Alarm systems continue to evolve, and that's a very good thing for homeowners: not only do these modern marvels do more than they ever did, but they are also easier and more intuitive to use. And while the home security technology platform has expanded to include interactive monitoring, smart home video, and even home automation features, there are still some basic alarm system functions that we should remember – and that we want to use when the situation calls for it.
With all the new and advanced features and functions, there are still some basic aspects of how alarm systems work that people ask about on a regular basis. One of these functions is arming your system with one of the sensors "bypassed," usually a door or a window.
Bypassing a Sensor – What It Means
Let's say you want to use your alarm system, but you have one door or window (or more) that you want to leave open, and still arm the rest of the system. There are numerous reasons why you might want to do this, such as the following examples:
- You want to be able to open and close a specific window during the night, while your system is armed.
- You want to bypass a certain motion sensor so that a person (or large pet) can move through an area without creating an alarm event. Small pets should be ignored by today’s technology.
- While you are making repairs or renovations to your home, a sensor may be temporarily displaced – and you still want to use your system to protect the rest of the house.
How to Bypass a Sensor on Most Home Alarm Systems
Bypassing a sensor on most home alarm systems is remarkably easy – thanks to the fact that most of the reputable equipment manufacturers follow the same (or very similar) conventions to reduce the incidence of false alarms. And you will find that the alarm companies with the best reputations are the very same companies – not surprisingly – that provide the most intuitive wireless alarm equipment in the home security industry. One of the benefits of a simpler user interface is the ease with which you can perform basic functions in a short time – and undo them later, just as easily.
Check Your User Manual First
Any alarm system user manual that is worth its salt will contain the instructions for bypassing a sensor, and it usually only requires a few pushes of a button. Or, given the proliferation of more user-friendly touch-screen alarm control panels, there may be no actual buttons involved. Either way, the instructions should be simple, and easy to find and execute.
When in Doubt, Contact Customer Support
Of course, if you're not absolutely clear that you have followed the right steps, you can always call your alarm company's customer service department. I do not suggest that course of action lightly, knowing just how interesting a call that can be with some of the newcomers to home security who are now offering alarm services. But if you are working with a reputable alarm company that has a solid reputation for taking excellent care of its customers in a timely and efficient manner (and the good reviews to prove it), you should be in good hands. And if you're not satisfied, then you may want to think about a change for the better when the opportunity arises. After all… your time is valuable. And, more to the point, what's more important than your peace of mind?