You don’t have to hand over hundreds of dollars in cash to have someone come to your home and install a home monitoring service. In fact, you can actually install a home security system yourself, and in many cases it’s more cost-effective than having someone else do it for you. And it shouldn’t take that much time to install, even doing it yourself!
Although the vast selection of technology may be daunting, all you need to do is plan, ask intelligent questions, and make wise purchasing decisions.
Planning Your Home Monitoring Service
First, think about the space in your home. Then, think about how much of your home you’d like to secure – the entire property, just the bedrooms and office, or perhaps individual settings along each doorway. Think of all the components that can provide access to the outside, such as windows, doors, or a cellar entrance.
What kind of system do you think would work best for the area you’re looking to secure? A basic home monitoring service will set off an alarm when an intruder comes too close to the house or trips the security, in hopes that the intruder will be scared off. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always work as well as you might hope, and you may not know your house was in any danger if you aren’t at home when it happens.
A higher-class system will telephone you or send you a notification if the alarm goes off, and a truly effective system will simultaneously set off an alarm and telephone police dispatch.
With a 24-hour home monitoring service, your home security system is wired into a local security network to whom you would pay a monthly fee, allowing you access to a real person that monitors your home and ensures that all the necessary parties are notified in case of a home intrusion emergency.
Installing Your Home Monitoring Service
Typically, when you purchase a home monitoring service, you’re choosing between a hardwired system or a wireless system. Each has its own pros and cons, and may reflect your own housing situation.
Hardwired burglar alarms are most conducive to homes that are in the process of being built, or for homeowners looking to replace an older model of security system. A hardwired home monitoring service is a little trickier to set up, and you’ll need to have some electrical experience to put it together effectively.
You’ll need to: measure and lay out the required amounts of wire, connect the wire to the alarm sensors, configure your circuit board, install a battery backup pack and contact sensors or motion detectors, program alarm codes into the control panel and mount it on the wall, and test the system sensors.
For wireless home monitoring systems, your system will rely solely on battery-powered sensors without any complicated wiring issues. Installation is very straightforward, and you don’t need any particular level of experience to install a wireless system. Typically, all you will need to do it: program the alarm control panel and configure the sensors, connect contacts to your power and phone lines, install a backup battery pack, mount the system to the wall, and test your system sensors.
Since home monitoring services are relatively simple to install on your own, saving you and the monitoring company money on labor costs, often the monitoring company that looks after your alarm system will be more than willing to provide you with a high level of support and answer any questions you might have concerning your new home monitoring device.