A Builders' Easy Guide to Home Security Systems
What to look for in smart home security systems and why you need an integrator.
Advancements in smart home systems have raised expectations among homebuyers for the technology they expect in their homes. This puts additional challenges on builders, architects, designers and others who work in the homebuilding space, as they’re now expected to be familiar enough with automation technology to install it in new construction.
One popular new technology in many homes is smart security systems. But how do you know which security systems best meet your clients’ needs? And what do you need to make sure the technology is installed correctly? That’s the topic of today’s blog, so read on to see what builders in the Lexington, KY region need to get the best result possible when adding a home security system.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT SECURITY SYSTEM
Before you reach the installation phase, you first need to decide on what security system you’ll be using. There are dozens of smart security systems available for purchase, and the right one will depend on your client’s needs and budget. That said, there are a few guidelines to follow to make sure your clients are happy with the final result.
A crucial feature in any security system is the monitoring component. While recent smart security devices will send out a notification if something happens, that may not be enough when the homeowner is on vacation or otherwise unable to respond to an alert. A security system that isn’t being monitored doesn’t do homeowners much good, so be sure the system you choose includes a monitoring plan of some sort.
Some systems include 24-hour monitoring for free, while others require an additional fee. It’s also a good idea to see if your chosen system includes some form of video backup for any security cameras you may choose to add, as being able to review those recordings will be crucial in the event of a crime.
Similarly, you don’t want your security system to be thwarted by something as inane as a power failure or damaged phone connection. To that end, battery backup systems and cellular connections are vital components of any worthwhile security system.
Getting away from macro-level features, there are a few other elements to look for in a home security system. An audible alarm is vital, as it will do a much better job of scaring off potential intruders than a sign in the yard or window. Additionally, make sure your chosen security system offers protection against fires and carbon monoxide to keep homeowners safe from a wide range of threats. And finally, finding a security system that integrates well with other automation systems will make life much simpler for your buyers.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT INTEGRATOR
Once you’ve figured out the technology side of home security, it’s time to get everything installed. You could opt to install everything yourself, but you’re better off finding an integrator to handle that portion of your building project.
Why not install the security system yourself? Letting an integrator focus on the technology side of your project lets you spend more time focusing on other issues. Automation systems often require special knowledge and training to work correctly, so you’re better off with a professional installation. Not all integrators are created equal, however, so here are a few tips to helping you find the right partner for your project.
A good way to judge an integrator is to look at their past work. You want to get a sense of the company’s style and capabilities, and if they can handle a project the size and complexity of whatever you’re working on. Our portfolio at Rely Technology speaks to our training and knowledge, honed over a decade of experience.
Two other factors to weigh when choosing an integrator are their design process and how well they communicate. A good integrator will have thorough contingency plans in place for common problems and a process for dealing with unusual issues. Similarly, the right integrator will make sure you’re in the loop throughout the project, both to minimize any chance of miscommunication and to keep the project moving smoothly.
At Rely Technology, we pride ourselves on our customer service and our the thoroughness of our design process, so you know you’ll be getting a partner who won’t let you down. Learn more about our services and how we can help you with your next project by calling (859) 402-1413 or visiting our website.