Window sensors are a great way to add to any home security system and to keep your home safe and happy. There are tons of different types of window sensors and each has specific function that is meant to make sure that your home and your family is safe and secure. These sensors are perfect for a wide range of things and knowing where to place them can make all the difference in their overall function. Here are a few tips on how to optimize your window sensor placement.

Types of Window Sensors

The most basic of window sensors are those that are designed to alarm when the window is opened. These work on the principle that the two pieces of the sensor are in contact with one another when the window is shut then when it is opened the two pieces are no longer in contact with one another and the alarm then sounds. When this happens the homeowner is alerted and can then take action. Another type of window sensor is a glass break sensor. These sensors work on frequency and when a specific frequency is sounded the sensor will go off alerting the homeowner. The type of sensor that you have makes a huge difference as well in the effectiveness of the system and in when the sensor needs to ultimately be placed.

Why Does Window Sensor Placement Matter?

  • Visibility
  • Access
  • Specific Location

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    The overall placement of your sensors matters as well when it comes to their effectiveness. The visibility of your sensors is going to make a difference for starters. Those sensors that are easy to see are also easy to remove and easy for kids to mess with. You want your sensors to be placed in a good positon on the window but not where little hands can move them around or mess with them. You also want to think about how easy they are to get to. Sensors that can be easily manipulated are a no no so you want to make sure they are only accessible from inside the house and that you can get to them if needed.

    You also want to take into account the window itself. Larger windows may need two sensors or more specific placement and smaller windows may not be suited for sensors at all. Your installer can tell you more about the window itself and what method is going to be best when it comes to alarming them.

    Do You Need Help With Window Sensor Placement?

    For the most effective placement you should take the time to allow a professional installer to do the job for you. The installer can make a huge difference in the overall effectiveness of your installation and the overall effectiveness of your window sensors overall. You can have a great system but without the sensors being placed correctly, they may or may not work when the time comes and when you need to get your sensors working properly. The right placement can mean the difference between a sensor that is going to sound and one that is not going to sound if your window is opened or the glass is broken.


    Overall, placement is one of the most important elements of any window sensor installation and the proper placement does make a huge overall difference in the effectiveness of your sensors. Without good placement, you may not be able to have a sensor that keeps you safe and you may end up wasting money on something that is simply not going to work. Taking the time to properly place sensors can make a huge difference in the overall effectiveness of your alarm system overall.

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