You may have decided to put in a fire alarm system that also includes monitoring of the system by remote means – either by a company or through your own smartphone. Each of these systems has their advantages and it will depend on your needs in order to know what system is best for you. How can you choose the right fire alarm monitoring system for you? There are a few things to consider.

What Type of Monitoring

There are different types of monitoring systems you can choose from. Each of these types has their own advantages and disadvantages so you must weigh them before choosing which type you want. These include landline, cellular and broadband monitoring.

Landline monitoring works through your phone line to connect to the company and it's the best option for those who live in rural areas. It will also keep working if there is a power outage.

Broadband monitoring will use an internet connection to keep in contact with your monitoring company and is typically faster than a landline connection, but broadband is easier to hack into unless you have high-security measures in place. Bear in mind if your internet connection is down, your monitoring is too.

Finally, the cellular option uses cell towers to connect to the main company and tends to be the most expensive. It's the fastest option and is less likely to be tampered with.

Automation

You can purchase a home monitoring system, such as from Fyr Fyter Inc, that goes beyond just fire alarm monitoring if you wish. The new systems also monitor home security, carbon monoxide levels and you can remotely control security cameras within the home. Home automation also lets you turn the house lights on and off when you aren't home, lock or unlock your doors and you can adjust the temperature of the home remotely as well.

Pricing and Fees

One of the important factors to look at when choosing a fire alarm company is what is their pricing and fees and what do each of their packages contain. Do you want a system that does more than just fire alarm monitoring? What are their monthly fees? Does the company have an activation fee? Is there a service fee? If you move, do you have to pay a relocation fee? Also, you should find out if you decide to cancel your services with this company, do you have to pay a cancellation fee?  

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