Wireless Home Security Installation Components

For many folks, the prospect of wireless home security installation can be a bit daunting. The fact of the matter is that, especially in our highly-specialized times, many folks just don’t feel like they have the kinds of mechanical or electrical expertise that they’d need to install that kind of a system. The whole idea of it is intimidating, and it’s much easier to pay someone else to take care of it. It saves us the trouble, as well as the potential headaches that will come from making mistakes.

Truth be told, however, a wireless home security installation isn’t all that complex. You essentially have three different components that you’re going to need to install in a basic wireless home security system. Once you have a handle on how to install those components, the rest of the process is an easy thing.

Motion Detectors

A motion detector in your hallway or living room is one of the major components of your wireless home security system. You’ll want to mount the motion detector on a flat surface, usually a wall. The sensor should point down the hallway or into the living room. Most motion detectors for inside the house should be installed at between about 6 ½ and 7 ½ feet from the floor. (Of course, check the documentation on your system to see what the manufacturer recommends.)

Installation of a motion detector is usually done with a mounting bracket. You simply use a template to punch the necessary holes, and mount the motion detector using the provided screws or anchors. In some cases, these devices are light enough that they can even attach to the wall with adhesive.

Door Sensors

Most home break-ins occur through a door. Most door sensors will be magnet-based. You’ll use your door sensors as the most important part of your wireless home security system, and installation needs to be precise.

You will attach a magnet to the door jam and a sensor to the door itself. Generally, when the door is closed, the sensor and the magnet should be no more than about 3/8” away from one another. Both are usually attached using a self-stick adhesive. The key with door sensors is to make sure that neither the sensor nor the magnet obstruct the door.

Window Sensors

The final wireless home security installation component is window sensors. These install in much the same way as door sensors. The sensor will attach to the part of the window that moves, and the magnet will attach to the window frame. Again, they will be within 3/8” of one another, and you’ll want to make sure that you place them with the alignment markings facing the right way.

Finally, when you do your wireless home security installation, make sure that you make a note of all of the locations, and put a reminder on your calendar to replace those home alarm batteries per the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Posted on Friday, March 25th, 2011