Home Security Might Lower Your Home Insurance Premiums
Many insurance companies will reduce premium costs when you install a security system -- especially when the system uses professional monitoring. Insurance companies may see you as a lower risk with fewer security incidents. This could lead to discounts. You might even find that your security system raises your home resale value. Or at least makes your house more desirable than other houses for sale.
A Security System Can Protect You From More Than Break-Ins
Good alarm systems with 24/7 monitoring can handle different kinds of emergencies than a break-in. Monitored smoke detectors can sense both smoke and a rise in intense heat. Flood detectors will notify you when water pools on the floor. And carbon monoxide detectors alert you to the silent, odorless gas. Or you can even use a two-button pendant for unanticipated emergencies.
A Complete Security System Will Make Your Life More Efficient Through Home Automation
By linking home security with home automation, your house gets perimeter protection and becomes more efficient. Devices like smart lights, smart locks, and smart thermostats, can be linked through z-wave connections. Control all of your devices with your home security app, like Vivint Smart Home app, and view life in new and practical ways.
For instance, you can direct your your downstairs lights to turn off, the thermostat to lower, and arm your security system when you leave the house. Or power down the alarm, raise the garage door, and turn on some music when you pull up the driveway. With your automated devices, you can even set triggers for security problems -- like having your lights turn on during a triggered alarm or having the vent fan when the CO detector senses a leak.
How A Home Security System May Not Be Worth It In Charleston
You Have To Arm Your System For Security
A home security system doesn't guard your home if it's not activated. In theory, you should never drive away or turn in for the night without setting the alarm. But it's easy to forget, especially if you never saw an intrusion in the past. With your alarms off, a window can slip open or a door jimmied open without your family or your monitoring station alerted.
Then again, you can program some features that help you arm your system automatically. For instance, program your doors to lock up tight at the same bedtime every day. Or geofence them to the front door, so they arm as you leave for work. If you use Google Home or Amazon Alexa, you can activate your devices with your voice. And, of course, some devices, like your fire and safety devices, are always active.
Monitoring Has A Monthly Responsibility
Modern alarm systems, like what Vivint supports, have a monthly price tag for professional monitoring. That may feel like a lot of money to blow on a service you might never use. You will also need to finance the install -- but you might find a deal or coupon that discounts the bill.
But, professional monitoring becomes like a needed service when you consider that most burglaries happen when you're not at home. When a alarm trips, your monitoring center quickly contacts both you and a first responder. Even if you sprinted home from work, you might already see the police or fire department waiting for you. And if you're not close to home, your monitoring center makes sure services show up even though miles and miles away.
A Home Security System From Vivint Is Always Worth It
If you decide that a home security system is worth it in Charleston, your initial step is to contact Vivint. Our pros will help you find the best security package for your needs. Just phone (843) 892-5638 or send in the form below.