The Ultimate Home Security Alarm Installation Guide [2020 Edition]
Updated: Oct 28
Have you been thinking of upgrading or installing the latest security system in your home?
With today’s technology, the alarm system options for your home are endless!
The popular ones are either professionally-installed wired alarm systems or complete do-it-yourself home security systems.
Whatever your choice is, we’re here to guide you through the basic steps to install your home security alarm system!
What To Look For When Buying Home Security Alarm Systems?
A good home security system should perform the following basic functions:
Monitor the entry points around your home
Sense motion inside your home
Sound alarms in case of an emergency
Call local authorities whenever the alarms are triggered
Detect fires, water leaks, or other emergency situations when you’re away from home
If you’re looking to install a complete security system for your home, take these things into consideration to know you’re making a good purchase:
Easy to use and maintain to ensure the continuous protection of your home
Robust and difficult to bypass
Customizable to fit the needs of your home
Basic Components of Home Security Systems
Every security monitoring and alarm system will have different parts, but commonly they have similar elements.
Control Panel with Keypad
Most burglar or fire alarm systems would have a dedicated control panel. This will function as the brain of your home alarm system.
The control panel will often include a keypad to activate or deactivate the system. In advanced control panels, you may be able to customize the programming of the alarm settings.
Fire, Motion, and Sound Detectors
Detectors are the eyes, ears, and nose of security systems.
They are triggered by unusual sounds, motion, or smoke in your home through the use of security cameras or smoke detectors.
These detectors should be placed in the sensitive areas of your home, such as your main doors, windows, or the kitchen.
Door and Window Sensors
Many home alarm systems include door and window sensors that sound off an alarm in the event of a break-in.
System Interruption Sensor
Some alarm systems have additional features that trigger an alert when the system is interrupted or tampered with.
Guide To Installing Home Security Alarm Systems
1. Install the control panel
Read through the manual and carefully follow the instructions to install the control panel.
Here’s a tip: Control panels are best placed near the main door or close to a power source.
2. Determine the best places for your sensors and detectors
Your system will include basic door and window alarm sensors and may include motion detectors.
Use the guidelines provided with your home security system to place sensors in optimum locations.
3. Run a test on the security system
Follow the directions outlined in the security system owner’s manual to test the system and make sure everything is working properly.
Consider Getting Your Security and Fire Alarm Systems Professionally Installed
There are many home security and alarm systems that you can do by yourself. However, not all systems are an ideal fit for every home.
If you’re still unsure which alarm system would work best for you, call on a security and fire alarm company that can design, install, maintain, and monitor these systems for you.
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