Setting Up An Alarm System In Your Household – A 2020 Guide

On October 29, 2019 by Himanshu Shah

A security alarm system is a good investment in any home. The tons of benefits from this investment include alert for possible dangers such as crime and fire, protection of your valuables, minimal homeowners’ insurance, enabling remote access to your home, and it generally makes your mind to be at peace no matter where you are.

Now, when it comes to the installation of an alarm system in your home, you should understand that some systems are better installed by professionals because of their complexities.

However, you can find many nicely functioning alarm systems available in kit forms. This option is usually the DIY type — do-it-yourself. The majority of these simple security systems will alarm a household using a loud buzzer, bell, or other sources of sound.

But, before delving into alarm system installation and setting, it’s important to take a quick look at how to choose a home alarm security system. As mentioned earlier, there are several options out there, and you have to put costs into consideration.

Often, many people go for the systems that have no proprietary system features, so that it becomes easier to modify, and repair of generic part can be accomplished with less hassles.

Here are quick tips on how to choose the right alarm system for your household;

  • Choose Between DIY Security System and a Professionally Installed Security System: Just as noted earlier, you should decide on what you prefer — the do-it-yourself security system option or the professionally installed option.
  • Consider a System with Less Monitoring Duration: Usually, the system with a one-year monitoring contract is advisable. This is a great way to cut back on the up-front cost of equipment. However, the cancellation fee would apply if you eventually decide to opt-out.
  • Determine How Many Windows and Entrances Your Home Has: This way, you can know what number of entrances (doors and windows) that would be secured, hence the required number of sensors.
  • Include a Smoke Detector: At least one. And, it’s also great to integrate automatic monitoring in your security alarm system.
  • For areas with multiple windows and these windows can be accessed from ground level, you should think of integrating motion detectors on such areas — it would also reduce the entire cost
  • Determine whether or not you want to use a monitoring service, which comes with a monthly fee. No doubt, this service is desirable. But, bear in mind that the need for an alarm permit fees may also arise. And, you may be severely fined for multiple false alarms.

Also, it’s important to say that people are increasingly embracing online security nowadays. So, now that you have an idea of how to make a purchase decision for your home security system let’s proceed to the setting up or installation.

Step #1: Setting up the Windows and Doors

Windows And Doors Sensors

Start with your windows and doors, bearing in mind that they are the access points of possible crimes such as burgling. So, install the sensors starting with the windows and doors. As soon as you place these sensors at the corner of your windows and doors, they will spot open access points.

There are two pieces of door sensors in the security unit. One piece is tinier — this magnet completes the circuit — the bigger piece is the wireless transmitter. Once your door unlocks, an alarm will start to buzz loud, because the circuit is broken.

There’s a substitute, though, placing a motion sensor in all the rooms of your home. As a result, if an intruder is attempting to come in through the window, the control panel will receive alarm transmission.

Step #2: Setting up the Motion Sensors

Motion Sensor Stair Lighting

The role of motion sensors is somewhat different — if you are asleep or away from home, the motion sensor will protect your home. This sensor senses a change in temperature, especially the passive infrared motion sensor. Try not to point motion sensors in the direction that experiences variation of heat in both hot and cold seasons.

While the sensors use infrared technology to detect body temperature, there won’t be an effect from small dogs on their function due to insufficient efficiency of the sensors in identifying less than 40 pounds of body weight. So, if your pet is big, you may be better off using window and door contacts.

You need to first select a location before setting up a motion detector. Such a location must offer a clear sight of the entire room. Using the mounting plates, the navigator holes are marked. Next, you should attach the sensor to a base that is firm.

Step #3: Install the Glass-break Sensors

Glass Break Sensors

It functions to alert your home when someone tries to break into the house by breaking a window. The glass break’s frequency will trigger the sensor, resulting in an alarm sound.

Step #4: Setting up other Detectors

Home Alarm System

A typical example is heat and Carbon-dioxide/ monitored smoke detectors. These detectors do more than the regular smoke detectors installed in your home — they can alert you of any previous signs of fire. The fire department will be contacted as soon as any of the sensors trip.

Step #5: Medical Alarm:

Medical Alarm

Another alarm system that a household should consider is a medical alarm. This alarm integrates medical pendants, fall sensors, as well as a major central intercom that alerts the fire department of an urgent need of an ambulance. You should consider this alarm system if there’s someone with medical conditions in your home. It can also be a helpful alarm gadget in a senior’s home.

Step #6: Installing CCTV

CCTV Security Systems

Fire officials or the police would be able to find out the cause of a fire or if a break-in occurred, when there’s CCTV installed in a home. So, you should consider installing sensors in areas of your home that are porous or weak.

Finally, when you or the professional is done installing all the security sensors, the final stage of the setting up is to program the control panel.

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