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The disaster-preparedness devices we chose to outfit the CNET Smart Home.
The CNET Smart Home is a cool place to test out new tech, but it's also where we see the rubber hit the road. What exactly can smart-home tech do to protect your house against disasters? Let's take a look.
We chose the Fibaro Flood Sensor for the house, because it performs well and features a flexible design.
Using the FortrezZ Water Valve, when water is detected under a pipe, SmartThings can automatically shut off the supply and minimize flooding damage.
The Nest Protect doubles as a smoke and CO detector. Plus its self-testing technology keeps you informed, but not annoyed.
The Nest Protect also integrates with the Nest Learning Thermostat, so if a fire is detected, the HVAC system will stop blowing air and fueling the blaze.
Philips Hue also integrates with the Nest Protect, so your lights can flash different colors to indicate different domestic threats.
For power outages, we decided to install BeOn bulbs, which have built-in battery packs to keep them powered, even when electricity goes out.
We also picked up an i-Bright Surge Protector, which protects expensive electronics, like TVs and video game systems. But it also allows for remote control via a mobile app. Check out the full rundown of our disaster-prepped Smart Home.
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