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Do You Need a Smart Smoke Detector?

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

smoke detector with white smoke and red warning light Is a smart smoke detector right for you?

Over the last several years, homes in Reservoir, RI, have been evolving into smart homes. There are smart thermostats, smart alarm systems, and even smart doorbells. There are also smart smoke detectors, replacing the traditional and simpler smoke alarm. Is a smart smoke detector right for you?

What is a Smart Smoke Detector?

A smart smoke detector is similar in function to the traditional smoke detector. However, unlike the old model, the smart version will notify you of a potential threat not just when you're at home, but also when you're away. They do this by connecting to your wi-fi network.

Benefits of a Smart Smoke Detector
The smart smoke alarm can offer several benefits to homeowners.

Instant notification when you're away so emergency help can respond sooner, lessening damage and restoration needs.
They notify you when the battery is low.
They can also be silenced remotely.
Some models can be integrated into your existing home smart system.

You get a lot of benefits from the smart smoke detector over the traditional smoke detector. Different devices can also cover more territory than other devices, so that's something to keep in mind if you plan to shop smart smoke detectors.

Alternatives
If you have a smaller home, you could plug a listener into your wall. It will pick up the frequency of your traditional smoke alarm and if it goes off it will send you an alert.
Smart batteries can also be used with a traditional smoke alarm. They replace the old 9v, but instead of chirping, they'll notify you via a push notification if the battery is low, and will also notify you if the detector goes off.
Both of these alternatives are more affordable than a smart smoke detector. The right choice in a smoke alarm for you will depend on your home size and your budget. The important thing is that your fire safety needs are met.

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