How to Stop Pets From Triggering a False Alarm

If you have pets and you’ve put off installing a security system because you’re worried about them triggering a false alarm, don’t. We’ve got a very simple solution for you and one that we hope you’ll share with every pet-owning homeowner you know. We’ll even cut straight to the chase and tell you that the answer to your woes is a simple PIR sensor.

Here's how to avoid a false alarm caused by your dog or cat.

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What Is a PIR Sensor, You Ask?

A passive infrared (PIR) sensor is one that is able to detect the body heat of humans and nearby animals. The sensor automatically makes a comparison between the heat it detects from a “body” and the energy of the heat in the room where it is located. When it senses a significant contrast, it triggers an alarm.

How Can a PIR Sensor Stop a False Alarm?

The risk of a false alarm being triggered by a pet is virtually eliminated since the sensor is able to differentiate between an animal’s body heat energy and that of a human being. So, when your dog or cat is left alone while you’re at work, there’s no need to sequester them to a certain area so as not to trigger a motion-detected alarm. With PIR sensors, your pets can roam freely and you never have to rush home due to a false alarm again!

What Else Can a PIR Sensor Do?

PIR sensors aren’t only ideal for helping to eliminate false alarm calls, but they can also be used with other home security devices. For example, are you tired of the neighbor’s cat activating the motion-detected security light just outside your bedroom window at 2am every morning? Use a PIR sensor with this and other motion-activated home security devices and your problem is solved.

Homeowners keen on conserving energy should install PIR sensors, too. Motion-activated lighting that is constantly being triggered by animals isn’t just a nuisance, but depending on how much animal activity is in your area at night, such can also force these devices to use more solar or electric energy than necessary. Install the right kind of PIR sensors and you can even calibrate yours to only react when a body of particular weight is detected nearby.

Pretty much anyone using (or considering using) motion sensors with their home security system should definitely use PIR sensors. Because motion-activated devices can be very sensitive (and rightly so!) some people grow so tired of false alarm fines that they either don’t arm their systems or just bypass the use of motion-detection technology altogether. Friends, we don’t want you to worry about this as you should never have to make the choice between solid home security and your beloved fur-baby. Install PIR sensors and stop worrying about false alarms of this nature! Simple, right?

Want More Info?

Have questions about false alarm triggers and PIR sensors? That’s what we’re here for! Let us know in the comments section or contact us directly and we’ll help you find your way. Don’t forget to share this post with other pet-loving homeowners, too!

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