The Ultimate Home Security Systems Checklist
Updated: 6 days ago
Home security systems offer a lot of protection and peace of mind for homeowners, whether home or away. They inform of intruders and can also be connected to fire protection systems to alert of danger. In either event most systems offer the service to contact emergency personnel right away when the security of your home has been breached, or to notify you on your smartphone.
How to Choose the Best Home Security System
There are a lot of smart home security systems on the market, deciding the best one for your home, your needs and your budget is the tough part. The best thing to do is to do your homework and research what each one has to offer, the pros and the cons.
Below are listed what of the most popular, or well-known names of home security systems on the market. Provided is some info to help give insight on what system may be the right fit for you.
1. ADT Pulse
ADT is a well-known name in the world of security systems and, with their monthly monitoring service, they provide responsive and expert full-service customer care. The system comes with well-built mobile and web apps to increase monitoring convenience and control and are compatible with third-party devices.
On the caution – the monthly fee is expensive and requires a three-year commitment with a high-price penalty for cancellation.
2. Vivint Smart Home
This home security setup has proven to be on their toes and speedy to respond to an alarm activation. This system also provides nifty features such as clear footage for the doorbell video plus remote-access control for the door locks, cameras, thermostats, and sensors. Even better, they offer a no-contract plan option.
On the caution – the remote access control feature requires a monthly subscription.
3. SimpliSafe Home Security System
SimpliSafe provides an affordable home security system as far as equipment and low monthly monitory fees. Best part, there is no contract required and the installation is fairly simple.
On the caution – the camera does not offer the best quality with a moderate resolution of 720p. Also, the camera system is limited to only be installed indoors without an exterior camera system available.
4. Frontpoint Home Security System
Easy alarm installation is a plus for Frontpoint. This security system is equipped with accurate sensor features and has a variety of accessories to choose from for a custom home protection system.
On the caution – there are a few more areas to be wary about such as the monitoring plans can get expensive and require a one or three-year contract plan. To receive the live and recorded video feed, purchasing the top-tier plan is how they get you to pay top dollar.
5. Honeywell Smart Home Security Starter Kit
The Honeywell Smart Home Security System is easy to install and comes with the Alexa voice service already built in. It has a face recognition feature, supports IFTTT applets and comes with free cloud storage or paid cloud option for more storage. The system also has a pretty decent 1080p camera furnished with motion detection.
On the caution – this alarm system does not come with a professional monitoring service. If this is desired a third-party would need to be contacted to get connected. The face recognition could use some improvement as the quality isn’t pristine.
6. Wink Lookout
This system works with a variety of options for third-party devices and supports many wireless protocols, plus it is an easy alarm installation. The Wink starter kit makes it easy to hook up and start monitoring from your smart phone right away.
On the caution – this home security system neither comes with a professional monitoring service or a backup battery. The system operates only with motion detection sensors to trigger alarm and notification. It does not come with a camera.
7. LifeShield Smart Home Security Kit
LifeShield comes with various customization options to protect your home and is easy to install. This smart home security is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Z-Wave Plus, and IFTTT. It also comes with an option for professional monitoring or self-monitoring for a money-saving option.
On the caution – the camera quality is not top-notch and some of the add-on security features can get pricey.
8. Nest Secure
This home security system offers multi-purpose sensor features and is compatible with Nest cameras as well as other third-party devices to increase security and remote access control.
On the caution – it may look nice but Nest Secure is expensive. It is also not compatible with IFTTT and lacks luster because it does not integrate with other devices. This one seems that you get less for more.
9. Ring Alarm Security Kit
Ring Alarm Security offers affordable professional monitoring services without any contracts. It is an easy alarm installation and is compatible with Alexa and other wireless platforms.
On the caution – it does not integrate with other devices, including Ring cameras or Ring doorbells. This system also fails in capability to support IFTTT and doesn’t offer voice-command operations. Also, the sensors can be an added eye sore to your home as they don’t conceal well.
10. Abode Home Security Starter Kit
Abode Home Security offers a variety sensor options and devices that integrate with most wireless protocols and other devices. The system is easily expandable to accommodate more services if needed. This system offers optional self-monitoring on smartphones for no monthly fee or the option for an on-demand professional monitoring service. There are no contracts to get locked in to either.
On the caution – there is no ease-of-use with a control panel and the mobile app doesn’t permit notification management.
Local Home Security Monitoring
B&W Fire Security Systems are Prescott’s leading fire protection experts and alarm company who are extremely knowledgeable with home security systems and alarm installation. They also offer home security monitoring. B&W Fire Security Systems works with the industry leader COPS Monitoring to provide the fastest response times in the event of a security breach in your home. Home security monitoring can be provided for most existing systems or a new control panel can be provided and installed to ensure the best quality of protection service.
B&W Fire Security Systems also offers Medical Alert–safety and emergency response at a push of a button!
Trusting in a local company for your home’s security provides a sense of peace knowing if anything needs attention or assistance the fire protection pros are nearby offering 24-hour emergency service.