SimpliSafe™ has emerged as a leader in DIY home security. Their use of wireless sensors and cellular communications, all in an affordable package, has won them top honors from many top organizations. SimpliSafe™ does not offer medical alert panic or professional installation, but they do offer a simple to install and operate security system with no or low monthly cost. They have a smartphone app for remote activation and notification of events. They have no contracts and if you move you easily remove the system and take it with you.
Smoke & CO Detector
Battery operated smoke detectors that interconnect to each other are relatively new. Older, more common battery powered smoke alarms were usually standalone units that when triggered, only made noise within themselves. If a fire broke out in a remote part of your home, you had no idea there was a problem unless you had good hearing. Now with wireless interconnectivity all smoke alarms are triggered when one detects smoke. Voice Location models pass the location of the danger to other voice location models, helping you determine the safest path to exit the home
Before reading this article I recommend you read this article about selecting a smoke detector.
These detectors are for 120VAC hardwired only. These are not compatible with low voltage detectors part of a security system.
Whether you are looking to add or replace smoke detectors there are 4 variables you should consider.
- Sensor Type - Ionization, photo electric or dual sensor
- Power Source - 110 VAC Hardwired, Battery, Low volt wired
- Interconnected or not
- Single Detector or combo unit with CO Detection
Smoke detector and CO detector placement is critical for a safe family and yet you would be surprised how often I see homes with a serious flaw in the location of detectors.
The basics are well documented and online guidelines are plentiful. Here are a couple of my favorites.
There is plenty of information online and in product documentation as to where you need to locate smoke detectors and while there is information where not to locate the alarms, I do not think enough emphasis is made as to WHY you should not locate detectors in some areas.