When it comes to home technology, smart motion sensors are some of the more efficient and versatile devices you can buy. But in order to get the full security and convenience that motion sensors offer, there are a few best practices you’ll want to follow.
Ways to Use Motion Sensors in Your Home
- Protect doors, windows and entryways from potential break-ins
- Detect water leaks as well as sudden changes in water temperature
- Help to secure and protect your home by monitoring the premises for glass breaking
- Turn lights on or off automatically to help improve security and promote energy savings in the home
- Limit access to certain parts of your home
Types of Motion Sensors
- Passive infrared (PIR)
A passive infrared sensor detects body heat (infrared energy) by looking for changes in temperatures. This is the most widely used motion sensor in home security systems. When you arm your system, this activates the motion sensors to report possible threats.
- Microwave (MW)
This type of sensor sends out microwave pulses and measures the reflections off of moving objects. They cover a larger area than infrared sensors, but are more expensive and vulnerable to electrical interference.
- Dual Technology Motion Sensors
This incorporates both PIR and microwave sensors to have fewer false alarms. With the dual tech/hybrid version, both sensors will need to sense changes to trigger it, making false alarms extremely low.
Good Placement Options
- Corners: Installing a motion sensor in the corner of your room will give your sensor the widest possible view of the space below.
- Front and back doors: Placing motion sensors above doorways keeps them out of sight and makes it nearly impossible for intruders to enter without setting off the alarm.
- High-traffic areas: Equipping stairways, main hallways and other high-traffic areas with motion sensors ensures that intruders trigger the alarm regardless of where they’re trying to go.
- Near valuables: Putting a motion detector near or behind valuable items will make it so that the alarm is sounded if an intruder attempts to move or steal them.
- Basements: Intruders may attempt to make a low-profile entry through your basement, so it’s wise to have the space equipped with motion sensors.
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