Install a Window Sensor for Your Alarm

A quick how-to.

BY JASON STEVENS

December 1, 2020

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Each window in your home should have a sensor, so your security system can protect all entry points to your house. But installing a window sensor isn’t always easy — it depends on the make and model of the sensor and what you want the sensor to do. While you could have your home security company install window sensors for you, we have some tips for doing it yourself.

Most sensors sit along the edge of the window where it meets the frame. Other sensors attach to the glass itself. Knowing which kind of sensor you need is very important before you begin installing or replacing one yourself.

Things to consider when installing window sensors

Generally, the DIY installation of window sensors isn’t complicated. Good instructions are usually available, and you can always call or email your home security system company for guidance.

Making sure the sensor and alarm are compatible

Your home security system was designed to work with specific components that are compatible. If you are putting together your own system, be sure the window sensors you buy and intend to install will work with the keypad or hub for the alarm system you have or are about to purchase.

Not every alarm component will work with parts from other brands, so it’s essential to check what works with your current system before installing new or replacement window sensors in your home.

Working with a security company

If you want to avoid installation compatibility problems, working with a security company is the way to go. Just be sure you work with a home security provider that offers the following:

  • 24/7 monitoring

  • Ease of installation

  • Fast response times

  • Good customer service

  • New and modern equipment

A sound security system that provides all the right sensors and an easy installation should give you peace of mind that your home and loved ones are secure.

Interested in monitored home security? Contact Brinks Home™ for a quote.

Jason Stevens is a senior writer for Brinks Home. He is a "tech guy" who enjoys sharing home security and automation tips with others.

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