After reading through some of today’s most recent facts and statistics, it’s clear to see you should make an investment in a home security system.
- Burglars are most likely to be male and under 25 years old.
- 85% of break-ins are by amateurs and done out of desperation, which some might suggest makes them more dangerous.
- Most spend time considering factors like proximity to traffic and possible escape routes; 12% admitted to planning in advance while 41% said it was an impulsive decision.
- 83% admitted that they specifically look to see if there’s an alarm; 60% would change their mind if there was one installed.
Once you’ve made the smart decision to invest in a home security system, then you have to make the choice of which one to purchase. As you start shopping for them, you’ll notice there are more than a few available. In fact, there are thousands to choose from, each of which offers various features. To decide which system works best for you, you’ll need to pinpoint your needs, such as real-time video streaming, remote access control, etc. If you’re considering buying a Comcast security system, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Protect America, we put together a helpful guide to assist you in your purchase of a Comcast security system.
Understanding the Security System Available Through Comcast
Comcast offers a home security system known as Xfinity Home, which requires a two-year contract. The company only offers one basic package to build on. Your monthly fees will vary depending on where you live, but they typically cost between $24.99 and $29.99 for the first year. The second year and beyond, monthly fees are typically between $34.95 and $39.95. Your monthly fee will include 24/7 professional monitoring, real-time alerts, and remote access from your mobile device.
There is no do-it-yourself installation with Xfinity Home. The company requires a professional to install and this will typically cost around $100. As a promotion, you may get this installation fee waived. Please note, pricing is based on where you live, so it is recommended to go to the company’s website and enter your address to view pricing available in your area. This is where you may view possible discounts for bundling your home security, Internet. and cable services. Be aware that Xfinity makes it difficult to compute your total cost over the life of your contract due to hidden fees and its rather opaque pricing.
What Does the Basic Package Include?
As previously mentioned, only one basic equipment package is available, but Xfinity does make it customizable by giving you the option to add more devices. The basic package includes:
- 3 door/window sensors
- 1 motion sensor
- Touchscreen controller
- Wireless keypad
Additional motion sensors, door/window sensors, outlet controllers, smoke detectors, Zen thermostat, and indoor/outdoor cameras can be added to the basic package. After the initial installation by a professional, there is a fee required if you decide to add additional equipment. The outlet controllers, however, do not require professional installation.
Xfinity cameras can send live video to your mobile device. There is an additional monthly fee of $9.95 per camera if you choose to record and save your video footage.
What Brands Has Comcast/Xfinity Home Partnered With?
In order to increase your home automation experience, Xfinity Home has partnered with major home automation brands:
- Nest thermostats
- August door locks
- Kwikset door locks
- Chamberlain garage door openers
- Philips Hue lighting
- GE lighting
- Sengled lighting
- Caseta Wireless lighting
Most of these devices are easy to self-install, but installation services for these devices are not included with your Comcast agreement. The Xfinity app is compatible with all of these devices, so no additional apps are required to control the added devices.
Does the Comcast Security System Come With an App?
The Xfinity app increases the convenience of home security. The app allows you to control lighting from your smart lighting system, adjust your thermostat, and receive real-time alerts for security issues in your home. Customers note the Xfinity app is reliable and easy to use. Your system will allow you to create rules and schedules from your home panel controller, making the app an option, not a requirement.
If you would like to learn more about protecting you and your family with a home security system, please contact Protect America now. We offer free equipment, free installation, free quotes, and more.