My old smoke detectors are due for replacement, and I’m thinking of getting smart ones which would work with ST hub. Following NFPA’s recommendations (http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/fire-and-safety-equipment/smoke-alarms/installing-and-maintaining-smoke-alarms), I need 9-10 smoke detectors in my modest 3 bedroom split-level house. 10 Nests would come to ~$1000, which got me thinking:
- What are the benefits of smart smoke detectors vs. regular ones? I can think of these:
a. extra actions to notify about alert in remote area, e.g. upstairs bedroom lights flashing when alert is triggered in the basement;
b. some kind of automation if smoke is detected while nobody is at home, like IFTTT robo-call to local fire department, however it seems to be somewhere in between highly unrecommended and illegal
c. getting notification while away from home, and then calling fire department yourself - maybe
Based on the above, it seems to make more financial sense to have regular smoke detectors inside bedrooms, and smart ones in the basement (near the furnace) and maybe one in the kitchen (in case somebody forgets to turn an oven before leaving the house).
There is a ton of data out there about home fire causes in US (cooking and heating being top 2 responsible for 70% of all fires). I wonder if anybody has seen a data-driven study/recommendations where smart smoke detectors might be most useful?
- I don’t really need to have a conversation with a smoke detector. Maybe there are more reasonably priced ones, without voice, simply sending zigbee or zwave events to the hub? Has anyone tried First Alert 2-in-1 zwave devices? Any other options?