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August 27, 2020

What To Ask For When Purchasing A New Home Security Camera In Allentown

Most home security systems include at least one home security camera in Allentown. But with all the different models and features for cameras, it's tough to know what camera features are really important. Do you get one from a big-box store and do a DIY install? Or should you to get your cameras installed by a pro? Should you insist on one that streams in full HD? Is it better to have an exterior camera attached to the overhang or a doorbell camera?

To answer these questions and more, here is what you should look for in an Allentown home security camera.

Three types of security cameras in Allentown

Types Of Home Security Cameras in Allentown

There are mostly three different kinds of home security cameras in Allentown. Each one has a specific type of use and should easily be included with your home security system:

  • Outdoor home security camera: These types of cameras hang on the exterior of your home to offer a view of your yard and common entrances.

  • Indoor home security cameras: Indoor cameras hang from a wall or sit on a level surface, and usually show a single room within your home.

  • 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 Allentown?

Stroll through the security camera aisle in your local hardware store, and you’ll quickly see that there’s many differences in camera durability and features. Here’s a rundown of features to look for in your home security camera:

  • Wide field of vision: You’ll likely want your camera to scan as much area as it can. If you don’t have a wide-angle lens, there will be more blind spots and spaces where people can hide. Try to get cameras with at least a 140° to 180° field of vision.

  • Low-light vision: A camera’s not much good if it can’t see what’s going on during the night. Get a camera that includes infrared LEDs that provide nighttime illumination.

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

  • Durable construction: Your outdoor security cameras should be able to function when there’s poor weather like thunderstorms, heat waves, or freezing temperatures (some even include a built-in heater). Your interior cameras should still work if they’re bumped or knocked to the floor.

  • Motion sensors: Even though you can set your cameras for a non-stop record, that requires a lot of power and recording space. We recommend looking for a security camera with motion detectors that begins to automatically record when it senses movement.

  • Two-way communication: Doorbell cameras should include an intercom system, making it easy to communicate with visitors without coming to the door. However, the same 2-way audio functionality is nice feature with indoor or outdoor cameras, also.

  • Wireless install: A wireless camera can be placed anywhere outside or inside your house, and can be moved if if you’d like to position it elsewhere. Wireless install is usually more common than wiring your camera to a power line.

  • A user-friendly mobile app: How helpful is a security camera if it’s hard to manage? Get cameras with a mobile app that lets you watch live feeds in HD, record and save clips, and get notifications when your cameras sense movement. It helps when your security app also syncs with your complete security and home automation system.       

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

Once you have learned what’s important for you in a residential security camera, you need to choose if you should get your cameras [[professionally installed|installed by a pro|installed by a professional. If you’re handy, you may try to DIY your install. However, if you’re unsure where to place your cameras, or can’t figure out the components, go ahead and get professional installation. Experts, such as Secure24 Alarm Systems, will place your cameras for maximum security and connect your cameras to the mobile app. You may also think about professional installation if your security cameras sync with a complete home security system.

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

The best home security cameras with quality installation in Allentown come from Secure24 Alarm Systems. Simply contact us at (601) 298-3167 or complete the form to receive your free quote. We’ll talk through your your ideal options and how your cameras are an important piece of your residential security system.