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Z-Wave alarm sirens are incredibly versatile – the sky is the limit for what you can do with them. And yet most smart sirens are used for the same purpose as their basic, “dumb” counterparts. If you’re interested in doing more with the smart tech in your home, then read on to learn about a cool function that’s possible when you connect your alarm siren with Z-Wave sensors.
Standard alarms have one sound setting: loud and annoying. And while a high-pitched screech might be fitting in an emergency such as a break-in or fire, those events are (hopefully) few and far between. So what can you do with your siren in the meantime?
The Best Thing to Do with Z-Wave Alarm Sirens: Customized Notifications
A Z-Wave smart home automation system is capable of tracking so many different things throughout your home: whether the windows are open, what the temperature is in each room, whether a room is unoccupied, and even whether the toilet is overflowing! You get to choose which parts of your home are monitored, what is tracked, and how you get notified about issues.
Typically, your notifications come in the form of a text message, but you can’t be expected to have your phone on hand 24x7. That’s where a Z-Wave alarm siren comes in. It sends out an audible alert for whatever notifications are important to you. Here are some examples:
Know exactly when friends and family arrive, even if you’re on the other side of the house. A friendly chirp alerts you whenever the door opens or closes.
Of course, the front door isn’t always the main way that family members enter the house. By placing a smart door sensor on your garage door, you can get the same notification whenever a car enters the garage.
Have a family member who needs to take prescriptions at a certain time? Be reassured with a custom chirp that the cabinet holding the medicine has been opened and closed. It’s also great for staying in the loop if someone’s opening a cabinet when they shouldn’t be.
When a pipe bursts or your water heater starts leaking, you shouldn’t rely on just an email or text message notifying you of the problem. Set up your alarm siren with a special chime for water leaks so that you instantly know there’s a problem that needs your immediate attention. Of course, the best way to handle water leaks is with an automatic water main shut-off device.
There are a few things you need if you want to go beyond the basics with a smart siren: a smart home hub to set up your customized alerts and an alarm siren that supports multiple chimes. The Dome Siren Sensor has 10 unique sounds you can use however makes sense for your home and lifestyle.