Best Home Security System in CanadaBy - 10/27/2015
Shopping for a home security system to protect your Canadian maison? We’ve got you covered. There are several home security companies that cover Canada and to help you shop, we’ve decided to compare three top picks.
What Makes a Great Security Company?
First and foremost a good home security system should be wireless. There are multiple reasons for this but namely wireless is more reliable than wired forms of communication. Also, wired alarm systems typically rely upon a landline. Not only does adding a landline to your monthly utility list increase your overall cost but a landline is not overly reliable and is easily defeatable.
In regards to wireless home security systems there are two options: broadband and cellular. Cellular is regarded as the best option for home alarms. Cellular uses the same type of signal as cell phones. It requires a very weak signal to work and will even work in homes without a strong cellular signal. The service is not tied to a specific phone carrier and uses the strongest signal in your area to make sure that your connection is as strong as possible. Broadband is faster than cellular but relies upon your internet. If your internet goes down, so would your security system.
Second, a good security company should offer the option for home automation and video surveillance using home security cameras. This doesn’t mean you should be forced into adding these optional services, but you should have the option to expand your system at will without penalty. Home automation should include technology such as smart locks, light automation, smart thermostats, and connected security cameras that tie back into your security system.
Thirdly, a good company should offer great service. This should be reflected in their BBB reputation, online reviews, but more importantly it should reflect in their policies that outline how they treat customers. Will they let you move for free? Will they let you return the system if you don’t like it? What happens if you move to an area that they don’t service? Will they make you pay an exorbitant cancellation fee? Will they automatically renew your contract so that you are stuck with years of service without being consulted?
Finally, the little things that often get overlooked… Things like the inclusion of battery backup to protect you from power outages, service throughout Canada beyond major metro areas, the ability to control your system using a mobile app, updated technology, and all the right technology needed to protect your home.
With that said, two of the companies below meet these standards and more, earning the title of best home security options in Canada. However, not everyone needs a monitored system. If you are looking for a self-monitored security system, iSmart is a solid option that ships to Canada.
|BEST MONITORED||BEST SELF-MONITORED||MONITORED OPTION TWO|
|Monthly Fees Starting At:||$45.46||$0.00||$19.95|
|Basic Equipment Package Cost||$128.55||$229.99||$128.55|
|Mobile App||For iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows, Pebble, Apple Watch, Kindle Fire||iOS and Android||iPhone, Android, Windows|
|Minimum Contract Length||12-36 Months||0 Months||12 Months|
|Return Period||30 Days, No Questions Asked||30 Days||365 Days|
|Learn More||Visit Site||Visit Site||Visit Site|
Why We Picked These Three Companies
Frontpoint – Frontpoint is known for their customer service. The downside is that they are not the cheapest guy on the block. But they certainly aren’t the most expensive and sometimes you get what you pay for. In this case you are paying for a superior customer experience where they will bend over backwards to make sure you are happy. You are also paying for the latest technology. It is true that Frontpoint isn’t an early adopter, but they do adopt and adapt to the times. They prefer to adopt proven technology that they’ve thoroughly tested and certified to work. They’ve recently added a touchscreen controller and an image sensor that offers a modern twist to the standard motion detector. Frontpoint also offers full home automation and security cameras to those that want them.
Learn more by reading our Frontpoint Review.
iSmartAlarm – iSmartAlarm is the only self-monitored system on the list. It is one of few self-monitored home security systems that ships to Canada. iSmart offers a standard home security kit which you can expand using a smart plug for limited home automation or with home security cameras. The system also integrates with IFTTT so that you can connect your other smart home devices if desired. As the system comes with a free app, all security notices are sent to you and you decide what to do. In addition to push and email notifications, you can set phone call alerts which is rather handy when self-monitoring.
LiveWatch – Finally, LiveWatch. LiveWatch does not offer the same level of customer support provided by Frontpoint, but they offer a good experience for less money. In addition to being cheaper, they have an eye-popping return policy. Yes. It really is 365 days. They are so certain that you will love the system, that they will let you keep it for a year. If the equipment is still in good, working condition after a year and you don’t like the system – box everything up and send it back. Not too many companies can offer that and no other security company that I know of comes close to matching a one year return period.
Learn more by reading our LiveWatch Review.