Wireless Environmental Sensors
When thinking about “environmental sensors”, the term can really be used in many different ways. Any device that is used for detecting environmental conditions could be described as an environmental sensor. This includes sensors used for preventing property damage, such as temperature sensors and flood sensors. Environmental sensors also include certain life-safety devices, such as smoke and heat detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Either way, it is strongly recommended that everyone include environmental sensors in their home or business. These devices can alert both you and the people close to you about a dangerous situation before something serious takes place. This makes them excellent for any alarm setup.
Smoke and heat detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are considered to be both life safety sensors and environmental sensors. Since they detect environmental conditions, they properly fall under the environmental sensor category. But since these devices are used for detecting life-threatening situations, they should absolutely be included in every building. These devices come in many different forms. A good example of a particularly versatile sensor is the Honeywell 5800COMBO, which includes smoke, heat and carbon monoxide detection in just one device. We advise all of our customers to check the compatibilities and features of any smoke detector or carbon monoxide sensor to make sure that the device is appropriate for their unique needs.
Of course, not every environmental sensor is a life safety device. Other environmental sensors are used for notifying a user about potential property damage before it occurs. Flood sensors are devices that fall under this category. A flood sensor works to notify users about any serious leaks that occur before they cause major damage. When a flood sensor activates, it sends a signal to the alarm system to alert the user of the situation. If the system is set up with an interactive service like Total Connect or Alarm.com, the user can receive an email and/or text alert whenever their flood sensor activates. This is a great way for an end user to be made aware of a potential flooding problem while they are away from their home or business.
Another environmental sensor used for preventing property damage is a temperature sensor. These devices are primarily used for detecting freezing temperatures caused by a broken heater. If left untreated, this could lead to frozen pipes and costly damage. But if a temperature is being used, the user will be alerted to the situation before it potentially becomes more serious. This will allow the user to intervene and prevent the situation from becoming incredibly costly.
Wireless environmental sensors are known for being very easy to set up and program. Unlike wired sensors, there will be no wires that need to be run. Also, most of these devices can be learned-in with a panel automatically. Remember, if the device is being used with a wired panel, then a wireless receiver will be needed. Also make sure that the device operates at a wireless frequency that is compatible with the alarm system.