Alright, it's confession/self-shaming time on the blog today...
For the past two years, we have had ZERO smoke detectors in our home. None! I know, I know. Worst home-owners of the year award - right here.
Well, before you freak out on us too much, let me explain. It's not entirely our fault! (At least that's what we keep telling ourselves.) Our house was built in 1939. From the looks of it, the home has never had a single smoke detector installed. We didn't even realize we had none until a good 6-9 months of living in the house! How in the world we passed a home inspection without smoke detectors is still beyond me, but I digress.
Either way, I know we should have run to the hardware store immediately after realizing this heinous crime, but we didn't. Why? Welllllll........ I could come up with a million excuses, but it truly comes down to one simple answer. I wanted a COOL smoke detector! Ha. Yeah, that's right. You may be asking yourself.... "what the heck is a 'cool' smoke detector"? WELL. If you've been following the blog for a little while now, you may remember a post where I talked about our Nest Learning Thermostat. "Nelly", as we call her, is amazing and I would recommend her to anyone. Well low and behold, Nest actually sells smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, too! SO. COOL. Well, except for the whole $100 price tag. Not outrageous, but I'm a cheapskate. Your everyday smoke detector usually runs about $25, so paying 4x was just a bit hard to swallow.
Know more, worry less.
In an emergency, every second counts. So Nest Protect makes the most of every single one.
Nest Protect gives you information, not just alarms. It tells you what the problem is and where it is. And in case you’re away from home, it sends a message to your phone. Because a beep simply isn’t enough.
Well have no fear! This weekend, we FINALLY broke our rebellious/stupid streak and purchased a Nest Protect! (Thank you gift card!) Now, this isn't just any old smoke detector. This puppy is smart! Not only does Nest Protect sound an alarm, it also speaks to you with a human voice. It tells you if there's smoke or carbon monoxide, which room it's in, and if you're in immediate danger. So you can quickly figure out the best way to exit your home and avoid running into fire on the way out.
What's even better? Everything is connected. Wi-Fi, our phones, our Nest Thermostat. It's all working together to protect us. I love it. It's sleek, and I actually feel quite relieved to know that we're finally up to code! I, of course, had to give her a name as well, so we settled on "Petunia". Protecting Petunia. She's a genius! If you're in the market for a new smoke detector or thermostat, I would highly recommend giving the Nest line of products a look. We couldn't be happier!