When you first move into a house, one thing that you should first consider is a home alarm system. Often, various companies will have special deals for new homeowners and you should definitely consider having one installed if you have the opportunity. Typically, the “special” you will get is for a base system and then some additional monitoring points like doors and windows and perhaps a motion detector. But, if you are like me, you usually won’t add to the system once it is installed. The problem is, and this is one facing many homeowners, is that your system is probably very out of date. Technology over the years has improved and gotten more efficient and smaller. And since you probably installed your system a while ago and were dealing with all of the other expenses that come with a new home, you probably got an entry level system or one of the older models.
You definitely do get some advantages when you get an alarm system for your house. Apart from the peace of mind of knowing that your property is protected when you are not home, you can also get some discounts on your home insurance for having a system that connects to a central communication station. Remember that not all insurance companies offer this discount nor do all types of alarms qualify for these discounts but it is definitely something to consider when shopping around. Another important thing to think about is the cost of the monthly monitoring service. When I first had our alarm system installed over 4-5 years ago, the monthly rate was about $32. It is now about $40 and continues to climb.
So when I was approached to do a review of Alarm.com, I was definitely intrigued, especially since I hadn’t really thought about a new system since buying my house. Recently, there had been a few break-ins in our neighborhood and it had started me thinking that I need to figure out better ways to monitor our house. We have placed up signs that proclaimed “Neighborhood Watch” (which is something that I recommend that you involve yourself in in your community) as well as some signs that people are monitored via video (I recently installed a DropCam in our house to monitor via video and audio). Right after I was contacted, I started doing some research on Alarm.com and the first thing that struck me was that this alarm system is definitely a technology upgrade.
For starters, here are some things that they offer:
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