Safe-Home.com

Healthier Living | Child Safety | Eco Friendly Tips

WaterCop Motorized Water Shut-Off Valve Installation Locations

by Barbara 8. January 2018 04:54

Question: Where to install the WaterCop Classic Motorized Actuator Lead Free Water Valve, .75 In.?

Answer: Indoors, on the main incoming water line. Install the valve upstream from where the water system branches off to other appliances and downstream from water meters and pressure regulators. Do not install outdoors! Install the WaterCop valve so that the home or business owner can readily access the face of the WaterCop actuator. That way the system can easily be reset if tripped by a moisture sensor. Also the water can be shut off if repairs need to be made to a water heater, etc. The business or home owner should periodcally cycle the valve to open and close to prevent any water deposit build-up. This ensures proper operation. Also make sure the valve does not interfere with water flow to fire suppression and irrigation systems.

WaterCop actuators can respond to an almost unlimited number of moisture sensors. Do remember that a signal repeater may be necessary for sensors located far from the unit. The maximum transmission range is up tp 200 feet,clear line of sight. Actual effective working range is less than that. The WaterCop is a whole house or zoned water shut off full port ball valve with actuator that responds to radio signals from moisture sensors (waterhounds) or freeze alert sensors (FreezeHounds. Water shuts off almost instantly when sensor/s are activated and an alarm sounds at that sensor/s. AC powered or battery powered sensors have 1 or 2 moistures probes. Install sensors under water dispensing refrigerators, dishwashers, etc.

Thanks again for your question. Please contact us if you need more information.

Sincerely,
Barbara

 

Sensaphone Passive InfraRed Motion Detectors Interface with Most Sensaphone Units

by Barbara 12. February 2014 07:47

Question about the Passive Infra Red Motion Detector.

Q:"How does the Sensaphone Motion Detector work? How units do I need to protect my office? What Sensaphone models work with this unit?" Thanks. George

Answer: Remember that this is a wired unit. First, measure your office. Next, determine if you need more than one unit along each long wall. If you have more than one door, consider installing one aimed at each door.  All Sensaphone unit that have a normally closed dry contact can interface with this unit. That includes a wide variety of FSG models.

PIR motion sensor uses infrared to monitor movement of warm bodies in a specific area. Once movement is detected, the sensor activates a call from your Sensaphone remote monitoring system. The passive infrared motion detection sensor can be used with all Sensaphone models. Range of detection is approximately forty feet of area. Multiple sensors can be wired in series to a single output.

PIR Motion Detector FGD-0007 Specifications: 
  • Compatible with all Sensaphone models except IMS. Note: There is a PIR motion sensor specifically designed for the IMS
  • Dimensions:     4″ x 6″ x 11/2″
  • Housing:     White plastic
  • Normality:     Normally closed
  • Range:     Approximately 40′
  • Battery Life:     3-5 years
  • Compatibility:   All Sensaphone models
Package Contents: 
  • (x1) Infra-Red Motion Detector
  • (x2) AA batteries
  • (x1) Installation Instructions
  • Detects body heat.&
  • Causes a dial-out if motion is detected.
  • Range of detection covers approximately 50 ft. of area.
  • Multiple sensors can be wired in series to a single input.
  • Range: Approximately 40 feet, with 75° of coverage.
  • Dimensions: 4" x 6" x 1.5"
  • Warranty: 1 year limited manufacturer's warranty.

Thank you for your questions.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Installation Height for Carbon Monoxide Alarms Is Your Choice

by Barbara 8. February 2013 10:52

Question about  installation height for most effective use of carbon monoxide alarms

Q:"How high do I need to install carbon monoxide alarms in my home?" Thanks. Rebecca

Answer: According to information from one of our manufacturers, you can install a CO alarm at any height in your home. The reason is that the molecular weight of air is almost identical to the weight of carbon monoxide. Air is typically composed of 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen. Nitrogen has a specific weight of 28.013 while carbon monoxide is almost identical 28.011. CO mixes with
Air as their weights are approximately the same.

We advise you put the unit high enough that a child cannot tamper with the unit. Also remember that a minimum of 3 carbon monoxide alarms are recommended for a two story home, one on each level near the stairwells. Put one inside each bedroom if you close bedroom doors at night.

Direct plug-in units, CO alarms connected to a 12 or 24 volt security system and 9 volt battery operated ones give you many options.

We prefer the Costar 9RV, a 9 volt battery powered CO alarm that is for homes or recreational vehicles. These easily mount with two screws. The units cannot be reinstalled on the mounts unless there are batteries installed.

For homes with wired security systems, the CoStar Security System Carbon Monoxide Alarm,12-24SIR is a great choice.

