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One of the first things that every home owner should look into is getting protection for their home. Insurance is a good thing to have, but it would be wiser to take it a step further and get a home security system. After the homework, a home owner must decide which brand they want, what kind of security they want, which features to get, and whether or not they want to sign a contract. Some home owners do not wish to sign a contract for a number of reasons. Safe home suggests one reason that they do not with the reason of practicality,
Maybe you live in a secure apartment building, for instance, but would like a personal security camera for remotely checking in on your children, pets and service providers. Or maybe your budget is very tight and you can’t always afford monthly monitoring.
Protect America believes that if a home owner decides not to have contract monitoring, they could at least go for the best that 2018 has to offer. With the help of PC Mag, they were determine that the following five non-contract alarms were the best of this year so far.
- Vivint Smart Home
- SimpliSafe Home Security System
- Wink Lookout
- Nest Secure
- Abode Home Security Starter Kit
A Word of Warning
While contracts can seem like a hindrance to some, they are actually there to help you most of the time. There is a reason that most of the bigger security companies use them. There are security products that you can buy that don’t require a contract, but to actually secure your entire home will usually require quite a bit of equipment, which is usually expensive. That where the contract comes in, while you pay your monthly monitoring bill, you are also paying off your equipment. That way, you won’t leave you home vulnerable to break-ins by skimping on essential equipment you needed because it was too expensive. In the long run, you will actually almost always end up paying more for non-contractual security than if you go with a company that has a contract. That’s because you’re going to have to pay for monthly monitoring in any case – you might as well pay off your equipment for a huge discount while you’re at it!
Vivint Smart Home
Vivint first formed back in 1997 in Utah under the name of APX Alarm Security Solutions Inc. They were not at their best in the beginning. But after a little rebranding in 2012, they changed their name to Vivint. Their system is called the Vivint Smart Home. It comes with cellular and battery back-up. The system can be professionally be installed. It also has environmental sensors and Z-Wave/ZigBee Compatibility. The Vivint Smart Home is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home. The upfront cost starts at $549 with monthly fees starting at $39.99. Pros are speedy event response, excellent video doorbell, offers remote control of door locks, cameras, thermostats, and sensors, responsive touch screen, and no lengthy contract required. Cons are requires a monthly subscription for remote access and cannot customize alarm sounds.
SimpliSafe Home Security System
SimpliSafe first formed in 2006 in Boston. Their system is called SimpliSafe Home Security System. It comes with cellular and battery back-up. The system also comes with environmental sensors. The upfront cost starts at $229.96 with monthly fees starting at $14.99. Pros are affordable hardware, reasonable monthly monitoring fees, no contract required, quick, easy installation, and cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity, the latter of which is optional. Con is besides Nest Thermostat, doesn’t currently integrate with other third-party smart home devices.
Wink was created in 2014 by a company in New York called Quirky. Their system is called Wink Lookout. In the course of three years, it has grown into quite the device. The system has Z-Wave/ZigBee Compatibility. Despite not having many features, the Wink Lookout would be good for a starter home. The upfront cost starts at $199 with no monthly fees. Pros are easy to install, works with numerous third-party devices, and supports multiple wireless protocols. Cons are no professional monitoring, no backup battery, and cannot trigger camera recordings.
Nest Labs first formed in 2010. Their system is called Nest Secure. It comes with cellular and battery back-up. This alarm would be good for a small apartment. The upfront cost starts at $499 as tested with monthly fees starting at $24.99. Pros are stylish, easy to install, multi-purpose sensors, and works with Nest cameras and a handful of third-party devices. Cons are expensive, does not support IFTTT or trigger other devices, and no voice commands.
Abode Home Security Starter Kit
Abode first formed in 2015 and is the fairly newest one on this list. Their system is called the Abode Home Security Starter Kit. It comes with cellular and battery back-up. It is compatible with Amazon Alexa. It also has environmental sensors and Z-Wave/ZigBee Compatibility. The Abode Home Security Starter Kit also has IFTTT Support. The upfront cost starts at $299 with monthly fees starting at $10. Pros are easy to install, no-contract monitoring plans available, works with lots of third-party devices, Amazon Alexa voice control, supports ZigBee and Z-Wave, and mobile and web access. Cons are bulky sensors, cannot manage notifications from mobile app, and doesn’t come with control panel.
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