Never underestimate the importance of having an alarm system in your home, whether it’s DIY personal security or a professionally installed surveillance system. 78366512Our homes are the places we build families and make memories, and when that safety and comfort are violated either by an intruder or a natural disaster, it can quickly strip us of our peace of mind and keep us up worrying at night. The security of your home and family is not a topic to compromise, even if you have a tight budget. If you can’t afford to get a professional home security system right away, you should take a look into some of the DIY options out there and take advantage of their low prices. DIY alarm systems can even be a fun project for the whole family to participate in, and they can give you a sense of accomplishment when you stand back and take a look at your finished work. Here are a few central alarm features you should consider including in your home security system.

Environmental Alarms

Just the phrase “home security” can have you immediately jumping at the thought of a burglary or home invasion, but let’s not forget the absolute importance of installing trustworthy environmental alarms. These kinds of alarms are actually possibly the easiest part of DIYing your own home security system, seeing as most homes already come with these devices installed, and even if not, you can find them for fairly cheap at most home maintenance stores. All you need is a little bit of research and a shopping list to get started.

Fire alarms are possibly the most important environmental alarms you can install, considering the number of house fires that occur each year in the United States alone. You should do some research on the fire standards in your area to make sure that you purchase a smoke detector that meets their requirements.

Carbon Monoxide Alarm 136249901Carbon Monoxide alarms are another important part of your home security. CO poisoning is the “silent killer,” and you can be passed out on the floor before you even realize it’s happening to you. Investing in a reliable CO detector for each level of your house can go a long way to saving lives and preventing Co poisoning.

Temperature alarms may often get overlooked, but with new home automation advances coming out every day, they’re becoming more and more popular because of their incredible benefits. The temperature in your home can actually greatly affect the wear and tear of both its makeup and the possessions housed within it. Modern, automated thermostats can usually keep an eye on the temperatures throughout the house, and they can even be programmed to alert you when those temperatures reach predetermined damaging lows or highs. Many can even be linked to smart phones or mobile devices so that you can keep an eye on your home’s temperature levels while you’re away.

Man sitting in flooded living room using phone, low section 73271468Flood alarms are another great investment that can help prevent nasty and expensive water damage. Most water damage begins with a small leak, but the longer it goes unnoticed and unfixed, the worse it gets and the deeper that damage penetrates. Small flood sensors can be placed in the areas of your home where water pipes run, and their alarms immediately sound whenever a certain level of moisture is detected. These little devices can go a long way to protecting the integrity of your home.

Burglar Alarms

When it comes to classic home security, you can never go wrong with some strategically placed burglar alarms. These alarms can range from infrared detectors to photo detectors to window contacts to pressure mats. Some kinds of simple door and window alarms can be easily made yourself, while more complex devices are often sold in home security kits at home maintenance stores. Whichever way you choose to fit your security needs the best, there is no doubt that the protection of your home is greatly increased by these alarms.

Door and window contacts are usually formed by circuits that, when engaged, either break or close whenever the door or window is opened. When that happens, the alarm sounds, alerting the house to the presence of an intruder. These contacts can be drilled into the surface of the doorframe or windowsill or can be hidden within the inside of the frames. As you can probably guess, hidden contacts are going to be more expensive and more difficult to install, while surface contacts will be readily visible and easier to place.

Motion detectors often come in the form of PIR detectors or photo detectors. PIR detectors sense the change in heat when a person enters its field of surveillance, while photo detectors note any interruption to their light emission when a person or object crosses its path. Any time this happens, an alarm immediately sounds, alerting those at home.

Many of these devices and alarms can be wirelessly connected to your mobile device through company security apps. In fact, if you do a little bit of research, you can find certain brands of devices that are “universal” and will work together with universal security apps, meaning that you don’t have to worry about only being able to purchase full security kits in order to have a central control panel for all of your security measures. If you’re considering increasing your home’s security and have questions about what options are best for you, call 866-565-4305 to speak with a professional today.