Costar carbon monoxide alarms use a unique sensor that mimics red blood cells. Each sensor takes 28 days to "grow." The sensor reacts with carbon monoxide just as red blood cells do in our bodies. In other words, when a human is exposed to CO, the oxygen in the blood that attaches to red blood cells is replaced gradually by carbon monoxide. When carbon monoxide levels in an area near the sensor reach a level of 70 parts per million in a period of 60 to 240 minutes, the sensor is saturated sufficiently to set off an alarm. Below 35 ppm no alarm will sound. At 150 ppm, the alarm goes off within 10 to 50 minutes. At a level of 400 ppm, the alarm sounds within 4 to 12 minutes. 400 ppm alarm within 4 to 15 minutes.

Safe Home also sells RV carbon monoxide alarms that wire to both 12 volt systems, the coach and the engine, and have a 9 volt battery back-up. The CoStar 12RV-DB 12V RV CO Alarm W/9V Battery Backup protects you even if the 12 volt system is disconnected.

We also sell co alarms by other manufacturers that plug directly into 120VAC outlets. The only problem here is that few outlets are above a child's reach.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Sensaphone Monitors and Temperatures Sensors for Refrigerators, Cold Storage and Freezers

by Barbara 17. October 2011 07:55

Question about which Sensaphone monitor will closely monitor commercial and medical freezers and refrigerators in our facility.

Q: "We need to monitor 8 different refrigerators and freezers where we keep medical supplies. Which Sensaphone units will meet our needs? Thanks. Sue."

Answer: With the limited information you gave, I will do my best to offer you choices to meet your needs.

Sensaphone has two low temperature sensor models

The FGD-0107 is a unique 2.8K Temperature Sensor with Glass Bead Vial. This unit ideal for cold storage temperature monitoring. The glass bead filled vial buffers any momentary fluctuations that may cause a preliminary alarm dial out, such as defrost cycles, opening of doors, and fans circulating air. The glass beads will slow the response time of the sensor allowing normal daily operations to occur without having an alarm initiated. This is a highly recommended sensor for every cold storage application.


The Temperature Range that can be monitored depends upon which Sensaphone controller unit is being used:

  • 400, 800: -20° to 150°F (-30° to 65°C)
  • 1400, 1800, 2800, WEB600: -109° to 115°F (-85° to 57°C)
  • 2000: -125° to 124°F (-87° to 51°C)
  • Express II: -85° to 200°F (-65° to 93°C)

The IMS-4814 Ultra Low Temperature Sensor is designed to connect to the Sensaphone IMS product line (i.e. the IMS-1000 and the IMS-4000) and monitor temperatures in refrigerators or freezers. The electrical connection between the sensor and IMS unit is made via the attached RJ-45 patch cable. The package contains the 1) Ultra Low Temperature Sensor (1) Attached 7’ Patch Cable and (1) Attached 12’ of cable with weatherproof probe. The sensor probe may be secured inside equipment using the included clamp or it may be hung using tie wraps. Do not install the black plastic enclosure inside of a refrigerator or freezer. It is available with an optional NIST temperature certification. (IMS-4814-NIST) The Ultra Low Temperature Sensor comes with an attached 7’ cable with an RJ-45 plug on the end and a weatherproof probe with 12’ of cable. If the sensor installation is close to the IMS unit, you can plug it directly into an IMS environmental input. If the cable is too short you can use the included RJ-45 adaptor and a longer patch cable to extend the length. For applications where the sensor may be far from the IMS unit, you may utilize your existing network wiring infrastructure. For example, the sensor may be installed in another room or another floor. Connect the sensor to your structured wiring network via an RJ-45 jack. At the other end, connect a patch cable from your structured wiring patch panel directly to the Host or Node environment input.

  • Temp Range: -122° to 53°F (-86° to 12°C)
  • Humidity: 5–90% RH
  • Sensor type: Sealed thermistor probe
  • Accuracy: ± 3°F
  • Connector: 7’ Cable with RJ-45
  • Housing: Black plastic
  • Compatibility: IMS-4000, IMS-4000 Node, IMS-1000

So next you need to determine which IMS (Internet Monitoring System) unit you need to handle your monitoring issues. The Sensaphone IMS-1000 has 8 sensor inputs. Configuration is easy: all IMS Solution sensors are auto-configured when you plug them into the IMS-1000. The Ultra Low Temperature Sensor will identify itself as a 4-20mA transducer. On the Properties screen for this sensor you must select the sensor type: either Low Temperature (Deg F) or Low Temperature (Deg C). When a sensor is removed, or the connection is disrupted, the configuration data remains intact but the sensor will go into trouble status and generate a trouble alarm. When the sensor is plugged in again, or the connection is re-established,configuration data remains unchanged and the sensor returns to normal operating condition.

