Elena Donovan Mauer

Elena Donovan Mauer has written for Real Simple, Self, Good Housekeeping, Parents, The Knot, The Bump, and other publications. Elena is also a soccer mom, adjunct professor and taco enthusiast, who can be found antique shopping and singing in her kitchen. She lives in the Hudson Valley of New York with her husband and two sons.

SimpliSafe vs. ADT

SimpliSafe and ADT are both well-known home security companies with good quality hardware, a mobile app and solid smart home features. SimpliSafe is a DIY-installed security system with a low price tag and easy setup. ADT is a professionally installed system that can cost more, but also comes with a long standing reputation (140+ years) …

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What Is A Glass Break Sensor and How Does It Work?

Home security system window and door sensors offer valuable protection: They sound an alarm when the system is activated and an intruder opens the window or door. But what if an intruder broke through the glass instead? Standard sensors wouldn’t pick it up. Enter a glass break detector, which adds an extra layer of protection …

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Ring vs. Vivint

When shopping for a home security system, it’s natural to want to know which is best. But if you’re looking at both Vivint and Ring, the answer isn’t so clear cut. That’s because Vivint and Ring are two very different companies, with different offerings at different price points. The right one for you is going to depend on …

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Frontpoint vs. ADT

Deciding between Frontpoint and ADT? The two security system companies may seem similar at first glance, but when you look closely, you’ll find some major differences. Frontpoint is a relatively new company (started in 2007) known for its easy DIY installation and friendly customer service. ADT has been around for over 140 years and is …

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