Did you know that the bigger the house the more alarm detectors you need? How about the different kind of smoke detectors and their technology?
Lou Manfredini explains the best locations for each alarm, how many you should have, and which detector is best for your family.
Which Is Right For My Home
There are two types of smoke detector technologies on the market, Ionization, and Photoelectric. Ionization detectors sense flaming fires more quickly. While Photoelectric detects smoldering fires more quickly. However, it is important to have both in the home.
Where To Put Them
Ideally, you should have a smoke detector on every level of the house, including the basement. It is recommended to place your detectors at the top of each stairway, outside, and inside the bedrooms. Now, whether you hang them on the wall or on the ceiling, depends on which type you buy. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s recommendations on where to place it. Be sure not to place them near anything that will interfere with their sensing. Do not place near a furnace, heating appliance, anything that exudes humidity or excess moister, or near windows and vents.
How To Install
Installing an alarm is easy. Most alarms already come with a mounting rack. Screw in your mounting rack, insert the battery, and screw onto the mount. It is that easy.
- Test Monthly – Each detector has a test button right on top.
- Replace batteries every 6 months.
- Lithium batteries last 8-10 years.
- Replace CO Detectors every 5 years.
- Replace your smoke alarms every 8-10 years.