Installing a DIY (do-it-yourself) wireless home security system is easy to do if you want to save money. It will only take you a few hours to set it up, install the control panel and program it. Installing your own system will also save you money on monitoring fees.
A wireless system is much easier to install than a wired one, especially if you don’t have much experience with electrical wires. A wired system has to have electrical wiring going from the control panel to the door and window sensors. The wiring has to be concealed in the walls, under rugs and floorboards.
If you want a wired system, it’s best to have a professional company come out and do it for you. You can choose either a local security company or one of the national chains like ADT or Broadview (formerly Brinks Home Security).
With a wireless system, all you have to do is install the control panel, place the sensors on the windows and doors and install the motion sensor in a hallway, basement or outside the house.
The home security systems you can buy at your local hardware store usually will have a way to monitor the system yourself instead of hiring a monitoring company to do it. If you hire a company, you can be charged over $30 a month or more.
If you just want to secure your home at an affordable price and not have to pay out of pocket for monthly fees, then a wireless system is the way to go. When the alarm is triggered, the system will dial one of the emergency phone numbers you programmed into the system.
When you or someone else answers, the system will play a pre-recorded message letting you know that there is an emergency situation happening in your home and you should call for help.
Some systems will let you listen in on the room that’s been broken into. You can also add wireless security cameras so that you can see, via a computer, what’s going on inside your home when you’re not there.
A DIY home security system can give you the same peace of mind that a professionally monitored system gives without the monthly fees.