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August 27, 2020

What To Ask For When Buying A New Home Security Camera In Joliet

Many home security systems have at least one home security camera in Joliet. But with all the different brands and features for cameras, it's tough to know what you actually need. Do you buy one from a hardware store and install it yourself? Or is it better to have your cameras installed by a professional? Should you insist on one that broadcasts in full HD? How do you decide between an outdoor camera right under the overhang or a doorbell camera?

To discuss these questions and more, here is what you should look for in a Joilet home security camera.

Three types of security cameras in Joliet

3 Types Of Home Security Cameras in Joliet

There are mostly three different kinds of home security cameras in Joliet. Each one has a unique purpose and should easily be included with your home security system:

  • Outdoor home security camera: These types of cameras attach to the outside of your home and offer a wide view of your yard and main entrances.

  • Indoor home security cameras: Indoor cameras are fixed to a wall or rest on a flat surface, and typically show one room in your house.

  • Doorbell cameras: A doorbell camera replaces your current doorbell and provides a view of your porch.

How Do You Know It’s A “Good” Security Camera In Joliet?

Stroll through the security camera aisle in a popular big-box store, and you’ll discover that there’s many differences in camera durability and capabilities. Here’s a list of things to look for in your home security camera:

  • Wide field of vision: You’ll likely want your camera to see as much terrain as possible. If you don’t have a wide-angle lens, you’ll likely have blind spots and spaces for intruders to hide. Try to find cameras with at least a 140° to 180° wide view.

  • Low-light vision: Your camera should be able to see what’s going on during the night. You will want a camera that comes with infrared LEDs that offer nighttime light.

  • HD resolution: The days of grainy shapes are in the past. Limit your search to cameras that record and broadcast in 720 high-definition or higher.

  • Durable construction: Your exterior security cameras need to be able to stand against poor weather conditions like thunderstorms, heat waves, or cold temperatures (some even have a built-in heater). Your interior cameras should absorb shock if they’re bumped or knocked to the floor.

  • Motion detection: Although you can set your cameras for a continuous record, that requires a lot of recording space and power. We recommend looking for a security camera with motion sensors that starts automatically recording when it detects motion.

  • Two-way communication: Doorbell cameras should have an intercom system, which makes it easy to communicate with visitors without answering the door. However, similar 2-way audio functionality is nice feature with interior or exterior cameras, too.

  • Wireless functionality: A wireless camera can go wherever you’d like on or in your house, and can be moved if you’d like it somewhere else. This approach is usually preferable to wiring your camera directly into your electric wiring.

  • A simple mobile app: How helpful is a security camera if it’s a pain to use? You should look for cameras with a mobile app so you can see live streaming in HD, record and email clips, and receive alerts when your cameras detect motion. It’s nice when your security app also manages your overall security and home automation system.       

Is It Best To Have Your Home Security Cameras Installed By A Pro?

Once you figure out what you want in a residential security camera, you need to decide who’s going to install your cameras. If you’re comfortable with tools, you may try to install your cameras yourself. However, if you’re unsure the best places for your cameras, or can’t figure out the components, it’s better to get professional installation. Security specialists, like Secure24 Alarm Systems, can hang your cameras for maximum security and show you how to use the mobile app. You may also look into professional installation if your security cameras pair to a complete home security system.

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

The best home security cameras with professional installation in Joliet come from Secure24 Alarm Systems. Just contact us at (815) 242-2890 or complete the form for your no-cost quote. We’ll talk through your best options and how your cameras can integrate with your residential security system.