A Comparison of the Top Home Security Companies
- The Home Security market is a crowded one. With so much competition, who do you trust?
- The dozens of companies out there all claim to be your “best option” when it comes to protecting your family.
- Our site provides you, the consumer, with a resource of valuable information about the top home security companies.
- We also provide a wealth of resources about more general home security related topics along with articles on how you can increase the security of your home.
|Phone Number||(888) 214-0478||(888) 366-8184||(855) 857-6781||(855) 267-4481||(855) 857-6782
|Our Thoughts||Lowest Price||Proprietary Equipment||Most Experience||GE Products||Eco-Friendly|
|Door/Window Sensors||3, 7, 10, 12, 15||3||3||2||3|
|Motion Sensor Included||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Smoke & Heat Detector||Additional Cost||Included||Additional Cost||Included||Included
|Carbon Monoxide Detector ||Additional Cost||Additional Cost||Additional Cost||Included (Ultimate Package)||Included|
|Key Fob||Additional Cost||Included||Additional Cost||Included||Included
|Video Cameras||Additional Cost||Included (Platinum Package)||Additional Cost||Included (Ultimate Package)||Additional Cost|
|Flood Detector||Additional Cost||Additional Cost||Additional Cost||Additional Cost||Additional Cost
|Freeze Detector||Additional Cost||Additional Cost||Additional Cost||Included||Additional Cost
|Garage Door Monitoring||Additional Cost||Additional Cost||Additional Cost||Included||Additional Cost|
|DIY or Pro Installation||DIY||Both||Professional||DIY||Both|
|Money Back Guarantee||1 Week||30 Days||6 Months||30 Days||N/A|
|Monthly Cost||$23.99 to $42.99||$29.99 to $44.98||$35.99 to $42.99||$34.99 to $49.99||$49.99 to $68.99
|Contract Length||3 Years||39 to 63 months||3 years||36 Months or More||3 1/2 Years
|Install Fee||None||$99 For Pro Install||$99 or $199||None||$0 to $199
|Phone Number||(888) 214-0478||(888) 366-8184||(855) 857-6781||(855) 267-4481||(855) 857-6782|
What Are the Costs Related to Getting a Home Security System?
The Cost of Equipment
Many companies offer free equipment packages that serve as a basic equipment starter set. More often than not the equipment you receive free is just as described above: Basic. Unless you only have three windows in your home, you’ll have to buy more door/window sensors. Also, if you want extras such as video surveillance and environmental monitoring, you’ll have to buy that equipment, as well.
The Cost of Monitoring Services
After the initial cost of equipment you’ll have a monthly fee that pays for the monitoring service that your home security system is attached to. Monitoring is definitely worthwhile but it can cost you as much $100 a month. Of course, many companies provide monitoring services at considerably less than that.
- Installation Fees – This is a one-time fee that pays for professional installation of your home security system. If you choose to install your system yourself, or the company you choose doesn’t offer pro installation, then this fee won’t apply to you.
- Activation Fee – Some companies require you to pay a one-time activation fee. This fee is assessed at the time you connect your system to the monitoring service for the first time. Most companies will help you through the process, be it in the form of inline or phone support, thus the fee.
Be sure to contact your home security provider and your insurance company to find out how you can save upwards of 20% off your homeowners insurance.
What Kind of Equipment is Available?
As its name implies, the control panel controls your entire system. It communicates with the sensors you have as well as with the monitoring service center. This is where you arm and disarm your system. This is also where panic buttons and other controls are located. This is the most important piece of equipment in your home security system.
These sensors detect motion and can be placed both inside and outside the home. Interior motion sensors are connected to your control panel and will trigger an alarm. Exterior units are usually attached to flood lights and are not connected to your control panel.
Door & Window Sensors
How these sensors work is this: one piece is attached to the window frame and another to the window itself. The pieces are magnetic and if the magnetic connection is severed the alarm is triggered.
Sensors That Monitor Environmental Factors
These sensors usually come at an additional cost. Sensors can be purchased that perform specific functions. Here is a list of the most common types of environmental sensors:
- Fire & Smoke
- Carbon Monoxide
Glass Break Sensor
These sensors are placed near window and/or near glass doors, such as sliding doors. There are two types of glass break sensors. One monitors vibration while the other monitors sound.