The latest smart security systems now allow ordinary consumers to install their home security systems themselves.
Installing your own smart security system requires a significant investment. You can expect a $250 to $1000 cost if you will install it yourself. Of course, you need to buy more accessories to cover additional risks around your home.
Personal installation usually takes 1-2 hours. You can find smart security systems that come in a kit with an all-in-one security coverage. Following the manual will give you the essential security you need.
Although self-installation of a smart security system is not for everyone, it is easier than you think. You can always add more features once you have your basic units installed.
Here are some pointers on installing your security system at home:
Choose the brand of your home security system
Since home security systems have been increasing in popularity in the past few years, you have various options for what you need.
When shopping around, check the prices, warranties, and deals. Choose a brand or product wisely. Consider that this is for long-term use and for the safety of your home.
Read or watch the reviews of people who availed of the service. See if they live at a similar level of risk as your neighborhood or if something did not work out for them. Some reviews may even cover the same security concerns you have.
There are many do-it-yourself security systems out there catering to beginners. Some may require additional tools, but they can be easily installed.
Check the connections and connect the wireless home security panel near your door
New security systems are usually connected to your home WiFi, allowing you to monitor your house remotely when you are away.
Being able to connect your security system with your smartphone is a huge plus. Since you will always have it outside, you can control your home security with your phone.
Security systems also come with main control panels, which must be plugged into a nearby power outlet. Make sure that you connect the control panel by your main entrance door or around your living room.
The main control panel, connected to all your sensors and cameras, contains the controls and video feed from your security system. Your security settings can also be toggled in it.
At times when you are away from your home, you can ask your trusted neighbors or family members to manage the home security for you. They can easily do this with the main control panel. The panel can also serve as a means of control during emergencies.
Position your sensors and detectors
This step is perhaps the bulk of your smart security system installation. You have to assemble your sensors, cameras, and accessories and start thinking about your security needs and location.
If you have pets or babies, you must consider where you put your devices to prevent false alarms or unfortunate accidents.
Sensors and detectors can be easily installed with a peel-and-stick method. Sometimes you can mount them with screws or nails.
Sensors should be installed on your front and back doors and your windows. Motion sensors are usually attached to these parts of the house. Some motion sensors come with a small switch on the side which you can turn off when you expect entry and exit at certain times of the day.
Consider putting some sensors on your garage doors as well. The garage is an entry point for most break-ins.
Other sensors are detectors. People usually have smoke detectors or fire sensors to prevent house fires.
When you install a fire detector or smoke detector that comes with a temperature threshold, set it higher for your kitchen or furnace room which is expected to be hotter than the other rooms. One hundred ninety degrees Fahrenheit is the maximum limit you can use for the hotter rooms, and 130 degrees Fahrenheit for other areas in the house.
Position your sounders and cameras
Aside from sensors, install your cameras in a discreet place so no one can steal them. Surveillance cameras are installed in high areas.
Your camera’s positioning should allow it to see the faces of people who cross the exterior of your house.
Install your door cameras at eye level to view your visitors. Some cameras have a talk-back feature, and that would be a perfect location for it.
For your sounders, make sure that they can be heard to scare away intruders. When installing the sounders outdoors, make sure you store them in a metal box to protect them from intruders and the weather.
When you choose to use an alarm, ask for an alarm permit from your city government or local municipality. Without the permit, you might get a fine if your alarm disturbs other people.
If you think you need more accessories, shop around for carbon monoxide detectors, water sensors for leaks, panic buttons for emergencies, and freeze sensors for pipe bursts. Some homeowners use this for additional security measures.
Technological pairing and downloading
Modern home security systems usually come with an app from the security provider.
Apps are a great way to control your security remotely. They also allow you to test the functions of all your sensors, cameras, or sounders.
Arrange the settings and security levels while you are at home. Security levels can be adjusted whether you are present at home or away on a trip.
Inform your loved ones and connect their devices. If possible, you can set yourself as the administrator for the settings. Limit everyone’s access when it comes to changing the security settings of the house.
Many do-it-yourself security home kits are available in the market right now. Take your time in choosing a brand to know which one fits your needs.
Once you have chosen the proper security system, connect it to your home WiFi and your power source.
The bulk of your work will involve positioning your sensors, detectors, cameras, and sounders. Installing these in proper locations will lessen the risk for your home. As a final step, make sure all the devices work by testing them through the app.