Designing a Do-it-Yourself Home Security System
Deciding what level of security is best for your home can be a difficult decision, especially with all of the extra features available to choose from. If you are a do-it-yourself type, you may want to consider designing your own security system. Desigining your own home security measures allows you to have complete control over the features, functionality and coverage of your home. You may choose to either design your security system from scratch, or to purchase a “kit” that allows you to customize and install it yourself.
Advantages of Do-it-Yourself Security Systems
There are many advantages that “Do-it-Yourself” security systems have for your home. By designing and installing one by yourself, you are saving on the sometimes expensive installation fee that is normally added to the cost of commercial security systems. In addition to this, with a do-it-yourself setup, you have the ability to customize your system in a way that best suits the security needs of your home. And, by designing your own security system, you can choose which features you want, and exclude devices or components that won’t be useful for your home’s particular security needs.
Disadvantages of Do-it-Yourself Security Systems
With a do-it-yourself security system, the main sacrifice that you are making is convenience. If you would rather not expend any effort in installing or designing one, then you may want to purchase a commercially installed security system instead. Also, if you do not possess the basic skills needed for security system installation, you may want to have it done by a professional instead. In some states, there are actually laws that certain types of security systems are only legal when installed by a trained professional. Be sure to check with your state’s laws regarding security systems prior to attempting to install it yourself.
Do-it-Yourself Security System Kits
Many security companies are now offering kits for do-it-yourself security systems. In these kits, you are able to order all of the components of a security system, often times including any extra features you wish to add. These kits may be designed to work with a monitoring company, which often times means you will be paying a monthly fee. However, some kits are designed to be self-monitoring, alerting you of any security problems via email, text message or a phone call.
Common Do-it-Yourself Mistakes
When installing a security system yourself, it’s important to pay close attention to your work. Many people incorrectly install their security systems, causing them not to function properly. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when installing your own security system.
Wireless Device Range
Many people don’t take into account that wireless devices that are synced with a home security system do have a limited range. For example, some window or door sensors have a 300 foot maximum range that they can be placed away from the central receiving system. If placed outside of this range, a device might not work properly.
Whether you are installing a hardwired security system or a wireless security system, you need to plan for obstacles to your system’s connections. With hardwired security systems, you may need to maneuver around pipes, other electrical wires or construction components of your home. With a wireless security system, keep in mind that any objects between your wireless devices and the receiver may cause disruptions in the signal. To help avoid this, it’s best if you place the wireless devices well within their range, so that the signal doesn’t encounter as much interference.