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Home Security Systems are a required part of protecting your family and possessions. With wireless security systems the installation knowledge and time required are minimal. You can install a wired system but there is a lot more expertise required and there are more tools required to do the job right.

Best DIY Security System

A self installation is easier than you may think if you use a wireless security system. Just don’t be intimidated by technology and available options. The trick is all in the planning. You must think about what you actually think you need and what you will actually use. When you speak to a sales representative they will dangle the high tech carrot in front of you and even though a lot of the features seem cool it is highly likely that you will not use them after the novelty has worn off.

Simon XTi Wireless Security Panel

Tools needed for Installation

  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Keyhole Saw
  • Wire Strippers

Planning for Your Security Alarm Needs

In order for you to properly plan for a self install you will need to make a zone list. Each window or door is considered a zone. Each area that you want to add a motion sensor for is also a zone. You must also consider home security devices such as smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, glass break detectors and heat detectors. All of these devices are considered a zone.

Sample Zone List

  1. Front Door
  2. North Bedroom Window
  3. Bathroom Window
  4. Southeast Bedroom Window
  5. Back Sliding Door
  6. Inside Garage Door
  7. Hallway Smoke Detector

It is easiest when setting up your zone list to start at the front door and go clockwise around your home. Make sure to write down every opening in the house even if you think you may not add a security sensor. After completing the perimeter of your home you will need access the inside of your home to determine the placement of your motion sensors. The best location for a motion sensor is in the hallway by the bedrooms. Make sure to add the motion sensor as a zone. You should continue with any other security devices that you will want to include. Your zone list is important because you will need to know how many total zones that your system will require so you can purchase the correct security alarm system. Make your zone list as accurate as possible. Your descriptions should include items such as north or southeast. This is important because your wireless system will usually include the ability to program the zone names directly into the panel. Accurate descriptions are also important for notifications to authorities.

DSC 9047 Wireless Security Panel

Optional Features

There are a wide variety of options available for alarm systems. All of the following are items to be familiar with:

  • Additional Keypads
  • Additional Sirens or Strobes
  • Carbon Monoxide Sensors
  • The Number of Key fobs for your family
  • Glass Breaks

Once you have counted all of your zones you will need to make sure that you select an alarm panel that has enough capacity for your needs. Consider buying an alarm system that has the ability to expand in the event that you will make changes to your home.

The better job you do in pre planning your alarm system the easier it will be to carry out the installation of your new security alarm.

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