detectors are available that will
interface with your security system.
The smoke detectors that are already
in your home can’t be tied into your
security system. The device that the
builder put in your home is either
electrical, battery operated, or in
some instances both, if you have the
better quality detectors. Lifesaving
smoke detectors should be in every
home. If you elect to add some to
your system, your existing detectors
should be left in place, as they are
still able to help give early
warning in case of a fire.
If you add a smoke detector to your
system it should be placed in the
highest point of your home as
possible, as smoke will rise no
matter where it originates. Some
homeowners elect to place one in the
basement and top floor, and some
want one added to every floor.
The technology that makes most of
these devices work is “photoelectric
technology.” This means that the
detector basically takes a snapshot
of the density of smoke that enters
its chamber, and wants to see a
density increase as it samples every
few milliseconds. This technology
makes the detector much more
discriminating then its inexpensive
Many of these devices also detect
temperature change with their built
in heat detectors. This means that
the device will go into an alarm
condition, if the temperature in its
area of coverage is rising rapidly,
even if there is no smoke yet.
Independent heat detectors are also
available, if you would like an
added degree of protection in areas
such as kitchens, furnace rooms,
attics and fireplaces. (Required to
meet code, in some municipalities)
There are many advantages to
adding fire devices to your security
system. Some of them are:
Your detector is on all the time,
even if your alarm is disarmed.
The devices work off the power from
your alarm system and use its backup
power supplies should power fail.
The siren will emit a tone that is
audibly different then a burglary
siren, so that you can
Your dispatch is being made without
you having to call for help
yourself. This gives you more time
to gather your loved ones and pets
for immediate exit.
A dispatch will take place even if
you are not home. Typically flames
will be coming through your roof, by
the time your neighbors see them,
and call for help. This early
response may save your pets and a
good portion of your home.
Insurance companies often give an
additional discount, off your
homeowners insurance, for having a
fire system. These devices could
effectively pay for themselves,
after a few years.
If you are looking for an electrician
or need smoke detectors services, please
call us today at 866.667.4625 or
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