When choosing an alarm company in Miami, a low monthly cost is important but truly isn’t the the only thing to look for. While we are all trying to save money in as many areas as we can, finding the cheapest guy in town is definitely not the solution when it comes to home security. Although there are many ways to be frugal these days in finding ways to bundle services to get a lower rate, unfortunately when it comes to home security that is just not the case. Price does matter but a closer look at what home security services you are receiving will help prove the old saying “ you get what you pay for”.
The fist thing to consider is exactly what it is you are paying for. And this could seem a bit confusing because of all the different options available from alarm company to alarm company. There are home alarm monitoring options and then there are home security service and maintenance options. To fully understand each of these we will take them one at a time and go over the individual services available.Although the names of these services may vary from one alarm company to another , they basically do the same thing.
The first step in determining which home security monitoring services are best for you is deciding whether you will use a traditional phone line as your means of communicating or will you use a cellular service to transmit signals to the alarm monitoring station. If you intend on monitoring your alarm system through you existing phone line you will then save money on the monthly service. This is what is known as basic alarm monitoring. It is the most affordable way to have alarm signals sent to your monitoring station. The drawback of choosing this type of security service is that in most cases your phone line is accessible to anyone on the outside. This could be a disadvantage because an intruder that knows what he is doing could actually defeat the system by disabling the home phone line prior to breaking into your premises. The other drawback to using a traditional phone line is the speed in which the alarm signal is transmitted to the monitoring center. With a traditional phone line the time it takes to send a signal is substantially slower than cellular service. If price is a major factor for you then take into consideration the price you will be paying to maintain an active phone line at the premises. If the only reason you will have a phone line is to monitor your home security system then it makes more sense to go with cellular service. The price difference to go to wireless cellular service is always less than maintaining an active phone line at the premises.
Cellular wireless communication is without a doubt an upgrade from using a traditional phone line for alarm monitoring. The time it takes to send a text is the same time it takes your alarm signal when you choose Honeywell security equipment. Other manufacturers like Telguard or Connect 24 uses a service which communicates at a much slower rate. The drawback to these other two providers also is that there is no constant data supervision, so if the unit loses power or if a wire is cut the monitoring station will not get a signal. Although cellular monitoring is more expensive than using a regular phone line, it truly is a better and more effective service as long as it is used with the Honeywell Security brand of equipment.
Another very important option to choose when picking a home security company to monitor your system is whether you will want interactive services or not. Interactive services means having the ability to have total control of your security system from anywhere you may find yourself. Through interactive services you can arm or disarm your home alarm from a smart phone or any internet service. This service also allows you to be able to receive emails or even a text to your phone in the event someone turns the alarm on or off at any given moment. The most popular interactive service in the industry at this time is used by ADT Security and is known as ADT Pulse. This is by far the most popular interactive service and is very effective and cost effective. The other interactive service most other alarm companies use is known as Total Connect by Honeywell. It does exactly the same thing that ADT Pulse does with the added feature of receiving email or text with the exact name of the user arming or disarming the home security system.
There is almost an endless list of things to consider when choosing a home security system company, but these are possibly the most important things to consider before making your choice. If you live in the Miami Fl Dade County or Fort Lauderdale Fl Broward County areas and would like someone to sit down with you and further explain these options to you then simply call us at (786)325-7867 or visit our homepage at www.miamifloridahomesecurity.com.