Burglar alarm installation is a complex task, and it all depends on the type of establishment or building it’s being installed on. The more entry or exit points in the building, the more electrical circuit needed. Generally speaking, expensive complex alarm systems are usually installed in businesses like stores or bars.
Burglar alarm systems used in homes are simpler than their complex counterparts used for larger buildings. The size of your home determines the type of system installed, in smaller homes it’s not uncommon to find unmonitored alarm systems. The general concept behind burglar alarm installation is that homes and the people living in them need protection too.
There are several types of alarm systems, and they all vary according to the task they’re built for. A fire alarm system will detect and warn the occupants of any smoke or fire danger, but most people use smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors these days for this job. The most common type of alarm system is the burglar alarm system.
The size of your building determines the type of burglar alarm system installed. Installing the system will become complex depending on the number of entry points that need integration. Burglar alarms can also be monitored by police, some cities charge for this service.
In most cases these days, the company that manufactures or sells the burglar alarm systems are also the one’s that take the responsibility for installing them. These companies have professionally trained technicians who are experts in burglar alarm installation.
If you would like an inexpensive option, and are good at do-it-yourself projects, there are alarm systems available on the market today for self-installation. These alarm systems usually come in kits and contain all the components you would need to completely install the system.
For proper burglar alarm installation, take the following considerations into account:
Taking a good note of all your entry points in your house because this will affect how many sensors you are going to have to install. Just note that a door is not limited as an entry point only, a window, fireplace or fire exits is also classed as an entry point.
You need to know exactly what kind of burglar alarm system you bought, is it a mix of a burglar and fire alarm system?. The more combinations your system has, the more complex sensors it will have.
Mounting the control panel strategically is important, you want it installed where you'll be able to get to it quickly and in a place where you can check it regularly when you're in the house.
The very first part to mount for a burglar alarm system is the buzzer bell or sounder as they are sometimes called. You want to take a walk-through your house or building to figure out exactly where you want to put it. It’s very common to install the bell where it’s physically visible to all, this might help ward off potential criminals before they attempt to break into your property. When installing the bell outside, make sure that it’s mounted in an area where there is no extreme heat or moisture, maybe installing it in a protective cover. It’s also recommended that it’s installed in an area where it will be loudly heard.
The next part for installation after the sounder bell is the sensors and switches. You want to carefully install the sensors on the edges of your windows and doors making sure that the magnets and the sensors are not too far away from each other so that the sensor will pick up the magnet signals. Putting the magnet too close to the sensor will cause the sensor to malfunction over time, so you must use caution.
Once the wires are neatly mounted, integrate the rest of the components to the control panel. Conduct a test run of the entire system, making sure that you check each entry and exit point by opening and closing them. Adjust components that do not work properly and once you’ve successfully conducted all the tests, you'll be an expert in burglar alarm installation!.