Windows present a special challenge when choosing and setting up a home security system. All homes must have windows and glass, as a material, will break by hitting them with just about any tool or object with any heft. However, in recent years, there are a few more options for safeguarding security using their innate characteristics against them.
Types of Window Alarms
- Entrance alert alarms. Entrance alarms work for both closed doors and windows. These two-part devices send a signal to the control panel when the system is armed. Opening or closing the window will trigger the signal, depending on how it’s set up.
- Glass breakage sensors. These sensors detect the audio frequency of breaking glass and work well in areas where there are a lot of windows or want to keep a window open without securing it with an entrance alarm. Breakage sensors use a microphone that detects the unique sound of breaking glass, whether it’s coated, laminated, plate, or tempered. Each sensor typically covers a distance of 25 feet in any direction. Although they send a Wi-Fi signal to the control panel, glass breakage sensors need to be plugged into an electrical outlet. They work when the system is armed or set to “stay.”
- Vibration sensors. A vibration sensor will sound an alarm when it senses that the glass is vibrating at a certain rate. The sensors are placed directly on the glass and send the signal via Wi-Fi to the control panel. Someone who hits or kicks the window can set such an alarm off.
- Motion detectors. These are mainstays of home security systems. They sense movement in areas and send the signal to the monitoring panel. The detectors can be set to ignore the movements of pets based on their weight, while some measure body heat as the primary metric.
While glass breakage and vibration sensors increase the options for window security, they also add to the possibilities of false alarms. Vibration sensors, in particular, may go off when a low flying aircraft goes by or a bird or a person hits the window accidentally. Sonic booms can trigger a vibration alarm, as could an earthquake or strong wind gust. In the long run, people may be better off using entrance alert alarms and motion sensors to safeguard their homes.
Deciding Between Monitored or Not
Protect America explains the difference between monitored and unmonitored systems pointing out that
“A truly protected home is a monitored home. Without monitoring, your security is just a glorified noise maker. We use triple redundant monitoring stations across the country to keep you safe.”
Having a monitored system could save money, as well as preventing a loss. When the security system sends a call to the monitoring station, a highly trained customer service agent answers it. He or she will initiate a call to verify with the client that it’s a valid alarm. Local 911 calls cost governments, and after a few false alarms, they will bill the customer for each call made erroneously.
Human monitored systems provide much more security than one with a prerecorded message for an auto dialer. When an alarm sounds with such a system, it will dial a phone number and play a previously recorded message asking for help. If it’s programmed to call 911 and it’s a false alarm, the local jurisdiction can levy a fine.
If you’re interested in an affordable monitored security system, contact Protect America today to learn about our home security systems, easy installation and top-rated customer service.