DIY Security Systems

Home Security is always a top concern for any9one whether they are trying to protect valuables at your home or for the protection of your family and pets. There are countless options when it comes to available systems that will do this for you. When you start to look at the DIY Security Systems the options are less. Although there are many more options since wireless security systems are much more dependable and in most ways are better than the older hard wired option.

Since alarm systems offer much more than just the detection of an intruder you need to consider all of the safety features that are important to you. Not every person has the same concerns and if you do not identify what is important to you then you may end up with a system that will either not meet your needs or be much more expensive than it needs to be.

Decide what options your DIY Security Systems Must Have

Identify what safety features are critical. Here is a list of some of the features available with a security system:

  1. Monitor children when they are home alone
  2. Provide emergency medical response for seniors or medically challenged
  3. Detect Intruders when you are not at home
  4. Detect Fire in your home
  5. Detect Carbon Monoxide
  6. Receive alerts when there is an event at your home
  7. Receive video verification when your system detects an intruder

Should you have a DIY Security Systems or a Professional Installation

There are advantages to you installing your own security system. Just a few are the big reduction in cost and also the ability to make changes easily without having to schedule a technician to be in your home. You can purchase the equipment very easily online from a number of places and save a lot of money. There are a lot of choices available and it is difficult to read through all of the features and know that you are getting the best system. Typically the installation of a wireless security system is the same for all brands but the most difficult part of the installation is the programming of the alarm panel. It many cases you can make the purchase of the system and the company that you purchase the system form can pre-program the panel for you depending on your individual requirements. Keep in mind that a professional installation will take anywhere from 2-4 hours for a wireless system depending on how many points of entry you have and any extra equipment that you may want. If a professional takes this long then you should plan on twice the time for the install.

Professional Installation of your Home Security System

There are good reasons to have a professional install your system. The following are just a few:

  1. The system usually has a warranty on the labor and parts for up to a year
  2. If there are any issues with the system operation you have someone to call
  3. If you do not understand how the system operates you can call the alarm company
  4. If you have a special application or area that you want to protect you can have a professional help you

DIY Security System for a Home Rental

If you rent a home or apartment you will find that the options for a home security professional installation will go down dramatically. Most security installation companies do not want to touch the rental market. They feel that a renter is less stable so they may take the time to install and sign a monitoring contract only to have the customer cancel the contract. With the new wireless security systems you can have the system installed and then if you move you can take the system with you and reinstall at a new location. If you did a DIY installation then you can easily reprogram the system for the new layout of your new home or apartment. If you had a professional installation you can still remove the system and bring it with you to and have another professional install the system. The equipment will not be warranted but the labor will be.

DIY Security Systems

Home Automation for Frequent Travelers

If you are away from your home frequently then you should consider a security system that incorporates home automation and remote access. With built in home automation you can control your door locks, thermostat and lights. You will need remote access through a service such as alarm.com and you can arm or disarm your system and receive alerts for just about any condition. For someone that is frequently gone a system like this can become indispensable.

DIY Security Systems providing home automation

Alarm System Monitoring

There are two types of alarm systems when it comes to monitoring. You either have a local alarm system or a remotely monitored alarm system. A local alarm system is a system that will perform all of the typical functions as far as intruder alerts and sounding a siren but the system cannot alert anyone other than the people that are at home and maybe a neighbor if they hear it. A monitored system will alert you and the central station monitoring company which in turn can alert the agency that you need to respond whether that is the police, fire department or emergency medical services.

 

Selecting a form of Communication

In order for your alarm system to communicate with the outside world you will need to select what type of communication to use. The options vary in cost and reliability.

There a several types of communication available for Alarm System Monitoring:

A POTS line is your standard phone line which in the old days was the only way available. Now it is becoming obsolete and can easily be defeated by cutting the phone line at the outside of the house.
VOIP utilizes the internet for communication and can also be defeated easily by cutting the line coming in from the street.
Cell or GSM is by far the best way for your alarm system to communicate an event to the central station. This form of communication also incorporates all of the features that available for special alerts and access remotely to your system. It can be a few dollars more per month but will easily save you money if you are paying for a phone line in addition to the monthly monitoring.