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Installing an Alarm System at Home – Don’t Do it Yourself

Thinking of installing an alarm system in your home? Whether you are looking to save some money or simply love DIY, it can be tempting to consider installing the system yourself. However, although possible, it’s not for everyone and can come with some risks that could impact your home security. Keep reading to discover what’s involved in installing an alarm system at home and why it may be best to leave it to the professionals. 


What’s involved in installing an alarm system at home?

Install the security panel 

How the security panel is installed will depend on the type of alarm system you choose to install. There are two main types of alarm systems: wired and wireless. Wireless systems usually work over a WIFI connection and therefore are the most common type of DIY alarm system, as they required no drilling or electrical work. Wired systems are more sophisticated and are always advised to be carried out by a professional with an electrical background. 

Whichever type of system you choose, the security panel will need to be placed near the main door of entry that you use to access your home. It may also need to be near a power source. A wireless system will still require you to either nail a small hole in the wall or use adhesive strips to attach the panel to the wall. In contrast, a wired system will require internal hardwiring and therefore requires the knowledge of an electrician. 

Places motion sensors & detectors around the home 

The next step involved in installing an alarm system at home is to place motion sensors and detectors around the home. These are the sensors that will be triggered when a break-in or intrusion occurs, meaning it’s important that these are placed strategically and correctly. Where they are placed will depend on your home layout and the key vulnerable areas, however, most commonly they are placed at points of entry, such as doors and windows. These sensors and detectors are usually nailed in or stuck with adhesive tape to keep them in place.

Test the new alarm system 

The last step to installing a new alarm system at home is to test that it is working correctly. If you are carrying it out yourself you can follow the instructions on the user manual. If the installation is being carried out professionally, they will have multiple processes in place to test and guarantee that the system is working. 


What are the risks of installing a DIY home alarm system?

Although it is possible to install a DIY home alarm system, it isn’t for everyone and it’s important to know and understand the risks involved. 

Improper installation

When installing a home alarm system yourself, you run the risk of improper installation. Not only could this be a safety hazard, but it could also mean that your security alarm will not work correctly, therefore compromising your homes security and the safety of your loved ones. 

Not working alongside other home security solutions

Many security alarms have the ability to work alongside other home security systems such as video doorbells, CCTV, smart intercoms and more. This can strengthen your overall home security. However, with self-installation you may not be able to connect all your systems, resulting in a missed opportunity to maximise the potential of your home alarm system.

Lack of professional expertise leading to accidents

If you do not have the skills and expertise to be installing an alarm system into your home then you could make a mistake that could lead to a devastating accident, especially if you are trying to hardwire a system. Don’t take the risk and leave it to the professionals. 

Won’t comply with British Standards 

Installing an alarm system in your home yourself will mean that it may not be compliant with British Standards. As well as potentially not being safe, it could also affect your insurance policy. By complying with national standards, you could save money on your premiums. Some home insurance policies will actually require your alarm system to comply with national standards. When you have a home alarms system professionally installed by Homewach, you can guarantee that it will be in line with all national standards. 

No maintenance support 

A lack of maintenance support is a risk you take when you install your home alarm system yourself. You will have no additional support to make sure the system is working as it should and that there are no issues. 

No third-party monitoring

A self-installed alarm system also means that you may not be able to have it professionally monitored. This means it is solely up to you to contact the police and deal with the situation if an alarm is triggered. You will have to rely solely on your smartphone notifications, your neigbours or passers-by to notify you of an alarm sounding. This can be difficult if you’re away from home and generally holds a lower level of security for your home. 

Limits future upgrades 

Installing a home alarm system yourself also limits yourself from any future upgrades or scaling. Many DIY home alarm systems only serve the sole use of the single home alarm. When professionally installed, you engineer will be able to future-proof your system in terms of the set-up, so that more components can be added at a later time with no issues. 

Worry that the system isn’t working properly

When you install a home alarm system yourself, you may have the constant worry at the back of your mind that the system might not be working as it should. Often, homeowners only realise that their home alarm system isn’t working until a burglary occurs. The risk isn’t worth it. A professional installation will give you peace of mind that the system is working properly. 


Conclusion – don’t do it yourself!

In conclusion, if you want a reliable and safe home alarm system that complies with national standards, it’s always advised to not do it yourself. Instead, get in touch with an NSI approved installer, like Homewatch, and have your home alarm system professionally installed. 

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