2020 Update

Although nearly two years old, all of the information in this article is still relevant. Learning how much a home security system costs is very important; scroll down to find out more. 


So, you’ve decided that you are interested in having a home security system installed. Great choice! You can’t go wrong with this decision. Did you know that homes with home security systems are significantly less likely to be broken into? In fact, homes without these systems have a 300 percent more chance of being broken into than those with them. That’s quite a bit of a difference, isn’t it? Now that you have made the big decision to have a home security system installed, you are probably asking yourself how much it is going to cost. To keep the answer to this question simple, you should know that the expense of having one installed will vary based on the system you choose. Let’s take a closer look at what it costs to have a home security system installed and the expenses you can expect.

Types of Alarm Systems

There are two basic types of alarm systems:

  • Monitored
  • Unmonitored

Yes, as you can expect, a monitored home security system is going to cost you more money than an unmonitored system, but still, any type of security system is better than none at all. On average, a security system monitored via a home phone line will cost you anywhere from $15 to $30 a month. Systems that are monitored through a GSM chip will cost you more, with the average monthly cost being anywhere from $40 to $65 a month. If you prefer, you can have special features added to your home security system, such as two-way voice intercom and remote monitoring, giving you direct access to the cameras set up inside and outside your house.

The president of Erker Security Systems, Paul Erker, based out of Clayton, Missouri, says the monitored systems allow the monitoring company to contact the police or fire department if there’s a disturbance at your home. He also notes that most insurance companies will give you a discount on your homeowner’s insurance if you have a monitored home security system.”

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How Much Does it Cost for Equipment and Installation?

Some home security system service providers will provide the equipment for free, however, some do not. On average, the basic alarm installation will run you about $300. A higher-quality alarm system will cost you anywhere from $800 to $1,600. You should keep in mind that the larger your home, the more equipment you need; therefore, increasing the overall equipment and installation cost. Also, some systems do not come with window monitoring. If you are shopping for a home security system that provides window monitoring, then the installation cost will, of course, be higher. Also, if you want security lighting installed or cameras, then this will increase the overall installation cost, as well. It is highly recommended that you opt for security cameras and lighting, especially being that they have become much less expensive over the past few years.

What if I Want Smart Home Security?

Smart home security is all the rage these days because it brings convenience to the homeowner. Most smart home security systems use Bluetooth, WiFi, Z-Wave or Zigbee technology to efficiently arm or disarm your alarm panel for you. They can also use this technology to give you the power to lock or unlock your front door from anywhere. Many families are also drawn to smart home security because it provides them with real-time alerts on their smartphones. This keeps them up-to-date with activities happening in and around their home.

Pricing for smart home security varies for each company. The level of smart home integration you want for your home also plays a big role in pricing. Speak with a security expert to learn more about what you can expect to pay.

The Takeaway

If you are looking for an exact price of how much it is going to cost you to have a home security system installed, you need to speak with a qualified home security specialist. The size of your home, the type of system you want to be installed, and the cost of installation will all affect the overall total cost. Interested in monitored home security?

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Control the Cost of Home Security System with Protect America

Wouldn’t it be great if we lived in a world where you can control how much your home security costs? Where there were no more unexpected price jumps and you didn’t have to pay for the equipment you didn’t want? With Protect America, you can have all of this and more.

Our security packages are completely customizable, giving you the freedom to monitor your home with the equipment you want. We offer customers flexible, locked-in rates that stay consistent over time. From security cameras and smart thermostats to medical alert pendants, our packages have something for everyone. Because we’re a DIY company, you get to cut out the middlemen, save money and hold the reins to your system. So are you ready to get the security you want for a price you can afford? Get a free quote from Protect America today.