Hard Wired Smoke Alarms in Calgary
When most people think of smoke alarms, they think of the battery operated alarm units installed in their homes. However, while those are certainly the most common type of smoke alarm, there are also hardwired smoke alarm options, some that have carbon monoxide detectors, that are much better options for residential homeowners.
One of the biggest benefits of a wired smoke alarm in your home is that you never need to worry about checking or changing the batteries in the unit, since they run of the main power in the home.
Hard-wired smoke alarm systems are ideally suited to installation in residential and commercial settings because the units can be linked, so that if the alarm sounds in one part of the home (say on the first floor), it will sound elsewhere too (on the second floor). This is especially useful in large homes where people are spread out over a large floor area.
Installation, Repair and Replacement
Because hard-wired smoke alarms connect directly into the main power in your home, a qualified electrician must install them. This can either be done when your home is being constructed, or later on as a retrofit.
Likewise, if your smoke alarm has expired (they have an expiration sticker on the back of each unit) requires repair or replacement, you will need to have a licensed electrician carry out the work for you, to ensure that your electrical is not damaged in the process.
Cost Versus Value
Hard-wired smoke detectors tend to be more expensive than portable battery powered versions. However, the benefits of a wired smoke alarm in your home is that you never need to worry about checking or changing the batteries in the unit, since they run of the main power in the home. These units also need less frequent maintenance and no annual checks. If you are still using battery powered smoke detectors in your home, or if you suspect that your hard wired system may not be working correctly, be sure to contact an Calgary electrician.