Thursday, May 14, 2009

Why You Should Install A Home Security System Yourself

Why You Should Install A Home Security System Yourself

You are taking a big risk if you do not have a home security system installed. Your family, your home and all your possessions could be in jeopardy by not having a security strategy to protect and defend against an intruder attack. So many people continue to bury their heads in the sand and simply don’t think it will happen to them. At some point throughout your life your will experience a burglary or will know someone close to you who has been burgled so don’t be na├»ve and trust to chance that it won’t happen to you.

When asked, most people admit they really do want a home security system but that it is not a high priority on their list of home improvements – mainly due to the expense of purchasing and installing such a system. Fortunately, it is as not as expensive as you first think. Alarm systems are not only far cheaper than they once were but are more sophisticated too. The good news is that the cost of a home security installation can be reduced substantially if you install it yourself. Believe it or not, most average DIY’ers can easily install a home security system so there is no need to invest in a professional alarm installation company to carry out the work. And there is an ideal security system that can be easily self installed and that is the wireless home security system.

The most important step when self installing your wireless alarm system is planning. It’s best to sketch out a plan layout of your property to help decide where the various components of the system will go. Observe the entry/exit points into your property and decide on one common way in and out. You will want to install the main control panel somewhere close to this location in your property. Although many wireless alarm systems come complete with a wireless keyfob to arm/disarm the system, you will still need easily access to the control panel’s keypad in case the keyfob does not work (e.g. the batteries have gone flat).

Make sure the siren/bell box is installed well out of reach and choose whether you want it visible (which acts as a great natural deterrent) or hidden from view. Some people opt for a silent alarm that simply contacts an alarm monitoring center when triggered.

There are a variety of wireless alarm sensors available so plan for the most beneficial location for these devices. For door and window sensors - allow for as many external doors and windows that your property has. Consider upstairs windows as well as downstairs as burglars climb in through upper level windows using ladders that are left lying around outside. For detecting movement inside your property install PIR movement detectors. These devices detect a change any heat that passes across the prism. Decide which interior rooms would most benefit from these devices. Ideally all interior rooms should have a PIR sensor but just install the rooms with the most valuables items in the first instance to help keep the cost down. The beauty of a wireless alarm system is that extra devices can be added at a later date – without the need to get professional installers back in.

For your safety it is recommended that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors be installed and added to your wireless system as these devices could save your life. Thousands of people die every year in house fires and in most cases could be prevented if they simply had a smoke detector installed. Carbon monoxide detectors sense the poisonous gas which is odourless, colorless and tasteless and can be emitted from faulty gas appliances.

By: andyj00

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