The Sensaphone IMS-4000 in combination with the IMS-4000 node can monitor up to 64 sensors.

Please look at our webpages and decide which features you need. There are cross references on the pages to most sensors and to the IMS-4000.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

 

NEMA-4X Enclosure on Sensaphone Remote Monitors for Business Use

by Barbara 14. October 2011 08:33

Question about the Sensaphone 2000 Data Log Remote Monitor, Nema-4X Enclosure, Sensaphone CELL682 Remote Monitor Control System NEMA-4X Solid Door and Sensaphone 1400 Remote Monitor NEMA4X Enclosure Clear Door

Q: What is a NEMA4X enclosure? Do I need it on a Sensaphone remote monitor for my business? I see it listed on these Sensaphone units that I saw on your website.Thanks. Steve."

Answer: According to Nema.org, "Type 4X Enclosures constructed for either indoor or outdoor use to provide a degree of protection to personnel against access to hazardous parts; to provide a degree of protection of the equipment inside the enclosure against ingress of solid foreign objects (windblown dust); to provide a degree of protection with respect to harmful effects on the equipment due to the ingress of water (rain, sleet, snow, splashing water, and hose directed water); that provides an additional level of protection against corrosion; and that will be undamaged by the external formation of ice on the enclosure."

Sensaphone offers these enclosures on most of their remote monitors because many remote monitors are located in dusty or potentially corrosive industrial settings. Sensaphone monitors can be mounted inside buildings or outside. Those mounted in greenhouses are exposed to high humidity levels and water sprays as plants are watered. So purchase one with a NEMA4X enclosure if your situation requires it.

Choose a Sensaphone remote monitor according to the number of inputs you need and the complexity of your situation. For example the Sensaphone 2000 is a data logging monitor with 8 inputs and can contact up to 32 persons while the Sensaphone 1400 can monitor only 4 sensors for humidity, temperature, etc.

Thank you for your questions.

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

What do the Product Numbers Mean on Sensaphone Remote Monitors?

by Barbara 10. July 2011 13:23

Question about the Sensaphone Remote Monitoring Systems.

Q: "I need a remote monitor but am confused by what differentiates one model from another. Can you give me a simple explanation? I don't know if I want a 1400, 800, etc. for my green house needs. Thanks. Steve."

Answer: The numbers actually refer to the number of inputs available to you. If you have a small greenhouse set-up, one of the smaller, less expensive basic units would be a good choice. Also consider if you have a cell phone or land line in the building.

Here is some information about the basic units:

  • Sensaphone Web600 Web-Monitor Alarm6 available zone inputs. A battery back-up unit (not included) plugs into the left side of the unit. Also there is an ethernet connection and a input for the 5V DC power adapter. There are two lights, a power and an alarm light on the top of the unit. A screwdriver is even included.
  • Sensaphone Model 800 Desktop Monitoring System: 8 inputs and 1 output contact. Monitor 8 conditions, plus power failure and sound level.Notify 8 people with custom voice phone calls.Control a thermostat or other device automatically, manually, even remotely.
  • Sensaphone 1400 With Solid Door has built-in Power Failure, Sound Level, Temperature Inputs 4-contact or temperature, 4-20mA Outputs 1 Relay (manual or automatic control)Notification 8 custom voice phone calls No monthly fee.
  • Solid Door Sensaphone 1800 Remote Monitor Monitor up to 8 conditions, plus power failure and sound level. Notify up to 8 people with custom voice phone calls or text messages. Review alarm history and who acknowledged the alarm event. Control a device automatically, manually, even remotely. Sends a text message and alpha page alarms.
  • Sensaphone 2800 Wireless Monitoring System lets you use up to four Sensaphone wireless sensors with the 2800. A variety of wireless sensors types are available to choose from, including:Temperature,Humidity,Power Failure,Motion Detector,Water on Floor.Wireless sensors. Two Wireless Interface modules. These allow you to connect to existing equipment or sensors and transmit their status back to the 2800 wirelessly. There is a Dry Contact wireless module and a 4-20mA wireless module. The 4-20mA wireless module even provides battery backed 24 VDC loop power for your transducer. Built-in Power failure, Sound level. Inputs 4 hard wired universal, 4 wirelesses inputs, Outputs 1 relay (manual or automatic control)Notification 8 custom voice phone calls.

There are numerous sensors available for the inputs. There are some larger units available that can take extra slot cards allowing a larger number of sensor inputs.

Please give us more information about your situation and we'll help you choose.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara