Your home's security is something you should take seriously. There are a wide variety of services out there that offer great protection, but sometimes it can be hard finding the right service for your home. To aid you in your search for the perfect service, we signed up for and tested some of the best security systems on the market. Taking into account factors such as price, installation and equipment, we were able to see how each service stacked up against each other. Check out our reviews below to learn more about each individual service and which one best fits you and your home.
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5 Holiday Safety Tips to Protect Your Home and Identity
Whether you’re traveling or staying home for the holidays, it’s important to take some necessary precautions to keep you and your family safe from would-be scammers, identity thieves and home invaders. Given how hectic this time of year can be, it may be difficult to take every possible precaution; however, following even a few of […]
Which Type of Home Security Monitoring is Best?
When it comes to protecting your home, loved ones and valuables, you can never be too safe. That’s why many people opt to use a home security system for extra protection. While it seems like all security systems are the same, they actually differ greatly by the type of monitoring they use, as it relates […]
Celebrate Earth Day with These 5 Energy Conservation Tips
Today marks the 46th anniversary of Earth Day! Although we should all be pitching in to help save Mother Earth every day of the year, this particular day marks the celebration of the national environmental movement. To help homeowners and renters save energy, we’ve detailed a few things you can do at home to lend […]
3 Home Security Features You Might Not Know About
There’s a lot that goes into picking the right home security system for your home and its needs. Although the most obvious benefit of a home security system is to protect it from burglars and thieves, there’s also a lot more that these services can do to protect and improve your home in a number […]
Landline vs. Cellular
It used to be that all security systems were hooked up through your phone's landline, which automatically called the police when your alarm was triggered. Eventually, criminals figured out they could cut the main phone wire in order to bypass many alarm systems. With advancements in technology, cellular control panels were introduced. These days, when a burglar tries to cut the landline, your system will not be disconnected. Your house will stay protected and connected to the monitoring center at all times. All of the security systems that we reviewed offer some sort of cellular or wireless package, so when looking for an option for your home, make sure to keep that in mind.
Self Install vs. Company's Technician
You may be wondering whether self-install systems are comparable to systems installed by a company's technician. The answer is yes, because in most cases companies that require technicians to come out to your home are doing this to ensure that the system is properly installed and working. When doing a self install, you do run the inherent risk of installing the equipment improperly, which may be costly in the event of a break in. However, we found that the self-install services we tested were incredibly easy to install and provided clear, thorough instructions on how to install the entire system. If you feel comfortable with your installation capabilities, self installation may save you a few dollars. If you are not sure about installation, we recommend you go with a company-installed system.