Did you turn your house into a Smart one, but didn’t think that your pets can accidentally activate the motion / presence sensors, starting the alarm or the lights? Here are some tips to overcome these problems and to enjoy, at the same time, the company of animals and the comfort offered by smart technology.
Location and orientation of smart sensors
When choosing the location for the location of motion sensors we must take into account several important factors: the detection angle of the sensors, our height, the height of pets and the places where they usually sit or play.
We will place the sensors so that they can detect our movement and that of other family members, usually at a height of over 1.5 meters.
If we have pets and we do not want them to trigger automation, the orientation of the sensors will be made so that the motion detection angle starts from 1 meter above the floor (or any height we consider necessary). At the same time we will try to orient the sensors towards the points of interest (doors, halls, rooms), avoiding the places where the dog or cat spends most of the day.
Automation scenarios for pets
Another solution would be to create automation rules that take into account the presence of animals. For example, we can create a way to arm the house that, when we are away from home, will disable certain sensors, such as those in the rooms where we let our non-speaking friends spend their time. Thus, we will avoid triggering the alarm or turning on the lights and, obviously, increasing energy bills.
We don’t have to worry about the security of our house. The motion detection sensors in the rest of the house will work normally and, together with the door / window sensors, vibration sensors and smart alarms will keep our house safe.