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Home Security Review: ADT vs Guardian

ADT vs Guardian

When it comes to protecting your home, nothing should be left to chance. When choosing a home security company, you should take all factors into consideration. So when faced with the option between ADT and Guardian, which should you choose? Here is a review to help you decide.

Costs and Contracts

As you look to set up your home security system, you’d no doubt want to know how much it will cost you. Let’s start at the very beginning-the upfront costs. This is in reference to installation costs. Both ADT and Guardian charge similar professional installation fees of $99. Next is the monthly dent to your budget. ADT fees start at $42.99 to $46.99, whereas Guardian Protection Services go for $29.95 to $55.95. They offer different packages, and the amount that you’ll cough up depends on the security package of your choice. The contract length spans for 3 years (36 months) for both.

ADT vs Guardian: Differences in Guarantees

Let’s start with ADT. It offers you $500 coverage of the insurance deductible. This is if any items are taken from you home before arrival of the emergency personnel as long as the alarm had been activated. Should you decide to relocate, they offer you a new system for installation for free. In addition, when you choose ADT, you may receive up to even 20% reduction in your homeowner’s premium.

Crossing over to Guardian, you’ll find yourself with a whopping $5000 in theft and identity protection guarantee. Should you move your residence, you’ll receive a free standard system for your new place.

For the money-back guarantee, ADT’s Money Back Service refunds the system’s installation charges and monitoring fees if you are not satisfied within the first 6 months of installation. Guardian on the other hand will give you 100% refund.

Technology, Equipment and Services

The two companies have 2 way intercoms and offer 24/7 monitoring. They make use of both email and text alerts and bring to you remote automation. As such, you can control your system from wherever you may be. They also come with thermostat control and wireless video. However, ADT lacks the keychain remote, garage door sensors and wall fob that Guardian has. On the other hand, ADT does offer you smart voice devices and hardwired window and door sensors.

The equipment from both companies is of high quality and can be trusted. Guardian Protection Services use Proprietary equipment while that of ADT comes from Pulse Automation and Honeywell.

Being around for longer, ADT services cover the entire country. When you flip over to Guardian, you’ll notice that they don’t have a nationwide coverage. As such, should you move to an area where they don’t offer the service, you may have to pay for cancellation charges.

Certifications and Ratings

Before you make your choice, you’d want to know how well a company has been rated by other institutions and customers right? Well, ADT and Guardian share some remarkable positives here. They both are BBB accredited, CSAA certified, and have a UL. However, when you go deeper into the ratings, you’ll notice disparities such as Guardian having an ‘A’ BBB rating whereas ADT has a solid ‘B+’.

Installing a home security system is a big step, and you should not rush into it. Carefully weigh your options before making a final decision. In addition, when it comes to installation, ensure that you hire a contractor that is well knowledged in how to install them.


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