Last month, I posted my first review of LifeShield Security, who provided me with a complimentary home security system and monitoring so that I could test it out for myself. In my last post, we had just installed the system and were looking forward to learning more about it and seeing how the monitoring worked. I wanted to post a few updates as we used the system, so you could get a realistic idea about what it’s like having LifeShield installed.
It’s been over a month since we started using LifeShield, and we’re very happy with it so far. It’s integrated quite seamlessly with our routine and provides so many benefits, not to mention added peace of mind. My biggest concern with using a home security system was that it might be a hassle to use, and I was also afraid of setting it off on accident. However, neither of these things have turned out to be issues. Using the alarm is simple and integrates easily with my routine – I simply arm the alarm at the same time that I lock the door before leaving the house or going to bed. When you enter the home after going out, the alarm chimes for 30 seconds while you enter your code to deactivate it; if the code is not entered, the alarm will go off. I thought this would be a stressful thing to come home to, but it’s very easy – just unlock the door and punch in your code, and you’re done.
The alarm has been set off twice by accident: Both times when Jai needed to open the back door early in the morning and forgot about the alarm. Since there’s no console by the back door, it’s easier to forget, although I think we’ll remember it by habit after we use the system for a longer period of time. And, although the alarm went off in the house, we were able to cancel it easily – you have 30 seconds to cancel the alarm when it is set off.
As I learn more about this system, the more I am impressed with the levels of security and functionality that it provides. For example, the kit includes a siren detector that sits next to your smoke alarm, and will send an alert to the monitoring system when the fire alarm goes off and meets certain audio requirements. So if a fire was to occur when no one was home, LifeShield would automatically alert the monitoring center that the fire alarm was set off so that they could dispatch help.
You can also set up your monitoring service to notify designated friends or family members in the event of an alarm via text message or email. I think this is a great way to set up a safety network so that you can summon help from both the authorities and neighbors during a potential crisis. For example, a senior citizen living on their own might set up their system to notify their children when the panic alarm is set off. Since the Home Kit also comes with a keychain remote, it would be a great thing for seniors to keep with them in case of a fall or other medical emergency.
In addition, features like the cordless phone and little bonuses like weather alerts on the keypad console make this system useful in many different ways. I think the LifeShield Home Security Kit has been a real asset to our household so far!
LifeShield would also like to offer a special discount for Contest Corner readers. You can receive $50.00 off the HomeKit and one month of free monitoring by visiting www.lifeshield.com/momdeal and entering promo code “momdeal50” at checkout.