How to Install a Home Alarm System

A home alarm system can protect you and your family as well as your home and belongings in the event of a burglary. Some home alarm systems are complex and requires professional installation, while others are easier installed. This page takes you through the general steps of how to install a home alarm system. Specific instructions will differ based on the alarm that you have chosen.


There are three general types of home alarm systems: a local home alarm, which sets off a local sound alarm in the case of a burglary, an auto-dial system which dials programmed numbers, such as 911, in the case of an emergency, and a monitored home alarm system, which is monitored by an agency. The functions of the monitored alarm system differ, but usually include the ability for the company to contact you if the alarm goes off and dispatch private security agents to your home. Most monitored home alarm systems will be installed by a professional. Regardless of the system, it's best to hire a professional to install your alarm system if you are not familiar with electrical installations, in order to avoid injuries and mistakes during the installation.

Step 1: Understanding

  • Before installing the alarm system, make sure you understand how it works.
  • Home alarm systems operate on the functions of a closed circuit electrical system. Voltage flows through the system until it's disrupted, (opened), causing an alarm to set off. Monitors are installed on windows and doors. When the monitors set off, for example when a door is opened, the circuit opens and the alarm rings.
  • Monitored alarm systems contact the monitoring agency when the alarm sets off. They are connected to a phone or cable. They are activated when you enter the door and you have a limited time to put in a password before the alarm goes off.

Step 2: Planning

  • After understanding how the system works, it's time to plan the installation. Select the locations of the different components of the alarm system before starting the installation.
  • A simple alarm system consists of a main control board, sensors, a control panel and a siren.
  • The main control board controls the alarm system.
  • The siren should be located at a place where it's easily heard, but not easily found. This way, the alarm will be noisy, but the burglars cannot easily destroy it.
  • The control panel is the remote control of the alarm and allows you to disarm, disconnect and activate the alarm. it should be located near the front door for easy access. Don't install it so that burglars can see it through the windows.
  • Sensors are placed on doors and windows.
  • Many alarm system includes additional functions.

Step 3: Installation

  • Read the instructions of the specific alarm before starting the installation. Be aware that many alarm systems will require professional installation. If you are not familiar with electrical installations, contact a professional. The best order for installation may vary depending on the alarm. These are the installations steps.
  • Install the siren.
  • Install the main control board.
  • Install window sensors and door sensors.
  • Install the remote control panel.
  • Test the remote control panel and each sensor.
  • Set a password for the remote control panel.


·         A home alarm system can allow you to sleep better at night, whether in your home or at vacation, since it provides protection for you, your family and your home and belongings. Before installing a system, make sure you understand how it works and how to install it. Some may require professional installation, but others can be installed if you are familiar with electrical installations.
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Wrote time: 2013 December 3rd
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