It’s always fun to search for the “best” of anything. You get to find the most expensive or most popular examples of the item, and you may decide that you agree that these examples really are the best. That said, in many cases, what’s best for one person isn’t best for everyone. This makes it so there is no single best smart security system.
While there is no single best system, there are some features and capabilities that most people will agree that they want. When a system has them, it is simply a matter of finding the right combination and specific details to best meet your needs. Then, you’ll get the system that you think is best. Here are the key things to look for:
Ease of Setup and Use
Systems that are meant to be installed by customers, also known as “DIY” home security systems, can be very easy to set up. Some, however, are quite hard. The easier it is to do the actual installation, the better – even if you have the knowledge and skills needed to deal with the difficult ones. After all, you don’t want to have to spend hours on a project that could be done in one hour or less!
Sometimes, the difficulty level of a setup process has nothing to do with its complexity. Certain systems are notorious for having trouble with connecting to base stations, phone apps, and other such components. Clearly, the best systems will present no problems of this sort.
The use of the system should also be simple. If an emergency happens, you need to be able to summon a response immediately – without any fiddling around.
Everything has an app these days, and your home security system should be no exception. It should be possible to access it from your Android or Apple device so you can check in on your home no matter where you are. Note that some systems still only work with iPhones or other Apple devices. You’ll only think of those as “best” if you have that brand of device. If you don’t, be sure that the system works with Android as well.
There are many unmonitored (or “self-monitored”) security systems out there, and some of them do involve excellent hardware packages. This can lead you to wonder if they are good options. Unfortunately, all of these systems avoid taking one thing into account: You need to sleep. This can cause you to miss alerts when they come in. If you get distracted or involved with something, you can also miss important notifications. Since it could be hours before you even know that anything went on, a thief or other criminal could be long gone by the time the recordings from an unmonitored system are viewed.
Professional monitoring services eliminate these problems. They have shifts of workers waiting for alerts, so no matter when one comes in, someone will be right on it. Services like Protect America do call you to verify that an alert is a real emergency and not a false alarm, but since you’re more likely to pay attention to your phone’s ringer or ringtone than a little beep, you’re almost certain to notice these calls. Then, once you confirm the alarm, the proper emergency personnel are immediately contacted.
With all of these things in mind, we believe that the best home security system is one that:
- Is easy to set up and use
- Offers remote access via an app that works with your phone
- Is monitored by a professional service
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To get a quote on a monitored home security system with up to $1400 in free equipment and no installation fees, just give us a call or fill out the form on our site. We believe there’s a high chance that you will find our system to be the best for you.