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Choose the Best Smart Smoke Detector for Your Home

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

Smart smoke alarm on ceiling A smart smoke detector protects your property against fire.

Select the Most Effective Smart Smoke Detector for Your Residence

A smoke alarm protects against fire danger by emitting a high-pitched noise if it senses smoke. New, smart versions can alert you of smoke even when you aren't home by sending you a phone notification. Here are some criteria to follow when choosing a smart safety device for your Jasper, SC, home.

Review Smart Smoke Detector Tech
There are three types of technology to consider as you search for a smart fire alarm system.

Smart detectors: These sense smoke based on either photoelectric or ionization technology. Both are effective, but ionized detectors tend to give more false alarms. Smart detectors can be battery-operated or connected to a home security system. They also offer automatic sensor tests and the option to silence false alarms.
Smart listeners: These devices plug into outlets and message your phone if a fire alarm goes off. They do not connect to or communicate with detectors. Large homes benefit most from listeners by reducing the need to replace sensors in every room. 
Smart batteries: These are used inside a fire detector and notify you by phone if a fire alarm sounds or the battery is running low. You can also use smart batteries to silence false alarms if the detector is solely battery-operated.

Assess Your Budget
A smart smoke alarm usually costs at least $100. House-wide installation of detectors may be the most expensive option, but it also provides extensive long-term protection.
A listener can cost anywhere from $50 to $100, making it less cost-efficient for extensive detector replacement.
Smart batteries are the least expensive technology, ranging between $30 and $40. However, they boast fewer smart applications than detectors and cannot connect to other technology.

Choose Additional Features
Additional features available in a smart smoke alarm can include:

  • Carbon monoxide detection
  • Motion-sensitive night lights
  • Automatic battery checks
  • Ability to identify smoke versus steam

New smart technology makes it easier than ever to keep your family and home safe. These criteria will help you choose the best fire safety device to prevent house fires.

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