Home Monitoring Vs. DIY
The 1990's were
not all that long ago. In those days it was a common practice to
have a professional help you in selecting and then installing your
home security system. Those days are
long gone but some people, if not most, still prefer to have a professional
installation backed by one of the top brand name home security companies.
These days you
can get a ton of information about home security systems from the
internet. Thanks to help from the internet, the birth of the DIY
(do-it-yourself) home security system has emerged and it is here
to stay. The bottom line is that people just want to save some money.
In 2008 gas prices rose to over $4 per gallon, the mortgage market
was near collapse and the general economy was in a serious state
of despair. The 21st century has brought us to the edge of financial
collapse and so we are all looking for ways to save a buck. However,
this is only one of the reasons why people decide to install their
If you are considering
using the DIY method for home
security then there are a few things to consider. Sure, doing the
work yourself can cut the installation costs by as much as 50%,
but you will also need to be handy with tools and electrical equipment,
and you will also need to extremely good at following directions.
Keep in mind that one of the biggest advantages for going with professional
home security system installation is that you will have a service
provider that is ready and on call if something should go wrong
or if there is something that you just don't understand.
When you opt
for a hardwired programmable and monitored home security system
from one of the well known companies, you can rest assured that
the installation process will go smoothly in most cases. Trying
to install a hardwired system on your own can be a nightmare. Hardired
home security systems that include a control panel require that
you measure the wire-runs for each room, each window and each door.
After this has been accompliched, you must cut and strip the wire,
install the wiring through your walls and the connect the wires
to the control panel of your home security system. Doing a hardwired
installation by yourself is a process that could take you days or
even weeks to accomplish.
Keep in mind
that professional installers do hundreds of home security systems
every year. They have pretty much 'seen it all' and they are who
you should turn to in order to understand the scope of your particular
project and to give you an accurate quote for the type of security
system that you are interested in.
whether or not you should tackle the job yourself, you might want
to ask friends, neighbors and relatives if they have had any experience
with DIY house protection or if they have subscribed to full-blown
home security system monitoring from a company. Then they can share
there experiences and give you a better idea of what you could potentially
be up against.
If you are going
to install your own system then there is a very good chance that
you are going to install a wireless home security system. Wireless
systems have been growing in popularity and they are especially
popular with do-it-yourself (DIY) installers. They are simply easier
to install and easier to understand than a hardwired system. Wireless
home security systems don't require you to run wires through your
walls (Except the one power wire for the control box). Wireless
home security systems have less parts so they are easier to maintain.
There are advantages
and disadvantages with owning a wireless or hardwired home security
system. In general, the wireless systems are easy to install and
can also be moved if you happen to relocate to a different residence.
Hardwired systems can cost a bit more but they might be well worth
the extra money if you can afford it. The hardwired home security
systems are a better long term solution and can give you greater
peice of mind when they are monitored by a company and installed
by a professional.
If you do decide
to install a home security system yourself then take the time to
ask yourself a few questions. What are the codes and standards in
your location for how home security systems are installed and operated?
Can the system that you are buying be upgraded at a later time?
Do you feel comfortable with the options and features of the system
that you are installing? Have you taken into consideration how much
time you are going to have to dedicate to this project? Do you really
have the tools, time, knowledge and patience that it will take to
tackle this project?
Whether you decide
to install a home security system yourself or leave it up to the
professionals is completely up to you. One thing is sure. If you
choose neither option then you will have an increased chance of
being burglarized or having your home invaded by the bad guys.