PHOENIX, AZ / May 20, 2014 / Keeping their homes and belongings safe and secure is at the forefront of all homeowners' minds, but many don't know where to start when shopping for a home security system. That's why HomeSecurityMuse.com has reviewed and ranked the leading home security companies in Austin, TX.
"Consumers have so many options when looking for a reputable home security company, so our goal was to even the playing field and offer some reviews of the choices, " said Eric Vaughn, Home Security Muse' chief information officer.
"By compiling this information in a user-friendly, easy to access format, we know consumers will be able to fully investigate their options, " Vaughn said.
When investigating home security companies, Vaughn said homeowners should consider five things before making a selection.
1. Type of System
Vaughn says homeowners should always opt for a wireless system to prevent burglaries. That's because a wired system is easy for a thief to disengage.
"All they must do is cut one wire, and the system becomes completely inoperable, " Vaughn said. "That's why we urge homeowners to install wireless systems that can be operated by a cellular network instead of an Internet or phone connection.
2. All-Inclusive Sensors
To be truly safe, homes need a sensor on every door and window. However, some companies don't provide this option unless a homeowner is willing to pay extra for it.
"We discovered in our research that not all companies are the same when it comes to installing window and door sensors. Homeowners should be certain the company they select offers all-inclusive sensors, " Vaughn said.
3. Wide-Scale Monitoring
"Home security systems are intended to protect homes from burglary and vandalism, but they can do so much more, " Vaughn said.
That's why homeowners should ensure their system can also monitor for fire, smoke, carbon monoxide, water level increases and even temperature changes.
4. Fingertip Control
Technology allows homeowners to control their home security systems from a Smartphone or tablet. These devices let the owner lock doors, turn on lights and set the alarm with the simple swipe of a finger. Even though the technology is available, the Home Security Muse survey found that most companies don't offer this service. Some do, however, and Vaughn says those are the home security companies to select.
5. Extra Features
Many companies offer extra features to homeowners. These may include additional smoke alarms, carbon monoxide monitoring and medical emergency pendants that can be worn as a necklace. The companies that offer the extra features are good options since they cover all the needs a homeowner may have.
"The home security industry is very competitive. Without a good starting point, homeowners will get bogged down trying to select from myriad companies, " Vaughn said. "We've tried to take some of the guess work out of it."