Higgins Electricial Contracting Services can help you to choose and install an appropriate fire alarm for your home. Let us talk to you about either smoke or carbon monoxide detectors.
Smoke Alarm Options:
There are many options to choose from when selecting a smoke alarm, however the most important component of any alarm is the sensor. There are two different types of smoke sensor:
Ionization Smoke Alarm – This sensor type is best at detecting fast flaming fires. The ionization sensor creates a charge in the air between two plates, causing a measurable current. When smoke enters the chamber, it changes the current which is detected and activates the alarm. Ionization smoke detectors are ideal for bedrooms and basements and are generally the less expensive option.
Photoelectric Smoke Alarm – This sensor type is best at detecting slow smoldering fires. The photoelectric sensor uses a light source within a sensing chamber. When a fire causes smoke to enter the chamber, it reflects light onto the sensor which is detected and activates the alarm. Photoelectric smoke detectors are ideal for hallways near kitchens and bathrooms, as the photoelectric technology greatly reduces false alarms.
Combination Ionization / Photoelectric Smoke Alarm – These alarms combine both Ionization and Photoelectric sensor types to detect both fast flaming fires and smoldering fires which cause a large amount of smoke. A combination Ionization / Photoelectric alarm gives you the benefits of both sensor technologies.
Carbon Monoxide Alarm Options:
Having a working Carbon Monoxide Alarm installed in your home isn’t just an important safety precaution – in some areas, it’s the law. There are many options to consider when selecting a CO Alarm. Becoming informed is the best way to ensure you make the right choice to keep your family safe.
Electrochemical Sensor – This sensor is highly sensitive and most accurate at reading CO levels. Electrochemical sensors create a chemical reaction with the CO gas, creating an electrical current that sounds the alarm. All First Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarms are equipped with this type of sensor.
Combination Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarm – First Alert offers two-in-one protection with a selecting of detectors that alert you to carbon monoxide and smoke. These alarms are equipped with both an electrochemical sensor for accurate detection of CO, and either a photoelectric or ionization sensor for detection of smoke and fire.