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Tips for Choosing a Home Alarm System

When it comes to choosing a Home Alarm System there are hundreds of options. Every security company offers different levels of security, different types of systems such as wireless and hard wired, and different types of monitoring. Some companies offer 24 hour monitoring by live operators in a call center, while others simply have the alarm system wired into a phone line and set to automatically contact police if the system is set in motion. There are several different factors to consider when you’re choosing a Home Alarm Systemincluding:

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How Many Sensors Will You Need?

Some companies charge a flat rate for initial service and then an additional fee per additional sensor. If you want to keep costs down place sensors on just the most vulnerable doors and windows in the home. Always count on having sensors placed in each bedroom so that if a fire were to break out, or if someone in that bedroom had an emergency, a sensor would be within easy reach.  Keep in mind too that if you have a family member who is often watching TV late at night or a large dog that roams the house you should not put sensors near places where they will be often to keep from setting off the system.

How Much Of Your Home And Grounds Do You Want To Be Secured?

Mentally break your house and yard down into zones and think about the most vulnerable areas. Then when you consult with a security advisor you will have a clear idea of what areas you want covered, for example the garage and the walkway to the house but not the side yard, so that you can get an estimate of what a Home Alarm System covering those areas would cost. If it helps draw a map of your home and grounds and physically create zones on the map to help you visualize the areas that you want protected.

How Much Can You Afford Monthly To Pay For A Home Alarm System?

The initial cost of installation is only part of the cost of a Home Alarm System. You will have to pay a monthly monitoring fee to the alarm company too. How much that fee is depends on whether or not you sign up for 24 hour monitoring or choose to have a wired alarm system where the system is wired into a phone line and automatically calls police when something sets off the alarm. Knowing in advance how much you can afford to pay per month will make it easier to get estimates on the cost of different Home Alarm Systems.

 

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