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August 27, 2020

What To Ask About When Getting A New Home Security Camera In Killeen

Most home security systems have at least one home security camera in Killeen. But with many different models and features for cameras, it's difficult to know what you actually need. Do you buy one from a hardware shop and install it yourself? Or is it preferable to have your cameras installed by a professional? Should you ask for a camera that broadcasts in full HD? And what's better, an outdoor camera right under the overhang or a doorbell camera?

To answer these questions and other common questions, here is what you should look for in a Killeen home security camera.

Three types of security cameras in Killeen

3 Types Of Home Security Cameras in Killeen

Here are the three most common kinds of home security cameras in Killeen. Each type has a specific purpose and can easily fit within your home security system:

  • Outdoor home security camera: These cameras are installed on the outside of your house and offer a wide view of your property, driveway, and common entrances.

  • Indoor home security cameras: Indoor cameras are fixed to a wall or rest on a flat surface, and primarily show one room within 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 “Great” Security Camera In Killeen?

Take a quick look down the security camera row in a hardware store, and you’ll discover that there’s a wide range of camera durability and specs. Here’s a short list of what you should look for in your home security camera:

  • Wide field of vision: You’ll likely want your camera to view as much space as it can. Without a wide-angle lens, there will be more blind spots and areas for people to hide. Look for cameras with at least a 140° to 180° wide view.

  • Low-light clarity: Your camera should be able to see what’s going on when it’s dark. Try to find a camera that has built-in infrared LEDs that provide nighttime light.

  • HD resolution: The days of digitized blobs are history. Only consider cameras that record and livestream in 720 HD or more.

  • Durable construction: Your outdoor security cameras should be able to stand against poor weather like rain, high heat, or cold temperatures (some even come with a built-in heater). Your interior cameras should absorb shock if they’re bumped or knocked to the floor.

  • Motion detection: Even though you can program your cameras for a continuous record, that requires a lot of power and recording space. We recommend looking for a security camera with motion detectors that starts to automatically record when it recognizes motion.

  • Two-way communication: Doorbell cameras should have an intercom system, which makes it easy to talk with visitors without answering the door. You can also find the same 2-way audio functionality with indoor or outdoor cameras as well.

  • Wireless capabilities: A wireless camera can go anywhere on or inside your home, and can be moved if you’d like it somewhere else. This approach is typically preferable to wiring your camera to your home’s wiring.

  • An easy to use mobile app: What good is a security camera if it’s hard to use? Try to find cameras with a mobile app that allows you to see live feeds in HD, record and store clips, and get notifications when your cameras sense movement. It helps when your security app also controls your comprehensive home security and home automation system.       

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

Once you know what’s important for you in a home 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 comfortable with tools, you may see if you can DIY your install. However, if you’re unsure the best places for your cameras, or don’t understand the components, go ahead and get professional installation. Professionals, such as Secure24 Alarm Systems, know the best spots to hang your cameras for maximum security and walk you through the mobile app. You may also consider professional installation if your security cameras integrate with a comprehensive residential security system.

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

The best home security cameras with quality installation in Killeen come from Secure24 Alarm Systems. Just call (254) 236-2429 or send in the form for your no-cost quote. We’ll show you your best options and how your cameras can integrate with your home security system.