Home Security Systems Review
Why Install a Home Security System?
Editor's note: ADT recently announced the completion of a merger with Protection 1. Although the two companies currently operate independently, both will eventually operate exclusively under the ADT brand. When ADT and Protection 1 complete this brand integration, we will update our home security reviews to reflect that information.
Whether you're away for fifteen minutes or two weeks, you need to know that your family and valuables are safe at home. A home security system can notify you when things happen in your home, such as when your children come home from school. It can also protect you from fire, flood, carbon monoxide, natural gas and human intrusion.
Installing a new system can be a significant financial investment, but it can lower your home insurance costs and save you money. From our research, we found that Frontpoint, Protect America and LiveWatch are among the best home security companies because of their versatile offerings that keep you and your home safe. For additional information, read our articles on home security systems.
Home Security Systems: What to Look For
When looking for a home security system, consider the things you want to protect, for example, children, pets and valuables. All services give you a baseline level of coverage, but some offer additional options as well. The best home security systems help you effectively protect your home by offering a variety of alerts and monitoring services, a large assortment of security devices, and strong customer support services.
Home surveillance systems can alert you in the event of various emergencies. Alerts for intrusion, fire, carbon monoxide and broken glass usually come as part of the basic service plan. Many companies also provide additional alerts that address child safety, medical emergencies, temperature change, flooding, power failure and natural gas detection. Security systems with a short response time can automatically notify the right party within seconds of an event.
Equipment & Security Devices
There are many types of installation and sensors available when choosing the best home security system for your needs. Wireless systems offer greater flexibility in device placement and often come as kits that you can easily install on your own.
Look for a home alarm system that protects all entrances and exits with a variety of door and window sensors, recessed door sensors and garage door sensors. The best security systems are compatible with security cameras that you can access remotely using a smartphone or laptop.
If you have pets, you may want to consider pet-immune sensors to reduce false alarms. A panic button allows you to activate a silent alarm that alerts the security company if something goes wrong. Additionally, look for a system that can use other security devices such as sirens, motion detectors and a variety of environmental sensors. These extra devices can enable the system to detect a greater variety of threats for greater security.
Monitoring services can alert local emergency services when a threat appears, which helps keep an eye on your home when you're away. Also, look for services that offer 24-hour monitoring, which helps protect your home at all times. Cellular and internet monitoring tools let you remotely see when your children get home or check on pets during the day. Many home security companies also offer home automation, which allows you to lock doors and adjust your thermostat remotely. Follow-up notifications and two-way intercoms give the security service a way to contact you after or during an emergency to see if you need further assistance.
Help & Support
It's crucial to be able to contact home security personnel easily, especially during a home emergency. All services in our review have a telephone service and email, and many have live chat available to answer questions about the system. Online tutorials, FAQs and alarm history reports can help you set it up or learn how the system works. Look for a warranty that protects your security system's equipment from manufacturer defects and other problems. Some companies offer installation and relocation services if you require assistance with system setup.
When choosing a home security system, always keep in mind the needs of your house and family. An effective system protects everything you hold dear, helps you feel safe and offers peace of mind. Strong support features and effortless interaction with the security company are surefire ways to help you feel a greater sense of security at home and while you’re away.