Motion Sensors 101: Using motion sensors to protect your home
Motion sensors are the cornerstone of your home security system, instantly detecting a breach when someone enters your home who should not be there. How much do you know about this indispensable part of your system? Considering its importance, it makes sense to learn what a motion sensor is, how a motion sensor works and, most importantly, how to use a motion sensor for security and peace of mind.
Your digital security guard
What does a motion sensor do? It senses moving objects, especially people. Motion sensors are always on guard, ready to detect an intruder, whether you are home or not. Once an intruder is detected, the motion sensor will send an alert to your control panel, which relays the message to our monitoring stations. In addition, motion detectors interactive services can be programmed for custom alerts, recording events via home security cameras when they detect motion and can automatically sending notifications with video clips to your smartphone.
Different types of motion sensors to protect your home
There are several types of motion sensors. Passive infrared motion sensors detect body heat and are the most widely used in home security systems. When your system is armed and your motion detectors are activated, they detect heat signature movement, creating a protective grid. As intruders often choose windows that are less visible or can provide cover for their criminal activity, such as a basement window, a window sensor can add an extra level of protection and peace of mind. You can create an automation that activates the security cameras connected to your system to see who triggered the sensor. This allows you to monitor your home from wherever you are. A door contact sensor is the first line of protective defense for all your doors, including front and side doors, as well as sliding patio doors that are often a security concern.
Pets and motion sensors
Pets jumping on furniture can result in nearby motion sensors triggering an alarm. Moving furniture away from sensors, or choosing pet-friendly motion sensors, can solve this problem.
Best practices for motion sensor success
People often have questions about using motion detectors, including how high to mount a motion sensor. Choose a motion sensor that offers a wider range so you can cover large areas in your home with just one or two sensors.
Make the most of your motion sensors
Outside of their main function, which is to detect intruders, you can also use a motion sensor in your smart home to:
• Save money and energy with a motion sensor light indoors or outdoors
• Turn on lights when a sensor is triggered
When it comes to motion sensors for your home, choose quality. ADT by TELUS motion sensors cover a wide area for more protection, and pet-friendly sensors are also available. For state-of-the-art smart home security, including motion sensors, call 888.ADT.ASAP to speak to one of our friendly, knowledgeable experts.