We’ve talked before about how a home alarm system works and the types of equipment a home security system will generally include. But where will this equipment be installed? Every home is different, and the exact layout of security cameras, sensors and alarms will vary. There are some constants, however. Here are the most common installation locations for home security equipment, so you know what to expect when getting a new home security system.
Door sensors identify when doors are opened. This includes all your exterior doors (i.e. front, side, and rear doors) and the door to access your house from the garage , of course – those are the obvious entry points. They can also be installed on your garage doors
Window sensors are similar to door sensors and help to identify when the windows are opened. These should go on every openable window in your home – including windows on the second floor.
Glass Break detectors are calibrated to inform you when glass breaks. These should be installed nearby large glassy windows (especially near those fixed panels where a window sensor cannot be installed) and sliding glass doors to ensure thieves can’t by pass them simply by breaking the glass.
Motion detectors scan for unexpected motion, and notify you of any suspicious activity. They’re most usefully placed in a corner with an unobstructed view of all entry points. A hallway outside your bedroom is a good location, as the master bedroom is often the first point of attack for a burglar. Behind valuables such as electronics or jewelry is another good spot – when the burglar moves the items, the motion sensor will detect it.
Smoke, heat, CO, and gas sensors detect smoke, rapid temperature increases, and the presence of carbon monoxide or natural/propane gas to alert you of potential fire danger. The smoke/heat detectors should be installed in hallways on every level of your home, including the basement. Do not install them directly over a cooking appliance, as that can create false alarms – five meters away is a good rule of thumb. Also make sure you do not install smoke detectors near windows, doors or ducts that can interfere with their operation. Similarly, the CO/Gas detectors should be installed on each floor and near bedrooms and potential sources of improper combustion (i.e. Fire places, stoves, furnace, etc.)
Flood detection systems notify you of flooding and water accumulation before it can cause serious damage. Basement storm doors, water heaters, sump pumps, washing machines and utility rooms are great places for water sensors.
Security cameras monitor your valuables. This doesn’t just include property, but also beloved children and pets – the most valuable things of all! Generally speaking, external security cameras should cover obvious entry points such as the front, side, and rear doors. Internal security cameras should be placed in areas with many valuables, as well as in nurseries and other rooms you feel need extra protection.
Of course, our experts at Engineered Alarm Solutions will help you through the process of determining what devices are best for your home, and where they would best fit. Contact us today for a quote and consultation!