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9 Things to Look for in an Outdoor Security Camera

9 Things to Look for in an Outdoor Security Camera

9 Things to Look for in an Outdoor Security Camera

If the security of your home is important to you, then an outdoor security camera is for you.

What is an Outdoor Security Camera?

An outdoor security camera is a camera that’s installed outside of your home in order to protect it from unauthorized persons.

Not all outdoor security cameras are created equal. If you’re planning on buying an outdoor security camera, look for the following features in order to provide optimum security for your home and your family:

1. HD Image Quality

When choosing an outdoor security camera, select one with high definition. A security camera is judged mainly by the quality of the footage that it produces. Watch out for security cameras that claim they have high definition quality, when in fact their lenses and sensors produce lower image quality.

A true high definition camera gives you 1080p HD image quality. Image quality is especially important in worst case scenarios, for instance, when a burglar tries to enter your home. If you want to report this incident to the police, they’ll ask for a copy of your security camera footage. Nest outdoor cameras have taken footage of package thieves and break-in culprits. Criminals have been identified and arrested via the Nest outdoor camera footage.

Footage that is not of HD quality and is too grainy is useless for authorities as perpetrators can’t be identified.

The Nest outdoor camera provides true HD image quality with its all-glass lens. You can zoom in up to 8 times in order to see every detail.

2. Night Vision

When choosing an outdoor security camera, select one with night vision. Many criminals operate during nighttime thinking that darkness will conceal their identity.

The Nest outdoor camera has night vision. This security camera, with its high definition and all-glass lens, produces clear footage regardless of whether it’s day or night.

3. Wide Angle

When choosing an outdoor security camera, choose one with a wide angle view.

The Nest outdoor camera has a wide angle, providing you with a 130° view of your home.

4. Weather Resistant

When choosing an outdoor security camera, choose one that’s weather resistant. A non-weather resistant camera is useless outside as it has to battle nature’s elements: rain and snow.

The Nest outdoor camera watches your home rain or shine.

5. 24/7 Recording

When choosing an outdoor security camera, select one that records everything, 24/7.

When you subscribe to Nest Aware, your Nest outdoor camera records everything 24/7 and you can easily review everything that the camera has recorded.

This camera has continuous power as it can be plugged into an outdoor or indoor outlet. Compared to battery-operated cameras, those that derive power from outlets are better, as battery-operated cameras are often in the sleep mode and only turn on when there’s motion.

6. Differentiates Between a Person from a Thing

In selecting an outdoor security camera, choose one that can differentiate between people and objects.

When you subscribe to Nest Aware, your Nest outdoor camera will give you a notification alert when it senses a person. On Android smartphones, this notification includes a cropped close-up of the person.

Using the Nest app, you can review the footage of what the person was doing in your home.

7. Activity Zone Alerts

In selecting an outdoor security camera, choose one that has activity zone alert capability.

Many criminals surprisingly choose the front door as their entry point. If a camera has an activity zone alert capability, it can send notifications whenever someone moves into your selected activity zone. The Nest outdoor camera gives you alerts whenever it senses someone in your identified activity zone.

8. Interactive

In selecting an outdoor security camera, choose one that allows you to interact with the person who has entered your home.

The Nest outdoor camera allows you to interact with whoever has entered the vicinity of your home by being able to see, hear and talk to the person.

For instance, if an unauthorized person attempts to open your front door, using the Nest app on your smartphone or tablet, you can yell at the intruder as the Nest outdoor camera is equipped with a microphone and speaker.

You can also interact with friendly visitors like the delivery person. Using the Nest app on your smartphone or tablet, you can give instructions to the delivery person on where to put the package. The delivery person can also interact with you using the camera’s speaker if he or she has any questions.

9. Easy Installation

In selecting an outdoor security camera, look for a camera that is easy to install. With the Nest outdoor camera simply plug in the camera in the cable and adapter, mount the camera and it’s good to go.

