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Buying smart home tech? This approach helps you steer clear of disappointment

(BPT) - Are you tempted by smart home technology?

It’s the high-tech home improvement trend that shows no sign of slowing down. Homeowners are flocking to electronics stores to pick up app-controlled smart thermostats, automated smart locks and even smart doorbells with onboard video cameras.

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 homeowners typically don’t have time to learn.

For most homeowners, using a smart home service provider—typically a home security dealer specializing in Alarm.com technology—is a better option. Some offer professionally installed systems; others can ship a pre-configured system to your home. Here’s why it may be the smartest approach to take.

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 “packages” into your smart home hardware purchase are a huge advantage when owning a new technology.

As well as configuration, your contract will include dedicated customer support. Should anything go wrong, anytime, your service provider will step in to fix it. Alarm.com service providers also provide 24/7 professional security monitoring—a home security “gold standard” service for emergencies at your home.

You’ll also enjoy having new smart home features added automatically to your system through Alarm.com’s cloud. While your neighbors shell out for new versions of smart devices to keep their homes current, you’ll get the latest capabilities automatically.

3: Building your own system from scratch is expensive

When you buy a smart home system, bigger is better. The larger your “ecosystem” 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 and door sensors can communicate with Alarm.com’s smart thermostat to scale back energy waste. A smart lock can communicate with the security system, disarming it when you let yourself in.

Building this kind of sophisticated, multi-device system on your own would involve a large outlay of cash—potentially thousands of dollars—upfront.

With a service provider, however, you can have it delivered, installed, and running with a reasonable down payment on a monthly contract. Instead of saving up to install device after device, you get a sophisticated smart home, powered by Alarm.com’s award-winning cloud intelligence, on day one.

The choice is clear.

Smart devices are smart—but a smart home system is the smart choice for homeowners. To find out more about smart home service providers, visit Alarm.com.

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