Tips to a Better Home Security System without Spending Too Much

How much money are you willing to spend on making your home safe?

It’s a known fact that installing a security system at home can be costly. You need to invest on several devices and to subscribe to monitoring plans to make sure your home is safe all the time. However, not all people have that amount of money to invest on a security system.

Fortunately, there are ways for you to have peace of mind without spending all your cash. Here are three ideas to having a stronger home security system at a lesser cost.

Home security system with home automation


Home automation can help you save on your electricity and water bills. It can even help you avoid expensive home repairs. On such note, choosing a home security system that comes with home automation capabilities is like hitting two birds with a single stone. You can get better protection without the need to spend more for extra features.

  • Lights

Burglars avoid houses that are clearly occupied. At certain times, they may even come to your front door and ring your doorbell just to make sure it’s empty. They get more suspicious if you have a single light at home that’s constantly turned on.

With home automation, you can create impressions that someone’s at home. You can set your lights to automatically turn on at specific times, like setting it every 7 pm or when it starts to get dark outside. You can even set the lights in your front door to turn on everytime the doorbell rings.

There are also options to program the lights based on your usual sequence.. You can start with the lights in the bedroom and work your way towards the living room and then the front door to recreate your normal lighting pattern.

  • Geofence

Bad guys take advantage of every opportunity they see and that includes windows and doors that you accidentally left open. By home automation, you can be sure you won’t be leaving any entry way open when you leave for work. You can use your system’s geofencing capabilities to automatically arm your security system every time you leave your home’s premises.

  • Automated Locks

If you happen to forget to close your garage door, the system can let you know right away. Just in case you did, you can simply close it using an app on your phone. Cool, right?

Automated locks are considered stronger compared with conventional door locks. Apparently, burglars use a specific technique called “key bumping” to access standard door locks. It’s actually alarming because burglars don’t really need to use too much force or several tools just to get inside your home.

.Instead of keys, automated door locks need access codes to allow entry inside your home. You need to be very careful in letting other people know your pass codes.

All-in-one security system

Home security systems used to mean installing several sensors and devices. However, as technology became smarter, it’s now possible for you to get the benefits of a comprehensive security system without the numerous devices. This means you can get the efficiency of an entire system for the price of a single device.

Most of today’s all-in-one home security devices are more intelligent than you think. There are security devices that can let you hear movements even if the source is in the other room. Several of them also have environmental sensors that can readily know if there’s fire or busted pipes at home. These devices can even let you know if there are volatile compounds in the air you breathe.

All-in-one security devices build better home security by protecting you and your home from burglars and even from fires and possible health hazards.

Do-It-Yourself home security system

DIY systems won’t ask you to pay any monthly fees or make you sign long contracts. This type of system won’t even ask for professional and installation fees because you can set everything up by yourself. Without the middle men in the equation, you can get better security for a lesser cost.

Self installed systems are actually strong security systems. They are wireless which means that there will be no wires for burglars to cut. They also come with battery support in cases of power failures. It’s a fact that burglars lurk in the dark and by having a system that can still function during an electrical outage, you’ll be assured of your safety.

Getting a good home security system doesn’t necessarily mean you have to buy the most expensive one in the market. You can simply choose to invest in an affordable system that can meet all your needs in making your home safe and sound.

After all, having peace of mind doesn’t come with a price tag, right?

Can’t decide on an affordable security system for your home? TopSecurityReview can make things easier for you by giving you an in depth report on the best home security systems in the market today. It covers everything you need to know about making your home smart and keeping it safe.

Erin Emanuel


  1. I just moved into a new house, but I still need a new security system installed. I’m a bit strapped on cash right now, so these tips will help me find a good system without spending over my budget. Having an all-in-one system seems like it would be nice to have. It seems like it could help me save some money since I wouldn’t have to install several sensors and devices. I should look into this in case it’s something that I can afford to use to protect my house. Thanks for the tips!

  2. Thank you for the help. My wife and I would like to add a security system to our house in the near future. I like the idea of having automated locks. Do automated locks allow keyless entry to the house with a code?

  3. I like that there are home security systems that can come with automated locks. There have been a few times when I left home wondering if I remembered to lock the door behind me. It would be nice to have a feature on my phone that will allow me to lock my doors anywhere. I should ask to have that feature installed so that I can have more control over my home security.

  4. I love the idea of home automation turning lights on and off. This is something that I really want for my home. Of all the security measures I’ve seen, other than generic cameras and alarms, This is my favorite.

  5. This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that all-in-one home security devices is a cheaper way to make your house secure. My husband and I just moved into a new area, and we want to make sure our home is safe, but we don’t want to spend too much money. We’ll definitely look into getting an all-in-one system so we can bundle everything we need in a security system into one thing. Thanks for the great post!

  6. I like your idea of installing an all in one security system. I would imagine that having a security system that can also monitor your air quality would be really helpful. I’m looking for a new security system for my home and for my family. When I start my search I’ll have to consider looking into an all in one unit.

  7. My wife has been asking me to have a security system installed for a few weeks. I really like the idea of having automated lights. It makes sense that a burglar or intruder would feel much less comfortable approaching a house with the lights on him. I’ll have to look into getting a security system installed that meets my standards, as well as my wife’s!

  8. My wife was telling me that we should get a security system for the house, and I wanted to make sure we chose the right one. I really like that you say to find a system that has automation. Since we forget about lights on our house, it would be nice to be able to control them.

  9. I love your comment about how home automation can give the impression that someone is at home. It makes a lot of sense that most would-be-burglars would probably leave a house alone if they saw a light turn on. I would also imagine that may home security systems include things like home automation.

  10. Nice, I really love the idea of home secuirty and the most important Life safety sensors. I think, our main focus is to save lives. Thanks for sharing such great information. These are really helpful for anyone who wants security.

  11. I had no idea that a home security system with automation could help you to save so much on electricity. The fact that you can control the lights, locks, thermostat, and security system all at the same time is quite amazing. I think that it would be a good idea to find a system that connects to all of the different things to be able to save money and to protect your house.

  12. I was amazed to learn that home alarm systems can actually make it look like someone is home even when that isn’t the case. I always worry when I’m on trips that someone will try and break into my home. With the knowledge that my security system could do that, I could enjoy my vacation with peace of mind.

  13. The biggest reason a home owner should consider installing a home security system is that it offers protection to family members from intruders. According to “Securing Home and Business” by Simon Hakim/Erwin Blackstone, homes without security systems are 2.7 times more likely to be targeted by a burglar.

  14. It sure got me when you said that home automation will help ensure that once I leave the premises of the house, every single area which a robber can enter from will be protected. Recently, there has been a series of break-ins in my neighborhood, and it got me worried. Though no one was hurt, the idea of losing some of my belongings got to me. Since my home is full of windows, I think I need to get this kind of security system.

  15. It was really nice when you said that having a home automation system will help ensure that there will be lights that turn on at specific times so that robbers will think there’s someone in the house. If I have this, I am sure not even my neighbors will want to come in. They do not usually enter the house unless I invite them in– even if I am inside. But anyway, I will get this one because I want to increase the protection and value of my home.

  16. Thank you for pointing out that you should try and get a system where you can automatically lock your doors. Security systems seem like a great idea. I want to look into getting one installed in my new home. Hopefully, I can find the best company to install it for me.

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