Keeping your home safe and protected is a major concern constantly on a homeowner’s mind. There are a variety of ways installing security cameras can increase safety and protection. While the initial costs may seem a little steep, the advantages and benefits heavily outweigh the costs. By having a professional electrician install security cameras throughout your home you will be able to enjoy life more by worrying less. New Jersey’s homeowners have been through enough in the past few years, as we still are recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Don’t let more despair enter you and your family’s life. Their well-being should be your number one concern.
Why You Should Install Security Cameras
The world isn’t as nice as it used to be. Homeowners don’t just leave their doors unlocked anymore, arming their houses to the teeth with expensive alarm systems and personal protection like handguns. An easy alternative to installing an alarm system or buying a gun is to simply install security cameras throughout and around your home. This way, regardless of if you are nestled in your bed or buried under work at the office, you can keep an eye on your home’s activities. With technology improving each year, the capabilities of security cameras are evolving exponentially. Now it’s easier than ever to install security cameras and keep your home safe while still being cost efficient!
The Benefits of a Security Camera System
Because protection and defense are in such high demand right now, it seems almost everyone is installing security cameras in their homes. Security cameras don’t just benefit homes either, plenty of commercial properties pair their alarm systems with a reliable security camera system. This line of defense comes with an assortment of benefits especially now, during the smartphone era. Besides having a DVR recording system storing at least thirty days of recorded footage at a time, certain apps give you the ability to access the live stream feeds right on your phone. Whether you are at work, on vacation, or in the backyard you can see everything that is going on in real time. Certain products available can even find the sneakiest of prowlers with infrared cameras that pick up body temperatures! For homeowners with young children, valuable items, or precious antiques install security cameras to gain some additional assurance throughout the night and sleep better!
How to Install Security Cameras
Depending on the size of your home and what type of system you will be installing, this project may benefit from a professional’s assistance. There are a lot of aspects to take into consideration when selecting the equipment and beginning to install security cameras throughout your home.
Phase One – Select Equipment to Install
What equipment will you be using?
There are a lot of different products available for home surveillance. You can install a CCTV system which is closed circuit, continuous recording, or install wireless cameras, install sweeping cameras, infrared cameras and more. Once you have selected the type of cameras you will be using, you need to select a receiver and appoint an area that will become the hub for your surveillance equipment. You can convert a linen closet, small office room, or any other room you desire (usually on second floor, so there is less wiring you have to do). As you finish selecting your equipment you are ready to move onto the next phase of your security camera system install.
Phase Two – Choosing Points of Interest
Where will you install security cameras for your system?
Choosing specific areas you want to install security cameras in is one of the most important stages of the installation process. Keep in mind that outdoor surveillance cameras will be subjected to nature’s elements, so it’s better to keep them shaded and covered. That way, there won’t be any glare or sun spots.
Another point to consider are blind spots, areas that you cannot typically see. When we install security cameras for any client, we have found that they tend to already have an idea of what areas they want the cameras to cover or observe. As we survey your home we will also make any suggestions we may have to give you better visibility.
We also recommend installing security cameras higher up, underneath the coping where your roof meets the side of the house. Not only will this protect the cameras from nature, but will also keep them out of view, and give you the greatest visibility. With many security cameras offering the ability to zoom in clearly, it’s definitely a good idea to install security cameras with a zoom function at that height.
Phase Three – Wiring and Setup
Another reason it’s good to install security cameras along the edging where the roof meets the walls or sides of the house are for wiring purposes. It is much easier to run wires to a room on the second floor rather than the first. It also makes hiding wires and keeping the room looking aesthetically appealing much simpler.
Wiring and setting up a security camera system can be difficult for those who lack training and experience. We do not recommend attempting to handle this installation phase by yourself. Bringing in a pair of professional hands could benefit more at this stage than hurt, so why not avoid any injury? There are many different methods and materials you can choose to use at this stage, including siamese coaxial cables, which bundle the video components and power source into one cable, RCA and video output wires, and more. The acronyms alone can make anyone dizzy, from there you have to determine what type of power source you want all of your cameras to run on. There are many different options you can go with, from directly plugging the components into an outlet, setting up a central power source, or draw the power from the actual receiving system you install.
Once all of the cameras and components are wired, it’s time to make sure everything is set correctly on your DVR and receiver. Once all of the settings are configured to your preferences, you can begin to enjoy the additional protection you’ve just added to your home!
How Long Does it Take to Install Security Cameras?
In all honesty, every job will demand a different amount of time. It all comes down to how many cameras you are trying to install, what other components and materials you are utilizing, and the size of your home. For a typical, average-sized home it can take anywhere from one to three days for a professional to install security cameras and it’s recording system. Other aspects that will affect completion time includes hidden wire visibility, overall neatness, if you had to phish through walls, and more. As you begin to install security cameras and it’s system keep these variables in mind, you may be able to save yourself some time in the end!
Install a Security Camera System Today
What are you waiting for? Keep an eye on your home no matter where you are. Installing a security camera and alarm system is a great alternative to buying a gun or guard dog. The former puts all inhabitants at risk if the gun falls in the wrong hands, while the latter requires a lot of attention and maintenance. With a security camera system you control it all, from the placement of the cameras to who has access to the video streams. Don’t let your home, family and personal belongings be put at risk, install a security camera system today. If you lack the time or skill to install, call a professional for assistance!