With statistics showing there are nearly 2.5 million burglaries a year, it’s no wonder consumers are turning increasingly to home security services. When they do, they will find a laundry list of service providers. Some offer DIY options where homeowners install systems and monitor them as well. Others provide professionally staffed monitoring centers that take the burden of contacting authorities off the shoulders of the homeowner.

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So, where is a consumer to begin in reviewing potential home security systems? Rightly or wrongly, prospective buyers will often turn to familiar brand names first. You may know the brand “Spectrum” as a provider of cable and internet services. But the company is also in the business of home security systems through its IntelligentHome system. If you are considering a new home security package, here are a few facts to know about Spectrum’s home security system options.

What Exactly is IntelligentHome?

Some homes are smart. Spectrum proposes to take things a step further by calling its system IntelligentHome.

IntelligentHome is Spectrum’s customizable security and home management technology that enables homeowners to monitor home systems while on the go. Whether to dim the lights in the evening while on vacation or adjusting the thermostat, Spectrum has its customers covered. Unlike remotely controlled DIY systems, alarms in the Spectrum system are professionally monitored so that emergency personnel can be dispatched in the event of a break in or disaster.

Facts for Intelligent Decision Making

  • Spectrum promotes IntelligentHome as more than just a security system. Instead, it says its an entire suite of home services, including not just video monitoring and security sensors, but energy management and more. Customers are able to turn lights on and off, adjust their thermostat and, of course, receive security alerts conveniently on their smartphone or tablet.
  • Spectrum’s IntelligentHome system includes all the equipment basics you would typically expect in home security systems, including alarms, video cameras, motion sensors and automation devices.
  • Spectrum promises customers a variety of options. Pricing is only available by talking to a representative, so it may be difficult to do any window shopping in comparing your home security options.
  • Although not the case with Spectrum, some home security companies charge nothing for installation, primarily because the homeowner does the work. At $99, Spectrum’s installation fees seem steep in comparison. According to the site SafeWise:

While there are many benefits of a traditional home alarm system that is installed by an experienced security professional, there are several do-it-yourself (DIY) systems on the market, and they are easier to install and more affordable than you think.

  • One important consideration before settling on Spectrum for home security is that the service is only available to their internet service customers. However, Spectrum customers can enjoy discounts by bundling IntelligentHome services with other Spectrum services. In addition, Spectrum can combine service pricing into one convenient bill.

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Finishing Your Homework

There are a lot of variables to consider when selecting a home security system. Price, equipment options and ease of operation are all important factors. A professionally monitored security system provides peace of mind and takes away the personal burden of watching for alerts by automatically alerting authorities in case of an emergency. Companies like Protect America keep families safe by monitoring homes 24/7 and responding right away to times of trouble.

Protect America provides its customers with locked-in rates starting at only $30 per month and up to $1,400 worth of equipment at no cost, while letting you avoid the installation fees you would have with a DIY remotely monitored system. If you think professionally monitored home security is the choice for you, get a free quote from Protect America today.