Running a smarter, more energy efficient home is a great goal to which we can all aspire—after all what’s not to like, it saves you money and it’s more friendly to the environment. But a truly “smart home” does more than save money and the environment: it also helps protect you, your family, and your house. We spoke with Paul at www.firsteye.co.uk for his thoughts on the latest in Home Tech. Take a look at our review below of the kinds of functions on offer in the latest generation of Smart Home Tech.
Smart home tech is a growing area and has started to improve just about every different part of your home—and air monitoring is no exception.
If you’ve already installed a smart thermostats, did you know that some of systems can also integrate a smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detector into your system.
Unlike conventional detectors, rather than emitting an ear-piercing alarm that sends you into a state of panic, a speaker will tell you whether it’s detected smoke or CO, where it is in your house, and whether it’s an immediate danger to you. The same systems can be used via an App to monitor what’s happening in your home while you’re away. Some of the available systems can contact the emergency services in your absence if a fire is detected. Other gadgety options include turning on the lights when the alarm goes off, saving you fumbling around for light switches.
The next level of monitors are more than just a smoke alarm and CO detector, with the ability to monitor dust, soot, pollen, temperature, humidity, air staleness, pollution, and particulates, so you get a really comprehensive picture of the quality of air in your home.
All of this information can be sent directly to your smart phone—you can also silence the alarm from the app, which will be a huge relief to anyone who has a tendency to burn things in the kitchen.
But what if you don’t want to buy a whole new smoke and CO detector for your home? How about a smart battery? Use it to power your existing smoke or CO alarm system and you can get notifications on your smartphone no matter where you are. With the option to send you a ‘replace battery’ warning long in advance of the compulsory annoying chirping noises and at a budget price, this kind of simple solution could be for you.
Whatever your requirements, the new generation of Smart Home Tech is getting smarter by the day, so if your existing system needs updating or replacing, have a think about how it could help you, and have a chat with a fire alarms installer experienced in smart technology.