Home Security Systems – Separating Fact from Fiction

With home security systems more popular today then ever before, you may be wondering what is fact and what is fiction when it comes to looking into one for your home. Here is a look at two of the most common misconceptions in home security.

1. Buying a home security system is going to cost an enormous amount of money.

This is simply fiction. Yes, years ago home security systems were a bit expensive, but increased technology and competition have made them very affordable for everyone.

Basically, most of the alarm companies have monthly rates in the $25-$45 range. That is for 3-5 years of leasing the hardware that operates the system.

You can further control the costs by deciding what you want protected, meaning do you want only what contacts on the front and back doors? Or do you want a full blown security system with contacts on all windows and doors?

Other decisions such as wanting a hard wired or wireless system and whether or not you will be doing the installation will also affect your costs.

A wireless security system is much easier to install, but it is roughly 2-3 times the cost than a hard wired system. For example, if you have a 2,500 square foot home and want protection on your doors and all windows, it will generally cost $250 – $750 for a hardwired system compared to $75-$1400 for wireless.

2. You have to sign a long term service agreement

Again, this is not the case. You have choices when it comes to a home security system. You can keep things simple by having a system that you install yourself and that sounds an alarm when a would be criminal trying to get in.

You could upgrade that to include the ability to automatically call you on your cell phone when the alarm goes off as well. So, there are ways of not having to have contracts.

Of course, having a company monitor your system can make things easier. For example, if the alarm goes off while you are on vacation, you won’t have to deal with getting in touch with a neighbor to check things out, the alarm company does it for you.

There are several optional levels of protection that companies offer. You can look them over and find the one that best fits your needs.

Having a home security system is very important today and knowing the facts about them can make things a little easier when it comes to finding one for your home.

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