Nest Hello: Intelligent Doorbell that Welcomes Friendly Guests and Drives Away Intruders

Nest Hello: Intelligent Doorbell that Welcomes Friendly Guests and Drives Away Intruders

Nest Hello: Intelligent Doorbell that Welcomes Friendly Guests and Drives Away Intruders

If you want your front door to be welcoming without compromising your family’s security, then the intelligent video doorbell, Nest Hello, is for you.

How Nest Hello Welcomes Friendly Guests

When guests visit your home, the first thing that they look for is your doorbell.

Every time your Nest Hello detects a person, the ring around the doorbell button lights up, showing your visitor where to ring the bell.

The Nest Hello video doorbell works with traditional chimes. Once your visitor presses the doorbell’s button, it rings the chime inside your home – similar to your traditional doorbell. If your existing chime wires aren’t compatible with Nest Hello, you might need to have an electrician install this device for you. 

As soon as the Nest Hello detects a person, you’ll receive a notification – even if the visitor hasn’t rung the bell yet. You’ll receive the notification through the Nest app on your smartphone or tablet.

If you subscribe to Nest Aware, you’ll be able to see a live video feed via the Nest app. If you don’t subscribe to Nest Aware, you’ll be shown a snapshot of the person through the Nest app. 

Once you receive a person notification via the Nest app, you have 3 options (even if you are away from the home):

  1. Use HD Talk & Listen

Nest Hello is equipped with a microphone and speaker. Your guest can communicate with you through the doorbell and you are able to respond using your smartphone or tablet via the Nest app.

This doorbell’s microphone and speaker are designed to make the interaction natural, not like talking to a machine or robot. The Nest Hello has noise and echo cancellation capabilities which will allow both you and your guest to hear each other loud and clear.

  1. Select Quick Response

Quick response is a message that you record prior to your guest’s arrival at your front door. For instance, you can pre-record a message for deliveries: “Thanks, you can just leave it at the front door.” This option is ideal if you’re busy and cannot engage in an interaction with your visitor.

If you need time to answer the door, you can also record a message that says “Just a moment, I’ll be right there.”

  1. Ignore Option

You also have the option to ignore the notification alert if you’re not interested in interacting with your guest. If you choose this option, your Nest Hello won’t give any sign whether you’re at home or not.

Even as you opt not to interact with your guest, you can still watch the live video feed using your smartphone or tablet via the Nest app if you wish to know what the guest does while he or she is at your door. 

How Nest Hello Guards Your Front Door From Intruders

The front door is the preferred entry point for intruders to access your home. This is also the place where packages are stolen since they are often left at the front door.

Aside from welcoming your friendly visitors, Nest Hello also functions as an outdoor camera, watching over your front door and your home.

Nest Hello’s camera differentiates a person from a thing and sends you a notification to your smartphone or tablet even if the unwelcome visitor doesn’t touch the Nest Hello doorbell.

The image quality of the footage taken by the doorbell’s camera is in high definition (HD). The camera’s night vision enables you to see sharp details even in dark areas. The camera also has a 160° wide angle and 4:3 aspect ratio which allows you to see the area around your front door.

If you subscribe to Nest Aware, Nest Hello’s camera will continuously record everything 24/7 for up to 30 days. For instance, if the package that was delivered to your front door earlier goes missing, you can scan through the video – not just clips – history for the day to see what happened to your package.

If you want to see what happened in the last 30 days, you can opt to watch the whole 30 day video footage. You’ll also be provided with a 3 hour snapshot history to see what happened.

Nest Aware can also provide a notification that distinguishes a familiar person from a stranger.

With Nest Hello’s built-in microphone and speaker, you can deter package thieves and intruders by saying, via the Nest app, “Can I help you?” or “Go away!”

The Nest Hello doorbell is designed in such a way that an intruder would have difficulty detaching the device out of its mounting bracket by force. This device can only be separated from its mounting bracket with the help of Nest Hello’s custom-made removal tool.

