The install is probably a huge reason to buy any Nest product. With amazing tutorial videos and a great app, it pretty much doesn’t get any easier than this. I highly recommend the hard wire unit if you can, but it is a bit more difficult to physically install, especially if you’re not used to dealing with electricity. You basically just open the app, sign into or create a Nest account and then tell it you want to add a Protect, it walks you through the rest.
battery vs wired
There are a few slight differences between the battery only and the wired plus battery backup Protect’s. The main difference is in the Pathlight feature. On the wired model you have the option to keep the Pathlight on when it’s dark in the room. The battery-operated model only allows motion operated 5 second burst of the light. The other minor difference is the fact that the wired version updates the Home/Away feature for the thermostat more frequently.
The first major feature of the Protect is the fact that it will alert you of any issues on your phone. From battery issues to emergencies, you get notification anywhere you have an internet connection. Even if you aren’t home this device is ready to alert you to issues, this is especially important to those of us with fur babies at home.
On top of these notifications the Protect is constantly testing its sensors including the batteries. Did you realize with standard smoke detectors you were supposed to check them monthly? When is the last time you’ve checked yours? Don’t worry, I can’t remember either.
There are a few benefits of having a Nest thermostat installed along with the protects. The first and major safety feature is the fact that the Protect shuts down your HVAC system if it detects an emergency event, thus removing the chance of your system moving the problem throughout your house.
When you install each Protect, you choose the location for each device. In the event of an emergency, the voice system will announce which detector has found a problem.
The Protect has an amazing smoke sensor in it. If you’ve done any research on smoke detectors at all you will know that normally there are two kinds of sensors: Ion and Photoelectric. Both have their pro’s and con’s, basically one detects fast burning fires, the other slow smoldering fires. With the Nest Protect, you get the best of both worlds with what they call a Split-Spectrum sensor.
One of the big feature updates you get with the 2nd generation Protect is silencing from your phone app. If you have high ceilings, this is a feature that could come in very handy.
With regular smoke detectors you get on and off. If you burn some food, your whole house gets to hear about it. With the Nest, there are different levels of alarm. It starts by telling you that there may be an issue giving you a chance to silence the alarm if it was something you caused. A much better outcome then having to wave a towel in front of the detector to get it to stop screaming at you.
If there is a better place to start into this whole smart home thing, I don’t think I’ve found it. And if you have already started and you haven’t got one of these devices, now is the time. It doesn’t get any more polished then the Nest Protect. I’ve already got several of them in my home and plan to replace every detector in the house. How smart is your home if it can’t protect you from fire and carbon monoxide? I’ve lived with this product for a couple years now and I can easily recommend this to all my friends and family.