Installing a home security system yourself can save you money and even a bit of time. This can be a decent choice for small homes or for homeowners who are good at complicated setups and maintenance. However, there are also some drawbacks like uncertain technical support and the risk of not setting up the system properly. If you’re a novice or want the installation done correctly the first time, it’s best to get a professional security system.
For your reference, here is a quick how-to guide on wiring a burglar alarm yourself.
Select the system of your choice
When you go shopping, find the alarm system that will meet your needs and your budget. It’s best to brainstorm what features you want before you buy to help the selection process. Here are just some of the sophisticated add-ons and features you can find in a home security system.
- Carbon Monoxide Detectors
- Window and Door Sensors. Unlocked windows and doors are a burglar’s dream come true.
- Panic Buttons. If you get these, please place them in strategic locations).
- Motion Sensors, especially ones that don’t pick up on pet activity
- Fire Alarms
As you include more sensors and devices, be prepared for a lengthier setup and larger upfront cost.
Hang up the panel
Find a convenient place to install the panel. This is usually near your front door and a reliable power source. Also, be sure to keep the security panel out of sight from the outside so intruders can’t see if it’s activated.
Install the sensors and detectors
Depending on the system you buy, the sensors you get can range from standard to sophisticated. If you have a big house that requires many sensors, you’ll spend plenty of time installing them on your doors and windows. It’ll be up to you to follow the directions correctly. You’ll also need to place the sensors in places that will best capture movements.
Set up the software
Most modern security systems can be controlled through applications on your phone or tablet. For example, life gets easier when you can voice-activate your system through an AI like Google Home or Amazon Echo. This convenience requires downloading apps and setting up software according to the manufacturer’s directions.
If you want to skip this step, simply use the control panel to set up the system’s parameters.
Give it a test run
Just like the obligatory smoke alarm test, you need to make sure your security system is actually functional. There will be directions in the manual to safely test the system. Do the motion sensors capture movement? Do cameras activate properly? Do the window sensors work? Does the system communicate with your devices to inform you of a home intrusion? If they don’t, you need to troubleshoot the problems right away.
Opting for the help of a professionally monitored home security system that’s set up by experts can save you hours of troubleshooting and stress.
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