Smoke Detectors

Local or Monitored Smoke Detector?

Making sure you protect your family from certain life-safety events such as a house fire is very important. While valuables can easily be replaced, a life cannot be. So many lives are lost each year that may have been spared if the home had the proper smoke detectors installed in them to alert home occupants of the danger.

Keep in mind though that not all smoke detectors are the same. A smoke detector that you purchase in a local hardware store and one that you would have a professional alarm company install in your home are quite different from each other. Not only do the various detectors available today rely on different technologies to work, having a smoke detector that rings locally versus one that is monitored also makes a difference.

A local smoke detector is like a local alarm that rings locally. The main purpose of a local smoke detector is to alert the occupants of the home that there is a fire so that they can get of the house quickly. But what happens if there is no one home to hear the smoke detector when it goes off? A local smoke detector is readily available at most hardware stores and online. They are easy to install and are very inexpensive.

Supplying and distributing the following brands :

A monitored smoke detector works a little differently. Whether you are home to hear the smoke detector or not, someone will be alerted as soon as the smoke detector trips. Typically, the smoke detector will trip and send a signal through the security system to the alarm monitoring company who will then notify the fire department immediately.

Photoelectric and ionization smoke detectors are the two main types of detectors out on the market today. There are also dual-tech detectors out that utilize both ionization and photoelectric technology.

A photoelectric smoke detector works by detecting particles of smoke in the air. This smoke detector is typically more expensive; however they are also prone to the least amount of false alarms.

An ionizing smoke detector works a little differently. Instead of detecting smoke particles, they rely on a small piece of radioactive material to ionize the nitrogen and oxygen in the air. Dust, water vapor, and any other household elements can easily trip an ionizing smoke detector, which in turn results in false alarms. A smoke detector that uses ionization technology tends to be less expensive than dual-tech and photoelectric detectors.