Wireless Home Alarm Systems
Installing your own wireless security features
There is no need for a security system to cost the earth. Though hard wired systems tend to be expensive, demand professional installation and often include a monthly monitoring fee, wireless home alarms are a cheaper alternative and can even be installed yourself. Once on the wall, a wireless home alarm either plugs into your normal phone socket or operates using radio frequencies.
The idea of installing your own alarm might sound daunting but do not be put off. There’s very little to a wireless alarm system and with a bit of application you will find it really is an easy business.
Once you have purchased the wireless home alarm kit, some wire strippers, a drill and a screwdriver are all you will need. Installing the alarm is a process of three parts:
The first thing to do is install the brains of the operation, the control box. The control box monitors and triggers the alarm when necessary so needs to be positioned somewhere near to an exit door or window. As some wireless home alarms operate using radio signals, it’s important not to fix it near anything that may interfere with the signal such as a radio or TV. The manufacturer will include programming instructions for your particular system. This needs to be done before the control box is screwed onto the wall.
The door sensors can then be attached to the door frames and a magnet fitted to the corresponding position on the door itself. When the alarm is set, the control box will detect if the magnet is pulled away.
Not all thieves will use the door however; broken windows also provide easy access so window sensors are an essential part of the system. The sensors placed on windows are pretty ingenious. A glass break detector is fitted onto the glass which ‘listens’ for the sound, inaudible to the human ear, which glass makes when put under pressure. It also ‘listens’ for the actual sound of the glass breaking and when it matches these sounds, the alarm will be triggered.
Like hard-wired alarms, there are various additional sensors available such as motion sensors and pressure pads. However, these cost extra and are only needed if the intruder manages to get inside without being identified by the door or window sensors. Realistically, this is pretty unlikely in most residential properties.