In addition, intruders can’t steal the video footage taken by Nest Hello as the video footage is stored securely in the cloud. If you subscribe to Nest Aware, you can review the video footage and share a video clip – if a crime were to be committed in front of your door, you would be able to share the clip with the police.

Would you like to learn more about other smart home solutions, check out this article.

How the Nest Learning Thermostat Saves You Money

How the Nest Learning Thermostat Saves You Money

How the Nest Learning Thermostat Saves You Money

If you want to save energy, it’s best to start with your thermostat – a device that controls half of your energy bill.

According to Natural Resources Canada, a huge chunk of the average Canadian home’s energy bill goes to space heating (63%) and space cooling (1%). Considering the Nest Learning Thermostat to save energy is a step in the right direction as this device controls your home’s cooling and heating systems.

Two independent studies, one conducted in Oregon by the Energy Trust and another study conducted in Indiana by Vectren Energy, showed that the Nest Learning Thermostat can save up to 12% of heating usage and about 15% of cooling usage in homes with central air conditioning.

In the Oregon study, Energy Trust had a contractor install Nest Learning Thermostats in 185 homes heated by heat pumps. Energy Trust then hired an independent firm to analyze the changes in the energy bills and to also ask participants about their experiences with the Nest Learning Thermostats.

The Oregon study found that the Nest Learning Thermostat users saved an average of 12% in electric heating usage, equivalent to 781 kWh per year for each home. 66% of the Oregon study participants also reported feeling more comfortable after the Nest Learning Thermostat was installed in their home.

In the Indiana study, Vectren Energy had 300 Nest Learning Thermostats installed in homes and then hired an independent group to evaluate the results.

The study showed that the Nest Learning Thermostat users had an average natural gas savings of 69 therms per year, equivalent to 12.5% of savings in heating usage. The same study also found that the Nest Learning Thermostat users had an average electricity savings of 429 kWh per year, equivalent to 13.9% savings of cooling usage.

Nest conducted a study of their own based on energy bills of their actual customers in 41 states in the U.S., before and after they had the Nest Thermostat installed. The study showed that on average the Nest Thermostat saved 10% to 12% on heating and 15% on cooling. The estimated average savings on heating and cooling systems, as a result of using Nest Thermostat, is $131 to $145 a year. Therefore, the Nest Thermostat essentially pays for itself in two years.

Since thermostat use differs based upon personal preference, the characteristics of various homes, the number of occupants in the home, the type of heating and cooling equipment and climate, your energy savings could be higher or lower than the average savings.

In February 2017, the Nest Thermostat became the first thermostat to receive the ENERGY STAR certification from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Natural Resources Canada promotes products that have an ENERGY STAR certification by the EPA.

“ENERGY STAR certified products meet strict technical specifications for energy performance – tested and certified,” Natural Resources Canada said. “They save energy without compromising performance in any way. Typically, an ENERGY STAR certified product is in the top 15 to 30 percent of its class for energy performance. Saving energy saves you money and reduces your impact on the environment.”

Nest estimated that the Nest Learning Thermostat saved 21,131,543 kWh of energy in homes from 2011 to March 23, 2018. Nest’s calculation is based on the amount of energy their customers would have used if they hadn’t purchased a Nest Thermostat and just left their old programmable thermostats at a constant temperature.

How the Nest Learning Thermostat Works

Prior to the Nest Learning Thermostat launching, programmable thermostats were the norm – a type of thermostat where you have to manually change the temperature in order for it to rise or fall. Most people find these programmable thermostats bothersome and complicated and many don’t even bother to alter the temperature, resulting in wasted energy.

Nest found a revolutionary alternative; rather than requiring people to punch in their desired temperature throughout the day, the Nest Thermostat learns the habits of your household. Nest saves you money through the following:

1. By Learning from Your Preferences

In order for the Nest Thermostat to learn from you, begin by using it as a programmable thermostat – turning it up or down to your desired temperature at any particular time of the day – for one week. Your Nest Thermostat will then create a personalized schedule for you based on your temperature preferences for the whole week.

