Automated Home Security Systems

One of your biggest concerns is likely the safety of your family and home. This is the case for many people, and that is why home security systems can be so beneficial.

Years ago, security systems were complicated and had to be installed by a professional. While you can still enlist the help of a technician to install your security system, it is generally no longer needed. Today’s systems offer a wide variety of security capabilities while also being simple enough that you can monitor the system through your smartphone. If you want to learn more about some of the most popular and highly-rated home security systems, you will want to keep reading.

Security System Considerations

Before you begin looking at the various automated home security options available, it is a good idea to consider what you are looking for in a security system. There are so many different systems out there that you may find yourself overwhelmed fairly quickly. Here are a few things to think about before making a commitment to a particular system:

Installation

Most systems on the market today allow for you to do the complete installation yourself. This can be a huge benefit to some people because of the costs associated with hiring a professional to do the installation. However, some people would rather not install the system themselves because of time constraints or being uncomfortable with the technology. Therefore, when choosing a system, look for one that has the installation option you prefer.

Cameras and sensors

You will certainly want to consider whether or not you want cameras, and if you do, consider what features you want included with the cameras. Is it important to you to have high quality footage? How many cameras do you want?

Also, there are a lot of different sensors available, including motion detectors and sensors that alert you when a window or door is opened. Additionally, there are fire, water leak and carbon monoxide sensors. If you have a large property or require additional security, some systems allow you to purchase additional cameras or sensors that can be added to your system. When deciding between a few different security systems, ensure that the system includes the cameras and sensors you want, or that it provides an option to add additional technology.

Alarms and Alerts

Different systems may have different types of alarms and alerts. An alarm can sound when certain movements are detected, and you can opt to receive alert notifications when different types of activity are picked up by the security system. When choosing a security system for your home, be sure to consider what type of alerts and alarms are available with each particular system.

After you have considered which features are important to you, you can begin the process of selecting a security system. Below are a few automated home security systems that you can consider

Frontpoint

Frontpoint is one of the highest-ranking security systems available. Its customer service is available 24/7 to answer any questions. Frontpoint security systems are also backed with a 30-day money back guarantee, allowing you to try out the system and decide whether or not it is a good fit for your family.

Some of the best features of the Frontpoint system are as follows:

  • Competitive pricing.
  • It is completely wireless.
  • You can easily install it yourself.
  • It sends cellular alerts.
  • Indoor and outdoor cameras are available.
  • There are door, window, and even garage door sensors available.

Despite its high ratings, this system does have some drawbacks. You should note that Frontpoint’s lack of available landline options can make it more difficult for users more rural areas to utilize it. Also, a long-term contract must be signed in order for services to officially begin.

Vivint SmartHome

The Vivint security system is a very popular option, with user-friendly technology and both cellular or landline connection options available. It also features impressive home automation features, linking all systems together to be easily accessed and controlled on your smartphone or computer.

A few of the best features of the Vivint system are the following:

  • It is completely wireless.
  • It sends cellular alerts.
  • It features a lifetime warranty.
  • Indoor and outdoor cameras are available.
  • A doorbell camera with two-way voice is available.

It is important to note that the Vivint security system is a bit more expensive than most other security systems, and it also requires a professional to be installed. However, there is same-day installation available that allows you to have your system up and running very quickly. Similar to other security systems, a long-term contract must be signed in order for services to begin.

ADT

ADT security systems are very popular and reputable because of the 140 years that this company has been in business. Just like Frontpoint and Vivint, the ADT security systems feature home automation, although ADT also has the added feature of voice recognition. Also, the ADT system is backed by a six-month money back guarantee.

Before selecting the ADT system, you should understand that a long-term contract does exist, and installation cannot be completed on your own. Also, the system is a bit more expensive than the other security systems mentioned above.

There are many benefits to installing an ADT system at your home as well. Here are a few of the ADT system features:

  • It can be wireless or hardwired.
  • It sends cellular alerts.
  • Indoor and outdoor cameras are available.
  • Installation is free and completed by an ADT technician.
  • It features ability to control your lights, door locks, garage doors and more.

Before You Decide

Home security paired with automation technology means that you have control of your security system and/or various functions of your home all from your smartphone or computer. While the systems mentioned above are all full security systems including sensors and optional cameras, there are so many other options out there for you to choose from. If you are not interested in having a full security system for your home, you may also investigate automation options such as just a door lock sensor, security cameras, or more. With so many different options available that allow you to monitor the safety of your home and family from nearly anywhere using your smartphone, you can have much more peace of mind.

 

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