While some shoppers seek do-it-yourself security systems, others prefer protection installed by a pro. Installation services are available with hardwired and wireless security systems alike. Here are industry leaders.
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Home security shoppers have a choice of DIY and pro installation for their alarm systems. Pro installation is required with hardwired security systems but not necessarily with wireless. Here are points to consider about choosing pro installation.
Pro installation is required with top hardwired security systems and may be optional with wireless systems. When your home security equipment is installed by a pro, a key benefit is the peace of mind that comes with professional work. After all, DIY wireless security systems might be easy to set up, but a security pro can help ensure the best possible use of the equipment. Of course, another benefit is that your own time and energy aren’t spent on setting up the system! These benefits are most significant for people with larger properties and/or security systems with many components.
A main drawback of choosing pro installation is that some security companies charge for this service. However, many offer free installation even for time-intensive hardwired systems. Another possible drawback of pro installation is coordinating with the security company for set-up, which might not be convenient if you’re very busy. You also might not like the idea of a technician visiting your home. Other possible drawbacks relate to getting hardwired systems in particular: Installation involves drilling into walls, so owners have less flexibility about changes. Also, the electrical circuits could be subject to corrosion, nibbling critters or criminal tampering.
Professionals install home security systems with many different components.
Here are the essentials and some popular extras.
Professional alarm installation includes one or more control panels. Control panels are either hardwired or wireless. Some have simple LED windows; others have full-color touchscreens and run Android apps for security and home automation.
Pro installation of wireless and cellular security systems involves setting up a strong cellular radio network. Even if your cellular phone has weak reception at home, an effective cell radio connection from your control panel can be configured for emergencies.
Professional alarm installation involves first securing your home’s perimeter, then the interior. The alarm technician will install entryway sensors to help guard against intrusion through doors and windows.
Motion detectors for home security use infrared technology. Depending on the unit, the range could be short or stretch hundreds of feet. Some units are pet-friendly. With pro installation you can be sure that all areas of your home are protected.
Glass break sensors can provide sound-sensitive backup to entryway sensors and motion detectors. Glass break sensors are triggered by the soundwaves from breaking glass. With pro installation you can ensure that they’re well-placed.
Hardwired and wireless security systems can include panic buttons on shower walls, bedroom walls and anywhere else in the home. Pro setup for a wireless security system could also include activating keychain panic buttons and medical alert devices.
Remote controls sized for keyrings are included with the top wireless home security systems. The installation technician can make sure that your remote will arm/disarm your security system and that the panic button reaches emergency operators.
Modern home security systems can be monitored on websites and with mobile apps. At setup time you can ask for help using your smartphone or computer to monitor and control the alarm system.
Some of the best home security companies also set up home automation. Take advantage of the pro’s visit to get started with customized settings and commands for your alarm system, lights, thermostat and more.