Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What kind of smoke detector is best for my home?
There are many factors to take into consideration when shopping for the perfect smoke detector. Generally, there are two types of smoke detectors: ionization smoke alarms (for flaming fires) and photoelectric smoke alarms (for smouldering fires). Each bedroom should have either one of each or a combination alarm (called dual sensor smoke alarms) that utilizes both technologies for those with limited space.
Smoke alarms also have different power sources depending on the model. Some are hard-wired, wired directly into the home’s circuitry, with back-up batteries in case a power outage occurs. Others operate only on battery power that work throughout outages, but require more frequent replacement.
Some smoke detectors utilize smart technology and are pricier, but can connect with other devices such as your smartphone, allowing more control and monitoring.
A licensed electrician will be familiar with the best detectors on the market that are suited to your needs.
How often should detectors be tested after smoke alarm installation?
Smoke detectors should be maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Generally, smoke alarms should be tested at least once a month by pressing the ‘test’ button on the unit, while will sound the alarm and let you know that it is still working and that there is still battery power.
How often should smoke detectors be replaced?
This depends on the type of unit that you have, but it is usually recommended to have smoke detectors replaced every 5-10 years. Some have non-replaceable batteries usually stuck into the unit. In the case that the battery runs out, the entire smoke alarm needs to be replaced.