How Natural Gas Alarms Are Increasing the IQ of the Smart Home

By Elizabeth Walker Elizabeth Walker has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on January 27, 2023

The “smart home” technology era has arrived. Disney Channel’s 1999 original movie “Smart House” may have given us the wrong impression of what to expect. Rather than robotic maids gone haywire, most individuals connect smart home tech with familiar comforts like virtual assistant technologies like Amazon Alexa or smart kitchen appliances that help you with your morning routine. But at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, natural gas alarms are taking it a step further by prioritizing what we often forget about in the name of fashion or functionality: safety.

Alongside a few other third-party devices, natural gas alarm company New Cosmos USA, Inc. just joined Amazon Sidewalk at CES 2023. In fact, New Cosmos’ DeNova Detect lineup of natural gas alarms is the first smart home natural gas safety device to connect to the Amazon Sidewalk Network. Amazon Sidewalk provides a shared and secure network that helps smart home devices and other technologies connect better within communities. DeNova Detect’s 10-year battery-powered natural gas alarm can leverage Amazon Sidewalk for expanded coverage and greater range without adding cellular data costs or the potential for dead batteries. 

The smart home tech category aims to improve efficiency and productivity in people’s daily lives—and its adoption rates are sky-high. In the US alone, 60.4 million households are using smart home products. However, looking beyond the surface, this market comprises more than automated luxuries. The most beneficial products in this sector are geared toward improving home security and safety. 

Smart video doorbells, smart security cameras, and smart blinds are all growing in popularity as people prioritize their household safety measures. Whether you’re at work, out of the country, or doing laundry, these devices can be your eyes and ears when you can’t be home, sending important notifications to your phone or tablet when necessary. In fact, 63% of households have admitted an interest in connected homes security-wise for these reasons. 

Natural gas alarms warn of dangers your senses can’t detect

But you can’t see or hear a natural gas leak. With 4,200 fires caused every year due to residential gas leaks and a natural gas explosion occurring every two days, companies like New Cosmos USA Inc. and its DeNova Detect product lineup are critical for home safety—and DeNova Detect happens to be the only residential battery-powered wireless natural gas alarm in the U.S.  

“When investing in smart home safety and clean air, a natural gas alarm should be top of mind to protect yourself and your family,” says Ron Lazarus, Chief Operating Officer at New Cosmos USA. “The aging U.S. infrastructure is particularly vulnerable to failure, as less than 1% of natural gas pipelines are replaced annually. We are using the same gas pipes as our great-grandparents. These outdated systems leave millions of people and properties at risk. Devastating natural gas explosions continue at a rapid pace. Natural gas alarms are like seatbelts. You don’t use them because there are accidents daily, but for the one time, there might be.” 

What can you do to increase the IQ of your smart home?  

Consumers should look at technologies that offer the most relevant and important information, especially regarding safety concerns. You should also be mindful of how this information is communicated to ensure it’s delivered to you in multiple channels for the most effective response. For example, DeNova Detect’s natural gas alarm can send alerts in a gas emergency to residents up to 11 minutes sooner than its competitors without the possibility of false alarms. 

When connected to your mobile device, the alarm alerts you to a natural gas leak in a combination of six ways: voice alerts in multiple languages, app notification, the loud 85dB warning sound, a text, a phone call, and an email. These real-time alerts share the time of the gas leak, the level of gas concentration, and the exact room location, and they even offer instructions for handling the situation. As a result, New Cosmos has sold 70 million alarms worldwide due to its “superior patented sensor technology” and is considered the natural gas alarm market leader. 

Consumers should also keep the design features of their smart home products in mind. Wireless capabilities can go a long way in increasing the IQ of one’s home. For starters, they eliminate the danger of cords being damaged or ripped out over time. There is no need for an outlet since today’s smart security tools offer minimal power consumption with years worth of battery life. This design allows them to be installed closer to ceilings, where natural gases accumulate first.  

Your smart home IQ depends on you. If your current natural gas alarms don’t have the new technology, innovation, and communication features, you are relying on antiquated products to save your life. As the smart home market expands, smart home products like DeNova Detect emphasize the limitless benefits these technologies can offer to protect lives and property.

By Elizabeth Walker Elizabeth Walker has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

Elizabeth Walker is a contributor at Grit Daily. She covers topics like business, entrepreneurship, tech, and leadership.

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