A home security system provides many benefits to the homeowner, even beyond peace of mind. Purchasing a full-service home security system provides an increase in the value of your home, a deterrent for perpetrators and invaluable help in the event of an emergency.
While it may seem like a steep investment at first, a home security system can pay for itself in only a few years. An average security system costs anywhere from $200-$700 for basic products and technology and then another monthly fee for monitoring and upkeep. The monthly fee pays for the 24/7 monitoring that keeps you and your loved ones safe throughout the home.
Home security systems can also save you money on insurance costs. Some insurance companies offer substantial discounts based on the presence of a home security system, even up to 20%.
While it is certainly easier to install a security system in a new home that is being built, any home can be equipped with a system with relative ease. The installation involves running wires, installing control devices and other small construction projects.
Today, security systems are even available as wireless systems. However, it should be pointed out that these could be more vulnerable to attacks than a wired system. Security systems can also offer complete control for the home environment. Their functionality includes lighting controls, garage door opener, and even some landscaping tasks. These complete systems can run several thousand dollars, but may be worth it to have control of your home located in one place.
The key to any security system, however, lies in one place – with you. No mater how great the system and its abilities may be, it needs someone to operate it. When installing a system, be sure to plan for some training time for you and your loved ones to understand and learn how to operate the system.