Protecting your home is easy and affordable with a do-it-yourself security system. Completely wireless sets can be installed in 30 minutes or less. Here are the top home security companies that sell DIY security kits and à la carte equipment.
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The best home security systems used to require hardwiring and professional installation. This put security out of reach for most renters, and it locked homeowners into long contracts. Some of the best modern wireless systems are designed for easy self-installation and give customers more flexibility. Here are points to consider about DIY security for renters and homeowners.
Completely wireless and cellular DIY home security systems have advantages over those with hard wiring and landline connections. Most importantly, wireless systems are less vulnerable to being disabled by criminals. Renters in particular also prefer wireless systems because 1) wireless sets don’t require adding holes to rentals’ walls and 2) wireless equipment is portable. When you move to another home, you can take your wireless security system with you. Whether you rent or own your next home, you can use the wireless set with month-to-month monitoring or lock in a rate for a year or longer.
Homeowners, unlike renters, can choose any type of home security system. Why are so many opting for wireless? The DIY aspect has big appeal — many homeowners love their privacy — plus the cost of wireless security equipment has dropped. Most importantly, wireless systems are generally the most secure. They even include mobile apps to let you remotely monitor system activity and control the alarm, locks, lights and other home features. Wireless security systems are so effective that homeowners can get big insurance discounts with proof of installation and monitoring.
Wireless DIY security systems offer the same benefits of hardwired systems, and more!
Here are the essential features and extras to consider.
A wireless control panel is primarily for arming/disarming the system. It has an alarm and can connect with emergency operators. Some control panels have live voice assist. Many have touchscreens for managing home automation and disaster prevention along with home security.
Starter sets for DIY home security generally include two or three magnetic sensors for entryways. Each sensor has two main parts for placement on a window or door. If the system is armed then an alarm will sound when the two parts of a magnetic sensor are separated.
Most DIY home security sets include one or more infrared motion detectors. Depending on the product the range is a radius of about 100 to 400 feet. Many motion detectors are designed to distinguish household pets from human intruders.
Glass break sensors are popular add-ons for home security. These look similar to smoke detectors and are triggered by the specific sound of breaking glass. Glass break sensors need to be positioned with clear sightlines to the glass to receive input.
You can add panic buttons anywhere in your home -- shower walls included -- to provide added security in case of a home invasion or medical emergency. Panic buttons are also included on control panels, keychain fobs and necklace pendants.
Remote controls sized for keychains are included with most DIY home security systems. A keychain remote can arm/disarm your security system and also has a panic button. Some customers keep remotes in different rooms of their homes.
Wireless home security systems nowadays have companion apps for mobile access. Use your smartphone or computer to arm/disarm the system, monitor activity, control the lights and thermostat, and more.
DIY security systems have optional features for home automation. For example, they can be control centers for your thermostat and lights. Remote access with a mobile app lets you control your home and energy costs from anywhere in the world.
Wireless control panels can be monitored with powerful cellular radio signals to ensure a 24/7 line of communication to emergency operators. With hardwired systems, in contrast, there’s the risk of losing emergency contact when a landline is cut.
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