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Home Security Systems
Homeowners can have increased security with a
minimum of cost by installing home security systems. These systems
come in varying configurations at different levels of cost and assist
the homeowners in keeping their families safe and homes secure.
Cost of a Home Security System. There
are a couple of factors that determine the cost of a home security
system. The equipment and installation will cost anywhere from $200 to
$1,000. More elaborate systems can run you into the thousands of
dollars. Beyond that, you will have the monthly monitoring fee of $10 to
$100 a month. Many security firms will install the equipment for minimal
cost but then make their profit on the monthly monitoring fee.
Home Security System Options. The
basic models will have alarms on doors and windows and send a signal to
the central monitoring station. The more options you have the more
expensive the system. You can opt for sensors that will detect smoke and
carbon monoxide in
addition to break-ins. Elderly home residents can wear a "panic button"
that works in synch with your home alarm system. One very inexpensive
option is the sticker you put in your window that says "This Home
Protected By *******". Sometimes that is the most cost effective part
of the home security system.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
on Home Security Systems
What will the monthly monitoring fee be?
Usually between $40 to $100 dollars.
Will I save money on home insurance?
You might. Talk to your insurance agent - you could save 10 to 30% off
your home insurance bill.
Can criminals defeat a home security
system? It depends on how good your system is and how experienced
the criminal is. However, by installing a home security system you have
turned your home into a "hard target". The criminal may opt out of a
difficult break-in and choose a home with no security system.
When is the best time to install a system?
Do the installation while building the home. It is more expensive to go in
afterward to pull wires, install electrical power outlets, etc. If putting
a home security system into an existing home then a wireless or
combination wire/wireless system could be the best answer.
What is a "Home Automation System"?
This is a home security system but with a lot of bells and whistles.
Naturally it is much more expensive but if you want a system that will set
your temperatures for different times of the day, turn on and off the
lights in certain rooms at different times, make your coffee, etc. then
this is the system for you!
What is a "monitored" home security system?
There are two types of home security systems. Some systems are internal to
the home - they set off a bell, light, whistle, horn or other type visual
or audio signaling device that warns anyone in the house of a break-in and
provides a deterrent to the burglar that he has been detected. Then there
is the system monitored at a central alarm station. A central alarm
station has a 24/7 staff that will see that your house has an alarm and
they will call your home and/or dispatch a roving patrol (security or
police) to respond. Many home security systems will incorporate both -
internal alarms in the home and the signal to the central monitoring
What are the different types of equipment
that will come with the installation? This depends on how complex
your system is, how big your house is, how much money you spend, and how
many different types of contingencies you want to be protected from. You
can have door and window alarms, keypads (one or more), video displays,
cameras, CO sensors,
fire detectors, flood and water leak sensors, wireless systems, motion
sensors, and radio transmitters.
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