Smoke detectors are a crucial safety device in your home
It is important to ensure that they are in working order, and potentially upgrade them to updated technology with improved detection methods. At Bryant Electric Service, we offer a variety of smoke detectors, along with installation and maintenance programs, to keep your home protected from smoke and fire.
Smoke Detector Troubleshooting
Since smoke detectors have to be powered on 24/7, they can sometimes develop mechanical or electronic malfunctions. If your home smoke detector is beeping erratically, or appearing to lose power periodically, you may need to troubleshoot the device. Some smoke detectors are easy enough to maintain on your own.
If you have a more complicated smoke detector than a standard unit, you might need the assistance of electrical installation professionals to analyze the problem. Our experience with household electric devices provides us with the ability to quickly and effectively troubleshoot and maintain smoke detectors of any description.
Types of Interconnected Smoke Detectors
The most effective type of smoke and carbon monoxide detector technology is an interconnected home system. Using either wired or wireless connectivity, smoke detectors can set off a house-wide alarm in the event of smoke or carbon monoxide detection on any single unit. There are advantages to each system of interconnection.
Hardwired Smoke Detectors
With a hardwired system, individual devices are literally connected to one another using wires run throughout your home. These wires also power the devices, removing the nuisance of being woken up by a low-battery alarm on your detection device. Of course, many units include a battery backup to power the unit in the case of a power outage.
Hardwired smoke detectors require professional installation and maintenance.
Wireless Smoke Detectors
Wireless smoke detectors are very similar to standard battery-operated units. The main difference is that they communicate with each other via RF radio. If smoke is detected by any of the connected units, they will all sound an alarm, so you are alerted to a potential fire or carbon monoxide leak throughout your home.
Smart Smoke Detector Systems
Smart smoke detectors are the newest development in home protection technology. Companies like Nest have developed smart systems that can be operated and maintained using a smartphone app. These devices offer a suite of interactive services to help you stay on top of your home’s preventative security, including a test function, alarm hush commands, and access from all attached smartphones – even when you’re not home.
Carbon Monoxide detectors
Carbon monoxide is a harmful gas that is created when burning fuel – gas stoves, generators, and automobiles all create carbon monoxide. Installing a CO detector in your home can alert you if CO levels become elevated. Many up-to-date smoke detectors also include a carbon monoxide detector, but some homeowners prefer to use two separate units instead.
Schedule An Appointment Today
Whether you’re looking to upgrade the smoke detector technology in your home, or simply looking to ensure that your home is properly outfitted, Axion Electric can help. Contact us today to consult with a professional electrician about smoke detectors in your home!