Wired Security System: DIY Kit Or Professional Installation?


Security systems, of which the most popular are wired security systems, have a number of benefits; of course, they help to keep thieves out of a home or business, but they also save money on homeowner’s insurance and give homeowners and business owners piece of mind too. A wired security system, also called a hard wired security system, oftentimes will require that a professional installation. However, some of the systems come with a do-it-yourself installation kit which the homeowner can use to install the system themselves. There are several advantages to self-installing a security system as well as advantages to allowing a professional to do the work.

Do-It-Yourself Alarm Installation

A DIY wired security system requires time and patience; however, it will save the homeowner money by not needing to hire a professional. A good wired security system kit typically includes everything the homeowner needs to install it, with the exception of the tools. For example, most kits come with a bell or other alarm that sounds if an intruder trips the alarm; plate each which contains a magnet, plates containing a switch, a circuit board, a plunger, and a solenoid. These pieces should be present and accounted for before initiating the installation. Additionally included in some self-install kits are security cameras, motion detectors and keypads.

The magnet switches are installed on each door and window, and the switches not containing magnets are installed on the door and window frames. The keypads are installed at an entry point door so the homeowner can disarm the system upon entering or arm the system upon leaving and the cameras or motion detectors are installed in each room of the home, if included. If there are not enough cameras or motion detectors to cover each room, placement should prioritize rooms or halls adjacent to likely entry points or rooms where valuables are held.

Wired Security SystemAfter installing all of the physical components, they must be wired together. The wiring of the system can be time consuming and will require the electricity to be turned off for a time. Once up and running, if motion is detected or if a door or window is opened without disarming the system, the alarm sounds and, if attached to a security monitoring service, the owner is contacted and/or the police are dispatched.

When a homeowner does the installation themselves, it will certainly save money on the installation and labor costs. However, the downfall to self-installation is that there is no guarantee the system will work properly and the alarm will sound when really needed. Additionally, if something goes wrong when connecting the wiring, a faulty wire may cause a short. Furthermore, even if a system appears to be under warranty, not all manufactures will honour it if the installation was not carried out by a professional.

Professional Security Alarm Installation

Calling a professional may cost a bit more, but in most cases, it is a safer situation all around. Not only does hiring a professional make it much more likely that the system will work once installed, but it will also guarantee that there will be no electrical problems or faulty wiring causing a hazardous situation. Well, perhaps there is no guarantee, but you will have the right to ask the company to complete the job properly if necessary. Often professionals are dispatched by a security monitoring business, from which the alarm system is purchased. These systems are typically attached to a monthly monitoring contract, which can cost even more money. However, professional installers can also install self-install kits as well. If this is the case then there are no monthly monitoring contracts unless the homeowner wants one. Most monitoring businesses will honor any alarm system, so long as it is installed properly.

Features to Look Out For

Wired home security systems offer homeowners several safety features that can be found in most high-end kits. A key aspect of a system will be the offer of optional and extra features so you can design a system to meet your own personal requirements. Some wired security systems come with optional features including monitoring for heat from a fire or for higher than normal carbon monoxide levels. The system will sound an alarm should either heat or carbon monoxide levels rise above normal. Additionally included on some systems are several installation options. For example, because not every home has the same layout, a flexible mounting system is necessary to achieve the best placement in a home. The homeowner also wants to look for a system that allows for expandability should the need arise later, for example adding in cameras or more motion detectors for added coverage. In some cases, a homeowner can only afford to install the minimum security features when first purchasing a system, but may want to upgrade later. The ability to expand the existing system is a necessary and ultimately cost saving feature.

But fundamentally, finding the right security system with the right features needed to secure the home is always the most important thing, no matter what the cost. However, a homeowner should also consider that a professional installation, as compared to do-it-yourself installations, offer several advantages. Not only does it save the homeowner the time and frustration needed to install the system, but it means it is much more likely that they system will be installed and wired correctly. This in itself offers its own advantages; that the alarm will work the first time it is needed. Additionally, when home alarm systems are installed professionally, the homeowner can sometimes receive an even larger discount on homeowner insurance.

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