Shopping for a home security system? Here are the most important things to know.
Here’s a basic set up for a typical home:
• 4 cameras, capturing at 1080 HD
• 22″ computer screen
• 2 TB DVR Recorder
• centralized power supply
• 95% copper wiring throughout
You can easily buy “too much” security cameras for your needs
It’s the most important thing in the world to protect your family, and one should not use cost as a reason not to get the security you need. But, most people do not need to get the most sophisticated equipment to protect one’s home.
Right now there are available security cameras that can read license plates in low light across hundreds of feet. Excellent stuff if you are security for a celebrity estate, a mall, an airport, etc., but it’s a lot more camera than you need if you want to monitor the rooms in your house, your windows and your doors.
Determine how good you need your cameras to be through consultation with an expert and don’t spend more than you need.
There are different grades of quality in security camera systems.
Wiring and transformers, as an example, are all graded for quality, and there won’t be a mention of this in low price systems and installations – you’ll just get lower grade equipment and material, without being told so.
Quality of Installation is a huge part of a security solution.
If you think it is expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur.
Get a quality installation, where the wiring is passed through protecting piping (conduit) and is concealed in a way that it won’t be tampered with.All camera systems need wiring. Even with the “wireless” cameras, each one of them requires being connected to a power source. Your burglar needs only to pull their plugs to render your whole system useless.
Make sure that you have a professional installation, and, make sure that includes having all your wiring and cables being ran through conduit.In a professional installation, the wires are passed through a sort of piping system called “conduit”. These protect the wiring from the elements, from vandalism, water seepage, rodents (!), and general wear and tear. And this protection keeps the wiring safe and organized for years and years. When your initial setup is done professionally, upgrades to your cameras or recording equipment can be done easily with minimal upgrade costs.
When your initial installation is done professionally, it is simple to upgrade equipment. All one does is disconnect the wiring, replace the camera and reattach the wiring. The wiring, neatly organized and protected by the conduit, is still as brand new, and it’s all where it should be, easy for the technician to replace the camera. The labor costs in this scenario are dramatically lowered.
Low cost installations are always without conduit, wiring is a mess and draped above a false ceiling or along the walls. Criminals easily cut these or simply yank them away from their cameras, rendering the camera useless.
Getting the job done by professional will prevent a lot of future headaches. Saving money now could well mean spending several times that amount in the future.
A cheap installation is never given a warranty.
Professional installations have a warranty, tech support, training and a higher grade in all the materials used.
How much should you expect to pay?
In general, if someone wants a four-camera system, a price tag of between three thousand and six thousand dollars should be expected. The variation is largely due to the length of the conduit run and the types of cameras used.
Commercial vs Residential
We will very often use the same cameras in our residential applications as we do in our commercial applications.
Security and Beauty
Part of any evaluation for a security camera system installation involves a survey of the location. When we come out, we always estimate the labor involved; how many technicians we will need at the location for how long.”How sensitive are the aesthetics of the installation?” is a question we ask the client as we survey.
Of course, an indoor installation on a beautiful property is a far different situation than the installation of cameras in a parking garage. In residences, the aesthetics is a greater issue.
Generally, a well-organized installation is also aesthetically pleasing. Order and beauty are related to each other. No matter what, our installations are always well organized and in conduit.
We train our technicians to be thorough and methodical. We value this more than speed. “The right way” is also the fastest way to get the job done. We only very rarely ever have to return to a job to correct it.
The set up for modern low-voltage applications is often complex and detailed. This is particularly true for the new “remote viewing” applications that allow home and business owners to view their property from their laptops or smart phones, no matter where they are traveling.
By training our technicians to be methodical, we get it done right, the first time, and you probably won’t see us again, until you decide it is time for an upgrade.
We are available, 24/7, to give you all these tech support that you need. For usual service, we are generally available within two days. But, when there is an emergency we will be at your home or office typically within two hours. This is very important.
Actual tech support and 24/7 emergency service is NEVER part of a nonprofessional low-cost installation package.*****If a low initial price is what is most important to you, we are not your partner. If top notch service over time, fast and punctual, with installations that are quality and trouble-free is what you are looking for, give us a call.