Professional vs. DIY Security Systems

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The options in home security systems are mind-boggling. What’s a homeowner to do? How do you find the perfect system?

Professional home security companies usually tie you into a multiyear contract for monthly monitoring fees. But they also provide hardware, alleviating the stress of selecting off-the-shelf devices. The ADTs of the world also offer 24/7 emergency response for invaluable peace of mind. But their business model is being disrupted by the DIY market of motion sensors, indoor and outdoor cameras, locks, glass break detectors, door and window sensors, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

If you’ve decided against the professional route, DIY could be the way to go. Know that you become the installer and the 24/7 monitor. There are DIY companies that offer bundled kits and even professional monitoring.

Security cameras are your eyes on the ground and at key access points. Again, there are loads of options and features – whether it’s a kit, standalone camera, or camera-assisted doorbell. The other category is smart door locks that can be Bluetooth enabled or offer Z-Wave connectivity.

Here’s a great choice: select a company that can integrate the best solutions into a whole-house smart security system with professional monitoring.  Consider Pittsburgh’s TN Security. We are also experts in whole house automation and can integrate your security system with your lighting, entertainment, thermostats, air, alarms, shades and more into a single hub.

Remember DIY is great…but it’s never as easy as it looks. Are you a geek, electrician and home remodeler all rolled into one? Do you want to fish wires and patch holes? DIY systems rely on open protocols and Wi-Fi connectivity that can sometimes be unreliable, creating connection issues, which may be beyond your tech skillset.

Learn more about smart security and whole home automation to protect your most valuable asset, your family.

Contact TN Security now for a free at-home assessment.