2. By Analyzing Your Home

Nest Thermostat learns from your home by analyzing how your home heats or cools, as no two homes are the same.

3. By Turning Itself Off

It saves energy by turning itself down when you leave the house.

You can also proactively save energy by doing the following:

  • Follow the leaf feature in your Nest Thermostat monitor. This leaf feature of the Nest learns on its own how to save energy.
  • Control your thermostat from anywhere via your smartphone or tablet using the Nest app.
  • View how much energy you use every day through your smartphone or tablet using the Nest app. Based on your energy history, you can review which days more energy is used and determine how to use less energy.

In addition to saving you money, the Nest Thermostat also makes your family and home safe. Your Nest Learning Thermostat connects with your other smart home devices. For instance, your Nest Thermostat connects with your Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm, assuring you that whenever Nest Protect senses carbon monoxide, your Nest Thermostat will automatically turn off your cooling and heating systems since these are known sources of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Your Nest Thermostat can also prevent excessive cold and excessive heat in your home as it turns on cooling or heating when set limits are reached. You’ll also be notified via your smartphone or tablet whenever these safety precautions are done by your Nest Thermostat.

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Why it’s Time to Ditch Your Old Smoke Alarm for Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Why it’s Time to Ditch Your Old Smoke Alarm for Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Why it’s Time to Ditch Your Old Smoke Alarm for Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Have you ever stared at your old smoke alarm and wonder if it’s still working? With the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your family and home are protected.

Here are the top reasons why it’s time to ditch your old smoke alarm for the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm:

1. Nest Protect Tests Itself

It’s important to regularly check that your smoke alarms are functioning. Data from the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services showed that 15% of fires that occurred between 2011 and 2015, in residential properties where a loss occurred, had smoke alarms that weren’t operational. 4% of these cases were due to the smoke alarms not having power or battery.

The Fire Code of Ontario, Canada requires every home to have a working smoke alarm on every story and outside all sleeping areas. Failure to comply with the smoke alarm requirements could result in a ticket for $360 or a fine of up to $100,000 for corporations or $50,000 for individuals.

Conventional smoke alarms require you to manually test that the alarm’s batteries and sensors are still working. To test the battery level, a battery tester has to be used. To test the sensors, the device has to be detached, brought outdoors and exposed to a small amount of smoke.

Nest Protect eliminates the need to manually test the sensors and batteries; the device actually tests them for you. When you turn off the lights at night before bed, the Nest Protect will show a quick green glow to assure you that its batteries and sensors are working. The quick green glow also signals that the device’s Wi-Fi connection is working.

Another way to check whether your Nest Protect’s batteries, sensors and Wi-Fi connection are working, is by checking your Nest app, which you can download onto your smartphone or tablet.

2. Nest Protect Functions Both as a Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

While traditional or conventional smoke alarms only detect smoke, Nest Protect detects both smoke and carbon monoxide.

You can see smoke. When your senses come across smoke, they react automatically. For instance, your eyes water or it’s difficult to breathe through your nose. Carbon monoxide on the other hand is a silent killer. Unlike smoke, you can’t see or smell carbon monoxide. Whenever a fossil fuel is burned, carbon monoxide is produced. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), carbon monoxide can cause sudden illness or death.

3. Nest Protect Tells You Where the Danger Is and the Alert Level

When your conventional smoke alarm goes off, your mind starts to panic and ask questions; where is the smoke coming from? Is it a full-blown fire or just burned food?

With Nest Protect, you’ll be notified in different ways whether the smoke or carbon monoxide level is at an early stage or at an emergency level. It also tells you which part of the house the danger was detected.

In case it’s an early warning due to a hint of smoke or carbon monoxide, Nest Protect will notify you in three ways:

Through the Device’s Speaker

You’ll hear, “Heads-Up. There’s smoke in the (specific room name). The alarm may sound.” 

Through Device’s Light

In case of an early warning, the device’s yellow light is turned on.

Through Smartphone or Tablet Alert

An early warning alert will also be sent to your smartphone or tablet, provided you have installed Nest app on your mobile device.

