This post was originally published on May 8, 2017 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Professional home security plans often offer add-on products that can be used to customize essentially any home. However, when it comes to decision making, most shoppers find themselves unsure what product would add the most value to their home. To make it easier, we’ve broken it down for shoppers to make an informed and confident decision.

A standard home security system includes:

Looking for something more? Below are examples of add-on equipment that can complete your security system. 

1. Intrusion and Protection Sensors

Reduce the risk of a break-in or vandalism with the following equipment:

  • Door/window sensors. Install additional motion-triggered sensors near all windows and doors to receive alerts if opened. The detectors will alert you of any activity, allowing you to address the situation right away.
  • Glass-break detectors. These detectors will send alerts when a window has been shattered, so you can respond quickly.
  • Home disaster sensors. These sensors activate in the event of frozen pipes or flooding, helping prevent damage before it’s beyond repair.

2. Smoke/Environmental Sensors

Detect smoke/heat and environmental hazards:

3. Home Automation and Energy Management

Home automation provides security, convenience and energy management. If you’re considering these capabilities, recommended equipment includes:

  • Four-button keyfob. In addition to controlling items from mobile devices, you can also utilize a four-button keyfob when within range. Turn lights on and off or unlock doors, all from your couch.
  • Mobile solutions. Control all aspects of your home automation and security system through your mobile device, tablet or laptop. The mobile app allows you to arm or disarm your system remotely and control lighting from the palm of your hand.
  • Smart locks. Gain insight into who is entering or leaving your home, and the ability to lock and unlock doors even when away.
  • Smart thermostat. Smart thermostats can reduce energy costs and make your living environment more comfortable. You can even adjust settings to your desired preferences via timer or remotely.

4. Camera and Image Sensors

Increase visibility throughout your home with the following add-ons:

  • Doorbell camera. Know who’s knocking at your door without having to open it. Visible door cameras can also deter intruders from attempting a break-in. 
  • Image sensors. Limit false alarms and identify real emergencies that require timely responses. Know if someone is moving throughout your home with image sensors.
  • Indoor cameras. Place cameras throughout your home in areas that are prone to theft or danger. For example, consider installing cameras in kitchens, living rooms and any rooms that have doors leading outdoors.
  • Outdoor “entry way” cameras. Outdoor cameras can deter and identify intruders. Place cameras on the exterior of your home near doors, windows, gates or basement stairs.

For more information on home security products, visit Vector Security today.