Housegard Origo smoke / fire alarm review

The Origo smoke alarm from Housegard is the only aesthetically pleasing alarm unit on the market right now if you ask me. After careful consideration and a good amount of time invested in reviewing alternatives when it comes to smoke / fire alarms I ended up going with this unit, because of its size / looks / price.

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The other product I was eyeballing was Nest’s Protect… but the price / limited lifetime / TONS of bad reviews and horrible experiences from customers all over the globe turned me away from finalizing my order (thankfully). I really want(ed) something that could communicate with me via an app. In case shit goes down I get notified.

I don’t want anything fancy or complicated. Just simple notifications. Like smoke / co2 / fire detected. Connected to my home wifi. Sending lightweight notifications to my cell.

How damn hard could that be?! I’m convinced it doesn’t need to cost a fortune either. I don’t want it to communicate with google or skynet or the cloud or the tax office. Just my app on my cell without any third party servers involved.

There were a couple of promising alternatives on kickstarter, but I’m also sick and tired of paying hundreds of dollars just to have the privilege to be a test rat for X company’s alfa / beta products.

Housegard is a Nordic / European company and they have been on the market for some time and have a good reputation. Also I don’t need to sell a kidney every 5-7 years to afford a few units.

The Origo units look decent. Simple, clean design. Not like something from ww2. They have heat sensors and if you buy more than one (up to 30), they can be configured to communicate with each other, so when your basement goes up in flames your alarm in the kitchen or living or what have you also starts yelling.

They work with two AA batteries and come with a nice little manual that explains what you need to know.

Pressing the button for 5 seconds will do a test. If you want to “program” the units to communicate with one-another, press and hold the button for 12 seconds, until the led light stays on continuously after which take the (first) slave unit and press the button “for around 1 second, until the led light begins to flash”. Ideally both the main unit and slave unit’s lights should flash quickly for 2 seconds.

Try to mount them on ceilings, at least 50 cm away from any edges. Also, they should be placed 1m from light bulbs and fluorescent tubes, 2m-s away from air conditioning devices or heat-pumps, bathrooms or other high air humidity areas. 5m away from open fires, stoves or other heating devices.

Pushing the test button will snooze the unit for 10 minutes (pause function).

This about sums it up.

Below a little vid, showcasing the unit(s). Also for comparison, the Ikea counterpart.

Design matters. A lot.

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