First off, hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas. With that said, the holidays coming to a close and there is one thing that does not end which is home safety. There are many different dangers inside the home that must be avoided and there are many different devices to help with that. One device that will help keep things safe is the recently released Nest Protect. This smoke and carbon monoxide detector is from the same people that gave the world the learning Nest Thermostat. Once again the folks at Nest have come up with a beautifully designed piece of hardware to further automate your home. The Protect has been designed to replace and to be less annoying than your current smoke detector.
When setting up the device, it takes six “double A” (AA) batteries to power and an easy to install wall dock to put it in place. There is also a version that can be powered via hard wire. Once turning it on it goes through a short sound test and runs a quick diagnostics to make sure its sensors are working correctly. The next step is to download the application on an iOS or Android device. The app is the only way to configure the device to connect to your wireless network. Once completely set up, the device will emit a soft blue light that will let you know that everything is good to go. During its operation the device will change colors based on the circumstance. Whenever you pass by, it will turn green to let you know that everything is good. If there is a minor smoke issue, like burning up those cookies that grandma gave you the recipe for, the Protect will turn yellow and give a time frame to come wave away the smoke before it sounds the alarm. By sensing your presence and waving off the smoke, it saves your ears from those false alarms and the subsequent howling from your family dog. When there is an actual emergency, the Protect will turn red and the alarm will sound with a female voice that gives specifics of either smoke or carbon monoxide. That installed app will also give a more specific status of what is going on and will give tips about actions to take. One minor feature that it has that can be convenient is called the Pathlight function that makes the Protect shine its light to help you see in the dark. The device will sense when you walk by and help you to see when that late night hunger arises.
Overall this is a great combination detection device, albeit pretty expensive from classic models. Shelling out $130 is a tough pill to swallow but having an interconnected device may be more worth it to some. What is worse is if someone lives in a big home, one Nest Protect won’t get the job done so that cost will add up. I would suggest this to anyone but can definitely understand how such a big hit on the family budget would keep some away.
Have a Happy New Year!