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What To Know About Smoke Detector Types

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Photoelectric smoke detector A smoke detector that operates on a photoelectric sensor is designed to detect a change in air opacity

Smoke Detector Types

If you’re considering the right smoke alarm to install in your The Woodlands, TX, home, then you may be wondering what the difference is between the different types, and which unit is right for you. Here’s what you may want to know.

1. Photoelectric Alarms

A smoke detector that operates on a photoelectric sensor is designed to detect a change in air opacity. Smoke enters the sensor receptacle and blocks or reflects, a little beam of light. This change in the beam causes the alarm to trigger alerting the residents to the presence of smoke. Many people like these alarms as they can detect smoke before a fire reaches the open flame stage.

2. Ionization Alarms

The second type of smoke alarm uses an ionization sensor. This sensor uses the reaction of a tiny bit of radioactive material and two metal plates on either side to ionize the air and create a current. When a fire begins the smoke disrupts this current, triggering the alarm. Many of these alarms work well to detect open flame fire meaning they may work best in a kitchen area when flame can start suddenly.

3. Duel Sensor

Many people choose a duel sensor when preparing their homes for fire safety. Many fire damage restoration professionals recommend the use of one of these units as it can detect both types of flames and help save you valuable time in helping your home and family. If your home does end up damaged by a fire, these restoration professionals can also help make repairs.
When looking at which type of smoke alarm to install in your home consider which sensor type will work best for your residence. If you have trouble choosing, or want to use both types, you may want to consider the installation of a duel sensor unit. Remember, if your home does end up damaged by a fire a restoration professional may be able to help.

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