This security zone web page explains how zones are instrumental in doing away with areas of conflict that may exist between your home security system & everyday family living.
Every security system has some sort of control panel which is the brain of the entire system. One of the functions of a control panel is to allow certain areas of the home to be protected while disarming components & sensors in other areas.
Your home security system can be set up with different zones which allow you to get security coverage only in the places you need when you need it.
Criteria For Creating Different Zones!
There are two important requisites that need to be attained in the creation of any & all security zones:
• The alarm sensors included in a zone are placed there to prevent those sensors from interfering with the way your home is used.
• When a zone is shut down your alarm system still needs to be able to maintain an adequate level of protection.Non-Intrusion Detection Devices!
Non-Intrusion detection sensors, like smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, do not meet the criteria of interfering with family living but you will need to place them in zones that do not contain intrusion detection devices.
It is best to place different types of non-intrusion detection devices in separate zones.
For Example: You will need to place smoke detectors in one zone & carbon monoxide detectors in a different zone.
Some people will create a separate zone for each carbon monoxide detector & by doing this it allows them to identify what specific detector triggered the alarm so they know where to look for the leak.
Whoever you call to fix any carbon monoxide gas leak(s) in your home would have a special detector that would quickly identify where any leak(s) is coming from.
It is best to have all areas of your home checked & not just one specific area so it is not necessary to place each of these detectors on its own zone.
If your system supports the creation of more security zones then you will need, you may want to consider placing each detector on its own zone but it is not necessary to do so.
Placing each smoke detector on its own zone is also not necessary because your system will quickly identify where in your home the smoke was first detected.
When it comes to smoke detectors most municipalities have a bylaw that regulates how these detectors must work.
Most regulations state that if a certain smoke detector detects smoke in your home & sounds an alarm all other smoke detectors must be triggered & sound also.
If you want to place each smoke detector on its own zone & have them all sound at the same time you would have to purchase 4 wire smoke detectors.
Each wireless component & detection sensor that is programmed to work in a wireless home alarm system will be automatically placed in its own security zone.
Although each motion detector on a wireless alarm system would be on its own separate zone, you will still be able to activate or deactivate all motion sensors using a single keypad button.
Some wireless systems will allow you to cut down on the amount of zones that are needed by using a wireless transmitter.
The wireless transmitter is programmed to work as one security device (one zone) & can transmit a single to the panel for any one of several devices that can be connected to the transmitter.
For Example: You could have several magnetic switch sensors (window & door sensors) wired together in series & connected to the wireless transmitter.
If a window or door is forced open the wireless transmitter will transmit a signal to the control panel that will immediately trigger an alarm condition.
Many wired & wireless security systems that have been manufactured in recent years support devices that can be made part of the system that uses X10 technology.
These devices can be added to your system without using any of the security zones that your system supports.
These devices get plugged into a household receptacle & are activated by your alarm system. To activate them your security system sends out a signal that contains a specific code for each device over the electrical wiring in your home.
Once you get a clear understanding about why different security zones are so important, you will have the knowledge & understanding you need to map out the different zones that will work best for you and your family.
Creating different zones can also help you narrow in on where your security was breached as your systems keypad will indicate the security zone where the sensor was triggered.
With being able to deactivate a zone of sensors in different areas when needed, this will largely reduce the potential of false alarms.
At the same time it removes any conflict that would arise with different alarm sensors and the daily activities of family living.
Motion sensors make great backup sensors and many home owners create a zone that is made up of all interior motion sensors.
Placing all your motion sensors in one particular zone may work for you & your family also.
Everyone’s security & family situation is different and you need to figure out what will work best in your home.
Deactivating a security zone that controls all motion sensors in your home will allow you & other family members to move about your home freely without worry of any daily activity triggering an alarm.
Everyone’s situation is unique and to give you a better understanding about this I will tell you about a few of the security zones I have created in my own home & the reasoning why.
In my home it is only my wife and I & we have setup up interior motion detectors into a few different zones:
• Zone “A” is set up to cover all motion sensors we have in our basement.
• Zone “B” is set up to cover all motion sensors on the main floor of our home with the exception of our bedroom & in the hallway that leads to the bathroom.
• Zone “C” is set up to cover the motion sensor in the master bedroom & the one in the hallway that leads to the bathroom.
In the night time going to bed I arm the security alarm with the exception of zone “C” This allows my wife or me to turn over in our bed or walk in to the washroom without setting off a motion detector.
If my wife is home in the evening by herself she normally does not go into the basement and for a better feeling of security she locks the door leading to the basement.
She will then turn on the home security system with the exception of zones “B” & “C”.
Zones “B” & “C” covers all motion detectors on the main floor and this allows my wife to move around freely.
In both situations my wife and I get the maximum amount of security coverage from our alarm system by only shutting down the minimal amount of sensors needed.
The reason I setup this next zone was because of what happened to one of my wife’s co-workers & her family a few years ago. My wife’s co-worker & her son were watching TV in the front room of their home while a burglar broke into the back of their home.
The burglar managed to steal something out of each of the three bedrooms including emptying a jewelery box of its contents & steeling her daughters lap top computer. The burglar was long gone before they realized what happened to them.
Summer evenings we mostly enjoy sitting out on our deck with friends. Several times during an evening on our deck we enter our kitchen through patio doors and at times use the washroom directly off our kitchen.
I have created a security zone that I use to deactivate two magnetic door sensors that allow us to do this with the rest of the security system throughout our home fully armed.
Security zones can be set up in a large combination of ways:
• You can setup zones using the same or different types of sensors.
• You can setup a zone using certain areas or rooms or any combination of rooms, areas & sensors.
• A zone could be set up to control any number of sensors in your home or you could have a zone controlling just one sensor if needed.
You need to focus on the type of daily activity you have happening in your own home. You need to think how a home security system armed with all its components & sensors could interfere with you & your family’s daily living.
As you think about this you need to figure out how you can create different security zones that may assist in elevating any problems.
As you figure out what system and various add on components will work best for you, just keep thinking user friendly & hassle free. There should be no reason why you can’t have the best of both worlds.
You really should be able to get the security you want from a home security system that brings little interference to you & your family’s daily living.
Many individuals claim they sleep better with a bit of fresh air coming in through their bedroom window.
Due to this fact some homeowners have created a security zone that turns off a window sensor, allowing themselves or a family member to have their bedroom window opened while they sleep.
Creating zones that can help alleviate or offset various problems that may arise with a home alarm system & everyday family living is why creating certain security zones is so important.
Although shutting down a window sensor to allow fresh air in while someone sleeps is not safe or needed. If you take a look at my home security advice web page you will find simple straightforward instructions on allowing fresh air in through the bedroom window while the window remains fully protected by the magnetic window sensor.
If you want additional information for electronic security coverage for your home please check out my home security systems web page.
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