Monday, December 1, 2008

Retrofitting a Home for Wireless Home Security

The process of trying to take an existing home and install a new technology or a new type of system or service is known as "retrofitting." Retrofitting a home for home security isn't always an easy task. Depending on the age of the home, the design of the home, and the overall structure of the home, it may be next to impossible to retrofit a home in order to install a home security system. While this is common in homes that are older than a certain age, even newer homes can be difficult to retrofit. The good news here is that there are some home security options available to the homeowner whose home isn't really conducive to major renovations.

Wireless home security systems come in a number of different shapes and sizes, each with their own advantages and limitations. Something as simple as wireless motion detectors can alert a homeowner, or a security monitoring company, that an intruder is moving throughout the home. Cameras with wireless capabilities can also be installed in order to increase home security. Here again, these cameras may send a signal to a recording device in the home, or they may transmit their signal, via the home security system, to the security monitoring company.

In many cases, retrofitting a home for wireless home security may involve a number of steps. For example, you will need to know the specifications of the wireless devices, in terms of their range and their reliability. Some devices have a hard time getting their signal from one end of the house to the other, and this will affect the manner in which you retrofit your home. It may be that the central control panel of the security system has to be installed in a unique location within the home in order for the signals from the various wireless home security devices to reach it effectively. If the security system is being monitored by a security company, you may also have to take into account the location of a phone line, so that the signal can be sent to the security company in the event of a security breach.

With these things in mind, a wireless home security system is still likely to require less retrofitting of your home than other home security options. Because of this, it may also be among the most economical options, as well.

Bruce Kelly is a Home Security Specialist with 10+ years of experience configuring and installing home alarms.

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