DIY VS Professional Home Security
As humans moved away from farms and into cities, we were met with the inevitable difficulty of populating very small areas with a large influx of people. This is good for social and economic reasons, but having your valuables, home, and family in plain view of thousands of people is bound to draw a few itchy fingers. Even the friendliest of neighborhoods are at risk, making the choice to leave protection of your house with these companies almost a mandatory necessity in modern living.
DIY and professional security companies strive to offer the best protection available for every home owner using some of today’s newest and best technology. Modern companies will often times offer monthly payments plans in place of large single payments, easing the financial burden and making home safety affordable for everyone.
Professional Alarm Systems
When looking for a company, keep note of whether or not the service includes free installation. A professional system that requires certified installation may cost slightly more, but the advanced technology over DIY home security systems is sometimes well worth the cost. Many, if not all, offer these services cheaply or freely for first time customers, and the benefits of having a professional installation are numerous if you are not well versed with electronics. Not only will the technician be able to help you with choosing the proper location for your main control panel, but they will also help scope out important at-risk area’s in your home.
Do-it-yourself home alarm systems typically refer to wireless systems that are based off battery operated power. When deciding whether DIY installation is the right choice for you, here are a few things you might want to consider:
Carefully measure out your home. The distance between the control box and your sensors have a limited range, therefore, the sensors may not work properly in the event that you space them too far apart. Although this is becoming less and less of a problem as technology advances. The main control panel functions as the central device for your system, it receives radio frequencies from the sensors around the house and it also allows you to arm and disarm the system, usually from a keypad.
Most DIY alarm systems do not offer enough sensors to cover the space in your home with the original package. You must carefully evaluate where you need to place them. It is important to secure entry ways as well as large rooms that may act as entry points for thieves. First story windows and doors are almost always a given when setting up your new alarm system. Large rooms, like the living room or family room, should also have motion sensors, which are typically infrared and are heat-based or sonar which is sound based.
It goes without saying that you’ve seen professional security companies signs on people’s houses and on their lawns, advertising the fact that their house is alarmed. Company technicians are experts at placing these signs in effective areas. You may just think they are placed randomly, or in the most visible area, but often times they are placed in less visible areas that the technician has identified as a problem area. These companies are happy to supply you with as many company badges as needed, so take full advantage of their generosity and cheaply increase the safety of your home.
DIY Alarm Systems – Design Specifically For Your Home
Monitoring systems offered by most of today’s packages are extremely advanced, but all come from the same concept. All doors within the property are installed with a circuit: when the circuit is closed, electricity can flow through freely. When the circuit is opened, say from somebody opening the door, the electricity cannot pass through the circuit, triggering the alarm system. Basic alarms will protect the homeowner against fire, intrusion, and home invasion, and today many include two way voice calling, allowing homeowners to talk directly to an operator in real time.
Custom tailoring a DIY security system to an individual’s house and property is hugely important, and good technicians will fine-tune an alarm to the individual property. Setting up a general home alarm, as well as several devices placed throughout the home will allow the user to contact the company in the event of an intruder, without having to put themselves at risk by leaving a safe room in their house.
Door and window alarms work off a closed circuit, with two halves to each sensor. One half mounts to the actual door or window and the other, to the frame surrounding it. When the window or door is opened it disrupts the circuit, thus triggering the alarm. These companies can offer unmatched protection for homeowners; checking out a few alarm systems and how they can be custom suited to your property is well worth the time spent.
Depending on what you are looking for there are two main types of DIY alarms: One that simply activates an alarm and another that alerts 911 and/or your mobile phone. Pick what work’s best for you.