Glass Break Sensors – All You Need to Know
Why You Should Get Glass Break Sensors For Your Home
Glass break sensors do what you most likely assume. They can sense and alert you when your glass breaks. They are different from regular door sensors which alert you when the door opens. Those sensors cannot let you know when the door is broken, so you will be unaware if someone breaks your door and enters your home. A glass break sensor, however, will make sure you are aware if your door is broken.
Types of Sensors
There are two main types of glass break sensors. They each serve the same purpose but work in different ways. Here are the different types of glass door sensors.
These kinds of sensors rely on the vibrations of the breaking glass. They will alert you when they feel the glass break. They are typically mounted directly on the glass.
This kind of sensor relies on the sound of breaking glass, rather than the feeling. It has a mic attached to hear the specific frequencies of shattering glass.
Shock sensors can be falsely set off if they detect other vibrations that may mimic the vibrations of shattering glass, such as a slamming door. Acoustic sensors may also have false alarms. They could potentially go off if you have glass such as a plate shatter nearby. It may also go off if it hears the sound of glass shattering from another place such as the TV. The best way to deal with this is to test and adjust it before activating it. It will allow you to test it with sounds such as a glass breaking app on your phone and you can adjust it depending on its sensitivity. You should also avoid putting them in areas such as the kitchen where glass might shatter often. You should also try to keep them away from your TV.
How Many Sensors You Need
It is up to you how many sensors you install. One is not enough to cover your whole house, so you need to install one in all the areas you want to monitor and protect. They can cover up to a 25-foot range, so you are going to want to put one in any area you want to protect with windows or glass doors.
How to Install and Maintain Them
You can probably install the glass break sensors on your own, but you may want to have a professional come out and install them for you. It is your safety that you are worried about, so it is always better to be safe than sorry. You also need to regularly check the batteries to make sure it will still be able to alert you if necessary. Most devices will make it easy by notifying you when the batteries need to be switched. Changing the batteries is typically a simple task.