By Home Advisor
A safe home is a happy home. The peace of mind that comes from having a home alarm system in place is becoming ever more important for today’s homeowners. Due to this trend, residential alarm installation is growing in popularity, and there are many options now available for non-commercial properties.
Alarm Installation Basics
Today, the delicate job of alarm installation is usually done by a professional crew. While systems for automobiles can often be successfully put in by someone who has a little knowledge of cars, home alarm installation is no job for most DIYs.
Once it is decided that an alarm system will be purchased, an experienced professional will generally come to the house for an examination and assessment. They will take note of weak points where unwanted entry would be the easiest. After the examination, you’ll be able to sit and discuss the alarm installation that best suits your budget, needs, and property. It’s important to research and know the home security system cost before installation to help you budget for optional monitoring services.
Most burglar alarm systems will include a few different types of sensors. For windows and doors, there are contact sensors and “glass break” detectors. There are motion detectors and photoelectric intrusion detectors for inside and outside the house. There are also a number of duress and panic devices available.
In the past, residential alarm systems were designed simply for deterrent purposes. When the alarm was set off, it made a very loud noise that performed the dual function of scaring away the would-be intruder and alerting the residents of an unwanted presence.
Many of today’s alarms still make a loud noise, but will, at the same time, also alert a security service, in addition to the residents, that a possible problem is present. Some systems work through the phone line, and others work over high-speed internet connections. Either way, the local police can be summoned immediately when the alarm is tripped.
Wireless Security Devices
One of the biggest complaints about home security systems has to do with all the wiring that takes place during installation. Fortunately, this is also becoming a thing of the past. Many security devices are now wireless, which brings more options for where the devices can be placed and reduce the need for drilling holes and running visible wire around the home. Wireless alarm installation tends to be much faster and convenient than using more traditional systems.
Motion Sensors and Pets
People with dogs or cats no longer need to be concerned about the family pet inadvertently bringing the police to their homes. Even homes that don’t yet have pets might opt for a “pet friendly” alarm installation in case a particularly endearing dog or cat “follows” someone home in the future.