Monday, February 24, 2020

First Alert 2-in-1 Z-wave Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector

In some ways, I feel like I've betrayed Nest Protect buy purchasing the First Alert Z-wave COMBO 2-in-1 Smoke Detector & Carbon Monoxide Alarm. It's not you, Nest Protect, it's me. You're absolutely brilliant in my common areas like the kitchen and the bedroom hallway, but, for smaller settings like bedrooms and the home office, I think that the First Alert Z-wave COMBO 2-in-1 Smoke Detector & Carbon Monoxide Alarm is a better solution. It's cheaper, smaller, and it doesn't connect directly to my wi-fi.

Of course, the real test of a smoke detector is how it operates when there's a fire and/or when there's carbon monoxide. I'm not UL certified, so I won't be running field tests on this thing. And neither should you. So, the best I can say is that the First Alert Z-wave COMBO 2-in-1 Smoke Detector & Carbon Monoxide Alarm connected to my SmartThings hub easily and it was a simple thing to install it in all the places that it needed to go. I hope that the time never comes when I need to test its functioning. But, I sleep a little better at night knowing that its there.


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