Security systems provide the piece of mind that your home is being monitored even when you are away. With many app based alarms now, you can self-monitor your home as well. The app based systems provide an easy way to manage users and alerts.
Self contained alarms can communicate via the internet or cellular for access to the app or monitoring. Self contained alarms can wirelessly connect to battery powered sensors around the home. Some models also have Z-wave built in for easy integration to smart door locks and lights.
Traditional alarms will use new or existing wires to connect to the alarm panel. Hardwired systems make sense for large homes and those looking for the most robust design.
We use Alarm Central Station base in Oregon for monitoring. Most systems also allow for self-monitoring via a phone app starting at $150 a year.