One of the first thoughts that pop into a person’s head when thinking about wireless home security systems is, “How much is it going to cost?” There is a common misconception that a decent wireless home security system is going to cost a lot of money. The truth is that you can get a decent alarm system on just about any budget. According to an article published by U.S. News & World Report, Americans spent over $20 billion on wireless home security systems in 2011. That number is expected to top $34 billion by 2017. The reason for this growth is the increasing affordability of these systems as well as an increasing desire to have more protection. When considering the price of an alarm system, you need to look at two things: the cost of the installation and the monthly charges for monitoring. Both depend heavily on the kinds of features and upgrades you choose.
Installation costs for a wireless home security system
A basic wireless home security system installation charge can run as low as 70 – 100 dollars. More sophisticated wireless home security systems, with more features, can run as high as 1000 dollars for installation once everything is set-up and running.
For a basic installation package, you should get a central control panel and sensors for all entry doors in the home. The wireless home security system should offer panic buttons for emergencies, along with window decals and yard signs.
When you start adding additional features or equipment that is outside the package, you are going to get higher installation costs as well. Some features that will increase installation costs include motion detectors, window sensors, cameras, automation, emergency lighting, and alarms for smoke and fire detection.
Monthly charges for monitoring with a wireless home security system
To have your wireless home security system monitored, you need to pay an ongoing monthly service charge. This monthly monitoring fee can run anywhere from 20 to 100 dollars a month. A monthly charge of 30 to 50 dollars is average for a decent wireless home security system. These monthly monitoring charges can go up if you add additional features.
The monitoring service should be 24/7/365 and should alert the company immediately. The security company should have live personnel on-site to answer the calls and to dispatch emergency services as needed.
If you are in need of a reliable wireless home security system, contact 1st Alarm for more information. We have locations in the following Texas cities: Midland, Odessa, Amarillo, Lubbock, Abilene, El Paso, and San Angelo. Give us a call today at 1(800) 276-5559. You can also contact us via email. We look forward to providing you with the best wireless home security system available.