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Paul Holdsworth, Engineer

31 Jan : Updated 31 Jan ● 4 min read

Here's how Google can keep you safe this Christmas

Google is blazing the trail for new, innovative ways of keeping our families protected. From smoke alarms to fancy doorbells, they have some exciting technology that you may not be aware of. So without further ado, here are some of the best ways Google Hub can keep you and your family safe during the Christmas holidays. 


Google Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm. 

Over Christmas, during the chaos of cooking the dinner, it’s pretty easy to overcook the turkey or maybe even a couple of roast potatoes and without fail, setting off the smoke alarm. This leads to one heroic member of the family desperately wafting away the smoke with the tea towel - it’s always a dramatic moment. The Google Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm is what dreams are made of. In the event the smoke alarm innocently goes off, you can simply let the Nest Protect know via the Nest app with just a swipe of a finger. It’s effortless. This clever smoke alarm also lets you know where in your home the potential hazard is coming from, thanks to the voice assistance. It’s clever, easy to set up, and it could save your life. 

As well as a proficient smoke alarm, the Google Nest Protect makes an excellent Carbon Monoxide detector. Designed to last for up to 10 years, Google has redefined the smoke alarm to create something that you and your family are out of harm’s way.

Google Nest Learning Thermostat.

As the Christmas tunes keep reminding us - traditionally it gets a little bit nippy around the festive season. ’Baby it’s cold outside’ this, ‘Let it snow’ that, we’re very much in the winter period. But if the warmth of Christmas spirit doesn’t warm you up - then maybe the Google Nest Learning Thermostat will. Equipped with some of the most cutting edge technology, this smart thermostat allows you to control your heating directly from your mobile. 

From increasing or decreasing the central heating temperature to turning it off or on, you’re even able to set heating schedules with the Google Nest app - to fit perfectly around your day. It’s a great way to save money, too. You’ll be able to see exactly what temperature your heating is on at all times, wherever you are. 

Here at BOXT, we have a selection of thermostats for you to choose from. If you’re interested we offer them as an upgrade when you purchase one of our select combi boilers. For more information, why not give us a call on: 0800 193 7777. Alternatively, you can drop us a message on our live chat and speak to one of our expert boiler engineers

Check out this guide for more information on the Google Nest Learning Thermostat.

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Google Nest Hello Video Doorbell. 

When the doorbell rings during the annual 'Santa Clause: The Movie' marathon, the last thing you want to do is get up, trek to the door, and miss out on all of Tim Allen’s Santa banter. Luckily, Google has engineered an ingenious bit of tech. Devised with a HD camera, the Google Nest Hello Video Doorbell has a feature where you can see exactly who’s outside your door straight from your mobile. 

You can even have a chat with whoever is outside, even when you’re not in. No more missing parcels or rushing to get your takeaway. It also provides you with a 24/7 live stream, so you’ll know exactly who’s outside your home at all times. 

Google Nest Cam Outdoor Smart Security Camera.

Christmas can be a busy month for burglars, who (I assume) take a lot of inspiration from the Grinch in their attempts to steal Christmas. December 2016 recorded the highest rate of home burglaries in the UK with rates remaining high the following years. However, help is at hand. The Google Nest Cam Outdoor Smart Security Camera keeps a watchful eye on your property when no one else is. Did you know that installing a security camera can reduce the risk of any ‘Grinch wannabes’ by up to 90%? An effective investment. 

Intelligent as it is brilliant, the Google Nest Cam recognises when a person is in the vicinity of your property or if it’s just a random ‘thing’. If it does see a person, it’ll send you a notification immediately to your mobile, where you can then see a live stream of your home like the Google God you are. The Google Nest Cam even has night vision and records everything - it’s the ultimate protection for your home and gives you the peace of mind we all need sometimes. 

If you liked this article, check out our ultimate Christmas guide.

Information in this article is correct as of 10/12/2020

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