Whether you need to install smoke detectors for a new home construction, or it’s time to replace your existing devices, Master Electric Heating and Air can help you complete the job safely. Our licensed electricians provide smoke detector installations and replacements throughout Gainesville, GA and the greater North Georgia region.
Requirements for Residential Smoke Detectors in Gainesville, GA
According to Georgia fire protection and safety code, battery-operated smoke detectors need to be installed in every floor of a home, in every sleeping area, and in a central location where every bedroom has access to it.
At Master Electric Heating and Air we are up to date on both the National Electrical Code and Georgia state regulations and standards. Our experts will help you determine the best locations for placing your smoke detectors and make sure they are installed according to code and manufacturer recommendations.
Selecting the Right Type of Smoke Detector for Your Home
There are three types of smoke detectors available.
Ionization: This type of smoke detector responds best to flaming fires. The alarm is triggered when smoke enters the ionization chamber; this disrupts and reduces the current flow of ions, allowing the alarm to activate.
Photoelectric: These devices are more effective at detecting smoldering fires. They are triggered when light is reflected on the sensor by smoke.
Dual-sensor: In order to ensure comprehensive coverage and protection, having both ionization and photoelectric smoke detectors in your home is recommended. You can easily carry this out by opting for dual-sensor alarms, which feature the two types of technologies.
Our experts are happy to help you select the right type of smoke detector and can supply you with devices from a trusted manufacturer, or install devices you’ve already purchased.
Testing and Maintaining Your Smoke Detector
According to the National Fire Protection Association, smoke detectors should be maintained based on manufacturer guidelines. Your devices should be tested at least once a month; simply push on the test button to make sure the alarm sounds.
If the alarm doesn’t come on after testing, the detector may need new batteries (changing the batteries every year is recommended) or there could be a wiring problem that will require professional attention. To ensure that you continue to have efficiently working smoke detectors in your home, they should be replaced every 10 years.
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