How serious are you about securing your home? Adding home security systems is not just home improvements you can do, but is an essential step to safety. My home was broken into several times in the past and I’m sure people will try to break in in the future. Because of this, having a security system is paramount. However, if your budget can’t accommodate the state of the art home security system, there are ways you can still protect your home minus the exorbitant cost.
There are numerous cheap home security systems in the market. Don’t be fooled when I say cheap. These are inexpensive gadgets that provide you with value for your money. Moreover, these security gadgets are easy to install and have low maintenance. You can simply install them and let them do their magic.
Infrared motion detectors
It may sound like some spy gadget you’d find in James Bond movies. But it’s toned down for the average home. These gadgets have many features. You can get one with an alarm, an automatic “lights on” feature or both. Some units even have remote control and programmable timers. These are ingenious security tools that you attach to walls posts. Ideally, you face the infrared sensor towards areas where potential intruders will take. When the gadget senses movement, lights will go on and in some units an alarm will sound.
When buying infrared motion detectors make sure you determine what type of power source it uses. Some are plugged into a wall outlet while others use batteries. Likewise check the effective range of the sensors. The wider and farther they are the better.
I’ve seen these home security products go for as low as $5 USD per unit. I can name a few stores that sell them at cheaper prices but the quality can be questionable.
Magnetic alarms for doors and windows
Another inexpensive home security gadget you can buy are the magnetic alarms for doors and windows. Obviously, they operate using magnets. When the two pieces of the gadget are separated, they will automatically emit an ear-piercing sound. Experts recommend placing them in your windows and doors. The really inexpensive ones cost around $1 or less.
When you buy these gadgets, it is a good idea to ask about how loud they can get. Of course the louder the better so you can easily hear it alarm. The size of the unit is also a good point of comparison when buying. Smaller units are easier to conceal compared to larger ones. But since they’re usually installed indoors, you don’t have to worry about this as much. Another important consideration is the manner at which it is switched on or off. Most inexpensive magnetic alarms have manual switches. This means you have to switch it off and on every time you one the door. More expensive ones have remote controls and timers.
Automatic lighting systems
Many break-ins happen at night. In our case, it happens more often when we are away. A great deterrent is to have your lights automatically switch on at night even when you are away. This will make think that there are people in the house. There are timers that you can use to do this for you. Digital and mechanical timers allow current to flow at programmed times. This way, you can set the lights to switch on (or off) at any time you want even when you’re not around.
I suggest using LED lights for these system so that you won’t spend too much power. But don’t worry; most timers are rated up to 3,000 watts. Another important installation tip is to put these light sources where people or intruders might hide. By strategically placing the light source, you maximize the reach of the light and minimize dark areas around your house.
Digital timers can cost $12 a piece. Moreover, you can connect your other security system to this timer so that everything will automatically switch on at the time you want.
Protecting your home from intruders is important. You can do this by using a home security system that is inexpensive. So before you get hooked on buying a security system that is too expensive, think about what you want and what you need. With just a few bucks, you can provide your home the security that you require. Improve your home not just by making it look nice, home improvement is making it safer.
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