Wireless home alarm systems are rapidly growing in popularity as wireless technology improves. The components of a wireless system talk to each other via radio frequencies and not wires or cables as with traditional hard-wired systems. Because there are no wires to be run through existing walls and floors, these systems can be easily installed by homeowners; and make for a great DIY project.
The advantages of wireless home alarm systems are many. Not only are they easy to install but they are less expensive than wired systems, portable for those who move often, flexible with regards to sensor and keypad placement, perfect for rental homes or apartments, and they do not require contracts or monthly fees.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind when selecting a wireless system. The first is its expandability. You will want to be able to purchase each component separately so that you can get exactly what you need, and nothing more. An expandable unit will also allow you to grow the system as needed. Perhaps you want to start off small securing only a handful of doors and windows. When you are confident the system offers what it promises and when your budget allows, you may then decide to secure additional areas of your home. The number of sensors and zones a system can handle varies from manufacturer to manufacturer and model to model, so be sure the system in which you are interested can handle your future expansion plans.
The proper placement of sensors and center console units should be documented in the installation instructions that come along with your system. If this is the case, you should have no problem knowing where to place all of the system’s components. If possible, take a look at the instructions provided before purchasing any system and verify what kind of technical support the manufacturer provides. This is important for easy, hassle-free installation.
Along the same lines, confirm that the system’s user guide is detailed and easy to understand. If the guide provides minimal instructions, is poorly written, or online or phone support is not available, pass on this make and model.
Determine ahead of time if you want your alarm system to work with a monitoring service or alarm company. In this case, your alarm will automatically connect to a service that will in turn assess the nature of the alarm and dispatch the proper authorities to your home. Not all DIY, wireless systems have this functionality. It is very important to decide if you want this feature prior to purchasing a system.
To aid in the selection and installation of a system, check with your local police department to see if they have any product recommendations for you or if they can provide guidelines for proper installation. While you are at it, learn too what permits are required and fees needed to register your system with local emergency services.
Written By: Elizabeth Dennis
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