First Alert Professional Vs. Protect America

First Alert Professional and Protect America both offer strong options for home security systems. Both companies offer well-regarded equipment and have available home automation options. Protect America has DIY installation while First Alert requires professional. 

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First Alert Motion Sensors
  • Professional installation optional 
  • Professional monitoring optional 
  • $23.99 for four motion sensors 

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Protect America
  • DIY installation
  • Professional monitoring included for free
  • $358 for customized system

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Key Similarities: 

  • Strong equipment
  • Some mobile management options
  • Home automation available

Key Differences:

  • Protect America requires a three-year minimum contract
  • First Alert Professional contract lengths vary but average two years
  • First Alert Professional requires professional installation
  • First Alert Professional details can vary by independent dealer

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Packages, Equipment and Pricing 

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Both Protect America and First Alert Professional offer choices with strong equipment.

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.

Protect America has customizable packages ranging from $20 to $47 with available high quality proprietary equipment add-ons including specialty sensors such as glass break and (a limited selection of) cameras.

Contracts

Winner: First Alert Professional

First Alert Professional contract lengths can vary but the average length is reported to be two years. Protect America requires users sign a three-year monitoring contract. 

Mobile App

Winner: Tie

Both First Alert Professional and Protect America have some mobile management options. 

First Alert Professional users have the mobile app Honeywell Total Connect available as an option, but it is not included in the basic package. With Protect America, smartphone management is only available with an upgrade to cellular and broadband service. This increases monthly monitoring fees by $20 per month for the most basic plan and $12 a month for other plans.

Installation

Winner: Tie

First Alert Professional and Protect America each offer only one type of installation. Preference will depend on what service you’re seeking. 

First Alert Professional offers professional installation at approximately $289, though prices can vary. Protect America offers DIY installation.

Home Automation

Winner: Tie

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

Who First Alert Pro Might Be Better For: 

  • Users needing professional installation
  • Users looking for a shorter contract
  • Users fine with local variance in details

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Who Protect America Might Be Better For: 

  • Users interested in DIY installation
  • Users looking to commit to a three-year contract
  • Users preferring proprietary equipment over Honeywell equipment

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Both Protect America and First Alert Professional offer a variety of options to keep your home secure. Those looking for professional installation and a shorter-term contract will likely prefer First Alert Pro. Those looking for DIY installation and a longer monitoring contract will likely be happier with Protect America.

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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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