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Security System Design
Are you only concerned about protection of assets while you're away? If so, maybe a partial perimeter (doors only) and several interior devices will suffice. Are you primarily concerned for your personal protection while you're home at night? If so, then you'll definitely want a full perimeter system and perhaps some perimeter backup devices, as interior devices are *usually* not armed while you're in the premises.
There are also a few case by case considerations when designing a system layout. Since any good system design will include interior protection devices, if you have any pets in your premises you will have to plan accordingly. It is not always the case that if you have pets you will have to sacrifice some level of protection, you simply have to plan.
If your pets will not be in the premises while the security system is armed there is no problem. If the pet('s) will be you will have to consider Pet Immune motion sensors. These sensors will generally regard anything under 85 pounds as a pet and as such not cause an alarm. These motion sensors are a bit more expensive, however they're a must if you want interior protection and have pets. These detectors do have to be mounted in an area where the pets can come no closer than about six feet to the sensor. Since the sensors are generally mounted at a height of between 6 and 7 feet this usually isn't a problem, however keep in mind that your pet may get on furniture below or just in front of a detector bringing it closer to the sensor.
Other alternatives to protecting an interior with pets is: confine the pets to one room or area of the premises where there is no motion sensors, or for pets under 60 pounds use floor stress sensors. Floor stress sensors can be tuned for sensitivity thus letting your pet roam free while still being able sense a human.
Next, figure how many protection points, i.e. individual doors, windows, motion sensors, ect. you have total in your design. Now be sure to add to that total how many additional devices you may wish to add to the system later. Now choose a system that is capable of handling at least your total number of protection points / zones and has the features you're interested in. Note: Ideally you should put one protection point per zone, however if you are just above the maximum zones for one of the systems, or you want to save a little money, you can "loop" zones, that is putting two or more like devices on a single zone. Looped zones will however have to have the same attributes such as entry delay time if it is a door.
When designing a system you also have to keep in mind how much current your powered protection devices require. Door and window contacts do not require power, however motion sensors, glassbreak sensors, and most other devices do. The security panel is only capable of handling so much before you have to add an additional power supply, and how much it can handle varies among brands of systems. Usually for a typical home this isn't a concern, but for large installations with many powered devices you will likely have to get an additional power supply. The power capabilities of a given panel is listed on the spec sheets on our site and the current draw of powered devices are also listed on their respective spec sheets. If you have a question regarding this however, feel free to contact us.
Consider including home automation in your design. Lights can be turned on and off giving the feeling that someone is home while you are away. Garage door openers can be integrated into the system as well. Both can be controlled from a handy keyfob.
Last, but not least, you can receive other benefits from a newly installed security system.
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