OK, so am I the only one who didn’t realize that a smoke alarm in your home is not good for ever and ever? I don’t even know if that’s what I actually thought…. but I didn’t think that they had a life span of only 10 years.

Yes, you may say “but 10 years is a long time!”. All of a sudden 10 years have flown by… and my smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms were now 12 years old and had never been replaced.

I think I was browsing an article online when I read that carbon monoxide alarms were not good forever and that they had to be replaced when their expiry date came up. “They have an expiry date???” was my first reaction. My second was panic.

“How long have mine been expired?” “Could there be carbon monoxide in my home right now and we aren’t being alerted?” “I need to run out and replace everything right now!”

Basically, the deal is this:  the smoke detectors/carbon monoxide detectors that are currently in your home have a production date or an expiry date on them.  This doesn’t have anything to do with the batteries (whether or not they are battery-operated or hard-wired), but it DOES have to do with the sensors in the detectors being less effective, or having less sensitivity.  So even though you may be able to “test” your detectors by pressing the test button on them and the alarm sounds, that doesn’t test the detector’s sensors for smoke and fire.  If your detectors are 10 years old or more, it’s time to replace them entirely.

We spent the last week researching in-store and online the different types of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors before settling on the Nest Protect Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm.  We bought one for our main floor and one for the upstairs and they are both hard-wired.

I swear, it wasn’t just about the looks…. but it definitely helped!  And so nice and white!! (maybe the yellowing of the smoke detector is also an indicator of age and that it needs to be replaced??  Why do they get so yellow??)

The fact that they connect to each other and then to the app on my phone was a bonus, and since we already have the Nest Learning Thermostat, they are now all connected to my phone and can send me notifications (hopefully it will never happen!).  The Nest Protect also has a voice alarm and a night light and was very simple to install.

Imagine my horror when we removed our current smoke detector from the hallway outside our bedrooms and flipped it over to see the production date of September 21, 2004!  I was thanking God and every other entity for keeping us safe all these years.

No more ugly yellow non-functioning smoke detector!!

And combined with our Nest Thermostat, we are good as gold!  I love being able to check on the temperature of our home from my phone.  It also figures out your schedule as to when you are home or out so that it can adjust accordingly and not be heating or cooling if no one is home, thus saving you energy and money.  It’s a win-win! I certainly like all these features!  (again, I also love the look of this thermostat too…added bonus!)

A good habit to get into at the start of a new year is to look through your home for anything that needs updating or upgrading, especially when it comes to the safety of your family.  Start this year to make this your habit, and check on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for any that are getting too old.  Your family and your lives depend upon them!

As always, my reviews and opinions are my own (and my husband’s, as he was the installer!).  We are a Nest family now and would highly recommend these products to anyone looking to upgrade and go techie!

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