Curious in security systems, but not sure where to start? The home security industry is highly volatile with different providers offering tempting offers to new customers. Although free equipment deals sound promising, they typically require customers to lock into a multi-year contract. A contract is a good idea if you plan to use the service for an extended period of time and wish to save money in the long run. However, as an alternative, you could install a no-contract security system.
One of the biggest drawbacks of a no-contract security system is the upfront costs may be more than those from a contracted provider. For a no contract security system, you are responsible for purchasing the equipment needed for your home. Standard equipment packages may include the following:
- Door sensors
- Window sensors
- Control panel
- Motion detectors
- Surveillance cameras
Optional equipment is also typically available from no-contract providers including monitored smoke detectors and home automation devices. Although your initial gut reaction may be to go with less equipment to reduce costs, don’t do it. Security systems are critical for protection against home burglaries. According to the National Council for Home Security and Safety, properties without security systems are 300 percent more likely to be burglarized than those with systems in place. Alarm companies usually offer customers a sign that they can place in their yards advertising the system because they know the presence of a security system will ward off burglars.
One of the goals when choosing equipment is to get enough coverage that you’re not leaving any vulnerable spots on your property. Purchase enough sensors to protect all doors and windows in the home. Monitored smoke and carbon dioxide detectors are a good investment too. Monitored detectors will alert emergency personnel in case of a fire or carbon monoxide exposure. An indoor or outdoor security camera should be considered too depending on your family’s needs. For instance, an indoor security camera with two-way audio can be helpful at monitoring your children or elderly family members remotely.
Despite the seemingly large amount of equipment you need to offer comprehensive protection to your home, you could find competitive prices if you shop around. Security companies often have packaged deals when buying home security equipment.
A major plus of buying your own security equipment is that you’re the owner of the equipment and have control over what you do with it. For instance, you could move the equipment to another property if relocating to a new area. Owning the equipment also means you can cancel your home security contract at any time without penalty.
A no-contract home security plan typically features DIY installation. This is truly a money-saving feature. Installation costs can add up and may be an unnecessary expense. No contract security providers can give you step-by-step setup instructions along with phone/online customer support. The security provider will handle any programming needed for the system to operate and will only require phone or online activation for the products to start working. The monitoring service provided by the security company will involve you paying a monthly fee, but the cost is typically nominal and you can cancel at any time.
No contract systems will have a no-wire setup. They use wireless signals to monitor the home. No drilling is required and you won’t need to figure out how to wire the system into your home’s electrical circuits. With a wireless system, you can also manage your system remotely by accessing an app through your smartphone or tablet.
Security System Providers
Adobe sells kits for those interested in DIY no-contract security plans. Prices for equipment kits vary based on how many sensors you wish included. Extra sensors can always be purchased and integrated into the system. They do have a self-monitored option at no-cost, but professional 24/7 monitoring offers increased security.
Vivint is a well-known name in the home security field and the provider does offer a no-contract option. However, the equipment packages are pricey and start upwards of $550 for basic equipment. The monthly monitoring fee is also one of the most expensive in the industry.
Protect America offers both a great value and round-the-clock monitoring. SafeHome.org recently reviewed Protect America’s home security service and had the following to say, “Protect America is a top choice for customers seeking long-term value on wireless home security.” Benefits of choosing Protect America include no installation fees and locked-in rates with a price match guarantee.
Interested in home security plans? Contact Protect America now at 888-255-8347 for more information and receive a free quote.