There are home security systems and then there are home security systems. While many middle class Americans opt for so called cookie cutter options or even for more fancy affairs with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, sensors on all doors and windows, glass break detectors, a wireless camera or two, and even motion detectors, there is a higher end spectrum where price isn’t much of an issue. High end security systems are quite varied in form and function; however, there are some features that those with loose budgets should consider.
Integration: Just as you have your home theater system connected to your computer, you can bundle up your home security system and connect it to everything else. The idea is to make each component talk to one another, to communicate. You can easily tie all your systems together through your computer. Using a program like Digilinix, you’ll be able to control everything from your TV to your garage door through your computer. This makes it easy to view surveillance footage on your computer or flat screen TV; you can even record it and play it back with your DVR.
Occupancy Sensors: Another feature to add to your home security arsenal is an occupancy sensor. This does more to save electricity and to help out with the global warming issue, than it does to save your home from thieves, but it’s still a great feature. Occupancy sensors consist of passive infrared detectors and door contacts which detect when someone’s in a room. If there is no movement for a significant amount of time, it will shut the lights off in that room and adjust the temperature as well. Of course, this is just a first step in being able to protect your home from intruders but it’s certainly a fine defense.