It does not take an advanced degree, or any prior knowledge at all, to properly outline and configure a home alarm system. By configure we mean choosing what alarm sensors you will need for your home. Of course, a salesman or consultant from one of the top home alarm system companies can assist you in the configuration, but it’s always good to know what you’re doing so you understand the process.
First, walk around your home a bit to count doors and windows and find any “high traffic” areas in the home. By high traffic areas we mean open spaces of hallways that are funnels in the home, places that people must walk through to pass to other rooms. These areas are primed for a motion sensors which cover areas up to 1,000 square feet.
Next, think about ways you would break in to your own home. It may sound silly, but putting yourself in the intruder’s shoes can give you some perspective on what areas of your home are the most susceptible. Do you have an upstairs window that can be accessed from a roof or deck? Do you have a fire escape? Is the back door lock working correctly? Is the back of the house hidden from view and dark at night? There are many things you can find in and around your home that you may not have noticed.
After you have scoped out your home it’s time to think about which alarm system sensors you will need. Of course, door sensors go on door, so all you need to do is count the doors. Windows work the same way. As for motion sensors, one for each main area is ideal, such as a den, living room, dining room, or basement. If you have large pets or don’t think motion sensors will work well in your home you can always use glass break detectors.
Finally, think about any environmental hazards such as fires or rising water. Perhaps if you have leaky pipes in the basement or often cook you might want to have devices to warn of possible danger.
In the end, configuring a home alarm system doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact most of it is simply common sense. However, knowing a little more before you start talking to alarm companies can go a long way to making your search that much easier.
Article from: http://www.alarmsystemreport.com