Chances are you already know how important it is to have a working Boston, MA fire alarm in each room of your home. It’s not just one of those things that’s a “good idea to have”—it’s an absolute necessity. What many homeowners may not realize, however, is that they should have their fire alarms hardwired into their electrical system, too.
Exploring Fire Alarm Options
Not all fire alarms are the same. For instance, some older homes and commercial kitchens are equipped with heat detectors—these are designed to detect high-heat fires in small confined spaces and are not as effective as smoke detectors in residential homes.
When it comes to the fire alarms our electricians install and service, also referred to as a smoke alarm or smoke detector, there are a couple different types—each with their own benefits:
- Ionization Smoke Alarms: These contain a small amount of radioactive material. As radiation passes through an ionization chamber, a constant current is kept between the electrodes. When smoke enters the chamber, that current is interrupted and the alarm goes off. This type of alarm is best in fast, raging fires.
- Photoelectric Smoke Alarms: These smoke alarms operate using a light source and a photoelectric sensor. When smoke comes through the optical chamber and crosses the path of the light beam, light is scattered by the smoke particles, which activates the sensor, and thus the alarm. This smoke alarm works best for slow, smoldering fires.
- Combination Smoke Alarms: This is probably the best type of fire alarm to have in your home, as it combines the ionization and the photoelectric smoke alarms into one. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends having both.
Where Hardwiring Comes In
No matter what type of fire alarm you choose to have installed in your home, hardwiring it to your electrical system is a wise decision. This is because you don’t have to rely on batteries that can run out of juice. That being said, hardwired fire alarms are equipped with a battery backup in the case of a power outage.
High quality hardwired smoke alarms are increasing in popularity due to their accuracy, particularly since most are automatically designed to pick up on both heat and smoke before being triggered. And last but certainly not least, hardwired systems mean that each smoke detector in your home is connected—so if one goes off in an unoccupied room, the rest go off as well to warn the whole household.
When it comes down to it, you want to take whatever steps are available when it comes to protecting your household and your family. Hardwiring your fire alarms is an added protection for you, giving you a peace of mind. Hopefully, you’ll never need them! But in this case, it’s absolutely better to be safe than sorry.
Contact FB Electrical Services Inc. today for reliable fire alarm installation and services! We also install and hardwire carbon monoxide detectors—which are essential for homes that have any gas-powered appliances.