No matter the security system you want in your home, it must go through an installation process. And while most systems require a professional installation, there are systems available today that allow you to complete the process in a DIY fashion. Sure, a professional installation may be a bit more professional, but a DIY process is advantageous too because you don’t have to pay an installation fee. Let’s take a closer look at how you can set up a home security system.

Professional Installation

When a professional installs a home security system, you get to sit back and relax while it is being installed. You don’t have to worry about hooking up cameras and sensors. Instead, a professional will complete the entire process for you. If possible, it is important that you be at home when a professional comes to install the system so you can point out any special places you want sensors and cameras hooked up. And you don’t need to fret about having to go days waiting on the installation. Many professional home security system companies can do the installation within one to three days after you call to set it up.

Another reason to choose professional alarm installation is that you benefit from a professional’s experience. An installer can make sure your equipment is set up correctly, walk you through the ins and outs of your system, and make suggestions for how to best secure your home.

Equipment for your security system

  • Lighting
  • Cameras
  • Sensors

Remember, a professional installation, of course, has its advantages, but it also comes with drawbacks, as well. For starters, a professional installation means you will have to pay an installation fee. Depending on the company you purchase the system from, the installation fee will likely range anywhere from $99 to $199+. And if you move from one home to another, you may have to pay another installation fee to have the system moved and reinstalled. You will also have less control over the setup of the system. The professional installing the system will be going by certain protocols that dictate how the system must be setup, which means you may not be completely satisfied with the locations of the sensors and cameras.

DIY Installation

When you perform a DIY installation, you get to choose for yourself where you want to install the cameras and sensors. You will want to make sure all windows in your home have sensors on them, including ones that are on the second or third floor of your home (yes, burglars can enter through these windows, too, so you want to make sure they are secure and protected). All entrances and exits to your home should be protected with sensors, as well. And don’t forget that you can set up the system to connect with a mobile app on your phone, making your system accessible even when you aren’t at home.

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The Takeaway

The setup of your home security system is going to take time. A professional installer may be able to setup the system more quickly, but you are going to be out the money for an installation fee. A DIY installation, on the other hand, is advantageous because you can set the sensors and cameras in any location that you prefer. To learn more about setting up a home security system, contact Protect America today.