October 16, 2016
A home security system is designed to offer you a full security package – an array of devices, cameras, and other sensors that are designed to help you create a secure setup that matches the needs of your home. Security systems give you a professional option to build this type of solution instead of forcing you to pick up compatible devices at random and set them up yourself. As a result, it’s a great option for homeowners who are short on time or aren’t sure what they need.
We’ve taken a look at the very best home security systems available today, the technology that makes them great, and how useful they are to everyday buyers. Check out our three favorite picks below:
Even in today’s high-tech, mobile security world, Frontpoint still manages to impress with its massive offering and ease of use. There are many different alarms to detect break-ins, sensors that watch for humans but allow pets to pass unnoticed, smoke/heat monitors, carbon monoxide monitors, and control panels that will keep working even if they’re smashed. In other words, there’s a little bit for everyone.
Perhaps the most amazing thing about Frontpoint is its dedication to mobility. Its detectors and sensors are all wireless, which means you can install them very easily and not worry about wiring, which is a huge benefit. The system also allows you to stream camera footage right to your phone along with other smart capabilities – including compatibility with existing smart locks. So, while the monthly costs are fairly high, the initial setup cost is much lower than competitors and you receive more functionality in return.
If you have an eye on cost as well as security, then Protect America has one of the best offerings around, with prices around $20 per month for smaller setups and no upfront charges. Additionally, every device has a lifetime equipment warranty, so you won’t need to worry about replacement costs, ever. Along with low costs, you get some particularly advanced options, including pet-immune sensors, garage door protection, and a number of break or contact sensors.
If you like cameras, Protect America’s video options will make you feel very secure. Options include simultaneous recording and streaming (front and back for office or home setups), and with the SMART Connect mobile app you can always check up on your property. If this sounds like a good deal, check out the five available packages on the Protect America site and see if any match your own security needs.
LiveWatch offers all the wireless options of Frontpoint, but in a more DIY fashion that’s great for setting up your own security devices just the way you like. There are four monitoring packages up to $50, but prices tend to vary a little based on your own needs and service options, so make sure to get a quote if you want a truly accurate estimate. Detection options include door sensors, motion sensors, cameras, and more. As for wireless systems, these devices can offer mobile alerts and mobile system control as well.
LiveWatch also has a special focus on family member protection. That includes an “ASAPer” option to immediately send alerts to every device in the family instead of just one, as well as devices that can help monitor family members with medical conditions. However, remember that there is no professional installation option here, so you will need to know how to position and install all devices yourself.
Photo: Flickr / Ervins Strauhmanis
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