For those of you looking to boost your home security, you should start by securing your doors and windows. Doors are fairly straight forward, and vary a lot less than the different types windows you might have. In this post, we will discuss the different security measures you should use for different types of windows. There are really just glass break sensors and door window sensors. Door or window sensors can be placed in different areas of your window in order to be the most accurate. They are the most common piece of security equipment when it comes to securing your home. Door or window sensors are used to detect when any door or window is opened. Protect America uses wireless micro sensors to help keep them inconspicuous and out of the way. Let’s take a closer look at the different types of windows you might have…

Double-Hung Windows

Single and double-hung windows have two operable sashes that slide vertically to open or close the window. They are a fairly popular type of window across the country.

double hung window security

With a window sensor, you should place one piece on the side pane connected to the frame of the window and the other piece of the sensor directly on the inner frame of the window. You want them to be lined up so that the magnetic strip is directly above the other. When the magnetic field is broken, a signal will sound to your alarm panel and help will be dispatched!

Awning Windows

Awning windows are hinged at the top and swing outward to open. They are usually opened and closed using a crank handle. The operate similar to a hatch. Awning windows are common in basements and bathrooms. Now, just like the previous window, you want to place the sensor in the same place. You should place one piece on the side pane connected to the frame of the window and the other piece of the sensor directly on the inner frame of the window. Since it will open diagonally, you place the sensor where it will separate when opened. For most homes we recommend one sensor for every accessible door and window.

Casement Windows

Casement windows swing outward to open. They are like awning windows, except the open from one side, like a page of a book. Secure them with a window sensor just like an awning window.

Horizontal Slide Windows

horizontal sliding window security

Horizontal slide windows are just like the single or double hung windows but turned sideways. You can think of them like a miniature siding glass door. For this reason you can have a security bar in the track when it is closed. They have large panels of glass without much support in between. Secure them with a window sensor on the side and inner pane. You might want to add a glass break sensor to this type of window as well.

Windows that Don’t Open

Definitely use a glass break sensor for windows that are either sealed shut or that are not meant to open.

Glass break sensors are specifically designed using pattern recognition technology to detect the sound of breaking glass within a 20-foot radius. Use this sensor around easy accessible windows or glass doors that could be shattered to gain entry into your home.


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