Home Annoyances and Smoke Alarms + Giveaway!

November 15, 2012

Being a homeowner has it’s up’s and downs.  Being a homeowner guarantees that you’re going to deal with (several!) home annoyances.

In fact, we have several – many of which we need to take care of sooner than later – and others that are just annoying but don’t necessarily require any action. It is very important to distinguish between annoyance and necessity.


While laying down the new flooring in the kitchen, my husband had to move the refrigerator around a bit.  In this process he managed to kink the copper water connector, creating a lesser water flow to our ice cube tray and water dispenser.

Slow Water

Annoying?  Yeah – We have holy ice and it takes more than 2 minutes to fill a small cup full of filtered water.  It’s one of those things that is annoying and can be fixed – but is not life threatening, or annoying enough to change.

But when it comes to home annoyances like chirping in the middle of the night – research is showing that more often than not, homeowners are choosing to pull the batteries on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors rather than replacing the batteries before they become in the danger zone.

Not Aggravated Enough to Act
• 53 percent of homeowners deem a smoke alarm low-battery chirp annoying, but one in three homeowners (33%) say that if they heard the chirp, they would not be extremely likely to replace the battery within 24 hours.
• Seven percent of homeowners confess that they’d be more likely to disconnect the alarm than install a new battery.

No Smoke Alarm

I’ll be totally honest.  I have *totally* pulled fire alarms out of my home.  This home, and the last. I pulled the smoke detector out of our bedroom, because every time we took a shower, the steam from the shower would set off the alarm.  We have one RIGHT outside the bedroom, so I’m not horribly concerned about it – but it’s still not totally safe.

I also have dealt with the ‘chirp’ lately from almost every alarm in our house these past few months.  I did not pull the batteries out, because then I would forget, and have a false sense of security of being alarmed when carbon monoxide or fire fills our home.

I took it as my continuous reminder that we needed to buy batteries.

But batteries, are NOT cheap.  Especially those dreaded 9Volt batteries!  I’m talking like $10+ for 4 batteries!  I have 10 alarms in my house. It really made me think about that Change the Clock, Change the Battery campaign –  that could get rather costly replacing all 10 batteries, twice a year!

But then I got an email from Kidde – talking about their newest smoke alarms with a 10 year battery life! The smoke alarms are always on, and by using a lithium ion battery, they are able to get 10 years of use out of the battery.  After 10 years it is recommended to replace the alarm regardless of whether or not the battery is working.

Their new alarms are also sensitive to home annoyances: Like burnt toast, showers, and other false alarms.  They have a more sophisticated algorithm, as well as a ‘hush’ button, which will suspend the beeping on an alarm for up to 10 minutes


Kidde has several types of alarms, which I am VERY excited about actually!  They have alarms specific to areas of the house that the alarms are located, i.e. the Kitchen.  The Kitchen alarm is the most annoying alarm, because we have falsely set it off SO many times: and therefore get tempted to remove the alarm all together.


I received the Hallway Alarm from Kidde, which is Lighted with LEDs to provide you with an escape path during a fire.  While searching my house, I realized that my Hallway smoke alarm was MISSING! I’m guessing my husband got annoyed with it chirping or going off constantly – and pulled it.

Kidde Installation

So I made him re-install this one.  It’s easy to install, taking him less than 3 minutes overall – and could possibly help save our lives!

Want some Worry-Free Annoyance-Less alarms from Kidde?  These alarms range in price from $25 – $50, and can be found at Home Depot stores or online at HomeDepot.com.  To stay up-to-date with the latest from Kidde – find them on Facebook and Twitter!

Win It!!!!

One Lucky GC2C Reader will Win a 2-pack Kidde Worry-Free Smoke Alarms (Hallway and Bedroom Alarms)  ERV: $65

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How to Enter:

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Then: Fill out the rafflecopter form.

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Rules: You do not have to be a blogger to enter/win. An email address is required to enter. The winner will be chosen randomly through Rafflecopter and contacted via email. A reply to the winning email is required within 48 hours before a new winner is chosen. One person entering per household please. US only please.

This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on December 7th, 2012.

I received a Kidde Hallway alarm to review plus a gift card for telling you about another home annoyance of mine.  I love the Kidde products, and have learned so much more than I would have imagined! I am positive that you will love these, and the compensation I received in no way influences my opinion on them.


  1. Sandy VanHoey says:

    I want to get some of these for my sons home he purchased. It is a very old home and I’ll bet the ones he has no longer work. These kind of things worry me. Glad it’s easy to install, he would appreciate that as well.

  2. Jennifer Mae Hiles says:

    I really need to get a carbon monoxide detector. Our furnace failed us 3 times last winter and filled the house with smoke. I went out and bought one and it didn’t work so I returned it. I still have yet to buy another. An important thing I’ve been neglecting.

