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Install home security

Did you know that you can install your own alarm system in less than a day - with little more than a screwdriver!

With specials on alarm systems from as little at R1800, installing a home alarm system is affordable and easy to DIY. Installing a home alarm system won't take more than a day, and you only need a few basic tools. Most alarm systems come in standard parts: a control panel, motion sensors, sirens, door and window magnets, and smoke detectors.

Thanks in the main to wireless technology, now any DIY enthusiast can install an electronic home security system. We offer a few pointers in selecting the right system for your home:

Easy to install and operate?

Take a look at the instructions. If they’re complicated and you’re battling to understand them, move on and choose another system. To be effective, your system needs to be simple and user-friendly. Complications make it less likely that you’ll actually use it.

What do you need?

The majority of DIY wireless security systems are supplied complete with passive infrared sensors (PIRs) and magnetic contacts for windows and doors. Those are the basics. But there are others that include glass break sensors and panic buttons. Additional functions such as smoke detectors can also form part of a security system.

Consider your needs

How many rooms do you have that need PIRs? Count the number of doors and windows that will need sensors. (Remember, you don’t necessarily need a sensor in every room.)

Not only will you need one with enough sensors, but if you’re not buying a combo kit, you need to make sure the central control panel has enough zones for your requirements.

Can the system be expanded?

You might find, once you’ve lived with your initial setup for a while, that you’d like to add to your system. Make sure the central control has free zones that can accommodate additional functions in future.

Measure up

Consider the size of your home and the range of the wireless sensors. Bear in mind that you are measuring the distance for each sensor from the control panel, which might not necessarily be the same as the distance from one end of the house or flat to the other.

Remote control

Using a remote control system allows you to arm and disarm easily without having to punch in a code. And you can hide the main control panel somewhere that’s difficult for potential burglars to locate, which will improve the effectiveness of the system. Use it! Your alarm can’t do its job if you don’t switch it on.

Home alarm systems use sensors to secure entry points to a home like doorways and windows, as well as motion sensors installed within rooms. Once the secured zone is breached, the sensors communicate this to a control panel which in turn notifies you or a home security company.

Be smart

With wireless technology, home security is easy to install and can be linked to smartphone technology - so that you can protect your home wherever you are. See the Digitech GSM Alarm Kit and Colour Video Door Phone at your local Builders.

For more information on home security systems view the Builders Security magazine.

 

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