Advantages of Home Security Sensors


Home Security Sensors

If you have been considering a new home alarm system or are maybe thinking about upgrading your existing system then you may well have come across the wide range of different home security sensors and options available and be wondering which ones do what and which ones you need and which ones you can live without.

There are many brands of home security system who try to come up with new and exciting names for their sensors and options and use plenty of marketing jargon to try and make an old idea look new or unique. However, in almost all cases these all boil down to the same types of home security sensors simply being described in a different way.

Home Security Sensor
A sensor is the main way that a home security system gets information. In general, if the sensor is dormant until something activates it. If is left dormant then they security system assumes all is well and will do nothing other than to continue to wait. If a sensor is activated then this tells the system that there is a problem and that the alarm needs to be sounded. It is at the point of a security sensor being activated that an unmonitored system would turn on the external alarm to get people’s attention. On a monitored alarm, this is when the system would alert the monitoring company to tell them that there could well be a problem and to call the householder to check out the situation.

Home security sensors are essential to the effectiveness of a home alarm system. At the bottom end, they simply alert as to whether there has been a breach or not. At the top end they can distinguish between an animal and human being to reduce false alarms, alert a monitoring company exactly where the possible breach is and can record important information such as the exact time of break in which can be useful for prosecutions and so on.

There are four main types of sensors that are used in the typical home security system. These top four are glass break sensors, stress sensors, home security motion sensors and panic buttons.

Glass Break Sensors
Home Security SensorBurglars often gain entry through a window rather than a door. It is often easier for a burglar to discreetly break a window or try to cut out an entry from the glass than it is to break down a front door or pick a lock.

This can mean that for the opportunist a simple breaking of a glass window at the back of your property seems a quick and easy way of getting into your property and grabbing some of your goods.

A glass break sensor works specifically to stop the action of someone gaining entry through your windows. The sensors are placed on to the windows in your property and are activated when they detect vibrations from the glass.

The good thing about glass break sensors is that they offer a very welcome extra level of protection but can also be used according to your budget too. For example, if budget is no problem then you can place a glass break sensor on every single window in your home for maximum protection. However, if you are on a tighter budget then you may choose to only pay for glass break sensors on the most likely windows that a burglar would try to gain access through. For example, it is unlikely that a burglar would look to access a property through a window about ground level in most properties. This means that you can save money by simply only paying for glass break sensors on the ground floor windows.

Alternatively, some people opt to only put glass break sensors on rear windows or windows obscured from public view that burglars are more likely to favor.

Stress Sensors
A stress home security sensor is a very effective way of protecting the interior of your home. They are alerted when they are stepped upon.

Some stress sensors can be calibrated so that a certain amount of weight will set them off. This can help with false alarms. You may set the weight to that of the average adult for example. This would allow for an intruder to set off the alarm when they stepped on it but it would not be set off by the household cat.

Stress sensors are usually placed underneath carpets or rugs but can also often be placed underneath floor joists. This gives the added layer of protection that if, for some reason, an intruder happens to get past the exterior security, they will quickly set off an alarm once indoors.

Motion Sensors
Home Security Motion SensorsMotion sensors are one of the most common types of home security sensors now used. As the name suggests, these sensors alert the security system when motion is detected within the room.

The most basic systems will alert as soon as any motion whatsoever is detected. This means that if someone or something makes a movement in any room that is protected by a home security motion sensor, then the alarm will assume it is an intruder and set off the alarm.

Some more complex and advanced home security motion sensors can now actually distinguish between smaller animals and humans, meaning that your dog will be able to wander through the room without setting off the alarm but an intruder won’t. This is a very welcome level of security that minimizes false alarms but still offers maximum protection.

Panic Buttons
A panic button is often worn by the user around the neck or kept on the body in a pocket in the form of a battery-run wireless device.

A panic button allows you to manually set off your alarm in an instant by simply pressing the button on the wireless device.

A panic button is great for anyone who feels particularly vulnerable and wishes to have the manual option to set off an alarm whenever they may feel the need. It is also a good protection for people with health concerns who may need sudden help.

With better knowledge of the different forms of home security sensors available you are well prepared to ensure that you and your home are kept properly secure. It is also worth enquiring with your home security company to ensure that the home security sensor being installed in your property fits in with your everyday requirements.