Once upon a time, we left our doors unlocked and didn’t hesitate to yell “come on in!” when someone knocked or rang the doorbell. For better or worse, those days are long gone. Today, homeowners are more concerned than ever about safety, security, privacy, and convenience. Which is why video doorbells have become an increasingly popular addition to modern homes.

But with a plethora of options available on the market, how do you know which solution is right for your home and security needs? To help you make an informed decision, let’s explore the key factors to consider when choosing a video doorbell that meets your needs and preferences.

Video Quality

The primary function of a video doorbell is to capture clear footage of visitors and any activity at your doorstep. When selecting a video doorbell, prioritize models with high-definition (HD) or even 4K resolution cameras. Crisp and clear video quality ensures that you can easily identify faces and details, even in low-light conditions.

Field of View

A wide field of view allows the camera to capture a larger area, providing comprehensive coverage of your doorstep and surroundings. Look for video doorbells with a wide-angle lens or a customizable field of view to ensure that you have a clear view of visitors from head to toe and any packages left on your doorstep.

Night Vision

Since security threats can occur at any time of day, opt for a video doorbell equipped with infrared or other night vision technology. This ensures that your doorbell can capture clear footage even in low-light or nighttime conditions, allowing you to monitor your doorstep 24/7.

Motion Detection

Motion detection capabilities are essential for alerting you to any activity at your doorstep, whether it’s a visitor, delivery person, or potential intruder. Choose a video doorbell with customizable motion detection settings, allowing you to adjust sensitivity levels and define specific zones for monitoring. Advanced motion detection features, such as person detection, help reduce false alerts triggered by pets or passing vehicles.

Two-Way Audio

Two-way audio enables you to communicate with visitors or delivery personnel directly through your video doorbell using a built-in microphone and speaker. This feature is particularly useful for giving instructions to delivery drivers, greeting guests, or even deterring potential intruders by speaking to them remotely.

Smart Integration

Consider whether the video doorbell integrates seamlessly with your existing smart home system. Compatibility with popular smart home platforms allows for convenient integration and control using voice commands or mobile apps.

Storage Options

Look for video doorbells that offer flexible storage options for recorded footage. Some models offer cloud storage subscriptions, while others allow for local storage using microSD cards or NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices. Consider your preferences regarding storage accessibility, capacity, and subscription costs when choosing a video doorbell.

Installation Requirements

Before making a purchase, assess the installation requirements of the video doorbell. Some models may require hardwiring to your existing doorbell wiring, while others operate on battery power or offer both options for flexibility. Additionally, consider the physical dimensions of the video doorbell to ensure compatibility with your door frame or entryway.

Weather Resistance

Since video doorbells are exposed to the elements, ensure that the model you choose is weather-resistant or weatherproof. Look for devices that protect against dust and water ingress, ensuring reliable operation in various weather conditions.

Reviews and Reputation

Finally, take the time to research and read reviews of different video doorbell models from reputable sources and real users. Pay attention to feedback regarding reliability, video quality, customer support, and overall user experience to make an informed decision.

Still not sure which option is best for your home? Excel Electrical Technologies can help. We install only high quality video doorbell cameras like Ring Central, and provide a 5-year warranty on the equipment we install plus a 10-year workmanship warranty. Contact us today for more information or to schedule installation and start enjoying the peace of mind knowing your home and loved ones are safer and more secure.