I have been checking out a few home security companies on the web and trying to figure out what sort of alarm I need and I can afford. My issues are different from most people, because I am going to be out of the house for long periods of time and no one is going to be there. I might be gone for a week or two at any time, that is just the nature of my job. I go where the company tells me to go and that is part of it. It is not my favorite thing in the world, but I get paid pretty well and this is just par for the course. You have to figure out what makes sense for you and what it is worth. I am thinking about a really good monitoring system right now. Of course you can get systems which do a lot more than what I need.
What would really make a lot of sense for me is something that controls the energy consumption at my house. For instance I might be out of the house for a week and it could be as cold as ice in that house. If I am out of the the picture I shall not care if the house is too hot or too cold for any people to enjoy being in it. After by the time I got through the front door it is nice if it is pleasantly cozy. You can have a system which does all sorts of things like that, but I am sure that you have to be willing to pay for it if you want it to work like that. Obviously the thing has to go through an app so that you can control it by a smart phone.