Feb 24, 2022|

Arizona Home Security and Automation Guide

Arizona has experienced substantial growth in recent years, and if you’ve ever been to the Grand Canyon State, it’s easy to see why. An abundance of sunshine, a thriving economy, and affordability make Arizona a great place for just about anyone to settle down.

Whether you’re a lifelong Arizona resident or a recent transplant, keeping your home and family safe is a top priority. In this guide, we’ll help you find the best security and home automation systems in Arizona that will make life safer, more comfortable, and more convenient for the whole family.

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Home Security Systems for Arizona Residents

As you shop for a home security system for your Arizona home, it helps to know a little about the various components of an alarm system.

While the exact devices, features, and system you choose overall will vary depending on your needs and your budget, you’ll want to choose security companies in Arizona that offer the following components:

Security Sensors

The first thing to look for as you evaluate alarm companies is their security sensors. Security sensors are the tiny sensors in various devices that trigger your alarm to unauthorized entry when your security system is armed. There are different kinds of security sensors designed to protect various entry points around your home, including:

  • Door and window sensors that sound an alarm if a window or door is opened.
  • Motion sensors that can sense motion in a defined area, triggering an alarm if someone is detected in the area when it should be empty.
  • Glass break detectors that can measure the decibel levels of breaking glass, triggering an alarm if someone breaks a window.

Safety alarms

Safety alarms keep your home safe from threats that aren’t necessarily caused by break-ins. Home security companies in Arizona should offer the following safety alarms for your home:

  • Smoke alarms. These are a necessity and can mean the difference between life and death if a fire breaks out in your home.
  • CO (carbon monoxide) alarm. Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that is odorless and tasteless, making it impossible to detect without a CO alarm—another must-have for your home.
  • Water sensors. A water leak might not be life-threatening like a fire or carbon monoxide leak, but it can certainly be expensive to repair if it goes unchecked. Water sensors are small devices placed near areas in the home prone to leaks, like dishwashers or water heaters, that measure moisture levels and will sound an alarm if they detect moisture.
  • Emergency pendants are small devices that can be worn around the neck or wrist that provide immediate access to a home alarm company’s monitoring center. These are ideal for people with mobility problems, elderly family members who are prone to falling and becoming injured, and anyone prone to medical problems.

24/7 monitoring

Security systems can be either self-monitored or professionally monitored. With a self-monitored system, the homeowner is responsible for contacting emergency services if an alarm goes off. This presents obvious disadvantages, as it can be impossible to assess whether there is a real emergency if you’re away at work or out of town.

A professionally monitored system is one that is monitored around the clock by a professional monitoring company. This is another necessity as you evaluate home security systems in Arizona. With professional monitoring, your home is monitored around the clock. If an alarm is triggered, the company will immediately be notified and will attempt to contact you. If they can’t get ahold of you, or if you confirm that the alarm is the result of an emergency, they will contact emergency services on your behalf. This provides essential peace of mind that your home is being protected around the clock.

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Home Automation any Arizonan can use

While home automation isn’t necessarily home security, the two go hand in hand. Home automation allows you to remotely control and monitor various devices and systems throughout your home. You can also (like the name implies) automate many of the systems throughout your home. For example, with home automation you can set your lights to turn on when you unlock your doors or have your front doors lock when you arm your security system.

The best alarm companies in Arizona will also offer home automation. Smart home automation can cover your entire home, or it can be as simple as a connected smart device or two that you can remotely control. Your specific system will depend on your home’s needs and your wants, but the most common and useful smart home devices include:

