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Today’s home security systems are different from the clunky old burglar alarms many of us grew up with. While old-fashioned systems never did much more than sound alarms anytime you forgot to enter a code, today’s Internet-connected home security systems use security cameras, sensors, and motion detectors to monitor your home and alert you of possible problems. Alerts can come straight to your mobile device. With the right equipment, you can even see and talk to anyone at your front door—whether or not you’re at home.
House Method recommends Vivint home security systems, which provide you with a wide array of products and services to customize your home security system. Vivint also provides professional installation of all equipment and offers 24/7 professional monitoring of your security system.
Keep reading to find out what to look for in a home security system and what Vivint home security offers customers. Then give Vivint a call at 888.841.5276 for a free quote.
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If you live in a neighborhood where break-ins are rare, you might think there’s no reason to invest in a home security system. However, a modern security system does much more than sound an alarm if someone tries to enter your home. Today’s security system can protect your family from many dangers and provide peace of mind.
And yes, a home security system is also one of your best defenses against a break-in or burglary. More than one million burglaries are reported annually in the US. However, a study by the University of North Carolina found that 83% of burglars say they check for security systems when selecting a home to target, and 60% said they’ll pick another target if they know a house has an alarm. So, a security system may protect you by scaring off a crook without an alarm ever going off.
There are many companies that offer home security systems, from large national brands to local firms, so the market provides you with lots of options. The Better Business Bureau offers these tips for selecting a security company that you’ll be happy with:
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As Internet-enabled devices have become more common, a vast array of innovative DIY security devices have entered the market, including smart locks, indoor cameras, and water sensors. You might save money with a DIY device or an entire system you install yourself, but keep these caveats in mind before you count your savings.
Vivint offers comprehensive solutions for home security. Depending upon your needs, Vivint can provide you with security features, including:
To control all your security devices, your Vivint home security system comes with the Vivint Smart Hub, a touchscreen that makes it easy to operate and monitor your security system. It serves as the dashboard for all the elements of your home security system. In addition to home security, the Vivint system also allows you to integrate smart home elements and home automation. You can control your lights, thermostats, garage door, and more, all from the same hub.
Recently, Vivint added the Nest Thermostat as a device that integrates with its comprehensive smart home suite. There’s even a panic button you can use to contact the Vivint monitoring team if you notice suspicious activity on one of the cameras.
A Vivint smart home can be voice controlled through the Google Assistant or through Amazon’s Alexa, and Vivint recently started providing customers with Google Home Mini devices as part of the standard equipment for the smart home system.
When you’re not at home, you can access your home system through the Vivint Smart Home mobile app, which is top-rated at the App Store and Google Play. The app allows you to set up custom alerts and notifications and arm your security systems when you’re not at home. You can also check live feed from the cameras and see who’s at your front door via your mobile device. If you have a connected smart thermostat, you can even adjust the heat or air conditioning setting to save energy while you’re gone and be comfortable when you get home.
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Vivint offers a variety of packages that allow you to create a home security system and smart home that’s tailored to your needs. All packages include the Vivint Smart Hub, the Vivint Smart Home app (previously known as the Sky app), Vivint home security sensors and motion sensors, yard signs, and 24/7 monitoring provided by Vivint.
Vivint offers six packages that give you the option of home security, home automation, or both:
To personalize the system, you can add features such as the Vivint Doorbell Camera, Vivint Element Thermostat, Kwikset Smart Locks, the Vivint Ping Camera, and Google Home. Upgrades include the Vivint Outdoor Camera and Vivint 24/7 continuous recording.
Vivint isn’t the cheapest alternative for home security systems and monitoring, but it offers the most technically advanced equipment in the industry. Homeowners buy and own the security equipment from Vivint, with a minimum required purchase of $549.99. The company offers a 0% financing option for 60 months, with approved credit. Financing requires a five-year service agreement, with a minimum monthly fee of $39.99. For full camera functionality, the monthly minimum is $49.99.*
If you pay for your equipment up front, you can sign up for a month-to-month service agreement and cancel at any time. However, without a Vivint service plan, some of the system’s functions are limited. For example, you won’t be able to connect remotely, and you won’t receive the 24/7 monitoring service from Vivint.
When you call 888.841.5276 and speak to a Vivint representative, be sure to ask about promotions, as the company sometimes offers promotions on popular products such as the Vivint Doorbell Camera.* Discounts on professional installation may also be available.
How does Vivint stack up against some of its well-known competitors?
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You don’t have to look far to find praise for Vivint. For example:
Vivint customers sing the company’s praises, too, with nearly 12,000 reviews on the company’s website. The reviews are verified by Trustpilot, which ensures only real customers post reviews. Over and over in consumer reviews, Vivint customers mention the great customer support, the knowledgeable professional installers, and how much they like their home security system.
House Method believes the best solutions are simple and elegant. As a leading smart home technology provider, Vivint offers simple but complete solutions, whether you want a safer home or to convert to a complete smart home system. The Vivint Smart Hub™ panel equips every home with a central information hub, and the ability to use voice commands makes the system even easier to use.
The option to access the system remotely through the Vivint Smart Home app provides busy homeowners the kind of control they need on the go. The app is also the highest rated among similar home apps, an indicator of the care and attention Vivint puts into consumer interfaces.
Vivint products are designed to work together seamlessly because the company controls its entire supply chain, including hardware, software, and service technicians. In addition to creating items that work together, the company has the ability to quickly respond when it finds a product that consumers want. The company was able to develop the popular Vivint Doorbell Camera and get it to market in just six months, for example.
Whether you want a basic security package or to transform your house into a smart home, Vivint can help provide the right system for your needs. Call 888.841.5276 to hear the latest promotions and receive a free quote.
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