Although old-fashioned smoke detectors have functioned as a wine warning system for decades, they can be somewhat annoying with the potential for false alarms and low-battery chirping. The addition of smart smoke alarms to your home can add to your safety and peace of mind (by sending you a remote notification if something goes wrong). It all comes gown, however, to choosing the right device for your home and your needs.
The similarities between the following smart smoke alarms all revolve around one primary function – if the detector sounds, you will receive a push notification on your phone, whether you’re at home or away. How the devices do this, other functions they perform, how much they cost, and how many you can cover with a single device will vary widely. There are three main device categories; we have taken a closer look at them below:
Most of the devices on the market use photoelectric sensors (which are more expensive than traditional ionised ones). The function of the more expensive sensor does, however, help to justify its cost – they are less prone to false alarms than their ionised counterparts.
Most of the devices on the market are able to cover a single floor without much difficulty, but if you have a large and sprawling house you might want to consider multiple units per floor. Some even come with a night light function, which is a handy bonus.
As with any other category in the smart home, it is recommended that you start small with smoke alarms and work your way up once you’ve found a device you like. Think about the size of your home when picking a device category for smart detection. Having a plan in place can help you to smoothly expand from a single device once you’ve determined that it’s right for you, even if multiple units are required to provide you with whole home coverage.
We hope that the information provided above has given you a much better idea of how to choose the best smoke detector installation for your home and needs. Many homeowners are surprised to learn that there is actually more than one type of device category, which provides ample possibilities for monitoring the home. If you have any questions or concerns, ensure that you speak with your electrician to determine what they would recommend.