solution that is designed to cover the basic security needs for the average home. Instead, a custom security system is designed for your home.
The process of getting a custom security system starts with a phone consultation. During the phone consultation, the homeowner will discuss their security concerns with a security expert and they will make an appointment for an in-person security survey of the home.
With a security survey, a professional comes to the home to assess the security needs of the property. They will listen to the concerns of the homeowner and talk to them about different features they may want or need for their property. Based on the discussions with the homeowner and the results of the survey, the security professional will then make recommendations and design a system.
When the process is done, you get a system that is based on the security concerns of the homeowner and the specific security concerns relating to the property.
Features of a Custom Security System
A custom security system is going to have some of the same parts as a basic system. It will have an alarm panel, it will have a keypad/control panel, it will have sensors for doors and it will have motion detectors. The difference is that all of these parts will be selected based on the needs of the homeowner and the number and placement will be determined by a security professional to ensure optimal performance.
Furthermore, you can get a number of additional features when you go with a custom security system. You can get a CCTV system that is designed
to cover all of the most important security points in the home. In addition to that, you have several camera options when you go with a custom system. Some basic systems might have the option to add a camera, but you won’t have that many options for the type of camera you can add.
Most custom systems also come with a wide range of Smart Home features. You can get Smart locks that open when they detect your smartphone approaching the door. You can also get Smart lights that act as an additional security layer when you are away from home. The best part is that all of these features can be controlled from a smartphone app that allows the user to manage and monitor the system no matter where they are.
Custom systems can also protect your home against more than just burglars. You can integrate in devices like heat sensors and smoke detectors to protect against fire. Carbon monoxide detectors can also be added in to protect your family against CO poisoning. If you have concerns for basement flooding, you could add flood sensors to protect your home against water damage.
This is really just the beginning of the possibilities that come with custom alarm systems. When you consult with the alarm professionals, you will find that you have a wide range of options for devices and alarm system capabilities. You can also have the system programmed for custom responses based on specific event triggers.
Cornerstone Protection Specializes in Custom Security Systems
Contact Cornerstone Protection for all of your custom security system needs. We have professionals standing by to assist you and we are ready to design and install a security system that is made to fit the needs of your home and your family.