Smoke detectors have become indispensable for residents of Palm Desert, CA. Since carbon monoxide and fire often appear together, a carbon monoxide detector is an added safety precaution. CO detectors can sense levels of the potentially deadly but odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas.
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There are two types of smoke alarms used in most homes. These include ionization smoke alarms and photoelectric. The ionization type uses a tiny amount of a radioactive substance. This substance creates an electric current inside of the alarm. If smoke enters the alarm, the electric charge of the air molecules inside changes. This is called ionization, and it causes the alarm to sound.
A photoelectric detector has a chamber that contains a beam of light. When smoke enters the chamber, it disrupts the beam and makes the alarm go off. Our electricians at Home Team Electric know that ionization alarms are good at detecting fires that have already started to spread, and photoelectric alarms are good at detecting smoldering fires. The good news is that there are smoke alarms that utilize both types of alarms.
Though newer houses have alarms hardwired into their electrical system, older homes often don’t. This means the detector is powered by a battery, and it’s important to change the battery once a year. We suggest our customers change the battery on a date they’ll remember such as a birthday or holiday.
We also recommend that a detector be placed on every floor in the home, near or on the ceiling. Detectors should be tested every month. All you need to do is press the test button. If the alarm doesn’t sound, that may be a sign to change the battery. If it still doesn’t sound after changing the battery, you may need to replace the unit altogether.
Other things to consider with a smoke detector include:
Replace every 10 years
Install extra alarms in a bigger house
Make sure all alarms are connected
Don’t place in kitchen
Quality Smoke Detector Installation
Whether you live near the Palm Desert Aquatic Center or never miss the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, you deserve the protection afforded by both a smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Our licensed electricians at Home Team Electric pride themselves on their professionalism, courtesy, and commitment to their customers. We’re pleased to install detectors to add that extra layer of protection for your household.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our electricians at Home Team Electric today to learn more.
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