Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 22, 2013
The home security and alarm systems experts at AlarmSystemReport.com have released a new consumer guide for buying DIY home alarm systems. The websites updated do-it-yourself alarm system section contains reviews of a number of top alarm system companies, insight into alarm system equipment and monitoring services, and helpful tips for homeowners who are considering a new home alarm system purchase.
“Do it yourself is really the new, hot trend in home security and alarm systems right now,” said Steve Ordona, head of public relations for Alarm System Report. “Certainly, there are still people who prefer to pay for a professional installation, but new wireless alarm systems are making it easier and cheaper than ever for consumers to set up a comprehensive alarm system in an hour or two. It’s really amazing how far the technology has gone. We’re even breaking into complete home automation systems at this point.”
Alarm System Report’s new report contains a number of tips that potential alarm system buyers should find helpful, including:
1. Not all wireless systems are truly without wires. While some run entirely on batteries, others either plug into standard electrical sockets, and some even require wiring directly into the home’s electrical system. The industry standard for “wireless” home alarm systems means wireless Internet (like a laptop).
2. The quality of wireless alarm system equipment varies quite dramatically. Consumers who want to ensure that their alarm system will stand the test of time should purchase equipment from known manufacturers (GE or Motorola, for example) that have at least a two year manufacturer’s warranty.
3. Consumers should find out whether battery powered wireless equipment requires standard batteries, standard rechargeable batteries, or some other type of special battery. Some control panels and sensors use special lithium-ion rechargeable batteries that are good for a thousand or more recharge cycles (and only require a few hours to recharge). While these batteries entail a more expensive upfront cost, they’re far cheaper in the long run.
4. Some monitoring service and alarm system resellers use standardized equipment that’s compatible across all of the major home security companies, but others use proprietary equipment. Consumers who think they may want to eventually change monitoring service companies should avoid any company that only sells proprietary equipment.
5. Many DIY alarm system providers offer free technical support and installation assistance over the phone or Internet, but not all do—and some offer technical support, but for a price. It’s always good for shoppers to understand what kind of support will be available to them before taking the plunge.
Alarm System Report is one of the Internet’s most trusted provider of consumer alarm system reviews. In addition to individual alarm company reviews and ratings, the company publishes an annual list of rankings, including best overall alarm system companies, best wireless alarm system, best cellular alarm system, and best DIY alarm system. Homeowners interested in ensuring that their home and family has the best protection possible from a highly reliable and professional home security company can find out more about the home alarm industry at alarmsystemreport.com.