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Understanding the Costs of Security

Installing a security system is a great way to keep your home safe from intruders. Before you install one, though, you may be concerned about the price. It’s smart to shop around to find a security system that fits your budget, but there are things to consider beyond the upfront cost of the system and installation. After all, you will have to pay for a security system’s power consumption, as well as maintenance costs. Let’s take a look at the cost of operating a home security system.

Power Consumption of a Security System

The good news is that the electricity needed to power a security system is minimal. A typical burglar alarm will use about 60 to 70 kWh of electricity per year, though that amount can vary based on the type of security system you install. The average cost of electricity in Canada is about 19.2 cents/kWh, so at the top of that annual average, you’re only looking at about $13 annually.  A DVR/NVR system will use a bit more than CCTV or PoE cameras, but they are still not costly to operate.

Maintenance of your Home Security System

Servicing and repairs will add to your operating costs, but not very much. A security system will need to be serviced every six months, at a cost of about $80 to $100 per month, though servicing may be covered by your warranty. For more accurate information, you’ll need to consult with your security company. If you need repairs, the cost will vary based on the complexity of your system.

Home Security Systems Save Money in the Long Run

If you think about the impact of what you would lose in the event of a break-in, the cost of installing and operating a security system seems insignificant. What’s more, in many cases a homeowner can receive a discount on homeowner’s insurance by protecting the house with smoke alarms and burglar alarms. Check with your insurance provider if this is going to factor into your decision.

Trust Accurate Security for Home and Business Security Systems

Since 1968, Accurate Security has served homes and businesses in the Lower Mainland, and we’re the Greater Vancouver area’s premier choice for safety and security. One of the few family businesses left in the industry, Accurate Security was founded by Mark Oljaca and is now led by his son, Tony Oljaca. From our beginnings as a single locksmith store, we have expanded to seven different locations, offering a wide range of products and services beyond and including locksmithing. We also carry a full range of alarm systems, customized for your unique property, to boost the security of your home or business against burglary and vandalism. Our nearly 70 employees have vast knowledge and expertise, and we are committed to the safety and security of our customers. Providing a complete range of safety and security systems, various products, and state-of-the-art services, we provide prompt and professional services that ensure you never have to feel unsafe in your home or workplace again. For a free security screening or to learn more about all we have to offer, get in touch with our seasoned team by calling 604.777.3888 or contacting us through our website.