If you are looking for an affordable solution to improving the security of your home or business here’s good news! Thanks to the wide range of DIY home security products, you can now easily purchase and install security systems, burglar alarms, self monitored alarms, and surveillance systems at an affordable price. These items can be easily purchased online or at most hardware and home improvement stores. DIY security systems can be installed by almost anyone and on almost any budget. Here are a few things to familiarize yourself with before you purchase.
Hardwire Vs. Wireless DIY Security Systems.
There is a wide range of DIY systems available in both wireless and hard wired. With a wireless system there are no wires to install behind your walls. Wireless systems are most commonly used by do it yourselfters… and with anyone renting. Prices start around $100.00 for a basic wireless DIY home security system with motion detectors and/or window and door sensors, keypad and alarm. They go up from there and increase in price as you add extras like, glass break sensors, motion detectors, video surveillance and recording equipment, etc.
Wireless systems are th e most popular choice for Do it yourselfers. There are many advantages and a few drawbacks to wireless to keep in mind. One of the biggest advantage to choosing a wireless DIY security system is that they are quick and easy to install, since there are no wires involved. Some drawbacks include electromagnetic interference and having to replace batteries.
Hardwired security systems, on the other hand, are the trusty old standby. Unlike wireless, which uses batteries, hardwired systems are wired to your electricity, this makes them more stable. However, since they involve running wires throughout the walls of your home they are harder to install and harder to move around. Since you will be doing the installation yourself you will need to be handy with wiring, soldering and a drill.
Do It Yourself Security System Monitoring
Alarm monitoring companies connect to your home alarm system with phone lines. When the alarm goes off a trained staff will alert the appropriate authorities, and you if you choose. Unlike professional systems, installed by a professional company, some DIY alarm systems do not have the option of being connected to a monitoring company. If you would like your alarm to be monitored by a monitoring company, check to make sure the system you choose has this capability. There are also special camera surveillance systems that can serve as a monitoring option. These surveillance system cameras are motion acitvated and when motion is detected they automatically start recording what goes on at your home or business and alert you by sending you a phone call. This may replace the need for a monitoring company and save you money since monitoring companies charge a fee that can be expensive.
Product Guarantee and Customer Support
Before you purchase any DIY home security system or product it is a good idea to make sure that the company offers customer support and that it is guaranteed. Not all DIY home security systems and products out there are high quality and you don’t want to find out the hard way that you’ve purchased a piece of junk. Find out if the company has a return policy and make sure they offer a 100% money back guarantee. If the company offers tech support either online or over the phone you will find it very useful when you run into snags. Ask if the tech support is unlimited and if there are any charges.
Today, with such a wide variety of DIY home security options available it is much more affordable to keep your loved ones, property, valuables and your business secure.