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The Importance of Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Hard Wired Smoke Detectors Save Lives

Smoke detectors, when properly installed and maintained, pick up any detection of smoke. After it receives the signal, it sounds a loud and obnoxious alarm to alert everyone within range. This is a beneficial, life-saving feature for all, but it can be especially helpful if a fire occurs when you are sleeping or in a distant part of the home.

Battery powered smoke detectors are available, but they aren’t recommended by professionals. These models are often placed in one or two spots in a home and may fail to notify you of smoke present until it’s too late. They may also have delayed reactions or several areas that go without coverage. Batteries also die eventually, and if you don’t realize it the detector could shut off without you knowing it.

Hardwired detectors are connected directly into your home’s electrical unit, eliminating the need for battery changes or frequent testing. Another added benefit is that once the signal is tripped on one detector, the rest will sound simultaneously. This means if smoke is present in your basement, you will hear it throughout the house and will be alerted to a problem. If an issue occurs in a remote part of your home, you won’t have to wait till it escalates before you realize it. The sooner you can respond to the issue, the sooner you can get your loved ones to safety and call emergency services. Other benefits of hard-wired smoke detectors include:

  • Higher quality of performance
  • Built-in back up in the event of a power outage
  • Some models can detect heat before smoke is present
  • Better accuracy – less of a chance for false detection
  • Peace of mind knowing that your home and loved ones have added protection in the event of a fire

Carbon Monoxide Safety

Every home contains appliances that can potentially release carbon monoxide. Gas fires, stoves, boilers, heating systems, water heats, and cookers are all at risk. The better shape these appliances are in, the less room for error they will have. This is why it’s important to have your various systems inspected and serviced regularly. When a professional looks over your appliances, they will be able to locate any issues or potential causes for concern. From there, they will go over your options with you to best remedy the problem.

Carbon monoxide detectors are an essential feature that every home should have. A professional can interconnect them with your smoke detectors. This will give you added security – when one goes off the rest will signal alarm as well. This allows you and your loved ones extra time to get out of the house and call emergency services.

Why Professional Installation is Necessary

Only a professional will be able to hardwire your smoke and CO2 detectors. Battery powered models leave room for error – and an error during a fire or carbon monoxide emergency can be fatal. To help keep your home safe, call JDV Electric today!