Should I get Cigarette / Marijuana Smoke Detectors ?

Lindsey-J-0
Level 2
High Point, NC

Should I get Cigarette / Marijuana Smoke Detectors ?

For hosts who have NO SMOKING as part of their house policy, do you have any type of Cigarette / Marijuana Smoke Detectors inside your home? If yes, what brand/type? I'm looking into this because I consistently say no smoking and yet have guests who do (thankfully not many guests, but still 1 is too many)

 

The longer back story if you'd like to read it.... Was renting to a group of folks recently who stayed in the main house and I was staying in the garage apartment with my husband (converted into an apartment for us to live on-premise while guests are there, separate entrance and living space from the main house). We started smelling something coming from the HVAC unit that is located inside the garage and when we put our nose right up to the HVAC system could clearly smell marijuana smoke coming through the machine which indicates that folks inside were smoking. We message them and said " I just wanted to check in to ensure your stay is going well. We got a notification from the alarm company that there is smoke currently in the house. Please be aware that there is no smoking allowed inside the house. If there's anything you need from us, please let us know." This is a partially true statement, our alarm company would notify us if there was a smoke/fire situation but cannot detect cigarette/marijuana smoke. The guest's response was an immediate response that said "yes ma'am" followed by another response 12 mins later saying "We were baking cookies". Ok while I have never smoked before I have DEFINITELY baked a lot of cookies before in my life and know that the smell of cookies is not strong enough to penetrate my HVAC system. Secondly, when the guest checked out one bedroom reeked of the same marijuana smell. Since I do not have any cameras inside my house, I have no way to "prove" that the guests were smoking inside the house. I am thankful that a day of open windows and replacing all the filters in my house/HVAC system took care of the smell - but seriously, I would really like smokers to be charged the "smoking fee" for smoking inside my house. Not to mention, in the state where I operate my AirBNB (North Carolina) marijuana is illegal on both a state level and the Federal level as well.

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Jordan746
Level 2
White Plains, MD

I just purchased two Wynd Sentries. Pre-order sale until 16 September, one free unit and $30 off the $120 annual subscription. Paid $240 altogether. 

 

Can't wait to install after having our first guest trying to smoke out of the window. We have a patio with tables, chairs, and ashtray 15 feet away!!!

 

Thanks for the tips!

@Jordan746 How did it go? Do you like it? I'm looking into the system.

Jordan746
Level 2
White Plains, MD

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Jordan746
Level 2
White Plains, MD

@Ryan3559 Yes! We have one in each of our rooms. We get an alert via text message whenever smoking or noise is detected. 

 

We've noticed that vaping also triggers it, but you get a report showing levels of particulate matter. Generally low levels indicate vaping, which doesn't bother us, while higher levels indicate actual smoke. 

 

We give a guest a warning, and after continued use send a request to Airbnb to charge the penalty, and attach the sentry reports. It has worked every time. 

Thanks @Jordan746 ! How much do you charge the guest? 

Jordan746
Level 2
White Plains, MD

Our house rules and listing description both say no smoking with a $100 fine for violations. Guests are fairly warned ahead of time. 

Hans234
Level 2
Maspalomas, Spain

I am using minut.com in my villa but want to try Sentry in my new apartment. 

Please tell me if you are happy with your Wynd devices.

Jordan746
Level 2
White Plains, MD

Hi Hans, sorry I just now saw this. We have a sentry in two separate rooms in our basement apartment and it has worked great. See the post above for an example report. They also detect sound levels.

Lynda120
Level 2
Chicago, IL

I have a Sentry that does not pair with my WIFI. the company has sent me two units and still not able to pair.  They are worthless. 

Hi @Lynda120  - I’m sorry to hear that your unit wasn’t pairing to WiFi. We don’t usually have that complaint and if you’re still using our service please reach out to our support to get immediate assistance. 

 

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Angela3005
Level 1
St George, UT

I also would join a group buy. I would need 6 of them.  

