According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the average person can expect five home fires over the course of a lifetime. Yikes. That may be enough to make you worry, but is it enough to make you pay some type of monthly security monitoring fee?
Kidde Fire Safety doesn’t think that’s really necessary, so they built the new RemoteLync to deliver smoke and/or carbon monoxide alerts absolutely free.
All you need to do is plug the RemoteLync into any existing outlet. Once a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm (you have those, right??) goes off, the device will tap into the home’s WiFi system to alert the homeowner through Kidde’s compatible iOS and/or Android app. It can even notify a preset list of friends and family members, as well as call 911 directly.
Since Kidde designed the RemoteLync to work with a home’s existing alarms (at least the UL-approved ones manufactured after 1999), you won’t have to buy any additional products. There are also no monthly service fees involved.
According to Kidde, the RemoteLync features patented technology that can distinguish smoke and carbon monoxide detectors from background noise, so you shouldn’t have to worry about false alarms. Promising an easy installation with voice prompts, one RemoteLync should be able to cover the average-sized U.S. home—and for a long time. That’s because it comes with a 10-year limited warranty.
“We believe homeowners want a simpler way to stay engaged with their home when they are away,” says Chris Rovenstine, Kidde’s vice president of sales and marketing. “With a lifespan of 10 years and cost under $100, RemoteLync enables homeowners to know about an emergency for just pennies a day,”
Kidde will start taking pre-orders for the RemoteLync at HomeDepot.com in February, with other retailers to follow early in the second quarter of 2015. It’s expected to be priced under $100.
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