A Homeowner’s Guide to Security Alarm System Set Up

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by Harvey Bond
(Chicago, USA)

If you’re planning to set up your own home security alarm system, then you’ve probably chosen a wireless system. Unlike hard-wired systems,wireless security alarms are easier and quite cheaper to set up. You won’t need to install several feet of wires just to set one in place.

Another advantage of wireless systems is that you don’t need to connect one to a phone line. Older systems were easily disabled once a thief cuts off the phone connection.

Newer wireless models can stand on their own with or without a phone connection, as long as they are linked to a power source.

Setting up your alarm system

The alarm system is made up of the control panel and the sensors. The control panel is like the main computer.

It receives signals from the sensor/s that are installed in key places around the house. If an intruder passes a sensor, it will send a signal to the control or base unit and this will trigger an alarm.

An audible-only alarm system will sound an alert right then and there, usually a loud bell or siren, to alert the homeowners of the presence of an intruder.

A remotely-monitored system that is connected to a central monitoring company will send an alarm to the company who will then alert the police once it’s determined that the alarm is real.

First, choose a location for your control panel. Place it in a recessed area where it isn’t readily noticeable or in a closet.

The control panel connects to AC outlet for power source. Once you turn the control panel on, most models will beep once and a small light will turn on.

Next, find a location for your security keypads. Depending on your needs and budget, you could have more than one keypad. These are commonly installed near entrances where they are easily accessible to you.

Locate the placement of your sensors. Sensors are equipped with PIR (passive infrared) detectors and will trip the central alarm if an intruder passes by.

Locate these sensors near entrances and windows, or in places where they are out of sight.

Most units are battery-powered and some models are designed to blend in with other home decors. If wall-mounted, they could be screwed in place before activation.

If your alarm is remotely-monitored, you will have to set up an account with a central monitoring company. Once you paid your monthly or annual fee, your home alarm system will be activated.

If your system is audible-only, you only need to install it, turn it on and let it do its job.

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Updated: January 10, 2014 — 6:18 pm

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