A doorbell is one of the most important devices in a home. It is the best way to know you have a package or a visitor in your home. It also adds security because you can check through the eyehole first or the window before opening the door. Newer models also have a camera option that works like a CCTV camera, which records the entrance to your home. Installing a doorbell may be a bit complicated for a first-timer, but it is good to know certain tips to ensure that your home is well-prepared for a doorbell installation.
- Determine if your home is wired for a doorbell – Many doorbells are already installed during home construction. To check if this is the case for your home, cut off the power to your home at the breaker box, remove the doorbell plate and see if there are wires behind it. However, if your home isn’t wired for a doorbell, the easiest way to install one is to get a wireless doorbell to avoid the hassle of a hardwired model. If you prefer a wired doorbell, you can seek the assistance of a professional at US Electrical who is well-versed in Ring Doorbell installation and repair.
- Check Doorbell Chime Type – You may also want to check the chime type of your doorbell before installing it. If your doorbell has a speaker, the chime is digital. If it includes a mechanical mechanism in the form of two pistons that strike metallic keys, it’s a compatible mechanical chime. Knowing the chime type can help determine how many volts it’s getting from the transformer.
- Optimize Your Wireless Connection – For the best doorbell performance for wireless models, the Wi-Fi access point of your home should be within 15-20 feet of your entrance. It is also good to ensure that your Wi-Fi access point is on the same floor and as close to your doorbell as possible. If your home has multiple stories or has brick walls, it may also contribute to signal interference for your doorbell.
- Consider the Installation Surface – Brick, concrete, stucco, and cement siding may require drilling to install your doorbell. Also, note that these surface types can cause signal interference with your Wi-Fi connection.
- Consider the Mounting Location – The location where you’ll install your doorbell will determine what type of accessories your doorbell needs for various weather protection. Sun glare is also a main concern for doorbells with camera features.
What Are Some Tips To Protect My Doorbell From Weather Conditions?
A doorbell is considered a technology, and there are always problems installing tech outdoors. Unfortunately, modern doorbell technology can’t still fully protect the device from adverse weather conditions. Although there are rare reports of homeowners having trouble with their doorbells because of weather conditions, it is better to add protection to your doorbell, to improve its efficiency. A licensed electrician can also conduct services for the home protection ring doorbell.
- Natural Method – The most efficient and easiest way to protect your doorbell is to install it under a roof. Most house entrances or porches have protective structures installed over or around the front doorway. Many weather-proofing products are available on the market if you don’t have this option or a renovation and remodeling budget.
- Switch on HDR – If your doorbell has a high dynamic range (HDR) feature, ensure it is turned on. HDR can allow you to have a higher contact between dark and light which helps in the necessary brightness control for the images and video taken by your electronic doorbell. This feature is also essential, so you can still see your visitor’s face, even with the sun glares or dim light. This added security can help homeowners regardless of the weather in their neighborhood.
- Use A Wedge – For really sunny areas, you may also want to consider using a wedge kit. A wedge kit can angle your doorbell, so the sun does not directly hit the lens. Not only will the wedge help combat sun glare, but it also helps in the image quality of your doorbell. There are also wedge kits that are angled in various directions. Choosing which type to buy will depend on where the sun directly hits your device.
- Get a Sun Shield – Although not necessary for newer doorbell models, a sun shield can also be installed for your doorbell. It can effectively reduce glare and backlighting and prevent sun-related issues for your lens. The best part is that a sun shield can be a good do-it-yourself project, but there are also sun shields you can directly buy from the market.
- Add A Waterproof Protect Cover – In comparison to the sun shield, it can be an inexpensive way of protecting the doorbell from expected water damage from rain and snow. It is generally made of clear plastic or a plastic cover with a rubber blanket.
- Install a Doorbell Weather-Blocking Mount – This is a good way to ensure your doorbell is prepared for all unforeseen weather events. The weather-blocking mount is designed to go beyond rain protection and block direct sun glare, wind, and snow. However, certain doorbell models may come with anti-glare properties which already solve the glare effects of the sun or even from security lights. Keep this option in mind if you’re always struggling with horrible night vision and lens flares.
- Add Clear Silicone or Acrylic Material To Cover Small Gaps – Because most doorbell models are not completely waterproof, you may need to cover the small gaps around your doorbell to ensure the circuit board inside your doorbell is waterproof. Although it’s quite rare for rain to damage the interior components of your doorbell, it is still best to do this for precautionary measures whenever there’s heavy rain in your location.
- Get A Silicone Cover – Additionally, certain silicone covers are customizable for adverse weather conditions. It doesn’t only become silicone skin for your doorbell, but it also camouflages it. These skins are also highly durable and are ensured to protect your doorbell from sun glare, UV lights, snow, and rain.
These fast tips can help you get ready to install your doorbell for the first time. With our tips for weather-proofing your doorbell, you can also expect it to last longer.
Do you have other concerns regarding the installation of your doorbell? Please read our other articles to learn how to install your doorbell at home. Our electricians at US Electrical can also help you out.