Do you feel insecure about your safety even when you’re at home? Does a panic button inside you get activated, as soon as you step outside your house? Do you feel a nagging fear about your house when you should be enjoying your vacations?
If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, then you need a security system (like panic button) installed in your house. But as it is with most things, professional help regarding installation of security systems in your house can be very expensive, and heavy on your wallet.
But fear not, for you’ve come at the perfect place. Yes, you can install security systems in your house by yourself. Below are a few steps that will help you figure out how to do that.
- Use a Smart Hub
Now while you can install a security system in your home without using a smart hub, it is always advisable to use one because using that you can then sync the system along with your devices like your bulbs, cameras, thermostats etc using a single device.
While buying a smart hub, you have to make sure that the device that you buy (the popular ones being Google Home, Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s HomeKit) is compatible with your other devices, as different smart hubs have partnerships with different brands.
- Buy a Compatible Security Kit
You can, of course, buy all the different devices required for your system from different manufacturers. But that is definitely not recommended. That’s because Different companies provide complete security kits which saves you the hassle of checking the compatibility of every device and buying them from different manufacturers.
These kits are very convenient and come with all the essential components for your security system, like sensors, detectors and alarms, all of it in one package. And as it was with the smart hub, here too, you have to make sure to check the compatibility of the security kit so that it works with other devices.
- Pick an Alarm System which is DIY-friendly
Your alarm system is probably the most important part of your whole security system. Now you can install a traditional alarm system, which is installed by drilling a few holes in the wall, and connecting it with your landline and electrical systems. Or, and this method is more DIY-friendly, you can use a more lightweight strategy, and use alarm systems which are easier to install and are wirelessly connected.
After you have prepared the alarm system and only its installation remains, make sure to keep it somewhere outside so that your neighbours and any one passing by can see and hear it, if and when it goes off. Keeping it outside will also keep the thieves and burglars away as they’ll be aware that the house has a security system in place.
- Choose a Monitoring service
Most of the alarm systems used in houses are monitored, i.e., a monitoring company keeps track of your security system at all times. Now, while this is obviously very safe, for obvious reasons, it is ceasing to be a popular choice. And the simple reason behind it is that it’s very costly.
So what you can do, and what people are increasingly doing is, you can self monitor your system. This means that if your security system is breached, you are notified, mostly via a notification on your smartphone.
So it’s up to you to decide if you want to, or not, call the police or the fire department. And in case of most of the systems, you can upgrade it later if you want.
- Choose your area
One of the biggest advantages of DIY security systems is that you can customise it as you want. Add newer devices with time. Avoid the ones you don’t require. This way, you can get more convenience, while saving money.
Make sure to cover all the entrance points to your house, including all the doors and windows. Keep in mind to properly cover your ground floor as most of the burglars pass through it. And check the batteries periodically, in case you use wireless and battery operated security devices.
Installing security systems by yourself as a major advantage and that is flexibility. you can add on new devices and equipment around your house as and when you want. Most companies provide separate devices which can be installed separately on their own. I believe this article would have helped you figure out the basics of installing a security system in your home by yourself. See you around soon, bye!