  3. Barb Johnson says:

    I like the idea of on;y replacing batteries every 10 years!

  4. My brother and his girlfriend died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Everyone needs to have these essential lifesaving devices.

  5. wow these are great – we actually need to replace our batteries in ours

  6. Margaret Smith says:

    I love that these are “worry free”. We have an alarm above our staircase leading downstairs and it’s so difficult to replace the batteries. What a great idea!

  7. Home safety is something I take very seriously and I am really glad to read this post and here about these great alarms.

  8. This sounds like a great product. I like that install is quick,

  9. We could really use some new smoke detectors in this house.

  10. I really need a smoke alarm to put in the hallway by the bedrooms.

  11. jamie kelsey says:

    This sounds great..I am right with you on buying batteries, it is crazy

  12. Cheryl Abdelnour says:


  13. Amanda Alvarado says:

    We only have a smoke alarm! We really need to get one for the carbon monoxide!

  14. We are in the process of painting each room in the house and I was considering these smoke detectors because then I don’t have to remember to stock up on 9V batteries in the fall to change them all.

  15. Ann Fantom says:

    This is such a great idea! I hate the hassle of changing my smoke detector’s batteries every year.

  16. Jennifer Rote says:

    As a homeowner, I know these are a needed item and would love to upgrade my current ones.

  17. I love how easy these are to install and this is something every home definitely needs.

  18. Marty Harris says:

    We have a smoke alarm but does not work all the time.

  19. Marty Harris says:

    We have a smoke alarm but does not work all the time.

  20. need a new one

  21. The smoke alarms we have now are probably as old as our old house. It would be great to have new ones, especially one with a hush button!

  22. Great giveaway, such an important things for families to stay on top of!

  23. This is on my list to check and replace in my daughter’s house.

  24. I just have one smoke detector and no CO2.
    Thanks for the contest.

  25. I love that this lasts 10 years! Very nice product! 🙂

  26. This will be a Great Holiday Gift for my family.
    Thanks for the chance!

  27. shelby brigham says:

    this would be great to put my mind at ease since I have children

  28. Traci Lynn Butler says:

    Thanks for the giveaway – your family’s safety should always be a top priority

  29. Megan Parsons says:

    We have 2 alarms, but I want one fore each room. I am scared of house fires!!! Thanks so much for this giveaway! I hope I win!

  30. I like that your don’t have to worry about the batteries! Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. I like that the batteries last 10years. Thanks for the giveaway.

  32. Rhonda S. Phillips-Tenderholt says:

    I like that they have a 10 year battery. That’s a great idea.

  33. We use propane so I need to have a carbon monoxide detector. thank you

  34. I’d love to install new smoke alarms. Ours work…but they are getting old.
    Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  35. I love the battery life in these. I really could use this for our bedroom hallway.

  36. Dorothy Deakyne says:

    I change my batteries on smoke alarms on new years

  37. I think the one that we DO have was going to last 10 years. ummm…we moved in 11+ years ago. We really need to step on our safety plan. Love to get one of these in the kitchen and in every bedroom.

    thanks for hosting!

  38. thank you for a great giveaway!!

  39. We really need some smoke alarms – we just moved into a new house and there’s only 1 alarm at the far end of the house from the kitchen, and we’re not sure if it even works

  40. nannypanpan says:

    we need a new smoke detector for upstairs, thanks for the chance

  41. Christian Alejandro N. says:

    I love that the battery life is soo long!! 🙂

  42. Paul T/Pauline T says:

    I love that the kitchen ones detects both carbon monoxide and smoke
    —– Paul T/Pauline T aka Paul Tran ….. emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

  43. Mary DeBorde (M.A.D.) says:

    This is something that every home should have installed – a combination smoke detector AND carbon monoxide detector! But those old ones that go off from steam, etc are such a pain, I’ve also been guilty in the past of removing the darn battery lol

  44. love the long battery life

  45. Miz Vickik says:

    wow, that’s some amazing battery life!

  46. We could definitely use these since we just bought a new house.

  47. I do pretty well at keeping the batteries up to date, and the alarm proved its worth earlier this year when there was a small fire in my grandson’s room. But these alarms are at the end of their expected life span, so I really do need to replace them.

  48. susan smoaks says:

    i love that the battery lasts so long, it’s like the best invention ever!!!

  49. Caitlin McClure says:

    We need another smoke alarm and this looks great!

  50. I think the smoke detectors in my house are over 20 years old. Time for an upgrade.

  51. Sherri Lewis says:

    I am definitely getting these to replace the smoke detectors we have now. The chirping noise it makes would give our westie diarrhea AND make her pee on the floor… every time it chirped. We always had to change the batteries out early just to avoid that whole scenario 🙂

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