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A Neat Way To Do More With Your Z-Wave Alarm Siren

A Neat Way To Do More With Your Z-Wave Alarm Siren

By Rachel Barnett, for Elexa Consumer Products Inc.

Z-Wave alarm sirens are incredibly versatile – the sky is the limit for what you can do with them. 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? Try hooking it up with Z-Wave sensors!

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 a sink 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:

When Someone Enters Your Front Door

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.

When a Car Enters the Garage

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.

When the Medicine Cabinet Opens

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 Water Leak is Detected

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.

To learn more about Dome's Z-Wave products, click here!


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Z-Wave Smart Home Holiday Gift Guide

Z-Wave Smart Home Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect Holiday gifts for your family? The experts at Z-Wave.com are here to make your shopping experience easier with starter bundles that can be customized to fit the exact needs and skill level of everyone on your holiday shopping list!

Eco-friendly Smart Home Gadgets to Green Your Spring

Eco-friendly Smart Home Gadgets to Green Your Spring

Spring is here, and that has all of us feeling a lot greener. After all, it's hard not to think at least a little bit about the environment when you've just watched nature call forth all of her bud-tipped bounty! Green devices offer plenty of ways to celebrate the springtime renewal from the safety of the porch—while cutting the Earth a break at the same time.

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Linear - Z-Wave Wall Mount Dimmer Switch

Gifts for Grads

Gifts for Grads

With June right around the corner, college graduation season is finally here. College students dedicate four (or more!) years to all-night studying sessions, test taking, and staying organized so they can walk across that stage and snag their diploma. Sure, you could give students a gift card or some cash but what about a smart home gift that’s as unique as it is practical? As students move onto bigger and better, that often means moving out of shared dorms or apartments and into their own place. Help the student in your life start post-grad living with a breeze with the convenience of Z-Wave smart home gear.

Let Your Smart Home Whip You Into Shape

Let Your Smart Home Whip You Into Shape

If you're at all familiar with smart home technology, you're probably aware of some of the benefits: the enhanced comfort and energy savings, the increased security, the undeniable convenience. But did you know that a smart home can also improve your health and help you get in shape?

GoControl Z Wave AD NSC

FIBARO Motion Sensor

Keep Your Holiday Dinners Running Smoothly with Smart Home Tech

Keep Your Holiday Dinners Running Smoothly with Smart Home Tech

With smart home technology, you can take the stress out of hosting your first (or fifteenth!) family holiday dinner, or at least remove some of the most common frustrations.

5 ways Z-Wave works with Amazon Echo

5 ways Z-Wave works with Amazon Echo

If you're not one of the 3 million homes with an Amazon Echo in it, there's a good chance you're coveting one. I mean, who doesn't want to be able to tell a lovely woman named Alexa to add things to their shopping list, play a favorite song, tell you the weather forecast AND turn on the lights in the living room?

15 Gadgets To Make Your Home Smarter


The Fibaro Smart Z-Wave detects temperature, light, and more. It alerts you on your smart device when it detects activity.

Build first, automate later: how to approach a smart home retrofit

Connected Lifestyle

A home automation system that runs across a whole house will benefit from a central processing unit that can act as a gateway for – and converse with – each of the sensors, devices and interfaces in the property.

Smart childproofing: How I created a safer home with smart home tech

BabyCenter.com Blog

When my son was five, I overheard him plotting with the girl next door to sneak out and meet up for a play date—after my husband and I were asleep. That was the day I decided to get a smart home security system.

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Connection to all of your smart devices shouldn't be an issue whatsoever, given that the SmartThings hub offers many of the well-known wireless protocols, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave, and ZigBee.

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Yale Real Living Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt With Z-Wave ($165) - We put the Yale's touchscreen lock at the top of this list because it checks all the basic requirements for a good smart lock. It's easy to install, works with smart home systems such as SmartThings and Honeywell, and the backlit digital keypad eliminates the need to carry around house keys.

7 Ways to Save Energy (and Money)


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