First Alert Z-Wave or Listener?

On the fence about adding 2 First Alert smoke/CO to replace the old alarm’s detectors. Or to add a listner next to the other existing smoke/CO.

Comments?

@su_A_ve wrote:

On the fence about adding 2 First Alert smoke/CO to replace the old alarm’s detectors. Or to add a listner next to the other existing smoke/CO.

Comments?

@su_A_ve ,

My personal recommendation: Buy the First Alert Smoke/CO Detector, not the listener.

Smoke/CO detector = Independent operation

Listener relies on another Smoke/CO and then has to successfully detect another siren.

We are talking about safety. You only save $5 if you get the Listener-sensor. Probably now is not the time to be pinching pennies.

These will be brand NEW Smoke-Detectors replacing OLD Detectors.

With a Listener, you’ll still have to essentially buy one Listener per existing Smoke Alarm, so no savings there either. Now you’ll have to maintain both the the sensor and the existing smoke-detector, since it has to work together in tandem. Also, the listener’s microphone needs to be ‘aimed’ at the Smoke Alarm and within the recommended 6-inches. It is not like one Listener can reliably listen to several Smoke Detectors.

Maybe if you are a renter and your Landlord refuses to let you replace the current smoke alarms , or the existing detectors have some special added features than the First Alert does not, then maybe a Listener might make more sense. But then again, just would just leave up the Landlords detector and add your First Alert Smoke/CO detetor as extra protection. It is kind of like double-Protection.

So the truly only real reason to get Listener over the First Alert is only a small price difference of $5. Is a $5 savings really worth it?

And you can find and buy the First Alert Smoke/CO Detector in local stores, which you might even find on a discounted sale and cheaper.

https://support.ring.com/hc/en-us/articles/360000705083-Ring-Alarm-Smoke-CO-Listener-Information

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