Security is not a one size fits all product. Every home is different, and each end-user has different needs and concerns. Here are some things to consider before you decide which type of system is right for you:
DIY Security Systems
Although convenient and affordable, these systems may end up with faults in design, resulting in countless hours researching.
- DIY systems may not have the amount of technical support needed to troubleshoot unforeseen challenges.
- Consumer-grade products are often simplified versions of professional-grade products, due to the removal of robust features for easier DIY installation and a cheaper price point, and have the potential to open up a level of vulnerability to hackers.
- Although most DIY systems are wireless, it is easy to underestimate the technical difficulty of programming and Wi-Fi networking.
- Most DIY security systems need to stay connected to your Wi-Fi network and have batteries that need to be replaced frequently.
- Although quick and easy to set up, be prepared for more frequent ongoing maintenance.
Professional Security Systems
- Professional installers are always a phone call away and will have all of the required training, certifications, licenses, and tools needed to get the equipment installed and performing to the best of its ability.
- Security companies invest in knowledge. A good security company will always look for the best professional-grade product and keep up to date on local building codes and industry standards.
- Professional-grade products provide better quality, capability, reliability, and functionality and have smarter features for capturing recordings and events.
- Professional-grade products last longer and will typically have longer manufacturer warranties.
- When you are working with a professional security company, you are gaining years of experience in developing a professionally designed system that is customized to your individual security needs.