Security systems aren't just about crime prevention. Most have add-on sensors that can protect your home from fire, flood, and even temperature changes. And some of those sensors (door/window and motion, specifically) can alert you to how active someone inside the home is, as well as whether or not they've accidentally left an entrance like a door or window open. Also, many of these systems can integrate with other smart-home devices. That means you can add, for example, a smart speaker to arm, disarm, and check system status with the sound of your voice, as well as trigger cameras or lights to go on based on alerts or your location.
There are two types of security systems: professionally monitored and unmonitored. With a monitored system, when an alarm goes off, a professional monitoring company receives a notification and then attempts to contact you and, if need be, your local emergency services. An unmonitored system leaves all the work up to you. That means you need to be on call and ready to determine whether police, fire departments, or other emergency services need to be dispatched.
Once you decide what type of system you want, you need to pick what that system will include. Most security companies, whether they're DIY, professionally installed, professionally monitored, or self-monitored, will offer guidance if you're confused about what to choose. DIY systems are also modular, so you can easily add sensors and devices as you need them—perhaps a camera by the garage or sensors on the sliding glass door upstairs.
Over the last few years, we have been putting together a list of security systems we trust and use at Watson Homes.
Here are the top three systems we recommend:
1) Vivint Smart Home:www.vivint.com
Vivint is a professionally installed smart home security system that not only provides home security but plenty of home automation as well. You can use Vivint's home security equipment with its own smart home products and with products from some other companies. This means that a Vivint system can be used to control devices throughout your home, from video doorbells and security cameras to garage door openers and smart locks. Although you will pay more for a Vivint security system than for systems from many other companies in our rating, you can finance the cost of equipment for 42 or 60 months without interest or a down payment. Vivint stands out as a professionally installed home security system with excellent equipment and an extensive array of compatible smart-home devices.
2) ADT Security:www.adt.com
ADT is a highly customizable system that offers wireless and hardwired systems. They have indoor, outdoor, and doorbell camera options with basic smart home capabilities. We consider them the pioneers of home security and the most popular provider amongst homeowners.
Ring Alarm is an excellent budget pick. It's an easy-to-use DIY security system with the least expensive live-monitoring plan ($10 per month) and the option to self-monitor for no extra cost. It doesn't have a dedicated glass-break sensor and doesn't have as much smart-home support as other picks. However, Ring does offer more video add-ons than any other pick, including the Ring Video Doorbell Wired. Peace of mind is so important. Keep your loved ones and your home safe by installing a security system.
If you have any questions about making sure your home is safe and armed in case of an emergency, please don't hesitate to ask. We are here to help!
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