Motion sensor technology has come a long way in recent years and is now more affordable than ever. Integrated into your home security system, motion sensors can help notify you of a threat in time to act. With burglaries happening every 15 seconds in the United States, adding motion detectors can help protect your home. If you are thinking about adding motion sensor technology to your home security system, here is everything you need to know.
What Are Motion Sensors?
Motion sensors are a small device that can detect activity. They come in both hardwired and wireless systems. They can integrate right into your home security system and can be used to do a number of things including set off an alarm, turn on security cameras, and even turn on your lights. Motion detectors are often included in home security packages and can be installed anywhere that a security camera can be installed.
What Types Of Motion Sensors Are Available For Home Security?
Generally, there are four types of motion sensors that can be integrated into your home security system. These include:
1. Passive Infrared (PIR): PIR sensors are the most common motion detection sensors for home security systems. They sense objects warmer than the background temperature, so they easily detect people. They can also detect movement and motion.
2. Active Microwave Sensors: Active motion sensors use microwaves to detect movement around them. These microwaves are sent out by the sensor and bounce off of objects in the room. When there is movement of the object, they send a signal back. Active microwave sensors are best for larger properties.
3. Ultrasonic Motion Sensors: Ultrasonic motion sensors use pulses of ultrasonic waves. These waves bounce off objects in the area and send a signal back to the sensors. These are the oldest kind of sensors and are rarely used today.
4. Multi-Technology Motion Sensors: Also called “dual technology” sensors, multi-technology motion sensors use more than one of the different technologies to detect motion. These sensors are best for avoiding false alarms.
To determine which sensor technology is best for your property, you should speak with an expert home security technician.
Implementation Of Motion Sensors
Implementing motion sensors is pretty straightforward. They integrate right into your other home security features. However, it is important to focus on the placement of the motion sensors in highly vulnerable areas. You will also need to make sure you have an effective number of motion sensors placed in each area. That is where the expertise of Supercircuits professional security staff can help.
At Supercircuits, our experts have a lot of experience integrating motion detectors into both new and existing home security systems. The process starts with one of our experts coming out and assessing the unique security risks and vulnerabilities around your home. Then we will design a map of where to best place motion sensors, which sensors to use, and begin the installation. It’s that simple. Give us a call today to get started!