These detectors are ideal for domestic type installations. They are available in both battery powered and mains powered versions. Aico Radiolink Detectors The Aico Radiolink range allows certain detectors within the range to communicate with each other wirelessly when used with the Aico Radiolink Base Plate. This is a fantastic feature as it means that a link cable between the devices does not have to be installed.
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It does the job, and even though it is pretty sensitive, we would rather that than it not picking up anything Help and Resources Smoke Detector Buying Guide Types Of Smoke Detector Optical — Sort of like an electric eye. Ionisation — More like an electric nose. These are often the less expensive type. They detect physical smoke particles as opposed to seeing the signs of a fire.
The particles enter the ionisation chamber through open vents, and the current inside the chamber is changed. This causes the alarm to sound. They are best for placement in landings and hallways, but not too close to kitchens or bathrooms as they are prone to false alarms. Their smoke alarms use a combination of both of the above to detect risks, looking for both smouldering and flaming fires. It is a technology which is commonly used in commercial environments but has now gone fully residential too.
Battery Or Hard-Wired? Hard-wiring is generally the best option, as it gives the most reliability. Many have a battery back-up however, just in case there happens to be a power cut.
Battery alarms are much easier to install, however. Smart Smoke Detectors Not as smart as a lot of other smart devices, but they may still come in handy if you like to be kept up to date. But most will still notify your phone if they detect something, and can easily communicate with others in the collection. Many will also give you voice notes, either telling you out loud what they have detected or giving instructions. They are big in America though, so watch this space for smart fire and smoke alarms becoming the norm here too.
Extra Functionality Some smoke alarms can now also detect carbon monoxide, which is a deadly silent killer. Having this built-in to your smoke alarm is extra piece of mind without any extra effort. You may also want the added function of a night light in your alarm. This will help if you need to nip to the loo without disturbing everyone in the dark, but will also light up your exit path should you have to evacuate.
Smoke alarms are the most common devices found in homes. They are self-contained appliances, so when smoke is detected, they have an internal alarm which will sound. A smoke detector also picks up smoke, but rather than containing its own alarm, it communicates with a paired alarm. These are often found more in public settings such as hotels or shopping centres as they help to sound the alarm throughout the entire building, but are becoming more common in private settings as the rise in smart home security systems becomes more apparent.
One single alarm could act as communication between your smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector and even your motion detectors. Having said this, many now do have built-in alarms too, in case of a system failure. As well as changing the battery if need be, your actual alarm will likely need replacing around every ten years. Always check battery power, though. Some could promise five years of working, but only give you two. As smoke rises, this is where you should install the alarm.
A couple of freestanding models are knocking around, but they are not as trustworthy or recommended.
Ionisation Smoke Alarm, Mains Powered
It does the job, and even though it is pretty sensitive, we would rather that than it not picking up anything Help and Resources Smoke Detector Buying Guide Types Of Smoke Detector Optical — Sort of like an electric eye. Ionisation — More like an electric nose. These are often the less expensive type. They detect physical smoke particles as opposed to seeing the signs of a fire. The particles enter the ionisation chamber through open vents, and the current inside the chamber is changed. This causes the alarm to sound.
Aico Smoke Alarms