In the case of an emergency situation, you’ll be notified in the following manner:

Through Device’s Speaker

You’ll hear, “Emergency. There’s carbon monoxide in the (specific room name).” The alarm sound will also go off.

Through Device’s Light

In case of an emergency, the device’s red light is turned on.

Through Mobile Device Notification

You’ll also receive an emergency notification on your smartphone or tablet via the Nest app.

3. Easily Hush the Alarm

If the smoke is a result of burned food and there is no immediate threat, you won’t have to run to the alarm to fan it or turn it off; the alarm can easily be hushed via the Nest app.

4. Connectivity with Other Smart Home Devices

Conventional smoke alarms can’t be connected to other smart home devices, however the Nest Protect can be connected with compatible smart home devices. It can be connected with other Nest products, including the Nest Thermostat – a smart home device that remotely controls temperature.

For instance, the Nest Thermostat can be connected with a Jenn-Air oven, so if the Nest Protect detects smoke from burned food cooked inside the oven, the Nest Protect will communicate with the Nest Thermostat to turn off the oven.

The Nest Thermostat is also compatible with nearly 95% of low-voltage residential heating and cooling systems. If the Nest Protect were to detect smoke or carbon monoxide, it will communicate this information with the Nest Thermostat and the Thermostat will turn off your home’s heating and cooling systems – known to be the usual sources of smoke and carbon monoxide.

With the Nest Protect’s great features, such as the ability to test itself, to detect not just smoke and carbon monoxide, its ability to notify you the danger level and location via speaker, light and mobile device, the ability to silence the alarm via mobile device and the ability to connect with other smart home devices, you’ll have peace of mind while you sleep and even when you’re away from home. And did we mention smart camera?

5 Ways Nest Indoor Camera Helps You Keep an Eye on Your Home Even When You’re Away

5 Ways Nest Indoor Camera Helps You Keep an Eye on Your Home Even When You’re Away

5 Ways Nest Indoor Camera Helps You Keep an Eye on Your Home Even When You’re Away

The Nest Indoor Camera can help you look after your home and family even if you’re away from the property.

Here are 5 key features of the Nest Indoor Camera that will help you keep an eye on your home even when you’re away:

1. Super Clear 1080p HD Video Quality

The Nest Indoor Camera has come a long way from the early days of surveillance cameras. Remember the days when surveillance cameras only produced grainy, blurry footage? These grainy and blurry images proved to be useless to police, private investigators and others using video surveillance for identification purposes.

The Nest Indoor Camera has a super clear 1080p HD video, which allows you clearly identify the people captured on the footage. Many video images captured by the Nest Indoor Cameras have helped police to capture home intruders.

In February 2016, police were able to positively identify the intruders in the home of a Massachusetts resident because of the clear footage that the Nest Indoor Camera was able to capture.

In April 2016, two men broke into the home of a Texas resident. The homeowner took a screenshot of the Nest Indoor Camera footage featuring the clear faces of the two intruders. They then made a flyer out of it and warned the neighbors. One of the burglars saw the flyer and turned himself in.

2. Built-in Speaker and Microphone

The Nest Indoor Camera is equipped with a microphone and built-in speaker, allowing you to not only hear what’s going on in your home, but also speak to whoever is there.

Using the Nest app, which you can download to your smartphone or tablet, you can watch, listen and speak to whoever is at your home.

In April 2016, a New Jersey resident saw intruders at her home through the Nest app. She drove the intruders away by yelling through the Nest app “Get out of my house!” Using the Nest Indoor Camera footage provided by the homeowner, police were able to find and arrest the perpetrators.

These amazing features of the Nest Indoor Camera also allow you to watch, listen and talk to your pets at home. For instance, if you see your dog sitting on the couch, you can speak to him through the built-in speaker and tell him to get off the couch!

3. 24/7 Live Streaming

Your Nest Indoor Camera doesn’t sleep on the job – it plugs into power so you never have to worry about a drained battery.

