Alarm Installation For Your Home – A Brief Guide

Someone is setting their alarm system via the control panel.

Making sure that your loved ones are kept safe and secure the number one top priority for every homeowner. An effective way to achieve this is to ensure that an electrical home alarm system is installed. These systems provide round-the-clock protection against intruders, fire and other emergencies. In this brief guide, we will go through the checklist you should carry out before installing a home alarm system for your property.

Someone is setting their alarm system via the control panel.

First Assess Your Property

Before you make a quick decision on the type of alarm you would like to buy and install you must take into account the size and layout of your property. Ask yourself, how many entry points does it have? What are the potential risks within each room that you would like to mitigate. Is it burglary or damage? Perhaps even fire? Or both? Running such an assessment will help you choose the right systems that suits your requirements.

Alarm Installation - Selecting The Right One

There are various types of electrical home alarm systems available, including wired and wireless options. Each has its advantages and drawbacks. For example your typical wired system might cost less and require more installation work but are typically more reliable and provide suitable coverage for across multiple rooms and points within your property. This can be said about both regular burglar and fire alarms. However reliable they may be though, they are not portable and therefore cannot be relocated over time. In sharp contrast, wireless systems offer flexibility and portability. Requiring no extra cables, they are much easier to install and setup in your property. In addition to a security panel, some of these systems even provide a companion app that allows security to be monitored from your smartphone on the go. Settings can be switched either through WiFi or cellular data. For all their functionality however, these types of systems are more expensive to purchase. It all depends on the budget you are willing to set towards security.

Prepare Yourself With Necessary Tools & Equipment

If you are confident enough that you wish to have a go at installing the alarm system yourself., there are several tools to consider. You will likely need wire strippers and connectors to handle the wiring, screwdrivers or drills to affix covers with screws and mount brackets, batteries if you would like to provide a backup option for power and in the case of wireless alarm systems, a reliable internet connection to be able to handle the communication between your smart device and the system.

Alarm Installation - Place Your Sensors

Start by planning the placement of sensors and the control panel. Sensors should cover all entry points, such as doors and windows. Motion detectors should be strategically placed in high-traffic areas. Ensure that the control panel is easily accessible yet not in plain sight to deter tampering.

Make sure you are placing the sensors across various rooms and/or locations around your property to provide the best possible coverage. High traffic areas are usually the best spots and installation is best carried out in high up and hard to reach places to prevent intruders from disabling and tampering with the equipment. Also ensure the control panel is in a safe and waterproof area that is accessible to everyone who needs to manage it.

Sorting Wiring And Power

For wired systems, run the necessary wiring to connect the control panel, sensors, and siren. Make sure to follow manufacturer guidelines for proper wiring installation. For wireless systems, ensure the sensors and control panel have access to power sources or batteries as required.

Connect the Control Panel

Connect the control panel to the sensors and power source. Test each sensor to ensure they communicate with the control panel effectively. Configure the system settings, including entry and exit delays, alarm sounds, and emergency contact information.

Alarm Installation - Testing Your System

After alarm installation is complete, consider thoroughly testing it to make sure it is fully operational. Activate the alarm and verify that all sensors trigger the desired responses. Check the monitoring service if you have one, and ensure it receives the alarm signals correctly. In the case of smoke detectors and alarms a smoke machine can be a good device to simulate a signal to the detectors. Make sure the backup battery works when there is no power in each device and most importantly remember the code to reset once testing is underway!

Not Confident? Consider Professional Installation

If you are unsure about the installation of any parts or the electrics and you don't feel confident about proceeding further then stop! Consider paying for the services of a professional alarm fitter and qualified electrician. They will have the required experience under their belts to be able efficiently install your alarm and get your property protected in a fraction of the time.

Investing in a home alarm installation is a proactive step toward safeguarding your assets. By assessing your needs, selecting the right system, and following the installation steps outlined in this guide, you can enhance the security of your home and gain peace of mind knowing that you've taken measures to protect what matters most. Remember that ongoing maintenance and monitoring are essential for the continued effectiveness of your home alarm system, so stay vigilant and always keep your security system up to date.

Marshall Electrical Services have a friendly team who have the experience to be able to complete your alarm installation. We offer alarm installation services for properties of all shapes and sizes, domestic or business. We can provide you with a free, no-obligation, no-hassle survey and quote and sit down with you to discuss your requirements. From burglar alarms to smoke detectors we have you covered. Get in touch here or alternatively you can give us a call on 01535 668775 today!