Homeowners install security systems based on needs and preferences. Some homeowners love 'in-your-face' security systems, while others prefer the surprise factor inherent in some devices. Window alarm sensors fall in the latter category and are very effective at keeping burglars off your property. If a burglar approaches a window not knowing it is rigged with a sensor, the high-pitched wailing sound is enough to disorient them, keeping your home secure. That said, window alarm sensors should be installed correctly to function optimally. This article highlights vital installation tips for window alarm sensors.
Use Spacers on Metallic Window Frames
Metallic windows, particularly aluminium and steel, are exquisite and add extra value to a home. However, a metallic window or frame is not compatible with security alarm sensors. It can be attributed to a sensor's two-piece magnetic contact, meaning that a magnet holds the pieces together on opposite sides of a frame. Unfortunately, you need a direct connection between magnets, and a metal frame interferes with the magnetic field of sensors. In such a case, an alarm may not trigger at all or might do so intermittently. Either way, a sensor becomes unreliable. You can prevent interference of a sensor's magnetic field by mounting the two pieces between non-conductive spacers. It ensures indirect metal-magnet contact, ensuring that an alarm system works reliably.
Observe Distance From Main Panel
All window sensors come with the main panel installed inside a house. The central panel is also referred to as a signal repeater, and it allows homeowners to install sensors in more than one window, helping beef up security. However, you must ensure that each sensor is within the recommended distance from the main panel. If one sensor is out of range, an intruder can open a window without triggering an alarm. Notably, each company has different recommendations regarding coverage, which is why you must read a manual carefully for correct alarm sensor installation.
Check Sensor Placement
For a window sensor to work correctly, the inner piece must be aligned with the magnet on the outside and placed as close to it as possible. If the two pieces are not perfectly aligned, light movements on a window might lead to false triggers. It can be frustrating, particularly if you do not know the reason for the false triggers. As such, ensure that the two pieces are correctly aligned for optimal performance. You can give a window a slight nudge to confirm correct sensor placement. If an alarm only goes off when you open a window, your security alarm sensor is set.
Talk to a security alarm system supplier for more information.