If you subscribe to Nest Aware, you won’t miss a thing. Nest Aware continuously records everything that’s going on, 24/7 for up to 30 days. You can review the full footage within the last 30 days – not just clips – just in case you haven’t had time to monitor your home.

If you don’t have time to review the entire footage, the Sightline feature of Nest Aware allows you to find what you’re looking for within seconds to avoid scouring through hours of footage.

Nest Aware pinpoints critical moments – actions that are worth watching – so that you aren’t watching random events.

You can also turn any footage that is captured by the Nest Indoor Camera into a clip and share it with friends, family members or the police – in the event that someone breaks into your home.

4. Person and Activity Zone Alerts

When you subscribe to Nest Aware and download the Nest app to your smartphone or your tablet, you can receive person and activity zone alerts.

The Nest Indoor Camera can differentiate between a person and a thing. For instance, if someone enters the room or if a person’s head appears in the frame, you’ll automatically receive a person alert via your mobile phone or tablet.

You can also identify important areas inside your home, like window, crib or the safe. If something happens in these identified areas, you’ll automatically receive an activity zone alert. By default, you’ll automatically receive an activity zone notification if there’s activity near your door.

5. Connectivity with Other Smart Home Products

The Nest Indoor Camera connects with other smart home devices that work with Nest products, such as the Nest Protect, the Nest Learning Thermostat or the Lutron Caseta Smart Lighting. It doesn’t take much effort to get these seemingly different smart home devices to work together.

With your smartphone or tablet, you have control over these smart home devices. These smart devices use sensors and algorithms to communicate with each other. For instance, when the Nest Protect senses carbon monoxide, your Nest Learning Thermostat can automatically turn off your furnace which could be causing the carbon monoxide.

In another instance, if no one’s at home and the Nest Indoor Camera senses a person, the Lutron Caseta Smart Lighting can turn on your lights to make it appear as if someone is home. Even if no one intrudes your home, this smart lighting system can randomly control lights to make it look like someone is home.

To connect other smart home devices with Nest, look for smart devices with the logo that says “Works with Nest”. To connect Nest products with the Lutron Caseta Smart Lighting, sign into your Lutron Caseta app and tell it to connect to Nest and then verify your Nest Account. Once you connect another smart home device to Nest, these connected smart devices will begin to do things for you, without you needing to program anything.

The Nest Indoor Cameras’ key features, including 1080p HD video quality, built-in speaker and mic, 24/7 live streaming, person and activity zones alerts, and connectivity with other smart home products, will give you peace of mind even when you’re away from home.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: What is it and how can Nest Alarm prevent it?

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: What is it and how can Nest Alarm prevent it?

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: What is it and how can Nest Alarm prevent it?

As winter approaches, cases of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning begin to rise. However, it can be easily prevented by utilizing an alarm system like the Nest Protect carbon monoxide alarm.

What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide, also known as “CO”, is a gas which is undetectable by the human senses; you cannot see, smell, or taste carbon monoxide. It can only be identified through the aid of a detector, such as the Nest Protect carbon monoxide alarm.

Carbon monoxide silently attacks the human body; breathing in too much can be deadly in just a few short minutes. If carbon monoxide is present in the body, our red blood cells will choose carbon monoxide over oxygen. Our body tissues – especially brain tissue – stops functioning if it doesn’t receive a continuous supply of oxygen. The body being starved of oxygen is what makes overexposure to carbon monoxide deadly.

“Exposure to carbon monoxide impedes the blood’s ability to carry oxygen to body tissues and vital organs,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. “When carbon monoxide is inhaled, it combines with hemoglobin (an iron-protein component of red blood cells), producing carboxyhemoglobin (COHb), which greatly diminishes hemoglobin’s oxygen-carrying capacity. Hemoglobin’s binding affinity for carbon monoxide is 300 times greater than its affinity for oxygen. As a result, small amounts of carbon monoxide can dramatically reduce hemoglobin’s ability to transport oxygen.”

