Homeowners have two primary options when it comes to fire alarm system installation — battery or wired. As you might assume, a battery-operated system is powered by a battery device, and a wired system is wired to the home's electrical system. In today's wireless times, it would seem that a battery-operated unit would be superior, but if you take a closer look, you might learn otherwise.
Fire does not contain itself. When there is a fire in one room of a home, it will eventually spread to other areas. For this reason, if there is a fire in one room, the entire house needs to be alerted. With a battery-powered system, this interconnectivity is not always available.
Battery-powered systems operate independently of the other alarms in the house. So, generally, only the alarm in the immediately affected room will go off. Wired units are all connected. When an alarm in one room goes off, it triggers the alarms in the other parts of the home to also go off so that everyone is alerted.
You only want your fire alarm to go off when there is a true danger. You do not want the alarm to go off simply because you blew out a large candle or burnt dinner and smoke has filled the room. An excellent feature commonly found in wired alarm systems is a heat sensor.
With this feature, for the fire alarm to go off, it must not only detect the presence of smoke but also an increase in the air temperature in the space. A heat sensor keeps you protected and helps you avoid false alarms.
Both batteries and electricity can fail. However, a wired system can keep your home protected even amid these failures. First, many newer wired systems have a built-in battery backup feature. In the event you experience a power loss, the backup feature will activate to keep the units powered.
Second, since the alarms are connected to the home's power source, in the event of an extended loss of power, the alarms could be powered by the home's built-in generator, which is especially helpful if the homeowner is not home when the loss occurs. With a battery-powered system, once the battery is dead, there is often no backup option.
Protecting your family is what is most important when it comes to installing a fire alarm system. Make sure you choose a system that provides the protection you need. If you are interested in a wired fire alarm installation, contact a supplier, such as Eastern Fire, near you.