Ever since we saw the popular 1960's cartoon, The Jetsons, we've been dreaming about having a high tech automated home that would make our lives easier. Now in 2016 home automation is a growing trend thanks to advancements in technology that have made it attainable and affordable for many consumers. Earlier this year we did a review on the Ring Video Doorbell which allows homeowners to see and talk to people that approach their front door. In this review we will be discussing Vivint, another popular home automation service provider. Vivint offers several packages allowing customers to control several aspects of their home even when they are away. You can control all your home automation settings via the Vivint mobile app, available for both iOS and Android.
What is Home Automation Anyway?
Home automation is a catch all term for technology that allows us to adjust basic settings in our home via a computer or mobile device, sometimes even remotely when we aren't at home. For example, one of the biggest trends is smart thermostats. These allow you to change the temperature of your home using an app on your phone. There are other energy saving automations available now too such adjusting lights or controlling your small appliances. Leave home on a trip and forget to lock your door or turn something off? No problem, use your app to do those things while on the go. Approaching home after the grocery store with lots to bring inside? No problem. You can program your automations to unlock your doors as your approach and turn on your lights. Another popular trend in automation is video doorbells that allow you to see who is at your door before you answer it. With these doorbells you can even talk to the person at your door or capture footage of them that is saved to a cloud. As you can see, there are many places where home automation can provide you with extra peace of mind, convenience, and help you save money on energy costs.
Vivint's Security and Home Automation Packages
There are 3 packages to choose from to get you started with Vivint. Here is what they offer:
This is the entry level package and focuses exclusively on Vivint's home security features without the automation features. It includes 24/7 monitoring of your home and notifications when events occur at your home. You'll also receive the standard security equipment including a control panel for inside your home to control all your Vivint services, a smoke detector, sensors for your doors and windows, a motion detector, a key fob, and a yard sign. This package does not include their smart home services such as smart thermostats, smart locks, or smart doorbells.
Smart Protect and Control
This package includes the same items that the Smart Protect package contains but it allows you to choose two of their home automation features. Some of their smart technologies to choose from include but are not limited to video doorbells, locks, thermostats, cameras, garage door control, and voice automation with Amazon Echo.
With this package you get the products in the Protect package plus three home automation features. In addition you get a subscription to their cloud storage system called Space Monkey.
Our Thoughts on Vivint
Vivint focuses on differentiating themselves as the leader in technology and having the most up to date, cutting edge features. They started as a home security company but have since expanded their services to largely focus on the home automation side of the business. As such, they are more expensive than the competition. However, the trade off is more cool features to explore. In addition, if you already use products such as Nest or Amazon Echo, Vivint can seamlessly integrate with these technologies. If you are only wanting a basic home security package, you may find that based on price they are not the best fit for you. However, if you love technology and want the latest and greatest Vivint is a great option. Another perk of Vivint is that the installations are completed by their team of professionals who will teach you everything you need to know about how to use the system. Plus Vivint offers a variety of methods to provide customer support after your products are installed.
The most common criticism about Vivint has been their door to door sales team. This is one area to be mindful of, as some of the salesmen can be aggressive in their approach or make claims that may be less than true about their products or services. To avoid this you may want to call Vivint directly or consult their website for more solid information on what is and is not provided with your service. Vivint does require a contractual commitment to sign up, so you want to be sure you are aware of what you are getting before signing on the dotted line.
Vivint is offering exciting new technology and services to fully automate your home. Vivint's services also come with the added benefits of having a full scale home security package. If you are looking for just traditional home security services without the automations that is available as well through Vivint. As such, we find their offerings to be very robust. Their pricing is higher than the competition, but if you are wanting all the latest features and the most up to date equipment Vivint will likely be your provider of choice. It's ability to make your home more convenient and efficient than ever is the greatest benefit of their service. The cons include the cost and perhaps the door to door sales team depending on your unique experience with them. All in all we recommend Vivint and feel it is perfect for the technology loving household.
If you are interested in learning more about Vivint's services, feel free to click here to be taken to their website, or you can also call Vivint directly at 1-866-491-8244.