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

According to Canada Safety Council, carbon monoxide is the leading cause of fatal poisonings in North America.

Everyone is at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. However, the elderly, infants and those with chronic heart disease, anemia or breathing problems are more susceptible to becoming sick from carbon monoxide poisoning, according to CDC.

Majority of the early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are brain related due to the lack of oxygen.

Symptoms vary based on the concentrations of carbon monoxide exposure:

  • Low Concentrations: dizziness, nausea, slight headaches, and shortness of breath on moderate exertion
  • High Concentrations: severe headaches, dizziness, mental confusion, vision and/or hearing impairment, collapsing or fainting on exertion
  • Extreme Concentrations: unconsciousness, coma or death

Carbon monoxide is classified as potentially hazardous to the human reproductive system. Studies indicate that women who are exposed to carbon monoxide during pregnancy have a higher rate of low birth weight, miscarriage and stillbirths. According to the CDC, carbon monoxide exposure can be dangerous during pregnancy for both the developing fetus and the mother.

At high concentrations, carbon monoxide vapors can also cause fire and explosion.

How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is produced whenever a material is burned. Homes with attached garages and those with fuel-burning appliances are more likely to encounter carbon monoxide issues. Examples of fuel-burning appliances are gas stoves, charcoal grills, wood fireplaces and generators. 

Some ways to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning inside your home include:

  • Never leave your car running in the garage, even if the garage door is open.
  • Have your heating system, water heater and other appliances that use gas, coal or oil regularly checked and serviced by a qualified technician.
  • Never use portable, flameless, chemical heaters inside the home.
  • If you’re using a gas refrigerator and it is emitting an odour, have it checked by a qualified technician. An odour from a gas refrigerator could mean that it’s leaking carbon monoxide.
  • Have your flues, chimney and vents regularly checked and serviced to ensure that they’re properly connected, in good shape and free of blockages.
  • Never use your oven or gas range for purposes other than cooking. Using these appliances for heating your home can cause carbon monoxide to build-up.
  • Burn charcoal outdoors only. Burning charcoal indoors can cause carbon monoxide to build-up inside your home.
  • Using a portable gas camp stove indoors is also not advisable as this again can cause carbon monoxide to build-up.
  • Only use portable generators, pressure washers or any gasoline-powered engine outside of the home and make sure that it’s not placed near open doors, windows or vents.
  • Open your window slightly whenever you use a wood-burning fireplace to get fresh air and to prevent carbon monoxide build-up.

Nest Protect Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Installing a Nest Protect carbon monoxide alarm is one of the most effective ways to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning inside your home.

The Nest Protect carbon monoxide alarm has been tested to comply with safety standards by Underwriters Laboratories Inc., Canadian Standards Association, California State Fire Marshal and British Standards Institution.

Whenever Nest Protect detects high levels of carbon monoxide, it will inform the home occupants in three ways:

1. Visual

The device’s light ring will glow either red or yellow, giving occupants an emergency visual warning.

2. Sound

Nest Protect will sound an 85 decibel alarm and advise occupants of what type of danger is present as well as the location. For example: “Emergency, there’s carbon monoxide in the kitchen. Move to fresh air.”

3. Mobile Notification on NEST Alarm

When you install your Nest Protect, also download the Nest app. This will ensure that you’ll receive a notification whenever there’s a high level of carbon monoxide and it’ll also notify you about the exact location of the emergency.

This Nest Protect carbon monoxide alarm also doubles as a smoke alarm. Similar with the CO alarm, it will also notify you through a visual alert, as well as differentiate the type of danger (smoke or CO) through the alarm sound and mobile notification.

Aside from the three observable notifications, in case of emergency, the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm also uses a “wireless interconnect” – a system that works independently of Wi-Fi, so it’ll still function even if your home Wi-Fi is down.

If you’re also using the Nest Learning Thermostat, the Nest Protect will tell your thermostat to turn off fossil fuel heating during smoke and carbon monoxide emergencies.

Have questions, or need help? Call us today, and protect your family.