There are a number of ways to make a home safer, and one of those ways is to have a good security system that includes glass break sensors. But if a homeowner has a DIY installation of their system, how do they know if they’re doing things right? A more traditional security system offers a professional installation in a lot of cases, which can give homeowners the opportunity to have everything put right where it belongs. A DIY installation doesn’t offer that, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. There are still plenty of ways to learn how to properly locate equipment.
One of the most important pieces of equipment that really has to be placed right is the glass break sensor. A lot of people mistakenly think that it has to be placed on the glass, but that’s simply not true. It can be located elsewhere — and if it’s on the glass it would be too easy for someone to see it and potentially try to remove it. Having it in a location where it will “hear” the glass break, but where it won’t be damaged by the glass when it breaks, is actually the best way to ensure that the sensor does its job correctly.
What Does a Glass Break Sensor Do?
The job of a glass break sensor is to actually alert a homeowner when glass is broken. The sensor does this by detecting the high-pitched sound that glass makes when it breaks. There are other noises that can set the sensor off and cause false alarms, and there are also noises that can be used to test the sensor without actually breaking anything.
The main job of the sensor is to be sure that glass stays intact, and to let the homeowner know if there’s a problem.
Glass break sensors often notify alarm companies and authorities along with a homeowner, so there’s a good chance of catching someone who has tried to break into a home. It’s not always possible to catch someone like that, but the sound of the sensor and alarm going off may be enough to scare them away before they can take anything or do any more damage than a broken window.
Where is the Best Place for a Glass Break Sensor?
There are several places that a glass break sensor can be placed. Homeowners who work with a traditional security company will get those sensors placed for them. Those who are doing a DIY installation should put the sensor on the ceiling or the wall. Either option is all right, as long as there’s fewer than 20 feet between the sensor and the glass. It’s also important to remember that heavy drapes, curtains, or blinds can be a problem because they can muffle the sound and stop the detector from hearing what it needs to. In that case, the sensor may need to be much closer than it would otherwise need to be.
Choosing a Security Company That Provides Good Equipment
For homeowners who want to work with a security company, it’s important to choose one that provides good equipment. That’s going to matter in how well the glass break sensors work. Homeowners should also consider a company with:
- 24/7 monitoring ability
- fast response times
- ease of installation
- good customer service
Most security companies are comparable, but those that aren’t will need to start doing better if they want to stay competitive. Homeowners are expecting more and more today, and because of that security companies will need to refocus on what they need to offer to customers.
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