Best Practices for Motion Sensor Installation

motionsensorIf you’ve decided to install a motion sensor in your home or business, you are one step closer to a safer living/working environment. Yet you can’t place your new motion sensors just anywhere. Let’s take a look at the best places to position motion sensors.

Why Motion Sensor Placement Matters

The positioning of your new motion sensors is critical to ensuring your security. A poorly placed motion sensor will not only put your well-being in jeopardy, it will also cause other problems like false alarms. Passive infrared motion detectors are the main type of sensors installed in home security systems. Their role is to measure the temperature of objects within a designated space.

If there is a rapid change in the temperature of a certain object, the alarm could be triggered. All it takes is something as simple as the movement of the human body for the alarm to be triggered. This is why precautions must be taken to prevent false alarms.

Understand how Motion Sensors Function

Motion sensors operate best when one walks parallel to them rather than directly at them. Think about a person walking down a hallway.  They move parallel to the walls rather than directly toward them. So find the walls  an interuder would be likely to pass and place the motion sensors appropriately.

A Few Motion Sensors Can Make a Big Difference

If you place your motion sensors in the perfect positions, your building will have well-rounded security that provides a peace of mind. Place motion sensors along the building’s entry points – doors and first floor windows — as well as the stairways and hallways so intruders can’t pass unnoticed from one section of the building to another.

Place the Detector Away from Air Vents, Sunlight and Other Heat Sources

Though uncommon, it is possible for a change in temperature from an air vent to cause a false positive alarm. Therefore, place your motion sensors so they’re aimed away from vents.  Don’t place sensors where the sun’s rays shine, or near heat sources such as radiators, stoves, or microwaves.

Enhance the Motion Sensor’s Coverage Area

Motion sensors come in a variety of formats, sizes and shapes. The most common variety is mounted to a wall or in a corner of the room at a height of about 5-7 feet. You can maximize the motion sensor’s coverage space by putting it in an elevated position where no other objects obstruct its view.

Place a Motion Sensor Near the Master Bedroom

If you are installing motion sensors in your home, be sure to place one by the master bedroom. Most thieves make a beeline in that direction, as it’s where people tend to keep valuables. The bottom line is that you have to put yourself in a thief’s position. Try to think like him. Take a look at your home or business and begin walking through it as if you are a burglar. Place motion sensors along his likely path: any place where you keep valuables.

Don’t be Afraid to Reach out for Help With The Installation

Homeowners and business owners who attempt to perform an installation of their building’s motion sensors are prone to making critical mistakes. Instead of trying to make this important security upgrade on your own, contact Holicong Security.

For over 60 years, we’ve been helping homes and businesses in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey feel safe and secure. Allow a professional to perform your motion sensor installation and you will sleep much better at night.

One thought on “Best Practices for Motion Sensor Installation

  1. I have been thinking about setting motion sensors around my house. I like the idea that if I put them in the right place I can have around the clock security. I just need to find a company to come and set them up.

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