When you decide that you want to purchase a wireless home security system, you then have to figure out how you are going to install it in your home. Do you hire someone or do you attempt to do it yourself? Installing a wireless home security system is not as difficult as it may seem, and you may get to test out your handyman skills in the process. If you decide to take on the challenge of installing your own alarm system, learn the basics first.
The first thing that you should realize is that when you install wireless home security electronics, it is not the time to ignore instructions. Wireless home security systems can be installed with the common tools that are lying around in most houses, but if you make a mistake, it could cost you extra unnecessary time. You are going to need to assess the layout of your house before you do any labor. Initially you need to decide where the control panel is going to be; it should be near an electrical outlet. Placement is important because you don’t want a control panel to be anywhere easily reachable by an intruder who can destroy it, but you don’t want it so hidden that you can’t hear an alarm if it were to go off.
Next, you will want to install the control panel. Even though your home security alarm system is labeled wireless, there will be a wire of some sort, so don’t be fooled by names. You will need to drill a hole behind the control panel, and then another one below the outlet so that you can connect the two. If you are concerned about your abilities when it comes to wiring, don’t worry, the wireless security systems usually come with a battery that will act as a backup in case the power goes out or the device is unplugged.
The siren and control panel programming will be the next step on your list. You will need an electrical outlet for the siren just like the control panel. Typically, in order to program your sirens, you will be able to use a common screwdriver. However, all systems are not created equal, so you will need to check with the manufacturers instruction packet when dealing with this step. The control panel programming will be easier if you locate the spreadsheet with step-by-step instructions in working with your keypad. Remember not to throw away any of the paper materials that come into the package with your system. There should be a manifest on the first page of the instruction booklet. If you feel like you are missing something, call the manufacturer’s help line and they will send you another one in the mail.
After you have finished all of the programming needed, you will need to install the sensors. Sensors are usually placed on windows and doorways. It is not a problem if these are visible because it may let an intruder know that you have an alarm and prevent any windows being broken. The sensors are usually plastic and can be installed with an electric screwdriver.
When you install your wireless home security system, you may feel a little uneasy about your abilities. The best final step to take is to test your alarm system before trusting it to protect your home. It would be disheartening to put in hard work only to have your home broken into the following weekend. Remember that there are a lot of choices out there, and the Internet has many sites that can let you know the prices and ratings of all home security products so that you don’t get stuck with a product that you don’ t want or need.