HOW TO EFFECTIVELY PLACE GUARDLINE MOTION SENSORS IN YOUR HOME
Guardline produces wireless security systems that can provide coverage to your entire home. You do not need to have a subscription nor do you need wi-fi. Guardline’s long range detecting security system is a combination of motion sensors and a plug-and-play receiver.
You can add as many as sixteen motion sensors and additional receivers to cover your entire home. This includes your driveway, backyard, doors, windows and any location inside or outside your home. It can even provide security coverage for your swimming pool.
When it comes to security and surveillance that is based on motion sensing, the placement of your motion sensors is imperative to ensure that your security system responds the way it is supposed to.
A motion sensing security system with improper placement of sensors is just as good as no security system at all. The most effective placement of your motion sensors is one that not only provides you security coverage but also minimizes or eliminates false alarms.
Factors to Consider for in-home Motion Detectors
Appropriate Motion Sensor Height
You obviously don’t want a cat or a dog triggering a false alarm all the time. You wouldn't want children fooling around with your motion sensors either. At the same time, it wouldn't be a good idea to have them placed too high because then you will have to deal with blind spots. These are the reasons why the height of your motion sensors is very important.
What is the best height for a motion sensor?
6-8 feet is considered the most suitable height for motion sensors. At this height, children or animals wouldn't be able to trigger the sensor while intruders would still be detected.
The entry points of your home or those areas which see regular and high traffic are the most suitable ones for the installation of Guardline motion sensors.
These areas would include your driveway and in some cases your backyard as well. However, this does not mean that you should not increase your detection range and entirely ignore places with low traffic. Places with low traffic can still be a danger zone and you need to cover your entire home for better security.
Therefore, you should conduct a thorough analysis of your home’s layout before deciding where to install these sensors. Remember, you can add as many sensors as you want. If they are placed in a proper layout then even a few can provide coverage to your entire home.
Add Motion Sensors to Corners
The widest view a security camera can get is not from the ceiling or walls but corners. If you stand in the corner of a room, your camera will capture the widest possible view.
Therefore, when installing your Guardline motion sensors make sure that you give preference to corners.
Use Motion Sensors on Doors & Windows
Common sense says that your front door is the most obvious entry point for any intruder. Most criminals will try to break in through the front door and this is why it is the most important point for installation of motion sensors. The same goes for your rear and side doors if you have any. If you have more than one door in your home, remember all of them are equally important. You can always add extra Guardline sensors to enhance your security coverage.
Where is the best place to install a Motion Sensor inside your home?
Right above your door! It's not easily reachable but at the same time provides proper coverage. Windows are also pretty vulnerable when it comes to intruders, especially the ones that are on the ground floor. But make no mistake about it, expert burglars can even break in through those at the first floor.
Also, windows are usually left open so that fresh air comes inside your home; someone may just simply forget about them and this could end up leaving an easy entrance point. Therefore, all windows in your home which can be easily accessible should be locked properly and armed with motion sensors. Make sure your sensors are installed in a position that is not exposed to intense direct sunlight.
Considering a Basement Motion Sensor
Some burglars may feel more comfortable entering through your basement. Basements are usually dark and hence a perfect hiding spot for thieves. Covering the entry and exit points of your basement with motion sensors can be a very effective security measure.
Motion System for a Garage & Driveway
Your garage is one of those areas which are prone to intrusion. Usually, they are separate from your home and secure not only your vehicle but countless other things such as tools & spare keys, etc. Installing motion sensors in your garage will offer protection to your vehicle and also prevent entry into your home. Installing a security system in your driveway will provide security as well as let you know about visitors before they ring your bell.
Backyard Motion Detectors
Your backyard can also benefit a great deal from the installation of motion sensors, especially if it is large in size. The height of the motion sensors should be kept in mind if your backyard gets animal traffic. Trees can be a perfect spot for installing the sensors and you can add more than one to cover your backyard entirely.
Motion Detector for Valuables
You can choose to place a motion sensor right behind a valuable so that if anyone tries to move it the sensor is triggered. You can also install the sensors outside or inside your cabinet or vault.
Places NOT to put a Motion Detector
It is best to provide coverage to your entire home but adding too many active sensors without understanding and analyzing the layout of your home is going to end up in triggering a lot of false alarms. They may even end up creating blind spots and thus reduce the efficiency of your security system.
Below are a few locations that may not need installation of motion sensors; however, please note that this can be relative.
5 Places NOT to put a Motion Detector:
- Behind Large Furniture
Installing motion sensors on tall furniture may end up creating blind spots and they may also cast shadows. Avoid installing sensors on walls which have TVs installed on them or have tall clothes racks.
- Avoid Heat
These types of motion sensors detect heat and changes in temperature. So installing them near heat sources such as heating vents, radiators, lights or any place that is prone to sudden changes in temperature, would result in triggering false alarms.
- Attics, Patios and Sunrooms
As motion sensors use infrared beams to detect heat, it is better to avoid installing them in places that are affected by weather. These include patios, attics, sunrooms, etc.
One of the primary reasons for false alarms are pets; so if you any then you should avoid installing sensors at any position which is high up on your stairs. That’s because when your cat or dog will climb the stairs, they will look much bigger to your detector and it will set off the alarm.
- Across from Doors
Depending on your layout, you should avoid installing sensors across from doors. Remember that these sensors cannot see through obstacles; if you install them across from your doorways you will be limiting its scope.