Savant Systems was formed in 2005, and remains the only Apple-based control, automation and entertainment system currently on the market. Like most Apple products, it is easy to understand from the get-go and syncs automatically with all your iPads and iPhones. Savant Systems technology unifies all of your audio, video, lighting, security, climate, communications, internet and other services into one experience. In regards to device and software compatibility, Savant supports several popular formats, but the company does not offer technical support of any kind. This system requires a professional installation, but it can be difficult to find an installer in your area. Additionally, while it has some security advantages, there are better ways to integrate both home automation and security for a safer and more affordable experience.
Home automation can seamlessly add wireless control to everyday household tasks, like turning lights off and on and controlling various appliances. It even can lock and unlock your front door. Protect America proudly offers home management equipment featuring Z-Wave technology, the most widely recognized standard for home automation.
Pricing Savant is difficult because it is all dealer-specific and based on what features and functions you’d like to use. The prices below reflect one example we came across in our research:
- Wall-mounted iPad controller: $500
- Control System: $3,800
- Hardware and Installation: $8,000-$10,000
- Price per iPhone/iPad: $400 per device
That’s right, $8,000 – $10,000 for hardware and installation! For less than 1/10th of the price, you can get a similar set-up from Protect America starting at $19.99 a month.
One of the biggest drawbacks with the Savant System is a total lack of technical support. This leaves you to completely rely on a professional installer when you have problems with the system, which can create many problems as not all installers are created equal. Even if you find a good installer, you may have to wait a few weeks before the installer can make a house call.
Additionally, Savant is only compatible with Apple brand products. This smart home system is one of only a couple with support for Mac OS X and the only one that is completely OS X based. This system doesn’t support the Windows, Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone operating systems whatsoever.
Automation Versus Security
Savant emphasizes the ability to automate your home, but what is the point of home automation without security? Savant might be a great way to dim your lights or monitor your pets remotely. However, it lacks key features offered by traditional home security companies. While Savant currently has motion detection and cameras, it is missing:
- professional monitoring
- technical support
- glass break sensors
What’s the point of home automation without security? Monitoring windows with glass break sensors and additional equipment can give you the advantage of knowing and acting before someone steps foot in your home. Wouldn’t you prefer your security system preventing a burglary rather than interrupting one? Consider a professionally monitored security system with home automation options such as Protect America.
DIY versus Professional Installation
The Savant System requires a professional installation, but it can be difficult to find an installer in your area. Installing a home security system used to mean spending hundreds of dollars to have professionals come and hardwire your house. Everyone knows that if you do something yourself, you can save money.
The Savant System only offers professional installation. However, this will most likely cost you more than you expect. Since Savant does not clearly relay this type of pricing information, it is difficult to foresee a budget for your security system. At Protect America, DIY installation is strongly encouraged. Not only does it save you money, it also saves you precious time.
Protect America will schedule a time for you to be walked through you installation process over the phone with a human technician in order to accommodate your schedule. The installation process is easy and efficient. Home automation options are easy to add and install alongside your professional security system. Consider joining Protect America today!