  • Smart thermostat. A smart thermostat helps you save energy and money by learning your temperature preferences, then automatically adjusting the temperature in your home. You can also pair your smart thermostat with a smart speaker, allowing you to adjust the temperature with your voice.
  • Smart control. The ability to control your smart home is a big part of home automation. Vivint lets you control your entire smart home on the go or from home via their top-rated Vivint app as well as a smart hub for home. From the app or smart hub you can arm and disarm your system, adjust your lighting, watch live camera feeds, lock your doors, and more.
  • Smart locks. An important part of both home automation and home security, smart locks eliminate the need for a physical key. Instead, you can unlock your door via a unique code (or your smartphone). You can also set it to lock automatically after a few seconds, so you never have to wonder if you locked up or not.
  • Garage door control. The garage door is an often-overlooked entry point to your home, but it can be a serious security threat. Attached garages have an entry door that leads to the home, and if you’re like most people, you probably don’t lock that door. Ensuring your garage stays closed when you’re not home can keep your home secure. With garage door control, you’ll get notified if your garage door is open. From there, you can close it with your phone.
  • Smart lighting. With smart lighting, you can turn your lights on and off with your phone no matter where you are. Some security companies in Arizona—like Vivint—even allow you to create room groups, like bedrooms or downstairs lights, that you can control as a single unit. You can also pair your lighting with your smart speakers for hands-free control.
  • Surveillance cameras. Security cameras are another important component of both smart homes and security systems. You can find cameras for all areas of your property, inside and out, including:
    • Doorbell cameras, which are popular smart home devices that let you answer your door remotely. You can also see when someone comes to your door whether they ring the bell or not.
    • Outdoor security cameras give you a view of your property day or night. Some of the more advanced security systems in Arizona have outdoor cameras with more advanced features. Vivint’s outdoor camera, for example, is the only outdoor camera with Smart Sentry, an AI tool that identifies lurkers on the property and warns them that they’ve been spotted.
    • Indoor cameras can be placed in different rooms throughout the home and can double as a nanny cam, pet cam, or surveillance camera.

As you look for a home security system near you, you should also consider whether or not you have existing smart home devices that you want to integrate with your new devices. Not all devices work together, so make sure you find a system that works with your devices. Vivint integrates with some of your favorite smart home devices, including smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo and the Nest smart thermostat.

Security Systems Near Me

Whether you live in the heart of Phoenix or the suburbs, there’s a security system to fit your needs:

Phoenix

What’s the fastest-growing large city? Phoenix! A booming economy, affordable housing, and ability to move around thanks to more remote jobs has sent many people heading to Arizona’s most populous city.

Like most big cities, Phoenix isn’t without its share of crime. In fact, 94% of cities in the US are safer than Phoenix. Keep your home safe and sound with a Phoenix security system.

Tucson

Home to Arizona State University and the second largest city in the state, Tucson has a rich history and thriving present, with a bustling economy. Many people who work in high-paying industries in Arizona end up in Tucson, which is ranked 8th in highest-paying job growth among metro cities in the country.

If you’re moving to Tucson for work or you already live here, a security system in Tucson will protect your investment and provide peace of mind.

Mesa

Just east of Phoenix is Mesa, Arizona’s third-largest metro. In addition to population, Mesa is also large in area—so much so that it’s often divided into East Mesa and West Mesa. With so much ground to cover, it’s no wonder that Mesa residents spend almost an hour each day driving to and from work.

You can stay connected to your home in Mesa whether you’re traveling across the city or across the country with a security system you can manage and monitor remotely.

Chandler

Part of the Phoenix metro area, Chandler is a suburb with good schools, affordable housing, and plenty to see and do. Families are drawn to Chandler thanks to its close proximity to Phoenix without the crime that comes with larger cities.

Busy families will appreciate a home security system in Chandler that keeps their home safe and sound, providing peace of mind whether they’re home or away.

Glendale

If you want bright skies and sunny days, head to Glendale—it boasts some of the most cloud-free and highest average days of sunshine in the country. And with the number of festivals, trails, and museums in the city, it’s not uncommon for residents to enjoy the great outdoors (When it’s not too hot!).

Whether you’re soaking up the sun outdoors or hanging out at home to escape the sweltering summer heat, a security system in Glendale will keep your home safe around the clock.

Scottsdale

A great place for young professionals, families, and retirees, Scottsdale is a beautiful city with art, outdoor activities, plenty of golf courses and spas, and world-renowned events like the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that many homes in Scottsdale are second homes for people who prefer to vacation in this beautiful place.

Whether you call Scottsdale home year-round or you own a vacation home in the area, a security system in Scottsdale will keep your property protected when you’re home or away.

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Let Vivint protect your Arizona home

When it comes to protecting your home and family, only the best alarm companies in Arizona will do. Vivint is a leading home security provider in Arizona and provides state-of-the-art security and smart home devices, faster response times, and thousands of satisfied customers. Call us at 855.822.1220 for a free consultation today.

 

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