Smoke and CO Detectors: Battery Powered or Hardwired?

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There are some things that we just don’t have any control over in our homes, like the potential for a fire or carbon monoxide exposure. These are two dangers that any home or business can be at risk for, no matter what safety precautions that you may take. Luckily, smoke and CO detectors are available that give you early detection in these situations. There are two different models for you to consider – battery or hardwired?

The Difference

Battery or hardwired – which is the better choice of the two? Here are some features of each type:

Battery powered smoke detectors are readily available, but they aren’t the recommended choice of professionals. Often placed in one or two spots around a home or business, they may not notify you of smoke or fire until the situation is advanced. Because they are battery powered, they may have delayed reactions or areas that go without coverage.

All batteries die eventually, and if you don’t realize they need to be replaced, the detector could shut off with little warning. If you do have battery-operated smoke detectors, you should have several scattered around your home and you should test them frequently.

Hard-Wired detectors are much more reliable than their battery-operated relatives. Because they are in fact hard-wired into your homes electrical system, the need for battery changes and frequent testing is eliminated. Once the detector senses that smoke, fire, or carbon monoxide is present, all the different detectors around your house will be notified simultaneously.

When one alarm sounds – the rest will too. This means that if smoke is present in one area of your home, you’ll hear the alarm throughout your entire house.  You won’t have to wait till it escalates before you realize it. The sooner you can respond to the issue, the sooner you can get your loved ones to safety and call emergency services. Other benefits of hard-wired smoke detectors include:

  • Higher quality of performance
  • Built in back up in the event of a power outage
  • Some models can detect heat before smoke is present
  • Better accuracy – less of a chance for false detection
  • Peace of mind knowing that your home and loved ones have added protection in the event of a fire.

How Wave Electric Can Help

When you hire Wave to install your home’s smoke detection, you’ll sleep soundly knowing your first defense against fire is up and running smoothly.  Our main concern is your safety – we treat any installation as we would in our own home. Our services are:

  • Fast and efficient
  • Maintained and installed by licensed and insured professionals
  • Professional and established
  • Backed by a lifetime guarantee
  • Paired with up-front pricing
  • Superior in customer service

For added safety against smoke and CO in your home, call Wave Electric today!