 

We are probably late to the party LOL @Angela3005  @R--Derrick0

I found this product called SENTRY the purchase amounts are not crazy, I hope the results of my hours and hours of research and reading all these threads will help you both (and the tenant too R--Derrick0 LOL)

 

Link from my research about the smoke/marijuana detector
Product page: https://hellowynd.com/pages/sentry?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=lagref&utm_campaign=sentry_preorde...
Bloomberg: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220714005703/en/Wynd-Technologies-Unveils-Innovative-Smoke-... 

R--Derrick0
Level 1
Philadelphia, PA

I’m so glad to read this post and would be interested in joining the group buy. 
I actually live in a loft space and have neighbors below who constantly smoke/vape and he Landlord has shirked all responsibility to enforce the no-smoking policy.

They’ve challenged all tenants to provide “proof” of the smoking violation as a way to avoid enforcement.

Cannabis is not legal for recreation in Philadephia so I definitely need a unit for the apartment and will be recommending them for the building if they want to enforce their smoke-free building policy.

Wade88
Level 1
Colorado Springs, CO

I also did just receive this. Going to look into it more, but the pictures and explanations leave me with plenty of questions...

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Thank you for your inquiry. The Aretas Sentinel product detects cigarette/cannabis/cigar smoke, vaping and poor air quality conditions in your property. Yes, you can purchase one unit.
 
Our most popular solution is listed below. It can be ordered with or without sound/noise detection.
 
 
Please see pricing below:

Small quantity pricing is $299 USD/unit for a WiFi enabled cigarette smoke detection and environmental monitor with wall power adapter. Sensors included in this unit include: temperature, relative humidity, eCO2, particulate matter and volatile organic compounds (Sentinel Basic). There is also an add on for sound/noise detection with this monitor for an additional $20.
 
*Pricing includes a one year Cloud Software subscription for cloud software usage, alerts and long term data storage. After 1 year, the cost is $50/year or $5/month/device. Alternatively, you can pay $249 USD up-front for the monitor, and $5/month for the cloud software. 
 
 
Prices do not include shipping and taxes. 
 
Each device covers approximately 500-600 square feet.
 
When you are ready to order, the order can be placed through me and I will provide an Invoice that can be paid online.
 
Best regards,
 
Jessica Pothier
 
877-218-6232
Angela3005
Level 1
St George, UT

I also found this. 

https://www.verkada.com/sensors/sv11/

 

Would love input.  

Wade88
Level 1
Colorado Springs, CO

We need a FreshAir unit! Would love to be a part of buying in bulk and splitting the price!

Question - why is Airbnb so far behind the curve in this? I would expect the company to be a part of the solution and be buying these in bulk. It's such a no brainer.

Kate-and-Isaac0
Level 2
Carnation, WA

We just started our Airbnb and while the first guest was amazing, the second was horrible. We could smell marijuana through a very thick door that separates our space and guests space. I wanted to go over to ask them to leave but the only reason why I didn't do that is because they had kids with them. Imagine that.

 

I looked it up and found FreshAir. We would be more than happy to go in on this 50 unit deal for 2 units. Sounds like leasing is the better option. 

Dear @Lindsey-J-0 , @Thea284 , @Melodie-And-John0 , @Branka-and-Silvia0 , @Sarah977 , @Elaine701 , @Anna1459 @Tamara240, @Denvy-And-Latasha0, 

Concerning the cannabis & tobacco smoke detector only sold in 50 packs, if there are 50 AirBNB hosts willing to purchase, I’m game for getting them if they truly work. I have built in carbon monoxide & fire detectors for guest safety, so I might as well have a cannabis smoke detector for my family’s safety. 

Are there 50 hosts who are in?

JaLane0
Level 2
Arlington, VA

I am in for this and have a neighbor who would go in.  I’m on the dc area. We could probably find 50 local here.  I have a small basement apartment and would like two of these. One for the bedroom and one for the kitchen. My neighbors might want two. Does anyone have info on cost for the pack of 50? 

Thea284
Level 2
London, United Kingdom

It might pose a challenge doing it that way.

Firstly, we might all be in different countries.

Secondly, not many people seem to read this thread, so to find 50 people who are interested might be difficult.

Thirdly, I think they have to be fitted by the manufacturer, bit I might be wrong on that account.

 

They do work, hotels etc use them.

 

I think it would be better to put pressure on Airbnb to purchase the Airguards and sell them on to hosts that wants them.