How Long Does It Take To Set Up An Alarm System?

You are getting an alarm system and want one that has advanced technology and is easy to use. You want peace of mind without a headache. One of your concerns is how long it takes to set up a new alarm system. Are you going to do the installation yourself or have someone come and set it up. What’s involved and how long does it take to set up an alarm system?

The answer depends on a few factors. First, how big is the location that you are protecting. The size of the location dictates the equipment needed to provide security. For example a 500 sq foot apartment needs less equipment than a 5000 sq foot three floor home. The more equipment equals more time needed for set up.

The next factor is what type of system are you installing. Is it a wireless or hardwire alarm system? Hardwire alarm systems connect wires to a panel (the brains of the system) throughout the location. A hardwired system requires drilling and wiring. A wireless system connects the panel to the other equipment remotely. This makes installation significantly easier and faster.

Next are you doing the installation yourself or is the alarm company sending someone to your home to do it. Logic would suggest that someone coming to your home would be a faster installation process, right? Well that would be wrong. It’s actually a much longer process. First you have to factor in the wait time for the installer to show up. Next the setting up of equipment. The paperwork and the cleanup follows. It ends up literally taking minimum half a day for the installation!

Doing things yourself will always be shorter. You can do it on your schedule, and the DIY alarm company will assist installation of the phone. Setting up a DIY alarm system is a painless process and will save you a significant amount of time. It will also save you money, since you don’t have to pay for the installer.

Typically setting up an alarm system will take between 30 minutes to an hour and a half. This is the general average time for setting up a security system. Sometimes it will take longer if the location is bigger. Be prepared for the occasional glitch. This could add more time to the installation. To save some time, if the system is DIY, get everything out of the box and packaging in advance. This way once you get the Tech Support Rep on the phone, you’re ready to roll.

Also to shorten the process, make sure you have emergency contact information decided on in advance. Know who is going to be called if there’s an emergency, plus their phone numbers. And figure out emergency pass codes. This info is essential and will be asked on the phone.

Setting up an alarm system is not a lengthy process. And it can be doe without any specific skills and power tools! Protect yourself with an alarm system today.