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Smoke Detectors & Smoke Alarms

Though burglary protection is important, safeguarding your family and your livelihood from a fire is even more important. Professionally installed smoke detectors can help protect families and businesses in the event a fire should occur. Like many products, there are various smoke alarms on the market to choose from these days.

Types of Smoke Detectors

The two main types of smoke alarms currently being installed in homes and in businesses are ionization and photoelectric smoke detectors. In addition, there are also dual-tech smoke alarms that combine both types of technology.

-Photoelectric smoke detectors work to detect smoke particles in the air of a business or residence. Because this type of smoke detector is not as prone to false alarms as others currently available, they tend to be the more expensive option.

-Ionization smoke detectors do not detect smoke particles in the air. Instead, they rely solely on a small piece of radioactive material to ionize the nitrogen and oxygen in the air. An ionization smoke detector will be the less expensive option available, but this type of detector is also the most prone to false alarms. Certain scents from cleaning products or even cooking could cause ionization smoke detectors to false.

Smoke sensors that offer dual-technology are the most expensive, but they are also very reliable. If you are unable to invest in dual-tech smoke alarms, it is recommended that you install both photoelectric and ionization smoke detectors in your home and business.

The Importance of Monitored Smoke Alarms

You can purchase almost any type of smoke detector you need online and in most retail stores. They are inexpensive and are also quite easy to install on your own. The problem with these smoke alarms is that many of them are not compatible with the majority of home security systems that are installed today. What that means is that these smoke detectors will need to work independently and will not be part of your security system.

If you currently have your alarm system monitored, you know that the monitoring center will call you when they receive an alarm signal to verify if it is a false alarm or not. If you do not answer, the proper authorities will be notified.

On the other hand, if your smoke detectors are not monitored and nobody is around to hear them trip because of a fire, your home or business could go up in flames before anyone even notices what is taking place. For that reason, smoke detectors should always be monitored 24 hours per day, 7 days per week by a proficient alarm monitoring center.

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