When it comes to home security these days it seems like there is a never ending list of different devices to add to your alarm system. We wanted to create a short series and quickly review the different options. Today we will start with the basics. So here we go…
Part 1: The Basic Home Security Sensors
The most common sensor in any home security system, this sensor comes in two small pieces that are paired wirelessly. When the wireless connection is interrupted – like when a door or window opens – the sensor will trigger an alert.
Best Location: Doors that lead to the outdoors, doors to rooms containing valuables, large windows that could be climbed through.
Bad Location: Rooms with multiple windows – we recommend a different sensor for that.
Using infrared detection, a motion sensor will effectively monitor large rooms for any signs of movement.
Best Location: Large rooms and common areas, such as the living room or main hallways. The MS is perfect for protecting rooms with multiple windows.
Bad Location: Large pets (over 40 pounds) can trigger the MS, so rooms where pets often roam are not recommended. The DWS is more suitable for smaller rooms with only one or two windows.
Glass Break Sensor
The Glass Break detects the unique sound frequency of breaking glass up to 20 feet in any direction. The GB and MS make a powerful combo in protecting a large area with many windows.
Best Location: Protecting rooms with oversized windows, rooms with multiple windows (paired with the MS), and sliding glass doors.
Bad Location: Rooms with a single window.
The Smoke/Heat Sensor uses photo-electronic technology to detect smoke particles in the air. It also detects when a room’s temperature rises too quickly.
Best Location: According to the National Fire Protection Association, each floor of a home should have fire protection. The SH is best placed near bedrooms.
Bad Location: Avoid placing the SH in locations with heavy dust or humidity, and in locations where you might light a controlled fire, such as kitchens, bathrooms and rooms with fireplaces. Also not recommended for rooms that are not temperature controlled, like the garage.
Simon XTI Control Panel
The Control Panel is the central unit of any security system. All security sensors communicate with the panel and when the sensors are triggered, the panel sends instant communication to the monitoring center. The Control Panel is a user’s tool for arming and disarming their system.
Best Use: The Control Panel should be strategically placed so it’s easy for users to access.
Bad Location: We recommend against placing this next to the front door or in plain view of a window.
Keychain Remote (Keyfob)
As the name implies, the Keychain Remote goes onto a key ring to provide the easiest way of arming and disarming. Also included is a button to turn on the lights, as well as a panic button.
Best Use: The Keyfob is the easiest and most convenient way to arm and disarm a security system, so it’s ideal for everyone! Attach it to your keys for easy access.
Make sure you check back with us as we add more information about optimizing your home security system as we continue this short series. And for more information on how Security One can service your home security needs giving you and your family peace of mind visit us online at securityoneonline.com or call us toll free at 888.584.5152. “Your Security, Our Priority”