Ads promoting home security systems are everywhere. Who hasn’t seen the TV commercials with suspicious-looking types lurking around the front porch of a home, primed to steal recently delivered packages just as the homeowner chimes in (remotely), tells the burglars to take a hike, and then hits the alarm?
With their promise of protecting home and family, security systems are big business. Most reasons for installing a security system are obvious. The truth is, home security systems are more versatile than most people know.
• Help keep your family, pets, home, and property safe from vandals and intruders by monitoring activity inside and out
• Protect against burglaries
• Alert occupants of a home to a fire or smoke in the home
• Allow a homeowner to remotely monitor and manage electrical appliances, lights, garage doors, heating and air conditioning, etc.
• Detect high levels of carbon monoxide in the home and alert the homeowner
• Incorporate a medical alert device so older homeowners have access to medical assistance in case of an emergency
• Lower homeowner’s insurance rates while simultaneously increasing the value of your home
• Give you peace of mind 24/7 – for every reason listed above
But, systems run the gamut from a relatively simple, basic system to a service that comes fully accessorized. If you have decided to purchase a home security system, make sure you do your homework and fully compare the options and costs to find the one that best meets your needs.
When comparing systems, keep in mind the following: equipment needed; equipment installation; upfront and recurring monthly costs; contractual obligation; and industry experience and reputation.
Home Security System Equipment
Home security system equipment ranges from basic equipment you install yourself to equipment that is fully automated and integrates with all your smart home devices.
Basic equipment is less expensive and usually easy to install, though it typically does not include high-tech functionality or mobile/remote access. Simpler systems may or
may not include monitoring by the security company. Higher-end systems can include medical alert support, video monitoring, smoke and carbon monoxide monitoring, and can be controlled via a mobile device. In some cases, the equipment can be customized so you know you are getting only the equipment you need.
Upfront and Recurring Costs for a Home Security System
Upfront one-time costs for a home security system include the equipment itself and/or the fee for a security company to install the equipment. Recurring charges include a
monthly fee to connect the service to the security company for monitoring. Reputable companies may even offer a money-back guarantee if you determine their product or
service is not for you.
Contractual Obligations for a Home Security System
Some security services require a minimum contract while others have no contractual obligation at all. Read the fine print closely to fully understand what the monthly service
includes and if it meets your needs. Check to see if the contract includes an early termination fee if you want to get out of the contract before the expiration date.
If you are still unsure about getting a home security system, check with friends, neighbors, and family who already have a security system to see why they purchased it
and what they like or don’t like about their system. Ask for a recommendation. Take time to read customer testimonials. Armed with this knowledge, you should be
sufficiently informed to choose the home security system that is right for you.
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