When you are shopping or thinking about making a new purchase one of biggest factors in your decision is the price. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it. In fact, for many people the main thing driving their decision is the price of the item or items. A savvy shopper will do their research and find the best price and best value out there. The same goes when shopping for a home security system. Security system pricing can be a little confusing, especially when it comes to security system monitoring pricing. The up-front cost for security system equipment is fairly straightforward, but often times people compare the price of security system monitoring simply based on the number itself. This is not a great way to compare security system monitoring pricing.
First, there are a few different types of security system monitoring. There is phone line monitoring, broadband monitoring and cellular monitoring. Phone line monitoring is generally the most affordable type of monitoring. However, it is also one of the more unreliable types of security system monitoring. Someone can simply cut your phone line to defeat the system. Not to mention many people no longer have a regular phone line. Cellular monitoring is generally the most expensive type of security system monitoring. Cellular monitoring is also the most reliable. Many security system companies now offer cellular monitoring as part of their monthly options. Broadband monitoring falls in the middle as far as price. And it probably falls in the middle as far as reliability, however, Security System Reviews does not recommend broadband monitoring due to its volatility.
The type of security system monitoring you choose will affect the price you pay each month. But like we said before don’t think of things simply in terms of dollars and cents. The cellular monitoring is more expensive because it’s the best. You may pay a little more each month than you would with phone line monitoring, but you are paying for a service that you know will work when you need it most. Besides, when we say it’s the most expensive we don’t mean it’s out of most people’s budgets. The average cost of basic cellular monitoring is $30-$35 a month. When you add additional features like interactive monitoring the price averages around $40. So in the end, if you’ve allotted a monthly budget for a security system hopefully it won’t eat in to your bank account too much.
The up-front cost of security system equipment is also another factor in security system monitoring pricing. For instance if a security system company offers you a free security system, the monthly fee may a little higher than someone who payed up-front for their system.
Lastly, any additional features or options you add could affect the security system monitoring price. For instance interactive monitoring capabilities like being able to manage your system online or via your smartphone; or any home automation system features you may want. Again, these won’t spike your rate up so high that your eyes pop out of your head but just be aware that these factors can change the monthly monitoring pricing.
You can find out what each security system company offers and their security system monitoring pricing by visiting our security system reviews. We go over each monitoring plan for each company and describes the benefits and value of each.