Smoke Detector Types & Placement in Costa Mesa, CA; Ionization, Photoelectric & More

When you purchase a home there are rules and regulations that the home builder would have had to follow when it comes to smoke alarms. There is usually an amount and spacing that is required when installing smoke alarms. The smoke alarms that are used in your house are the ones that the builder most likely bought in bulk and you probably don’t know much about them. The most that people usually know about smoke detectors is that if it starts to go off you need to get out of the house. They are manufactured to alert you if there is smoke in the house which is a sign that there is a fire. If you have a good working smoke detector you can usually sleep easy at night thinking it will do the job. The interesting thing is that there are several options that exist when choosing the right smoke detectors for your home.

Peterkin Electric Lists Types of Smoke Detectors You Can Have Installed in Your Home

Ionization Smoke Detector: The first type of smoke detector you can have in your home is to use one that is called an ionization smoke detector. This is one that uses ions to detect a fire or the presence of smoke in a house. The ions are charged and when there is smoke in the air it will cause the alarm to sound. This sound will alert the household so that they are able to get out of the house and to a safe area. If you choose to have this type of detector installed in your house you need to know what type of fires it is best for. It is best if you have a fire that is called a flaming fire. This is usually exists in a house fire from some type of neglect where a part is burning with flames.
Photoelectric Smoke Detector: Another type of detector that can be used in a home is called a photoelectric. This is a detector that does not use ions but a beam of light to register that there is smoke in the house. The smoke can be from a different type of fire and still get the alarm to go off. The type of fire that it is best for is called a smoldering fire. This can be a fire that has less flames but there is a couch or other textile that is smoldering. The house will be full of gas and smoke and the photoelectric signal will catch this. The ion detector will struggle to alert for this making it much harder for the family to get out.
Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector: You can also look into getting a detector that not only just alerts you if there was smoke in the house but also the presence of carbon monoxide. The alarm has a dual sensor that can alert if there are either of the two in the house as both a fire and carbon monoxide are quite dangerous to your family. You want to be able to have enough time to get out of the house.

Smoke Detector Installation & More in Laguna Woods, Santa Ana, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Irvine, Lake Forest & Orange County, California

Smoke alarms should be placed in every bedroom, outside of each sleeping area and on every level of your home. Peterkin Electric is able to come out and make installations of electric additions. Call us today to meet with one of our electricians.

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