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A Z-Wave Siren (or “sounder”) is one of those versatile devices that takes your smart home system from good to great. It allows you to set up your system notifications in an incredibly versatile and useful way, making the technology a seamless part of your everyday life. But as is so often the case with technology, not all Z-Wave products are created equal. So before you go out and buy the first siren you see, read over this quick buying guide that outlines the best features for homeowners.
If you’re going to get a lot of use out of your Z-Wave siren, it should have flexible settings.
Consider how the siren is powered. Does it have to be plugged into an outlet in order to work? If so, you’ll be limited on where you can place the siren, though it will act as a repeater for your Z-Wave network. Our recommendation is to go for a battery-powered device. Normally, battery-powered means you have to go through the rigmarole of replacing the batteries every year, but Z-Wave has very low power requirements. So if you choose the right device, you won’t have to bother with swapping batteries for years.
Don’t make the mistake of buying a Z-Wave siren only to realize after you try to connect it that it isn’t compatible with your smart hub. Check the listed integrations on the product you’re buying. Often with Z-Wave technology, the hub will recognize the siren as a generic Z-Wave device, which is fine. The important thing is that it’s able to connect and work properly. If the supported integrations aren’t listed under device specifications, contact the manufacturer – they’ll be able to tell you for sure whether the siren will work with your system.
You won’t regret adding a Z-Wave alarm siren to your system—if you get one that actually has the versatility and flexibility you need. If you still have questions about adding Z-Wave devices to your home, feel free to contact us!