With the modern technology found in most homes, there is still one vital piece of equipment that has remained relatively unchanged: the smoke/carbon monoxide detector. The creators behind the NEST thermostat have now changed that with their smoke/carbon monoxide detector the NEST Protect. One of the common concerns with smoke detectors is being able to understand and interpret what the various combinations of beeps and light flashing notifications mean. Many often wonder, “is this thing working?” and most write off any audio notification as a bad battery. If the replaced battery still produces audio tones, then users may disconnect the smoke detector out of frustration.
This has all been addressed with the creation of NEST Protect. This smoke and carbon monoxide detector reinvented how to notify homeowners about the state of their dwellings in regards to smoke and the silent killer, carbon monoxide. It simplified notifications of these two intruders to take all the guesswork out of what is going on inside your home. For example, if the system detects smoke in the kitchen, it will sound an alert and speak: “there is smoke detected in the kitchen.” In addition to the audio alert, the system will also send an alert to your smartphone.
The NEST Protect has two additional features that also set it far ahead of its competition. The system will conduct a self-checking regimen daily and display the results via a visual color representation. Green means everything is ok and pulsing yellow means there is a problem that needs to be addressed. The last feature is the convenient Pathlight. This is an ambient light that will turn on if there is motion detected to light your way—a small but thoughtful feature that turns out to be very useful.
The NEST Protect retails for $99 a unit and can be bought at https://nest.com/smoke-co-alarm/meet-nest-protect/
By: Paul Salley