AlarmForce vs. First Alert Professional

Both AlarmForce and First Alert Professional offer viable home security options with some overlap in features. Both companies offer professional installation and Z-Wave home automation, and both have some mobile management options. First Alert Professional uses Honeywell equipment while AlarmForce uses proprietary equipment. 

AlarmForce is a Canadian company notably only available in five states, so it’s only an option if you live in applicable areas. The company has also received complaints about battery life issues.

Key Similarities: 

  • Professional Installation
  • Some mobile management options
  • Z-Wave home automation

Key Differences:

  • First Alert Professional has more extensive equipment options
  • First Alert Professional uses Honeywell equipment
  • AlarmForce has extremely limited availability
  • AlarmForce has reported battery life issues

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Packages, Equipment and Pricing 

Winner: First Alert Professional

First Alert Professional sells systems through independent dealers, leading to varying local experiences. Though equipment prices can vary highly, First Alert Pro is owned by Honeywell and offers high quality technology. There is also a large selection of offerings and available customizations. Prices for monitoring contracts, installation and activation vary by dealer.

AlarmForce has basic packages with proprietary equipment. They range in cost from $25-$42 per month, and the company does not have extensive available add-ons. All packages do come with two-way voice, however, which allows users to communicate in real time with the monitoring center. 

Contracts

Winner: Tie

First Alert Professional contract lengths can vary but the average length is reported to be two years. AlarmForce offers the industry-standard 36-month monitoring contract.

Mobile App

Winner: Tie

First Alert Professional users have the mobile app Honeywell Total Connect available as an option, but it is not included in the basic package. AlarmForce also has mobile management available with certain select package and pricing options.

Installation

Winner: AlarmForce

First Alert Pro and AlarmForce both offer professional installation at similar fees, though you’ll likely get a slightly better price point with AlarmForce.

First Alert Professional offers professional installation at approximately $289, though prices can vary. AlarmForce has professional installation with fees varying between packages. The most barebones package offering has free installation, but the installation fee for the most expensive package runs $179. 

Home Automation

Winner: Tie

Both First Alert Pro and AlarmForce have available Z-Wave home automation options. 

Reliability

Winner: First Alert Pro

AlarmForce is reported to have notably poor battery life. Most sensor batteries on the market have about a five-year lifespan, but AlarmForce users have noted the need for more frequent battery replacement. 

Who First Alert Professional Might Be Better For: 

  • Users looking for a wide selection of Honeywell equipment
  • Users hoping to avoid battery life issues
  • Users living outside AlarmForce’s limited availability areas

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Who AlarmForce Might Be Better For: 

  • Users looking for slightly lower installation costs
  • Users not prioritizing sensor life
  • Users living within applicable areas

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Though services overlap in some ways, First Alert Professional and AlarmForce will ultimately likely appeal to different consumers. Those prioritizing professional installation and Z-Wave home automation will find options with either company.

But those looking for a wide selection of name-brand Honeywell equipment, hoping to avoid reported battery life issues, and living anywhere outside AlarmForce’s limited service areas will likely prefer First Alert Pro. Those looking for some potential lower cost options may prefer AlarmForce, as long as they live within the available areas.

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Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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