Home Security

How to install a basic alarm system

The home security systems can be purchased in various styles with protective features to individual needs. Commercial systems for home security are professionally installed and maintained by a security company. This type of system security at home depends on a certain response time. Another option is to install your own security system at home. A basic wireless alarm system is not based on a network of complicated wiring and is relatively easy for the DIY enthusiast we can install and maintain.

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Draw a plan of your house. Includes all rooms, windows and doors. This will help in planning where to place the control panel and the other components of the alarm system. A general rule of thumb is that the control panel should be placed near a frequently used door and near an electrical outlet not controlled by a switch.

Choose the place of safety sensors, fire sensors and internal siren. These should be placed in a location where they can be easily found and destroyed by intruders. Place smoke alarms and smoke near the utility room and near the sleeping area. Intrusion detectors are placed in the windows, doors and any other openings that can be used by an attacker. Place the alarm siren near the center of the house and away from any entrance or exit points.

Install the control panel at a height easily accessible to all members of the family. The wireless units are not completely without wires. The control panel and wiring needs energy to go from the control panel to an outlet directly below it on the wall. Drill holes with the drill, using an electric drill, behind the control panel and under the outlet. Press a fish tape, thin flexible tape used to examine the openings through the orifice below the outlet. Grab the fish tape when it reaches the hole behind the control unit. Paste the power control unit to the fish tape and pull it into the electrical box. Connect the power cord. Control units, usually have backup batteries in case the plug is disconnected or if a power failure. The steps for setting the control unit to the wall varies with the manufacturer. Usually includes fixing backplane control unit to wall studs, using screws 3 inches (7.61 cm).

Install all door and window sensors transmitters joining the edges of the door or window frames. Some sensors using adhesives, while others are fixed in place with screws. Wood screws using 3/4 inch (1.90 cm) for fixing the sensors to the wooden frame of the doors or windows and metal tapping screws 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) for use in metal structures. The number of screws for each sensor varies depending on the manufacturer, but two is common. The sensor is equipped with a magnet that is attached directly to the window or door.

Program the control panel keypad as described in the manufacturer’s instructions. The indoor alarm siren will also have to be scheduled according to the instructions in the operator’s manual. Test the system by following the process described in the system manual. The control panel usually has a way of “proof”. Be sure to try all sensors.