Wireless smoke detectors can be easily installed throughout the home without the assistance of an electrician. No rewiring is required to install these interconnected smoke detectors throughout the home.
Linking them together provides added security for detecting smoke and fires because when one alarm is activated in the area where smoke is detected, all the other alarms throughout the house are activated simultaneously. This enables everyone in the house to escape the potential dangers of a fire regardless of where they are in the home. Placed in the proper locations strategically throughout the home, you have the added security of a complete fire detection system.
An additional feature of using interconnected wireless smoke detectors is they can also be linked to remote locations like detached garages, sheds, and workshops that aren’t attached directly to the home structure. Even if you put in additions like sunrooms or additional bedrooms it’s easy to expand the coverage by adding additional units. This way you cover all rooms and expand the system of fire protection throughout the property.
If you have an existing home that does not have a fire protection system, using interconnected wireless smoke detectors is an inexpensive way to get that added protection. They are battery operated can ensure protection even in the absence of electrical power.
The average life expectancy of the battery is one year. Although the battery may last longer, it is advisable to change your AA batteries once or twice a year. Another consideration if your home is wired is to install an AC power battery backup system. You can also integrate your wireless smoke detector system with a hardwired system to create the ultimate fire protection system. This is especially useful if you have mechanical workshops or other power usage hobby spaces.
Short-term power outages can be supplemented with 9-volt battery emergency protection systems. Just ask your local hardware or home improvement department about how to install these options.
Most wireless smoke detectors release a standard 85-decibel alarm, which easily wakes sleeping adults when placed outside bedroom doors.
Listed below are some facts you should know:
– Most smoke detectors have a “smart touch button”. This is useful for testing the operation of an interconnected wireless alarm system and temporarily stopping a chirping alarm that is caused by low battery power, or silencing a nuisance alarm.
– When the alarm beeps you may notice a “Red LED” flashing. This is a visual signal that one of the alarms on the system has been activated. It could also signal a system malfunction or low battery on one of the interconnected alarms.
– A “Green LED” usually indicates which alarm was activated first or other problems within the system that you should check out immediately.
– Wireless smoke detectors have approximately a ten-year life and you’ll see an indicator that warns you that the unit needs replacing.
– When batteries need replacing, if not replaced on a scheduled basis, you’ll experience nuisance chirps and flashing LEDs.
– A unique identifier is common to each unit. This prevents nearby detectors from activating your alarm. This is helpful if you have adjoining walls with other units, especially apartments.
– There are usually built-in tamper detection schemes to prevent theft of the battery or the unit. This is an important feature for businesses and other public locations
– Battery replacement is straightforward. Most units employ a twist-off mounting, whether you install the units on the wall, ceiling, or any location that is ideal for sensing smoke or fire.
The advantage of using wireless smoke detectors means you can install them without the cost of rewiring your home. Minutes are the time frame you may have to escape a fire. With interconnected detectors it does not matter where you are or where the fire starts, you’ll gain the precious time needed to get out safely.