I’ve been getting over a cold and having some trouble sleeping as a result. Last night I was lying in bed and I looked at my smoke detector and noticed that there’s a spot for a light but it wasn’t lit. I had just replaced the battery in it so I assumed it would be ok and I would just test it int the morning to be sure. a few hours later the puppies decided they had to out on my out I noticed the smoke detector in the hall it had a spot for a light and it was lit. At this point, it was 5 in the morning, and I just wanted to get back to sleep. I woke up and got settled and decided to do some investigating.
I have 5 smoke detectors in my home, 2 have lights and 3 don’t. The 2 that are lit are both in hallways. The 3 unlit are battery operated and located in bedrooms. It turns out that the hall smoke detectors are wired and the bedrooms are battery operated. Lights, no lights THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY!!
I also have a carbon monoxide detector not mounted but in the bedroom. I’ve had a small scare with CO and a friend of mine had a bigger scare. Luckily (and surprisingly) in my case I was able to see it and smell it before it became a bigger problem.
Enter the Nest Protect. The Nest Protect combines the smoke detector with a carbon monoxide detector with some neat other features and links with my Nest Thermostat.
There are two different models of the Nest Protect. A wired one and a battery operated. Both have a separate bank of batteries as a backup. Choose the one that pertains to your application.
The first great feature of the Nest Protect is the “Nightly Promise”. After you turn the lights off in the room, your Nest Protect will glow green to show you that the sensors and batteries are good.
Second, “Pathlight” will shine a light down to light your way as you walk under the Nest Protect. I’m very excited about this for when I take the dogs out in the middle of the night.
Third, the Nest Protect sends you a “Heads-up” warning if it senses smoke, but the levels are not dangerous. You can then silence it in the app to let it know that all is well.
Fourth, and probably the most obvious of all is “Emergency” state. An alarm will sound and tell you where the issue is.
Fifth the Nest Protect talks to other Nest Protects wirelessly, but not through wi-fi. When you install your Nest Protect, it will connect to your wifi so that it can send alerts to your phone when you’re not home. It also connects to other Nest Protects and communicates without wifi (in case you lose power, your router will go down but the backup batteries in the Nest Protect will still allow them to communicate with each other and alert you to what room the problem is in).
Finally, If you have a Nest Learning Thermostat installed in your home, and the carbon monoxide alarm goes off, the Nest Protect will tell your Thermostat and it will turn off your burner so that more CO isn’t pumped through the house.