Pros / Equipment purchased from MONI comes with a lifetime warranty.
Cons / It doesn’t have controls you can use to fill your house with music or operate a home theater system.
Verdict / Although MONI focuses heavily on home security, you can enjoy a small selection of helpful home automation features to make your life easier.
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MONI, formerly Monitronics, is best known as a home security monitoring company but has ventured into the realm of home automation systems with HomeTouch. It provides a somewhat lean, but nonetheless useful, set of options from which you can choose what suits your house and family best. Besides monitoring your home for possible intruders and disasters like fire or carbon monoxide leaks, MONI can outfit your home with equipment to control such things as the temperature and lights.
HomeTouch includes various locks and surveillance cameras, so MONI's approach to home automation still leans significantly toward safety measures. For example, you cannot get controls for home audio nor can you run a home theater using this system like you would with Crestron or Control4.
MONI operates using a network of 50 certified dealers throughout the United States, and its HomeTouch package comes with home security monitoring as well as optional automation devices and controls intended to make your home more convenient and inviting. If something goes awry, you get text or email alerts so you can adjust things accordingly. All of the equipment you purchase from MONI comes with a lifetime warranty.
As far as home management, you can save money by adjusting the lights in your house, turning them off to save money on electricity bills or on as a safety precaution if you're working late to trick would-be burglars into thinking someone is home. The same goes for the thermostat controls that allow you to change temperatures while you are away and trim those utility bills. You can also remotely warm your home up in winter or cool it down in summer so it is comfortable when everyone gets home. Along with other HomeTouch equipment, you can also choose medical alert pendants or watches that can prove lifesaving not only for seniors living alone, but also for your loved ones of any age with medical or mobility problems.
MONI clearly explains what HomeTouch can do on its website, which is easy to navigate. There is a comprehensive FAQs section that answers questions such as whether you need a permit to have any system in your home that contacts emergency services, something certain communities require.
MONI makes it quite easy to get in touch with a dealer, since nearly every page has a link to a free quote email form or a form to set up an appointment. In addition, this home controls system company offers an interactive map where you can click on your state to get information and service.
Although MONI is still heavily invested in home security measures, it does offer decent home automation tools and controls to make your life more comfortable and enjoyable. It doesn’t have the entertainment options provided by the best home automation systems, but with MONI, you can remotely adjust enough settings to make your home a pleasant and safe place.