Smoke detectors save lives and help to prevent damage by providing early warning signs of smoke or fire. That’s why every homeowner needs to ensure their smoke detectors are in optimal condition and working properly. If you’re in Jupiter, FL, and need to install, repair, or update your smoke detectors, Elite Electric, Plumbing & Air can help. We also provide professional smoke detector installation and repair services.
Carbon Monoxide poisoning can lead to brain damage or even death! Call us to install and make sure your carbon monoxide detector is in working shape.
What Are the Types of Smoke Detectors You Can Install?
- Photoelectric smoke detectors: These detect smoke using a light source and a light sensor. When smoke enters the detection chamber it blocks the light beam and partially reflects light onto the sensors, which then trips the alarm. These smoke detectors are more responsive to smoldering fires.
- Ionization smoke detectors: This type detects the presence of smoke using ionized particles. Each smoke detector contains a tiny amount of radioactive material, placed between two electrically charged plates. When these components react, the air is ionized, which creates a current between the two plates. Once smoke gets into the detector, it disrupts the current and sets off the alarm. Ionization smoke detectors are generally more responsive to flaming fires.
Since you can’t predict when you’ll have a fire or the type of fire you may have in your home, it’s recommended to use both (photoelectric and ionization) technologies. There are also combination alarms that include both technologies in a single device.
How to Make Sure Your Smoke Detector Works When You Need It
Keep in mind that smoke detectors need to be tested monthly, maintained regularly and replaced according to manufacturer instructions (usually every 7-10 years). Other critical factors to bear in mind include:
- Cleaning them annually.
- Using long-life batteries or replacing the batteries at least once a year.
- Installing detectors in all code-compliant areas.
Where Should You Install Your Smoke Detector?
It’s important to install smoke detectors on every level of your home to detect rising smoke from a fire. Consider installing detectors that can be interconnected to increase the chances of hearing the alarm regardless of where you are in the home. Place the detectors inside or directly outside each bedroom and common areas, and in kitchens as well as laundry rooms. If you have a larger home, consider more alarms situated in stairways and hallways.