There are three common types of smart home security systems:
- Security systems that include their own home automation equipment
- Security systems that are compatible with third-party smart home equipment
- DIY security systems that you build on your own with individual smart home devices
Smart home security systems
Looking for a smart home security system? You’ve got three types to choose from—a system with its own smart home devices, a system that works with third-party products, and a system you cobble together yourself with individual products.
The first two options are usually available with professional monitoring, which is essential if you aren’t around to respond to an alarm in an emergency. If you put your own system together with separate products, you won’t usually have the advantage of professional monitoring.
You can’t always respond to an emergency on your own. If you choose professional monitoring, someone else will watch over your home even when you can’t.
Monitored smart home security systems
Vivint offers one of the best smart home security systems if you want to get all your equipment through one provider; plus, Vivint offers some of the newest, sleekest equipment in the industry. You can get a doorbell camera, thermostat, indoor camera, and garage door controller all through Vivint. Plus, Vivint security systems are still compatible with third-party devices so you can add smart Kwikset door locks to your system.
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Frontpoint is a good option if you want a system that works with third-party home automation devices. Because Frontpoint security systems are compatible with Z-Wave technology, you can pair a Frontpoint security system with lots of smart home devices, including your favorite smart lights, door locks, and thermostats.
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DIY smart home security systems
If you don’t have the budget for monthly monitoring, consider putting together your own smart home security system with individual products. You won’t get the benefit of professional monitoring, but you can still keep an eye on your home and control devices while you’re away and save a bit of money each month.
What should you include in your smart home security system?
- Smart door locks
- Smart lights
- Garage door controllers
- Smart smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms
- Outdoor security cameras
- Indoor motion sensor cameras
- Video doorbell
- Smart thermostat
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