Every home has to have smoke detectors to offer some protection from fire. However, you do have the choice between standard, battery-operated smoke detectors and hard wired smoke detectors.
In general, hard wired smoke detectors are a much better bet.
First, you don’t have to worry about faulty batteries. Though hardwired smoke detectors have back-up batteries for those times when the power goes out, they receive their primary power from your electrical system.
And if you choose a whole-home back-up generator then you will never be without smoke detectors.
The way that hard-wired smoke detectors are designed provides another advantage. For example, hardwired smoke detectors are capable of signaling one another.
Now, in a small house that capability doesn’t really matter. But in a larger house this can mean getting everyone evacuated in time if the fire starts on the other side of the house.
Some hardwired smoke detectors also have built-in heat detectors. This means your smoke detector is less likely to produce a false alarm. If you’ve ever had a smoke detector start shrieking after you steam up the bathroom with a really hot shower then you will instantly understand why this would represent a distinct advantage!
Keep in mind that smoke detectors should be replaced every ten years, so if you’ve been running on battery-operated smoke detectors for a long time you may want to consider making a change. You may also consider making a change if your current smoke detectors are driving you crazy with false alarms.
Your home is your greatest investment, and your place of refuge. It makes sense to give top priority to great fire protection.
If you live in Pittsboro, Hillsborough, or anywhere else in the Raleigh-Durham area call us for a free estimate on your new hardwired smoke detectors. We’ve offered clean, courteous service to the Triangle area for over 20 years, and we care about giving you the best possible protection.