One of the best parts about being home is the feeling of safety and security in your own space. Unfortunately, not everyone can enjoy that same feeling. If you live in an unsafe area or are concerned or worried about break-ins it can be difficult to stay comfortable at home.
Thankfully, security systems exist that can bring you peace of mind at home. There are many providers out there, so take the time to choose the one that works for you. You want to especially look for a company that offers assistance and education about how best to use their systems, as well as having many helpful features included in their systems.
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While many people will default to a system set up and installed by professionals, this isn’t your only option. You can also install one on your own, which can save you a lot of money. You might think this will be incredibly complex and hard, this isn’t always the case. This is especially true because many of these systems today are completely wireless.
Without any further ado, this article is going to serve as a simple guide for installing your own wireless DIY security system.
Step 1: Install the Main Panel
The first thing to do is to install the main panel. This screen and/or keypad will be the hub of your alarm and security system. It should be placed near your door, to allow for easy arming and disarming of the alarm as soon as you arrive or leave. In an ideal situation, this panel would also be installed somewhere near a source of power if you need one.
This panel will be where you can control all aspects of your home security system, and some may even allow for remote usage or the programming of different settings. It should be at a height that is easily reachable by adults in your home, but out of reach of any children. Simply attach it to the wall with a nail or other adhesive, and you’re set to move on to the next step.
Step 2: Add the Sensors
The next step is to add the sensors. These sensors are what will actually alert the alarm system to sound when someone breaks in. Without these sensors set up, in place and connected, your system will be pointless.
Most systems will come complete with a couple of sensors for both your doors and windows. These are the entry points for potential burglars, so having sensors on them will ensure your alarm sounds and the criminals are detected. If you have lots of doors or windows, you might need some extra sensors to make sure they are secure as well. The sensors are generally very easy to attach and move around if need be.
In addition to these basic sensors, you could also install other sensors to take your DIY security system to the next level. A popular choice is motion detectors. These can be placed throughout your home and can detect when someone is moving past the sensor. This means if the sensors on the door or window fail, there is another layer of security protecting your home.
Step 3: Choose Any Extras You May Want
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In addition to sensors and the main panel, which are enough for a basic system, you may want to add some more functions. Chief among them is a camera. Having a camera (or multiple cameras) can help you keep tabs on what is going on in and around your home. It is a good idea to have them both inside and outside, if at all possible.
Many of these cameras allow for remote access so you can even make sure everything is okay at home when you’re on the go. Be sure to make sure the video quality on the cameras is good, that it doesn’t stick out, and that it is compatible with your system. There are many other things to consider when shopping for the right camera for your system, as well.
In conclusion, we hope this guide has been able to help you learn how to install a DIY security system all on your own. Of course, be sure that you test your system and all of the sensors to make sure they are working as expected.