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Weed out the good from the bad with our smoke safety buying guideThe pros and cons of three types of devices that hope to keep you informed from afar should your smoke alarm sound.
[MUSIC] Wanna make your home smarter and safer? Smoke detection's a good place to start and there are three types of devices that can sen you a push notification when your smoke alarm sounds. We're gonna take a look at the pros and cons of each type of device. [SOUND] [MUSIC] The most obvious way to add smarts to your smoke detection is to replace your dumb old smoke detectors with a smart model. The pros of smart smoke detectors, in addition to those Push notification, this is gonna mitigate the annoyances that you might be used to with those small round pucks. You're not gonna get the annoying low battery chirps. You're gonna get a push notification when you need to swap out the battery. The biggest con with these guys is that they're costly, especially if you have a large You can expect to spend a couple hundred dollars if you want full coverage of smart in every room. As far as your options? So far we've tested the $100 Nest Protect. We've also tested the $120 First Alert One Link smoke alarm. If you don't want to mess with your tried and true smoke detectors but still want notifications when something's up, a listening device could be for you. Plug one of these into your wall, and they are Are specifically tuned to the frequency of carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. And if it hears something it'll let you know. The pro with listeners is that if you're looking for whole home coverage you're gonna cover a lot more space with a single But, the con is that with these you're not gonna mitigate smoke detector annoyances at all. Your options, the $100 Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight. It's not only a listener, it doubles as a fun, color changing night light. And if you wanna go simpler, theres the $100 kid remote Blank monitor. [SOUND] [MUSIC] An interesting alternative to the other two, this is a wi-fi connected nine volt that you stick into your existing smoke detector. For the pros this is much cheaper than replacing the whole thing, and you still mitigate some of those annoyances. You're not gonna get low battery chirp and with battery powered smoke detectors, you're gonna avoid false alarms as well. Cons. On hard-wired smoke detectors with a battery back up, you're not gonna be able to shut off false alarms You're also buying a smart device that's not going to last as long as your Nest Protect. Roost is rated for five years, which is pretty good, and you can buy replacement packs. But still Nest rated for ten. Your options here, the $35 Roost, that's it. That's okay though because it works pretty well. So the right fit for you depends on your space and how much you want to spend. Pick the category that suits you best, and you can use your smart home to add a little extra piece of mind with smarter smoke detectors. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]