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It’s Time To Ditch The Dated Smoke Detectors

It's Time To Ditch The Dated Smoke Detectors
Pretty much everyone can see the initial benefits of having smoke detectors installed in their home. From the smoke and carbon monoxide detection properties to the overall increased safety, there are clear benefits to having active smoke detectors. But how do you know when it’s time to ditch your old smoke detectors for an updated system?

To help you through your smoke detector questions, your neighborhood electricians here at HedgeHog Electric are here to walk you through how to check your detectors, how to replace batteries, and what your options are for upgrading.

When Should You Replace Old Smoke Detectors

Plenty of people wait until their smoke or carbon monoxide detectors start up their annoying chirping before considering doing something with this vital system. But what many individuals don’t know is that the ear-piercing shrieks for a new battery are just one of the things you should be keeping an eye on.

For one thing, did you know that your smoke detectors need to be completely replaced every ten years? According to the guidelines set down by the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, smoke alarms have to be replaced ten years after they have been manufactured. If you want to look for your alarms’ manufacturer date, you can look at the back of the alarm in question.

That doesn’t even account for the smoke detectors that fail before the ten-year mark, but no one knows if they aren’t actively checking. You should also be testing your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms once a month. For most of these devices, checking is as simple as pressing a button, often labeled as TEST.

What Style Of Smoke Detector Suits Your Home

If you find you are in need of electrical upgrades when it comes to your current smoke alarm system, there are more options available than you might think. Some of the options you may want to consider are:

  • Wireless smoke detectors – With wireless smoke detectors, your smoke detectors will communicate wirelessly and send alerts if any of them detect an issue.
  • Hardwired detectors – Like wireless detectors, with hardwired smoke detectors, your system is linked and will communicate to alert you if there is a problem anywhere detected by the hardwired system.
  • Smart detectors systems – This smart upgrade can both increase home safety and add value to your home. With a smart detector system, you can check on your system from your smartphone, check alerts, turn off detector alarms, and more.

Snag The Smoke Detector Deal At HedgeHog Electric

For the month of May, we want to help homeowners protect their houses with new smoke detectors, which is why HedgeHog Electric is running a buy five, get the sixth free deal on smoke alarms. This deal is limited to this month, so be sure to reach out to us if you want to take advantage of it and outfit your home with brand-new smoke detectors.

If you would like our professional electricians to take care of your smoke detectors—whether you simply want new ones installed or you want to upgrade your system—feel free to contact us today to get a quote!

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