Before selecting and investing in a security system, first identify what you’re looking to protect. Beyond making sure your doors and windows are secure, here are the most common issues and solutions:
Break-ins: Motion sensors, garage door monitor, lighting, panic button, etc.
- Surveillance: Video and audio monitoring to keep you aware of who is at the front door before you choose to answer the doorbell.
- Fire: Smoke detector, fire extinguisher.
- CO: Carbon monoxide detector alerts you to dangerous levels of this naturally occurring, but deadly, odorless and invisible gas.
- Water: Water leak detectors alert you to water leaks such as burst pipes or overflowing bathtubs. Some solutions include automatic water shut-off to keep water damage to a minimum. Also, a sump pump alarm lets you know when your sump pump is not working–before it’s too late and your basement is flooding.
The Nest company, for instance, offers several products to give you peace of mind–from thermostats to smoke and CO detectors to security cameras.