Home AEDs

Having an Automated External Defibrillator or AED at home is a great idea for anyone who wants to be prepared in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest. A home AED is ideal for anyone at risk of cardiac arrest or sudden cardiac death. An AED can be the difference between life and death, as it can shock the heart back into rhythm if someone experiences a sudden arrhythmia.  The device is easy to use and requires minimal training, meaning that even those without medical knowledge could save a life using one. Additionally, having an AED on hand means you don’t have to wait for paramedics to arrive in an emergency; you will already have the necessary tools available immediately. This could mean getting help quicker than ever before - something that is crucial in saving a person’s life.

What is an AED Device?

An AED is a portable device that can provide life-saving electrical shocks to restore normal heart rhythms during an emergency. An AED is a small, lightweight device used by medical professionals and first responders to diagnose and treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The device delivers electric shocks through electrode pads placed on the victim's chest which can help restore regular heart rhythm. Some AED models also have voice prompts or video instructions that guide users through each step of using the device correctly. 

AED for Home Use

There are many models and brands of AED on the market. Finding the right AED for your home will depend on various factors. AEDs are designed for public use and for untrained individuals but you should consider the ease of use. Choosing the right AED for you may be based on verbal instructions, photo prompts, and full-color motion video instructions. Depending on your level of need and comfortability these features may appeal to different customers. Another factor to consider is semi-automatic and fully automatic AEDs. A fully automatic AED if determined necessary, will deliver a shock without intervention from the bystander. For semi-automatic AEDs, the rescuers will need to manually press the shock button if the device deems a shock necessary. The top 3 most important factors to consider when choosing an AED for a home is 

  • Quality
  • Understanding how to use it 
  • Cost


It is vital to have a fully functional and reliable AED on hand. If you plan on keeping an AED in your home it should have been a quality build and if it is a refurbished AED check to ensure all FDA standards are followed and the device is recertified and fully operational. Some AED packages typically come with everything you need including batteries, electrodes, a carrying case, and instructional materials so your device is ready to go. 


Most AEDs have audio prompts and video instructions that help guide the user through the defibrillation process. Regardless, sudden cardiac emergencies can be scary, and feeling confident and prepared in your actions can make them faster and more efficient in turn hopefully improving the chances of survival. Understanding how your model of AED functions is crucial and even cutting off seconds of time can be all the difference in sudden cardiac emergencies where every second counts. Read your AEDs manuals as well as take an AED certification class so you know exactly what to do in the event of an emergency. 

Cost: How Much Does an AED Cost?

When it comes to obtaining an AED for your home, there are several options available 

depending on your needs and budget. Depending on how much you are looking to spend you can purchase a brand-new AED or if you are looking for something a little more cost-effective you can buy a refurbished AED. A refurbished AED is a used AED that goes through rigorous testing and maintenance and is recertified to manufacturer standards. Since they are pre-owned this lessens the price making them a more cost-effective option.   

Finally, once you have decided on a personal automated external defibrillator it’s important not only to learn how to properly operate it but also to keep up with regular maintenance checks and battery replacements as recommended by the manufacturer in order to ensure optimal performance when needed most urgently! 

Is an AED FSA Eligible? 

To help cover the cost of a home AED, if you have a flexible spending account (FSA), health reimbursement account (HRA), or health savings account (HSA) you can use the money from these accounts to purchase an AED. While HSA funds usually roll-over, meaning that they don't expire, that is not the case with FSA funds, which are lost at the end of the year. An AED is an approved medical device that is eligible for purchase using a flexible spending account or health savings account. Instead of letting your FSA funds expire, you can buy an AED with your FSA. Check your account balance and consider purchasing an AED for home with any extra funds.  

Should You Have an AED at Home?

Anyone can have an AED in their home but the elderly and individuals with heart disease should highly consider having an AED in their home. Being able to access an AED as quickly as possible can mean the difference between life and death. Individuals that have previously had a sudden cardiac arrest or are at a greater risk of experiencing one should consider getting an AED for home. A few of the most common reasons individuals have a home AED is 

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Previous cardiac arrest  
  • Heart failure 
  • History of cardiac arrhythmias 

AED Machine for Home

An AED is a device that can save someone's life by giving an electric shock to restart their heart if it stops beating suddenly. It is a portable device that is easy to use, even without medical knowledge. It is a good idea to have an AED in your home in case of an emergency so you can get help right away and not have to wait for paramedics. There are many different models and brands of AEDs available, so you should research which one is best for you and your needs. Having a home AED can increase an individual's quality of life and peace of mind. In the worst-case scenario if anything were to occur you will be as ready as possible and prepared to handle the situation until medical professionals arrive.