Garage Door Sensors

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Garage Door Sensors
Garage Door Sensors

There are many home security sensors you can include in your home security system.

From motion sensors to smoke detectors, glass-breaking sensors to door and window switches, the choices can seem overwhelming. But you don’t have to include every single type, or cover your home in sensors, to make your property safe! Knowing your needs, and placing sensors strategically, will keep you covered.

Do A Security Audit

The first thing you should do before you design your security system is survey your property. Where are your weak areas? How close is your home to the street? Are your windows clearly visible to people passing by?

Which points of entry are hidden, and therefore appealing to someone breaking in? Any doors or windows that are not in clear view of the street, or in dark corners or obscured by landscaping, should be sensored.

Next, think about common activities and occurrences in your home. Do you have family members who come in late? What about a dog or cat who roams the house at night? If you want motion sensors inside, for instance, then you’ll need to plan around these things, so people (or pets) aren’t tripping alarms all the time.

Choosing Your Home Security Sensors

Each sensor is a zone. So before you design your security system, you need to know what the zone capability is. How many zones can you have? How many do you need?

All of your doors should have a door switch. These are generally magnet switches that go off when a door is opened and breaks the circuit. If you have a door that goes in to your garage, or a cellar door around the back, make sure you cover these as well as your main and rear doors.

You can limit the number of window sensors you need by using one glass-breaking sensor for an entire room, rather than installing a window switch on each one. A glass-breaking sensor will detect broken glass for all of the windows in a certain area…so if you have a large room, make sure that this one sensor will cover all of it.

Save the window switches for rooms with one window, such as bedrooms.

A motion sensor is best placed either covering the stairs to your second floor, or the hallway leading to your bedrooms. If you have a pet, you can install the sensor higher up so they don’t trip it. Some sensors can tell the difference between an animal and a person. Also, place a keypad near the bedrooms so that anyone getting up in the middle of the night can turn the motion sensors off (and back on), and near the front door for anyone coming in late at night.

Have a smoke/heat detector on every floor in a central location. If you use gas appliances, you’ll also want to install a carbon monoxide sensor on each floor, especially near the sleeping areas.

The home security sensors you use really depend on the layout of your property, and the lifestyle you lead. The most important thing is to strike a balance between overall safety and security, and convenience for the members of your family.

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