Like almost every other household utility item, the humble doorbell has added a lot of modifications to its fundamental design. We all remember the heavy, vintage-styled door knockers that would announce the arrival of a guest. And although it fulfilled its duty well, it was soon replaced by the more efficient, electrical ding-dong bells as they were claimed to be more audible. The latest in the market are the wireless doorbells. They are preferred over their wired counterparts and there several reasons to explain it.
The construction of this doorbell is its biggest advantage. It dispenses with the need for complicated wiring. A wireless doorbell is fitted with a transmitter that relays a coded signal when the push button on the door is pressed. This makes the installation easier when compared to wired doorbells. Its only requirement is the power outlet to connect the receiver. The absence of wiring is a plus point if you hate the look of shabby wiring or zigzag electrical casings decorating your walls. You also do not have to drill holes into walls and fit screws.
The ease of installation further adds a portability feature. If you want to change the location, you can simply remove the receiver from the hook and hang it in the new place. This is a great feature if you live in rented houses or if you like to refurbish the house periodically.
The size of your house shouldn’t be a problem as many of the wireless models available in the market cover long ranges from a few meters to a few kilometers. Nonetheless, if you have one that does not cater to long distances, you can form a network of receivers all connected to one single doorbell. This way you will be able to hear if anyone is at your door from any corner of your house. Similarly, you can have multiple push buttons connected to a single receiver.
Since a wired doorbell is tethered to wires, it limits you on the possible places where you could have it fitted. You can fit a wireless doorbell in hard-to-reach places too. The wireless design has allowed manufacturers to experiment with the look of these doorbells making them more attractive to look at. There is also a variety when it comes to chimes rather than getting stuck to the conventional ding-dong. A handful of wireless doorbells also incorporate other home security accessories such as in-built cameras, infrared cameras for better night vision and 2 -way intercom systems to add additional layers of security to your home security system.
Finally, the price is what earns a large number of takers for wireless doorbells. When wireless doorbells made their debut in the market, it was new technology and hence heavily priced. Today, they are sold at very reasonable prices only slightly higher than wired doorbells. However, if you take in account the cost of wiring needed for the wired variants, it works out to the same, sometimes even less. You shouldn’t be paying more than $20 for a standard wireless doorbell and $50 for a high-tech doorbell.