ElectricalWhen to Replace Your Smoke Detectors

Living in great comfort is a wonderful thing. Truly great comfort requires peace of mind, though, as well as physical comfort. If you want to feel safe in your home, then you absolutely must have professionally installed smoke detectors of a high-quality, trusted make and model. Hopefully you will never have to see firsthand just how vital such devices really are. Many homeowners go their whole lives with their smoke detectors being little more than an indicator that dinner is a bit well-done. The fact of the matter is, though, that your smoke detectors are among the most important of all safety devices in your home. Here is some information regarding smoke detector replacement in Stanwood from the electricians at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.

There are a few instances in which a smoke detector should be replaced. One is, of course, when they are malfunctioning. If you are getting frequent false alarms from your smoke detectors, or if you happen to burn something on the stovetop, deal with the problem, and realize afterwards that your smoke detector never activated during the ordeal, then you should call a professional immediately. Your smoke detectors will be detected and inspected, and it may be advisable to replace them based on the findings.

Another instance in which you should replace your smoke detectors, though, and one which some homeowners may overlook, is if your smoke detectors are more than 10 years old. Photoelectric smoke detectors use both a light source and a sensor, and they go off when smoke passes in between the two and the beam is not recognized. Over time, the lens can become cloudy and opaque, making such detectors less reliable.

An ionizing smoke detector has a radioactive element that passes a current through an ionization chamber, bookended by two electrodes. When the current is interrupted, the alarm sounds. These too will grow less reliable over time. Unless otherwise noted by the manufacturer, the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) recommends replacing smoke detectors every ten years. This is a sentiment that we can get behind.

Ultimately, your safety is in the hands of your smoke detectors. Make sure that they are as reliable as can be.

Schedule your smoke detector replacement services in Stanwood with G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today.


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