Five Essential Sensors for Your Home

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When most people think of installing sensors in their home, the ultimate aim is usually to secure their property from the presence of intruders. While home protection is the most common reason for having a sensor alarm, there are other health and safety concerns which can be alleviated with sensors.

Carbon Monoxide Sensors
As stated by the NHS, the gas carbon monoxide has no smell or taste. It is highly poisonous and is often known as the silent killer. When placed near to gas appliances throughout the home, carbon monoxide sensors will sound an alarm when they sense the presence of the poisonous gas. Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors can now be bought fairly inexpensively from most DIY or home stores.
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Fire and Smoke Sensors
Smoke alarms are now one of the most commonly installed sensors in the home but surprisingly are often overlooked when it comes to maintenance. Smoke detectors are probably the most efficient method of detecting fires but also have a high incidence of false alarms, particularly when they pick up smoke or steam created by cooking.

Heat sensors are an alternative to smoke alarms which pick up on the presence of heat rather than smoke. This means false alarms are less likely to occur but the speed with which these sensors detect fires may be a little slower than the smoke alternative.

Door and Window Sensors
When it comes to home protection, the most common type of alarms are those fitted to doors and windows. The magnetic or infrared sensors on door alarms are usually triggered when the connection between the sensor on the door and the one on the doorjamb is separated. Similarly, a window sensor will be set off when the connection between the window sash and the frame is disturbed.

Motion Detection Sensors
This type of alarm sensor is now almost as popular as standard door and window alarms. Also known as a pir sensor  PIR standing for Passive Infrared Sensor – motion detectors do exactly as the name implies. Usually fitted to the corner of rooms throughout the home, PIR sensors work by picking up on infrared heat that differs from the standard objects in the room. This usually means the presence of an unauthorized person in the property but can equally indicate the presence of the family pet! To this end, pet friendly PIR sensors can now be purchased so your little friends do not continually set off your alarms.

PIR Light Sensors
Working in exactly the same way as the indoor sensors mentioned above, PIR light sensors are an excellent way of securing the exterior of your property. When any movement is detected within the field range of the sensor, the lights will automatically come on and illuminate the area.

Whether for security or health and safety, fitting the appropriate sensors inside and outside your home helps to give you peace of mind and a sense of extra protection…


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