Notion sensors need to be installed in specific locations on specific objects to accurately detect their assigned tasks. In this article, we'll cover:
- The best location for a hinged door or hinged window task
- The best location for a sliding door or sliding window task
- The best location for a garage door task
- The best location for a smoke alarm task
- The best location to detect water leaks
- Other thoughts
The Best Location For A Hinged Door or Hinged Window Task
In every case we say that the sensor needs to feel the task happening to report it accurately. For a hinged motion task, this means the sensor should be placed on the door or window, as far from the hinges as possible.
The Best Location For A Sliding Door or Sliding Window Task
The specific placement of a sensor does not matter much here as long as the sensor is installed on the panel of the window or door that will actually move. The only condition is that the sensor needs to be mounted vertically.
The Best Location For A Garage Door Task
For a sensor to register a garage door, the sensor needs to change from a vertical orientation to a horizontal one. As long as the sensor feels the full range of motion, it will trigger an alert
The Best Location For A Smoke Alarm Task
This one is a little tricky. Because the sensor is listening for your existing smoke alarm to sound, the sensor needs to be installed in a way where it can hear and feel the vibrations created by your smoke alarm. This means the sensor needs to be mounted on the same surface as your smoke alarm, within 18 inches. The brass disc on the bottom of the sensor must also maintain a stable interface with the wall.
The Best Location To Detect Water Leaks
Mounting a sensor to detect a water leak is extremely flexible. In a lot of cases you would not even need to remove the adhesive backing as long as you know the sensor will stay put. The only trick is to make sure that the bottom of the sensor will actually feel the water that you are trying to detect. This means the sensor needs to be at the lowest point in the area where water will collect. The sensor cannot be on a pedestal and there cannot be anything that would block potential water leaks from flowing to the sensor.
Notion sensors can be susceptive to wireless interference in the signal strength as well as extreme weather. If you are hoping to measure the temperature inside your freezer, the sensor will probably have a hard time connecting to your bridge because of the metal in the freezer door. Additionally the batteries in the sensor will expire much faster due to colder temperatures.
The same applies to sensors outdoors. The construction is weather resistant but not weather proof, so a heavy rain or melting snow may damage your sensor, and it may be difficult for a sensor to maintain a connection to your bridge if the signal needs to travel through an exterior wall.
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