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Many homeowners are not aware, but smoke detectors have an expiration date. Smoke detector companies state that they are good for ten years starting with the manufacturing date, NOT the install date.
With that fact in mind, you can see that Steph was loooooooong overdue to replace the smoke detectors at her house. She's been in her house nine years, but who knows when the detectors were changed out before that.
Because of the difficulty and frustration I've had with the wired detectors at my house, she wanted something a little more high tech and more frustration free. Those at my house beep when the backup batteries need changing, but it's trial and error to find out when one is problematic. Uggg!
After much research, she settled on the smart smoke detector Google Nest Protect. Here's how the install went.
BEFORE installing, check the manufacturing date on the back. This one was manufactured a few months ago, so it's good to go. One that Steph ordered and sent back to Amazon had a manufacturing date of 2018. Not good! That's already four years old giving you six years of use before it expires. Zoom in on the picture to see the warning about which batteries to use.
Steph is very hopeful that the Google Nest Protect will eliminate the frustrations of standard smoke detectors.
We are assuming it will be easy to identify which of the detectors is in need of new batteries when the time comes. That incessant beeping of regular detectors is the reason so many are disconnected!
I have been guilty of that, but did hire an electrician to replace the offending ones! I don't know why I have such trouble with the smoke detectors at my house!
How about you? Are your smoke detectors out-of-date? Would you put a smart detector in your home?
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