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.
- Strong equipment
- Some mobile management options
- Home automation available
- 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
Packages, Equipment and Pricing
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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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