Feeling safe in your own home is so important. Whether you have a roommate, kids, or live alone, you can protect your home with door chime sensors. But how do door chime sensors work?

In this article, we will cover what door chime sensors are, how they work, why they are essential, and how they can integrate into a more extensive security system. We will also cover some of the benefits of magnetic door sensors.


How Do Door Chime Sensors Work?


Door chime sensors serve as the front line of detection for your smart home security system. While there are many types of door sensors, they typically operate with a two-piece magnetic contact sensor. When the system is armed, and a door opens, the two magnetic sensors separate from each other, which trips the alarm. 

If this happens, the touchscreen control panel, like ADT Command, will sound an alarm, and a text alert can be sent to inform those living in the house that a door has opened unexpectedly. Sometimes, if the alarm is set, and an entry door is not securely closed, a false alarm can occur. If disarmed quickly enough, no further action will be required. 

If there is an actual emergency, and the alarm is not disabled, ADT representatives will try to make contact with the primary home security owners, and local authorities could be sent to the home to ensure the safety of those in the house. 

This is one of the many benefits of having ADT monitor your home security system. A team of professionals is always available to alert the police if a sensor is triggered when your alarm system is armed. 


Features of Wireless Door Sensors


Door chime sensors not only protect your home but also have tamper-resistant cases to help prevent any unwanted changes to the sensor. There is also a built-in gap that eliminates rubbing or hindering the operation of the door. These features integrate seamlessly into your home without any disturbances. 

A few types of ADT door chime sensors include:

  • Wired

  • Wireless

  • Recessed

  • Slimline 

ADT will help you learn which one is best for your home. These small sensors are approximately 3 inches in height and 2 inches in width, making them less bulky and more efficient. Lithium CR123 batteries power these sensors and can be changed if needed.

Another feature ADT provides with our door chime sensors is the chime sound when a door opens. This chime alerts those inside that someone has either entered or exited the home. Having this announcement can be helpful for someone who lives alone, with kids, or who likes knowing when someone is entering or leaving their home. Customers can even create an automation rule to activate cameras connected to their system so they can see who triggered a sensor. 

After your system is installed by an ADT security professional, we offer a six-month money-back warranty, and if a burglary occurs when your ADT security system is armed, we will pay up to $500 of your insurance deductible. See our ADT Benefits page for more.


How Door Chime Sensors Fit Into a Larger System


While door chime sensors are an integral part of a smart home security system, they integrate seamlessly with so many other ADT features to help protect your home to the fullest. What products work best with door chime sensors? Here are some of the ways door chime sensors work with other products to ensure your family’s safety. 


ADT Security Hub

This touchscreen panel is what controls the entire security system. Customers can arm and disarm their systems quickly, and there are various functions to help, especially in times of emergency, such as a home button, panic option, fire emergency, and medical emergency.

If the door sensor trips, going to the panel in your home is a great place to start when trying to understand why the door open alarm is sounding.


ADT Control App

Not only do the door chime sensors integrate with your ADT Security Hub, but also they can be connected to the ADT Control app. This app serves as a control panel but on your smartphone. 

Customers can receive instant security alerts, remotely arm and disarm their security system, watch live videos from their security cameras, control smart lighting and door locks, and so much more. People can also check on their homes from virtually anywhere using their mobile devices. 

When the app is active, the information appears similar to if you were looking at the ADT Security Hub.


Window Sensors

Window sensors serve customers in the same way that door chime sensors do. These magnetic sensors will trip if the alarm is armed and a window opens unexpectedly. But, if a window is open, and someone wants to arm the security system, it will not arm unless the window is closed. 

Whether people are trying to keep others from entering or want to be notified of teenagers sneaking out, these sensors will catch it. There are a few different types of window sensors, so there is a sensor for virtually every door frame. Your ADT professional can help you choose the best ones for your home.


Security Cameras

There are different types of home security cameras offered by ADT. One that works well with door chime sensors is the video doorbell camera. With this sleek camera, you can answer your front door from virtually anywhere. It provides crisp, clear 1080p HD images featuring warping technology and two-way audio. 

This camera is helpful when expecting a package and helping to make sure it is delivered safely. Once it is delivered, customers can check the camera throughout the day to ensure it’s still there. There are also outdoor and indoor security cameras and DIY security cameras.


Benefits of Door Chime Sensors


Knowing who is in your house is one of the best ways to keep your home safe. Whether you are trying to protect yourself, your family, or the items you cherish, a security system is one of the best lines of defense. 

In fact, according to the FBI, 34% of burglars enter through the front door. So, when door chime sensors are installed, it could prevent thieves from actually going through with their crime. 

Not only do door chime sensors help keep people out, but they also help keep the ones you love inside and safe. When trying to keep an elderly family member inside the house or trying to avoid having a teenager slip out to meet their friends, door chime sensors can help. A custom setting in your ADT home security system can send messages to your smartphone when a door or window opens in the house. 

But, if by some chance, an intruder does try to enter your home, door chime sensors will alert ADT to check in with you or call the local authorities. We have a top-notch relationship with first responders and work to help get you the fastest emergency response possible. Our team even helps drive industry standards and local response agencies’ ordinances.


Expert Guidance


Whether you are investing in a security alarm system for the first time or are looking to switch to ADT, your options can sometimes be overwhelming. 

Not sure which door chime sensors will work for your home, or which kind of security cameras you should get? You’re in luck. ADT has professionals who will help you choose the right products for your specific home. 

Our team represents the industry’s largest sales, installation, and service field force in home security, and we are committed to keeping you safe. We help save lives for a living. That is just who we are, and our people are passionate about what they do. We have the most experienced operators in the industry and do not outsource any of our monitoring. The average tenure of our monitoring center operators is five years, and installers and technicians average more than nine years of service. 


Choosing the Best Home Security Plan 


We hope potential customers now have an excellent grasp of why home security systems are essential for the safety of you, your home, and your family. Our products are relentlessly tested to ensure they do the job efficiently when it counts. We also are compatible with Amazon Alexa, Kwikset, and Z-Wave.

Each home is different, and ADT is equipped to help keep it secure. With a variety of options to choose from, we would love to help you pick a home security package that works best for your needs. 

Whether you decide to install our system yourself or have our professional technicians take it off your hands, we have a package for that. With more technology than ever available at your fingertips and worry-free professional installation, let our 145 years of experience work to keep your family safe.


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