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HomeProMatch - Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

A home with a security system is less likely to be burglarized than a home without protection. With so many home security options available, it’s easy to find a solution to meet your needs and budget. It’s best to choose a system that fits your lifestyle. For example, if you and your family travel frequently, a home alarm system or security cameras with monitoring can handle alerts while you’re away. Other popular home security options include window security bars, automated security lighting, and intercom systems. A professional home security company can help you choose a solution that covers all of your security needs.

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How does a home security system work?

A typical home security system uses a network of window and door sensors, motion detectors, a control panel, and an alarm to secure the home and protect against potential burglars and home intruders. When an intruder breaks into the home while the security system is enabled, this will trigger one of the sensors, which will communicate with the control center and sound the alarm. If it’s a monitored security system, local emergency personnel will be alerted.

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What security system is best for my home?

When choosing the right security system for your home, you need to consider the size of the home, whether you have children or pets, and the location of the home. For added safety, you might consider installing a security system with carbon monoxide, smoke, and flood detection. Some home security companies also offer medical alert systems.

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What is the cost of a home security system?

When you purchase a home security system, there are typically upfront and monthly costs. The upfront cost covers the equipment, while the monthly fee pays for maintenance and professional monitoring. The cost of professionally-monitored security systems is higher than unmonitored systems.

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Should I choose a hardwired or wireless home security system?

Wired and wireless security systems both offer many of the same benefits. The choice between wired and wireless security often comes down to price and ease of installation. Wireless security systems are typically cheaper to install since no wiring is required. A wireless system can be removed and relocated. Wireless security systems are less reliable than wired systems. Interference can cause wireless sensors to stop responding and some types of wireless security systems won’t work during a power outage.

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Do wireless security systems work during power outages?

Whether or not your home security system will work during a power outage depends on the type of system you have. Home security systems that use landline monitoring will continue to communicate with the monitoring center during a power outage. Systems that use cellular monitoring are typically unaffected during a power outage as long as your battery is functioning. Security systems that need the Internet to operate will not work during a power outage. Without an Internet connection, the security system won’t communicate with the monitoring center until power is restored.

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What is home automation and how does it work?

A home automation system uses smart devices to control household systems, such as lights, thermostats, and security cameras. Homeowners can easily save energy, lower utility costs, and increase security with home automation. Automated home systems can be managed remotely from a smartphone or computer.

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