DIY Home Security
Technology continues to make a huge impact on the way we live communicate, travel, and entertain ourselves even the way we secure our homes. Most people are accustomed to the home security technician and contractors coming over with drills, wires and other tools. Installations required a team of installers with a project manager telling people where to go and what to do. These installations could also take a whole day or days for that matter as family members adjust their lives so the work can be completed without them getting in the way.
Believe it or not, this was the only option for installing a home security system, a little over a decade ago. Now as with other industries we are experiencing a new prevalence of DIY home security systems. I should note that there will probably always be professional home security installers available for people who are unable to or simply don’t want to install a home security system themselves.
How did DIY home security systems come about?
It is worth noting that a technological leap gave way to DIY security systems. The wireless home security system made DIY possible for many. Historically most security systems where wired into the house. With Control panels connecting to circuit panels for power and home security devices like door and window sensors connecting to the control panel via wires. Wires that needed to be hidden behind walls and fished from one connection to the other then connected. It’s easy to see how wired home security system required hiring a professional installer. Frankly too many things could go wrong is mishandled.
The advent of the wireless home security system meant that people could do away with the heavy installations and simply place devices and panels where they needed to go, without needing an electrician or a professional installer to do the job.
Advantages of DIY Home Security Systems
- Faster installation
- Save money on labor for installation crews
- Wireless self-installed systems drastically reduce drilling holes in walls or property damage.
- DIY security systems could be portable, so users can move or relocate with them.
- Wireless systems may require less maintenance and be easier to diagnose and troubleshoot.
Cons of DIY Home Security Systems
- Battery operated sensors may require changing annually.
- Wireless signals may run experience interference.
- A percentage of the population may still find the installation difficult or intimidating.
There is no doubt that technology had paved the way for DIY home security systems to become more popular in the market. This works for many consumers as is evident by the number of people buying them. Some of the best home security companies offer DIY systems and for many this may just be the security system they’ve been looking for. Whether you decide on a DIY or professionally installed system, its important you call around to home security companies and determine how to protect your home and family sooner. I would also recommend that renters should also consider DIY systems with sensors that stick in place so they don’t have to worry drilling holes in a rental property. They may be able to take the system with them when they move too.
Some companies that offer DIY Security system are FrontPoint, Protect America, Simplisafe and more.