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Guardian vs Smart Home

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Get Started On Home Automation Today With Frontpoint! With the latest technology available, home automation has hit homeowners with force. Millions of Americans are enjoying the confidence, control, and convenience that home automation brings.

You have a large variety of home automation options available to you. You can scan your property with video cameras, lock or unlock the doors, and turn on or off the lights from anywhere in the world. With some systems you can also control the temperature in your house, play music in selected rooms, and more.

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3.5 stars
Guardian

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Cost:

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Guardian Protection Services offers some home automation options that work in conjunction with their home security system. In the home security business for over 60 years, Guardian has made a positive name for themselves. They've stepped into the home automation market with enhancements to their security system that allows homeowners to take control from any location via a web enabled computer or Smartphone.

Through access on Guardian's website, homeowners may perform a number of adjustments that are centered on home security, access and climate control:

  • Turn on or off the alarm
  • Unlock or lock doors
  • Control the air conditioner or heater
  • Create a programmed schedule for lighting and thermostat
  • Create and manage access codes to doors for contractors or other non family members
  • Create a reminder to arm the security system
  • Receive notification via email or text message if a door is opened, carbon monoxide levels are high, a fire occurs and more
  • Monitor the history of activity at home
  • Create event trigger light automation if a door opens, the security alarm sounds and more

Guardian uses GE manufactured equipment in their home security products. Prices for the combination home security and home automation system vary based on the number of sensors and equipment needed. Also be aware that Guardian works with professional installers and dealers, so their home security and home automation services are limited to the zip codes in which Guardian works.

While home automation is not the focus at Guardian, they do provide many nice features that allow customers to take control of some aspects of their home. For those that are comfortable with a dealer visiting their home to discuss their home automation and security needs, Guardian is worth a look.

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Smart Home

SMART HOME

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Smart Home is a retail website selling affordable electronic home automation products. These products are compatible with many different systems including Insteon, X10, Z-Wave, UPB, and Zigbee. Smart Home calls itself 'The Home Automation Superstore', and while it does have the feel of a discount superstore, it is very functional and easy to navigate. You'll find different product styles and types listed among tabs across the top and left side of the page. The challenge at Smart Home is that you won't find one simple easy automated home package but individual pieces and parts to choose from.

Products on this site seem to be of good value (slightly cheaper than some competitors) and are brands easily recognizable in the electronics, home security, and home automation industries such as GE, Sony, Panasonic, Cortexa, Visonic and many more. There is a wide range of X10 and UPB compatible products. These products use your homes existing wiring to allow products to communicate. Also, Z-Wave compatible products can be used in a wireless network connecting your homes electronics.

SmartHome offers free shipping on orders of $200 or more that chip to a commercial address. Under $200 seems to be your standard FedEx shipping rates, anywhere from $6.00 for ground shipping to over $35 for next day air. The return policy on this site states that items can be returned within 30 days in new condition and original packaging (you will pay return shipping). For defective items, return them within 30 days and the product will be replaced at no cost to you (they will pay the shipping). Smart Home also has a Low Price Guarantee. If you find a national print advertisement for an identical new product within 30 days of receipt, send in the printed ad and they will refund the difference.

This website is easy to use, has many different kinds of products at decent prices. As a retailer of these home automation products Smart Home is a good option but you might want to do your research before you shop here as the product line can be intimidating to choose from.

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Usually all you need is a computer or a mobile phone to easily control and monitor the many aspects of your home. Home automation can also be enhanced with a home security system to offer added security for your home and family.

There are a number of competent home automation companies that exist today. However, these home automation services can vary greatly in features offered and installation costs. Before selecting a home automation system, you should consider the following:

  • Usability. How technically savvy do you have to be to operate the home automation product? If it's too complicated, it's just not worth it.
  • Customer service. If you have a question or problem with your home automation system, will there be someone who can quickly answer your questions?
  • Guarantee. If the home automation system doesn't work, or you change your mind, can you return it for your money back?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Home Automation solutions available today. We hope these reviews help you find the right home automation system that you're looking for!

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