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August 27, 2020

What To Ask About When Purchasing A New Home Security Camera In The Woodlands

It's easy to see why most home security systems have at least one home security camera in The Woodlands. However, with many different models and options for cameras, it's difficult to know what camera features are really important. Do you get one from a retail shop and do a DIY install? Or is it preferable to get your cameras installed by a professional? Should you look for a camera that live streams in full HD? How do you choose between an outdoor camera attached to the overhang or a doorbell camera?

To explore these questions and more, here is what you should look for in a The Woodlands home security camera.

Three types of security cameras in The Woodlands

Types Of Home Security Cameras in The Woodlands

There are mostly three different kinds of home security cameras in The Woodlands. Each one has a special type of use and can easily be included with your home security system:

  • Outdoor home security camera: These kinds of cameras hang on the outside of your house and offer a view of your yard and common entrances.

  • Indoor home security cameras: Indoor cameras attach to a wall or sit on a flat surface, and typically view one room within your house.

  • Doorbell cameras: A doorbell camera replaces your current doorbell and shows you if visitors or packages have arrived.

How Do You Know It’s A “Great” Security Camera In The Woodlands?

Take a quick look down the security camera aisle in a retail store, and you’ll quickly see that there’s a lot of discrepancy in camera quality and features. Here’s a list of what you should look for in your home security camera:

  • Wide field of vision: In most cases, you will want your camera to view as much area as it can. If you don’t have a wide-angle lens, you have a higher chance of blind spots and spots for intruders to hide. Look for cameras with at least a 140° to 180° wide angle.

  • Low-light capabilities: Your camera should be able to see what’s going on during the night. Look for a camera that uses infrared LEDs that offer nighttime illumination.

  • HD resolution: The days of digitized blobs are behind you. Limit your search to cameras that record and stream in 720 HD or more.

  • Sturdy construction: Your outdoor security cameras need to be able to withstand bad weather like storms, heat waves, or freezing temperatures (some even come with a built-in heater). Your indoor cameras should absorb shock if they’re bumped or knocked to the floor.

  • Motion detection: Although you can set your cameras for a non-stop record, that requires a lot of recording space and power. Instead, try to find a security camera with motion sensors that starts to automatically record when it detects motion.

  • Two-way communication: The best doorbell cameras include an intercom system so you can talk with delivery people or visitors without answering the door. You can also find the same 2-way audio feature with interior or exterior cameras, also.

  • Wireless functionality: A wireless camera can be added wherever you’d like outside or inside your home, and is easy to move if if you’d like to position it elsewhere. Wireless placement is typically more popular than wiring your camera to your electric wiring.

  • A simple mobile app: How helpful is a security camera if it’s a complicated mess to see your feeds? Try to find cameras that include a mobile app that allows you to watch live streaming in HD, record and store clips, and receive alerts when your cameras detect movement. It’s nice when your security app also controls your comprehensive home security and home automation system.       

Is It Better To Have Your Home Security Cameras Professionally Installed?

Once you have learned what you’re looking for in a residential security camera, you need to decide who’s going to install your cameras. If you’re comfortable with tools, you may see if you can install your cameras yourself. But if you’re not sure the best places for your cameras, or have questions about the equipment, go ahead and get professional installation. Professionals, like Secure24 Alarm Systems, know the best spots to hang your cameras for ultimate security and connect your cameras to the mobile app. You may also explore professional installation if your security cameras pair to a full home security system.

Get The Best Home Security Cameras in The Woodlands With Secure24 Alarm Systems

The best home security cameras with quality installation in The Woodlands come from Secure24 Alarm Systems. Simply contact us at (281) 595-9526 or fill out the form below for your free quote. We’ll talk through your your ideal options and how your cameras can integrate with your residential security system.