First, let’s take a look at the equipment that you need to set up your own home security system:
Base station. This will be the central brain/base of your very own home security system. All that is needed here is that you plugin in the station and then leave it. The base station usually comes pre-programmed so that when you turn it on it’s already in touch with the provider of the home security system. The best part is that you don’t even need to attach it to a land line.
Keypad. This is the pad that goes near your front door and is often to activate and deactivate the system. This is also easy to install because you just stick it where you see fit and in a location that’s easily accessible for you.
Panic button. This is most likely the most important piece to the puzzle. It’s often recommended that you keep the panic button near your bed. You can push this button when you feel extremely threatened so that the authorities will be notified immediately that your home is in danger.
Sensors. These get placed on the doors and windows that you want protected by sensors in your home. The installation here is fairly simple and can be done within a few minutes.
Motion sensors. This is a complement to the sensors on your windows and doors. You can place the motion sensors in rooms in your home where a burglar would most likely break into your home. Most motion sensors are pet-friendly so that you don’t have to worry about your dog setting it off 3 times a night.
How do you actually install the home security system?
I’m not an expert on the topic and every installation is unique to the equipment that you purchase. Here are my suggestions for what you should do before you proceed with installing your own home security system:
1. Watch the video/read the manual a few times. The typical thing to do is to watch half the video once and then get started. Don’t rush. A home security system is a very important piece of technology so don’t feel that you have to hurry with it. Take your time and focus on getting the job done properly.
2. Do a trial run. Before you install any of the sensors it’s advised that you go over the ideal locations with your family so that you agree on the placement.
3. Get a friend to help. If one of your friends has recently installed a home security system then you can get them to help you out as you try to do so for the very first time.
Hopefully after reading this piece you’re ready to go ahead with installing your own home security system. At the end of the day this process shouldn’t take more than a few hours or a weekend afternoon.
A few things to consider before you decide on a home security system in Montreal:
Pick a reputable company. Since you will essentially trust this company with protecting your home and your family, you’re going to have to ensure they’re reputable. What makes a reputable home security company?
- Technical help.
- Competitive prices.
- Diverse product offering.
- Exceptional reputation in the neighbourhood.
Decide if you want your system monitored. When your home security system is monitored, a central station keeps track of your system 24/7. When the alarm goes off your home line is called to ensure everything is alright. If there is no response, then the police are dispatched to your home. This will of course cost more, but it depends on what you’re willing to pay to protect your family.
The positive side of system monitoring is that you can save money on home owner’s insurance and you will know that your home is always safe. The importance of having your home security system linked to a central unit is that you will know that your home is always being monitored at all times of the day. This is important for anyone with a young family.