If you are concerned about the people entering the space of your driveway then installing a driveway alarm is the best option. A lot of us already have driveway alarms installed in our homes. But some people always complain that their driveway alarms don’t function properly. In this article we will give you some tips on installing a driveway alarm properly. If the device is not malfunctioning then chances are that with the help of these tips you will be able to install your driveway alarm perfectly and it will function exactly as it is supposed to be.
- Remove the obstructions:
First you need to understand how driveway alarms function. As soon as the sensors of your driveway alarm detect a moving object in your drive, they send a signal to the receiver in your home. This signal is a radio signal. You must have noticed that radio signals do not have the same strength everywhere and they tend to get deflected when they encounter objects in their path. Same principle applies here too. If there are too many obstacles in the path of the radio signals then chances are that the alarm will not get triggered. For this reason make sure that there are no major obstacles in the path of the radio signals.
- Choose a long range alarm system:
Sometimes, in an effort to save money, people buy driveway alarms without reading their technical specifications. For example if you purchase a driveway alarm system with short range and you install it in a large house where there is a significant distance between the receiver and the sensors then there is no chance that it will work even if you remove all the obstructions. Before buying a driveway alarm system you must always think about the range that you want.
- Choose solar driveway alarm systems:
Just like solar lights, solar water heaters and other solar powered electric gadgets; solar driveway alarms are available too. They are a bit expensive as compared to the cost of the conventional driveway alarm system but considering the fact that they run on solar power, in the long run they prove to be more economical. Another advantage is that solar driveway alarms keep functioning even during blackouts and power cuts. Most of the solar powered gadgets come with a battery set-up so you don’t even need to worry about the rainy and cloddy days when sun doesn’t comes out.
Daniel Baker originally wrote and published various online contractor directories. In 2005 he took his lifetime interest in Alarm systems and created his first website SpecialtyAlarms.com. He is now dba EZ CyberQuest Inc.