The smart home is a high-tech trend that shows no sign of slowing down, and many homeowners are scanning websites or heading to electronics stores right now to look for deals on app-controlled smart thermostats, locks, doorbell cameras and connected security devices.
But don’t join them just yet. Smart home equipment requires expertise to set up, program and maintain—expertise that retail stores can’t provide, and that you might not have time to learn.
If you’re like most homeowners, a smart home service provider—typically a home security dealer specializing in Alarm.com technology—is a better deal over the long term. Some service providers offer professionally installed smart home systems; others can ship a pre-configured system to your home.
As smart home deals go, here’s what makes this one the best of all.
1: Installing can be fun. Configuring … not so much
If you’re handy, installing home hardware can be fun—but with smart technology, there’s more to the job. Each device needs to be configured to communicate with you, your home network and other devices. Setting up and maintaining these type of network connections requires a different skill set that can leave even confident DIY-ers baffled.
When you use a service provider—whether you opt for professional or self-installation—they’ll configure your smart home as part of the service. They’re equipped with sophisticated tools to ensure that every device is ready to communicate and respond to your commands.
2: Support and services are essential
The additional services that a service provider brings to your smart home purchase are a huge advantage when owning a new technology.
As well as configuration, your contract includes dedicated customer support. Should anything go wrong, anytime, your service provider steps in to fix it. Alarm.com service providers also provide 24/7 professional security monitoring—a home security “gold standard” service for emergencies that comes as part of the package.
You also enjoy having new smart home features added automatically to your system through Alarm.com’s cloud. While your neighbors shell out for newer versions of smart devices to keep their homes current, you get the latest features and capabilities automatically.
3: Building your own system from scratch is expensive
When you buy smart home technology, “bigger” is often better. The larger your network of devices and sensors is, the more it can understand about what’s happening around your home, and the more it can do for you—especially when it’s connected by a single technology like Alarm.com.
For example, window sensors can communicate with Alarm.com’s smart thermostat to scale back energy waste. A smart lock can disarm the security panel when you let yourself in. A smart security system understands so much, thanks to all of its sensors, that it can detect and warn you about unusual activity before something bad happens.