How to Use a Tilt Sensor to Protect Your Garage

Protect one of your home’s most susceptible places with a smart garage sensor. 

Given that roughly one in ten burglars enter through garage doors, security for these doors is crucial. The average garage door opens and closes more than four times per day, or about 1,500 times per year; frequently, this is because they have been left open. Who hasn’t at some point driven a few blocks away from their home and wondered if they accidentally left the door open?

These errors are caught and break-ins are quickly identified by a smart garage door sensor. Here are some general guidelines for protecting a garage from attackers, as well as information on how garage door tilt sensors operate, are installed, and make your property safer.

Depending on the type of home security system, a smart garage door sensor will perform different functions.

The basic function of a garage door tilt sensor is to detect the angle of an open door and to transmit a signal. However, the outcome depends on your home security system. 

Some sensors merely link to an inside alarm to frighten away would-be burglars and alert you if the door opens while you are at home. The security system that sends consumers an alarm via SMS, email, or push notifications is networked to more practical garage door sensors. Although incredibly practical, it won’t always work if you’re asleep or not near your phone.

However, a professionally monitored home security system accomplishes all of that and protects you round-the-clock; security experts receive immediate alerts and, if necessary, contact the police. Here is how the monitored systems for garage door security operate.

Our sensors detect when the door hits an angle more than 45 degrees to alert you when someone breaks in—or when the door is left open. The garage door tilt sensor uses Z-Wave, a safe communication standard that enables devices to “talk” to one other over encrypted radio waves, to send an “open” signal to the control panel in your house.

The control panel promptly notifies you by email, text, and/or the mobile app when the security system is armed. If you want the door open—or if you just forgot to close it—you can deactivate the system remotely or at a keypad. If the door is left open for a longer period of time than usual, the system can particularly alert you.

What happens next, if it isn’t a false alarm, is as follows:

  • An alert rings after 30 seconds. 
  • The control panel alerts the monitoring facility 30 seconds later. 
  • Monitoring specialists make two phone calls to you in an effort to reach you and, if they are unsuccessful, contact local dispatchers.

These actions can be done in any way. It might be practical to temporarily stop the sensor or set a longer beginning delay than 30 seconds, for instance. Both tasks are possible with the Garage Door Sensor, and it may even be set up to transmit messages without sounding the alarm.

When the sensor senses an open door, the system may also be configured to operate other devices in your house, such as turning on smart lights.

A plug-and-play garage door sensor is simple to install.

The majority of garage door tilt sensors are simple to set up. With batteries that last three to five years, it is completely wireless and mounts using a peel-and-stick adhesive. When you turn on the sensor once it has been configured for your system, the control panel immediately identifies the sensor.

Installing this garage door security gadget only takes a few seconds. Stick it to the door, then remove the battery tab and cover to turn it on. But there are a few things you should bear in mind. First, the top panel of the door is the ideal location for it (or the center one, if necessary). On a spotless surface, set it up straight, as in the illustration above. Additionally, place it far from obstructive elements like dense concentrations of metal or electrical wire.

Moreover, remember to:

  • Place your control panel no more than 100 feet from the tilt sensor on the garage door.
  • Apply hard pressure to the sensor to give the adhesive time to adhere. The recommended time is ten seconds.
  • Once it is mounted, run a test. Set the alarm on your control panel to sound (chime). After then, slowly open and close the door three times, giving yourself five seconds to hear your alarm each time. You’re good to go if it works every time; if not, we’ll help you fix it.

Security advice for garage doors to increase protection

The largest entrance to your home is made more safe by garage door sensors. However, there are other security measures you may take to prevent garage break-ins, such as:

  • Any garage door glass with vinyl adhesive reinforced.
  • “Frosting” windows to reduce visibility of the items in your garage.
  • Choosing a model with an electric lock or locking the door with a padlock while away.
  • Securing any garage items that burglars would use to access your home.
  • Changing remote control frequencies and security codes (particularly after moving into a previously owned home).
  • A garage door opener shouldn’t be left clipped to your car’s visor since thieves might take it!

Keep in mind that most garages have multiple entrances. Devices that detect when glass breaks can be used to secure windows. Smaller side doors can be protected with intrusion sensors and smart locks. Additionally, a motion-activated, night-vision camera aids in your immediate threat assessment.

Besides, because we employ Z-Wave technology, you can manage a wide range of smart devices—whether they are connected to security—using just one hub and app. You can control lighting with Z-Wave connectivity, activate smart locks, adjust the temperature, and so much more.