Things to Consider in a DIY Home Security System
Today’s DIY home security systems are straightforward, wireless, and able to integrate home automation in unprecedented ways that even novices can manage. They also work whether you own your home or you’re renting. Before you decide which do-it-yourself security system is the right choice, here’s a look at how a home alarm system works and which components make the biggest difference during a break-in.
How Do Home Security Systems Work?
Home security systems generally have two main features: surveillance devices and sensors that trigger alarms. These include various components like security cameras, alarms, motion sensors, and door or window sensors that are connected through a central hub so users can control the alarm system and respond to incidents.
Compatible Devices That Communicate Wirelessly
While you could have these elements hardwired to a phone line or cable connection, that’s an old-school approach that can be easily sidestepped by thieves. One strategic cut and your alarm system is off-line and your home exposed, especially if you’ve opted to forego professional monitoring. To prevent that, we focus on affordable components and systems that allow homeowners to connect and monitor wirelessly.
A professional monitoring service is both the advantage and disadvantage of DIY home security systems. While it’s cheaper to self-monitor and manage the components yourself, this method also puts you in charge of responding to incidents. Rather than automatically deploying police to your home, your security system will simply alert you and allow you to decide whether to act. If a burglar is trying to break in, delays in responsiveness can have a big effect on property loss and damage.
While you might start out monitoring your own security system, we recommend looking into professional monitoring at some point for more convenient management of alerts and alarms. Some security companies insist that you use their brand devices to sign up for their monitoring services, but a few support customers who buy and install their own devices.
Use our interactive tool to discover which providers support monitoring of existing and DIY systems.