DIY Installation of Security Systems - Advantages & Disadvantages

Some home security systems are easier to install than others due to the amount of wiring necessary to operate it. For example, installing a wireless intercom involves nothing more than plugging in the units (or using batteries). However, others require some knowledge of wiring and possessing the correct tools to appropriately install the security device. A home security system that is clumsily established because the right tools were not used will probably not work, which means your home will remain vulnerable to criminal invasion.

Advantages of DIY Installation of Security Systems

The obvious advantage of installing a security system yourself is cost. By doing all of the work, you bypass paying a contractor to install the system. Of course you will need to be extremely familiar with tools used in this type of work, such as drills, soldering irons, various kinds of electrical cables and digital devices. Wireless systems do not need as many tools but are generally more expensive, which defeats the purpose of trying to save money by doing the job yourself. If you are treading into unfamiliar territory by opting to install a security system yourself, you could depend on a DIY manual that methodically outlines the procedures necessary to correctly install any type of security system. However, the manual you use need to be up-to-date since security technology is constantly changing and improving. Out-dated manuals will be of no help if you are installing the latest home security device.

Disadvantages of DIY Installation of Security Systems

Several disadvantages exist regarding DIY installation of a security system, such as:
  • Lack of having immediate access to a security systems provider for consultation in the event of issues with the system
  • Inappropriate assessment of your home’s safety requirements—professional contractors are expert at pinpointing security flaws in a home
  • Incorrect installation of the system, resulting in faulty operation and inability to provide security for the home
  • No one to call in case of security system failure in the middle of the night—most security contractors provide 24 hours emergency service
  • Devices are under warranty, which means if something stops working, it will be replaced by the contractor for free. Purchasing a security system yourself means you will have to replace any parts of the system which become defective in the future
  • Some states may have laws in place which regulate where security systems can be implement. Unless you investigate these laws, you may be violating safety codes enacted in your state. Professional security contractors are already familiar with their states safety codes, which would ensure your home is up to state regulations.
In addition, you need to ensure that security systems you install yourself are not a hindrance to evacuating your home in case of a fire or other emergency. Sometimes it is difficult to see this when installing security devices until the emergency actually occurs. However, professional contractors know how to correctly install these systems in a way that allows easy access to the outside if an emergency does happen.
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