Give yourself and your family the peace of mind needed with easy-to-install, affordable DIY home security systems. These systems are excellent choices giving your family the same protection as that from a professionally installed or wired system without the price tag.
There are other things you will want to do to keep your home from being targeted by thieves. Before you buy and install a do-it-yourself home security system, take stock of your home and yard.
Some of the greatest vulnerabilities is with the garage. Make sure the service door has a deadbolt on it. Take stock of all other doors and windows around the home and note how many new locks you may need.
After taking stock of your home, you should have an idea of how many transmitters or sensors you will need to complete your system. You will also have to plan where to install the control panel if needed. Ideally, this will be near a landline phone jack.
You also have two basic choices for monitoring or alerts. You can use your home’s Wi-Fi connection to contact the police or the fire department in the event the alarm sounds or you can have the alarm sound on its own only.
The important thing to remember is that alarms alone usually will not frighten burglars off and you may also want the Wi-Fi to be attached to an audible smoke alarm detector that is connected to the system which will wake your family in the event of a fire, as well as contact the fire department. You can also choose to install a carbon monoxide sensor as well, making your security system the ultimate home safety product.
Double check with your municipality before you begin installing the system. You may be required to get a permit for owning an alarm system. These permits are often no more than $25 and they are a one-time expense.
If you begin installing wireless transmitters and realize you don’t have enough, you can always buy more and add them on. One of the greatest aspects of Wi-Fi systems is that they are adaptable and expandable. You may one day wish to install a doorbell camera or other enhancement to your DIY system.
Enhancements can also come in the form of video cameras. These are ideal for keeping watch on the outdoor areas of your home. Most come with the ability to store a certain amount of footage on the cloud.
Finally, Look for DIY home security systems that include programmable sirens. Even those that do send a signal directly to the fire or police should make audible alerts you can adjust. Most all Wi-Fi systems will have enhancements such as video monitoring and controls that you can access from anywhere using your smartphone.
Once you have an idea of any changes you need to make before installing the security system, know that you can assemble and install the whole system in a day. These systems are affordable ways to protect your home and family from burglaries, fires and other emergencies.