What’s hip about home automation? Lights? Locks? Smoke Alarms?
What? Smoke Alarm? I can bet that a smoke/carbon monoxide alarm isn't your first choice for a device to pair with your shiny new gateway.Smoke alarms are very important to the safety of our loved ones, and we often overlook them. When seconds count, an alarm can give you and your family time to escape danger. And although they are often neglected, few people will admit that smoke alarms are unnecessary. The value of any working smoke alarm is in the lives it may save.
It comes down to three things: batteries, batteries, batteries.
Yes, like any other Z-Wave sensor, Z-Wave enabled smoke alarms can be used to trigger alerts and alarms in your home. But just about any screaming alarm will get you out of bed; Z-Wave or not. But non Z-Wave detectors won’t give you alerts to your home automation system when your batteries are low, like a Z-Wave enabled device will. And, your gateway or hub can tell you what Z-Wave devices (like smoke alarms) aren’t working, allowing you to take immediate action. Because who checks smoke alarms anyway? You should. Look at these statistics**
Smoke alarms provide an early warning of a fire, giving people additional escape time. Here are some facts according to the NFPA:
On top of alerting you to battery status, a Z-Wave smoke or CO alarm paired with smart device, via your gateway or controller, can alert you of a danger in your home when you aren’t even present. (A child cooking without permission; an elderly family member left the stove on; a furnace on the fritz causes an unsafe condition for your family still at home, etc). While this should never replace a monitored alarm system, it is another layer of protection and peace of mind.
So while smoke alarms may be among the last things people add to their home automation systems, they should deserve more credit. Door locks and security sensors keep out the bad guys. Lighting controls are flashy (pun intended). There aren’t as many ads that address the dangers of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning, but for peace of mind a system of Z-Wave smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be on everyone’s list.
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I just added this Z-Wave enabled 2 in 1 First Alert Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm to my existing Z-Wave network. Pairing was very easy; I held down the test button while inserting the battery tray. It was that simple.
Check local rules, as well as NFPA 72 for Smoke Alarms, and NFPA 720 for Carbon Monoxide Alarms.
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