When looking into the costs associated with Home Security, there are several factors that make a difference in the upfront costs, as well as the monthly service fee, will cost each month. There is no one area that is better than the other – the equipment, service plans, and features are all based on personal preference for what you want out of a security system and how you want it to perform.

Wired vs. Wireless

With newer technology, an option to decide is if you want a wired system versus a wireless system but what is the difference between the two?

A wired system requires the installation of wires into the walls, windows, and doors of your home and these wires then connect to an outside monitoring service via your home’s telephone line. This type of security system is said to be better and more reliable because it is hardwired. However, because many households today no longer have a landline phone, this type of system is decreasing in popularity. A wired system does require professional installation, which can increase the cost because of purchasing the system, installation and labor upfront.

On the flipside, with the advancements being made in technology, the wireless home security system is gaining popularity and the ability to see what is happening within your home at your fingertips is enticing. With wireless security, the system will send alerts to your mobile phone as well as give you the ability to turn on and off security while you are away from your home. The downside to wireless is interference can occur and can make it not as reliable as you might want. Because the system is wireless, costs for this type of system are relatively low because you can purchase the unit and install yourself.

Monitored vs. Unmonitored

A monitored security system is one that is serviced by an outside company and monitors any disturbance that may cause a signal to them. If there should be a break-in or a fire, this alerts the company, who in turn, alerts the police or the firemen to come to your home. You can have peace of mind that all this is done without your having to do anything other than making sure your security system is turned on each day. A monitored security system is one that demands a monthly fee and usually, you must sign a contract for one to two years.

An unmonitored system is one that you, yourself monitors. If your system detects a break-in or a fire, you are the one that must call the police of the firemen to come to your home. The advantage to the unmonitored system is cost – you are the one monitoring it and so there is no monthly fee and there is no contract.


With home security systems, there are additional features that you can add. Motion sensor alarms, video, imagery, and remote control are just a few of add-ons for home security systems. These extra features may sound enticing but each feature may or may not increase the costs of your security system as well as monthly fees.

The Final Price

The Home Security Experts gives a comparison of the Top 5 Home Security Systems and allows you to view their plans and costs. On average, after installation and purchase of equipment, the average monthly service plan will cost around $30 a month and for many, that’s a small price to pay for peace of mind.

An monthly service plan will cost around $30 a month and for many, that’s a small price to pay for peace of mind.

If you’re ready to talk about what home security options are for you and your family, visit Protect America to get information or request a free quote by calling 1-800-951-5190. Protect America has up to 5 plans to choose from and will work directly with you to establish what will work best with your budget.