You wouldn’t disagree with me with the fact that doorbell chimes are integral part of everyone’s house unless, they live in an isolated bamboo-made house in the middle of a deep forest 🙂
Having said this, there are many instances when people either regret their purchase of their current door chime or are unhappy with the features of the device.
Though there can be many reasons for their disappointment with the door chime, in most of the cases it’s the lack of “basic” or “must-have” features that is the reason for disappointment. So what are the these reasons?
In this post, we are covering top 5 reasons why people end of buying a wrong door chime. Let’s begin.
1. Inadequate range coverage
One of the main reasons why people are unhappy with their wireless door chime is it’s inability of covering adequate range of the house when it comes to signal reception (Note that wireless door chimes work based on transmission and reception of signals).
Deciding about what range you expect from the door chime is most important decision to make while buying a door chime. People often get carried away by the look and feel of the door chime and forget to pay attention to the range it is covering. It’s only when they install this door chime at their home, they start noticing that the doorbell doesn’t cover required area of their house. The coverage issue arises generally when the house is of moderate to large in size and the door-chime offers operating range of less than 150ft.
Again, don’t just go by operating range of the doorbell which is mentioned in the specification of the product, because what really matters is the practical range of the door chime which would be less than operating range due to interferences of walls and design of house. So always keep in mind these differences and decide accordingly.
When the doorbell doesn’t cover all the areas of house, then it becomes a biggest limitation of the product. It’s quite natural that you start feeling that it’s an useless purchase you made.
2. Lack of volume adjustment options
This is another important feature which are overlooked by many. I would prefer, a door chime must have at least 2 volume adjustment options (high and low) so that you can set it up based on the situations. Lack of these options makes the device unsuitable for some conditions and you will be left with only one volume option – either very loud sound or very low sound.
3. Lack of visual indicators
Now- a- days most of the wireless doorbell chimes come with some kind of visual indicators or flash light alerts along with sound options. This helps when someone rings the bell , a flashing light indicates that someone is at the door. Having this feature integrated in your door chime particularly helps in various situations such as when you are in the middle of noisy tasks, a sleeping baby who doesn’t want to be disturbed by door chime sound or if someone in your house is hearing impaired. Imagine how much usefulness the visual alerts will be in these kind of situations. Look at this amazing wireless doorchime from Honeywell which offers 6 visual indicators.
Lack of these features will end up making you unhappy sooner or later. Again, it’s situation specific and budget dependent. If you feel you don’t need to have this feature, then you can always skip this point.
4. Lack of frequency blocking options
This feature falls under technical area. Since wireless door bell chimes work based upon the frequency interchanges between transmitter and receiver, it can very well happen that your door chime starts responding to some one else doorbell (neighbors). Imagine the consequences. You start opening the door every now and then thinking that someone is at your door !!
To avoid this situation, the door chime should have frequency blocking features to avoid the interferences from neighboring doorbell push buttons.
Frequency blocking option is a must have feature which you would have missed to ask for in your current door chime purchase.
People often end up buying a doorchime which doesn’t support multiple door bell push buttons. How does it affect?
It means you can use your door chime for responding to door push button at a single door. However, you may want to have door bell push buttons fitted at few other doors as well. With your current doorbell unit, you are stuck with a limitation of having door chime which is not being able to support more than one push button.
Again. this is very important feature people should consider while buying a wireless door chime. Consider buying a wireless door chime which supports more than one push button so that you would benefit from it in improving your overall home security system.
Hope you found this article useful and points from this post would help you to avoid some common mistakes while buying the right door chime for your house.
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