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Choose a controller with back up battery so the system will stay active in the event of a power outage or if the Internet is down. If you will be installing smoke alarms you’ll need the extra power of a 24 hour battery back up, not the 4 hour back up offered by many manufacturers. THE COST FOR SECURITY There are two costs to keep in mind when shopping for a home security system. The first is for the equipment and the installation, if you’re having it done by a professional. It can run from a few hundred dollars for a basic installation or less that half of that if you install it yourself to north of $1000 for a full feature system with specialized sensors and wireless smoke and CO detectors. The second is the monthly service charge that includes fees for software driven features and central station monitoring.

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Consumers should keep in mind that these devices are not inexpensive and are intended to be an additional layer of protection on top of one’s regular security system. Although they can be bought individually to protect valuables, we still recommend getting a full home security system before considering purchasing these devices. While some components might be affected momentarily by a power outage, cellular and landline systems will continue to work even if there’s no electricity. Cellular systems use cell towers to communicate with the monitoring center as well as a battery backup that can keep them up and running for several hours until the electric service is restored. Landline systems use traditional phone lines to communicate with the monitoring center and, just like cellular systems, they usually have a battery backup to keep them working for a set period of time. However, Voice over Internet Protocol VoIP systems rely on Internet connection, and if the power outage is widespread and causes the Internet service to shut down, then the system won’t work.