Is a DIY Home Security System Right For You?
Creating a home security system on your own brings images of power tools and sawdust to mind. But modern home security has expanded over the last few years, and now most home security installations can be performed fairly painlessly and without any drilling.
Recent advances in smart home technology makes it easier than ever for home security novices to have everything they need right at their fingertips. But traditional subscription services for home security still hold a few advantages over their DIY counterparts. Which system works best usually depends on the home and what features are needed to secure it properly.
What are the differences between professional installation/monitoring and DIY?
In the past, comprehensive home security could only be achieved through professional installation. The DIY option would usually be considered a bad idea for anyone but the most technologically-inclined. Now the difference between the two options is mostly time and money.
DIY home systems are generally less expensive than professional installations because the homeowner is doing the work themselves. Although it takes more time, it also gives the home security system a personal touch, and no one is more concerned about a home’s security than the person living there.
Despite innovations in DIY security, anyone installing their own system will need to be somewhat tech-savvy. A professionally installed security system can be a relief for homeowners who aren’t sure which way to go on the technology that’s needed for adequate security.
Anyone who’s renting and interested in home security should probably look into DIY security first, as professional installation may not be a viable option as it’s typically permanent.
What DIY security options are available?
DIY home security systems can be customized to fit the needs of almost any home. Most current DIY home security systems come as kits to ensure that all of the components connect and work together. These kits range in price and complexity, but they all generally contain two things—a hub and sensors.
The hub is the brains of the system. It is where the user will be able to monitor and control the sensors to varying degrees, depending on which home security system is used. Modern home security hubs are usually wireless, and some feature cellular and power outage backup as well.
Sensors that connect to the hub are used to monitor doors, windows, and other vulnerable spots on the homeowner’s property. These sensors can be two-piece devices that attach to walls and windowsills or more advanced motion detectors that cover entire areas.
What features do you need most in a DIY home security system?
The main thing DIY alarm systems need to be is reliable. When considering which features will work best for a home, the top concern should be ensuring the system will do the job under all circumstances. Purchasing a DIY system with backup power will keep the security running through outages and other unexpected events.
When looking into different features on security systems, don’t get caught up in fancy add-ons like deluxe touch screens and home automation. These features can be nice, but the nuts and bolts of any home security system are the sensors—and how well they connect and respond to the control hub. These features should receive the most attention when researching home security options.
Can my smart home devices work with my DIY home security system?
The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to change the way we interact with our homes. Some homeowners in the market for DIY home security may already have some smart home features set up and wish to integrate their existing IoT features into the security system. Now home security dealers are selling systems that can link up to homeowner’s smart devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home.
If the home is already outfitted with a few smart devices, it might be worth checking with the manufacturers to see if the new system will be able to link up with the existing devices.