Monitor Carbon Monoxide, Temperature and Humidity!
First Alert, as you may know, is well known for smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms and other fire safety products. Now we are taking that level of safety one step further with the Onelink by First Alert Environment Monitor!
About the Onelink Environment Monitor:
The Onelink Environment Monitor features advanced sensing technologies to monitor for both high and low levels of CO, both of which can be health hazards. This first-of-its-kind innovation uses Apple’s revolutionary HomeKit technology to quickly notify users of any environmental changes or dangers via their connected iOS devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod touch). The powerful monitor detects and notifies the user whenever CO readings register at or above nine parts per million (compared with 30–70 parts per million for a standard CO alarm).
As parents, one of the most important things we do is keep our children safe. But, when you can’t see or smell a danger like CO, it’s time to rely on technology to keep everyone safe.
Did you know:
- “Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless – but toxic and potentially deadly – gas emitted by common household appliances,” said Tom Russo, president of First Alert.
- “Standard CO alarms are designed to sense high levels of CO but will not detect low-level CO, which has been proven to be harmful to infants, the elderly and others with weak or compromised immune systems, with effects ranging from headaches and nausea to confusion and heart problems**.
- By monitoring for the presence of CO at all levels, the Onelink Environment Monitor provides protection for those most vulnerable and peace of mind for those who care for them.”
Check out how it works in the video below:
Most CO monitors alarm at 30 – 70 parts per million. Onelink alerts at NINE parts per million!
The powerful monitor detects and notifies the app user whenever CO readings register at or above nine parts per million over time (compared with 30–70 parts per million for a standard CO alarm). This low-level sensing ability is particularly important in homes with newborns, pregnant women or senior citizens, who can be especially susceptible to the effects of carbon monoxide.
When emergency levels of CO are detected, you are notified via the app’s push notification, the light flashes bright red and the device emits a loud, 85 decibel alarm, alerting that the area should be evacuated. Yes, it is VERY loud! I tested the alarm and it was much louder than I expected!
Using The App:
Using the Onelink Home App, users can monitor a room’s environment, as well as test and silence the monitor. In addition, Siri voice commands allow users to check on their home’s temperature and inquire as to whether any changes have been detected. The unique monitor is compatible with a growing number of HomeKit-enabled devices, making things easy for consumers
At first, I wasn’t sure why I would want the Onelink app on my phone. I figured it would be something I would never use. I was wrong! After taking 5 minutes to plug it in, download the app, connect via bluetooth, I was using it right away. It’s very easy to set up! The app is intuitive and user-friendly.
You not only see CO levels in your home, it monitors temperature and humidity too! I love to be able to be at work and see if it’s hot and humid in the house or cold and dry.
The app is easy and you can set it up so Siri checks the app for you. I used Siri to check the temperature in the “dining room” and Alexa got a little jealous. LOL
The ring around the monitor changes color depending on the temperature level. The ring changes colors as temperatures shift. A white light glows if the room is at the programmed temperature, blue indicates the room is too cool and orange (or amber) signifies it is too warm. Of course, it CO levels have been detected, the ring will be red!
You can even adjust the brightness of the Onelink and use it as a nightlight! I love products that have multiple functions!
Did I mention it has a lithium battery in case the power goes out? That makes me feel even safer!
Fun fact- The Fire Safety Dogs and Dayna are friends of Mom Does Reviews. My son loved Dayna’s book about Sparkles and Fire safety. I was thrilled to see that the First Alert Fire Safety dogs ere Dayna’s! You can see that post from 2011 HERE.
I am very impressed First Alert and how it addresses threats of Low-Level CO with Onelink. If you worry about CO exposure, get Onelink for greater peace of mind!
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