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How do I Know That the Equipment I'm Purchasing Online Is High Quality?

How do I know that the equipment that I am purchasing online is high quality?

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) is all the rage when it comes to home electronics and home automation.  There are national alarm companies that advertise a complete home alarm system for less than a few hundred dollars, yet if you contact an actual alarm company to come to your house and install an alarm system, it costs significantly more money.  How do you know if the equipment that you are being sold is of a high quality or just cheap components that are going to frustrate you because they don’t work properly?  

High quality home security equipment

The first thing that you must decide is how you would like to protect your home. Do you want to potentially be alerted by your alarm system when the perpetrator is outside of your home or inside of your home?  Most people would immediately respond that they would like to be alerted when the potential perpetrator is outside of their home. This would mean constructing what is called a “Perimeter System.” To protect your home with a perimeter system means that you will want to get security for all of the perimeter windows and doors on the first floor and basement of the home. 

In order to make it a true perimeter system, you will also need to back-up those perimeter windows and doors with glass break sensors.  A glass break sensor is a device that listens for the sound of glass being broken, like a window. A perimeter system will alert you while the potential perpetrator is still outside of your home.  

To go the other direction is to use motion sensors to protect windows, doors, and the usual thoroughfares of your home.  We would not recommend using motion sensors. Sometimes people use motion sensors when are trying to cut corners and save some money in meeting their security needs. The reason we would not recommend using motion sensors is because they bring with them a much higher likelihood for false alarms.  With false alarms you as the customer will get frustrated, your local emergency services units will get frustrated, and you can potentially get fined for having too many false alarms at your house. We recommend using motion sensors only as a last resort, and even then, consider avoiding them if you have pets especially large dogs or cats, as they are prone to set off the motion sensors as well.  

To start your search don’t just only go to the website of the company that you saw an advertisement for or heard a commercial advertising their services. Start with a google search.  Take some time to look around at the results. See for yourself what DIY companies are out there, and what they have to offer. They will all offer you packages to start with. Packages include components such as, a control panel that can be mounted in a closet or in your basement that serves as the “brains” of the alarm system, keypads to interact with the alarm system, contacts to include your windows and doors in the alarm system, glass breakage sensors, and motion sensors.  You can also include fire protection such as smoke detectors and heat sensors. There are websites that you can use that can walk you through the process of tailoring your alarm system to meet your specific application, and almost all of these websites offer real time customer support that can answer any questions that you may have and offer advice in what you need.  

When you figure out a plan of attack in terms of how you would like to protect your home, then begin to analyze the type of equipment that is being offered to you in the packages.  Some of the national companies will offer their brand of equipment in their packages. The question that you need to ask yourself regarding the quality of the equipment available is, do I want my security solutions to be long term answers or only last for a handful of years at best? 

It is the same case with almost anything you buy from cars to electronics, from clothes to appliances, and from toys for your children to building materials for your home.  Quality matters especially if you intend to invest your money. Honeywell is the brand to look for when purchasing DIY alarm equipment and home automation. Most of us have had some kind of experience interacting with Honeywell equipment whether it be home electronic devices or thermostats.  Honeywell even makes personal fans and air purifiers for your home.  

Honeywell has been in business for over one hundred and thirty years.  Their alarm equipment is very user friendly and consistent in applications for the DIY market.  Honeywell is a consistent familiar name that will not let you down in the short term or long term.   When it comes to matters of smart home connectivity, Honeywell has the smoothest and easiest transition to that goal available.  Honeywell equipment can be compatible with your home security system, fire alarm system, remote control key fobs, Wi-Fi security cameras, control the lights of your home, control the locks of your house, smart thermostat, and Wi-Fi water and freeze detector. 

The value of the Wi-Fi water and freeze detector devices is for those who may not live in a particular property all year around. Whether the property is rented to others like a vacation home, you are away on vacation, or the owners spend time part of the year at another location, these devices can be invaluable to help avoid an extremely costly catastrophe in your home like the heating system failing and your pipes freezing and potentially bursting, or a flood or extreme weather situation hits the area and water builds up in your home. These devices will alert you that these situations are potentially happening. With connectivity to the Honeywell App, you can link all of these home systems to your smart devices to control your home and save energy.

To learn more about high-quality Honeywell equipment, contact one of our security experts today!