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Wireless / Radio Connected Smoke DetectorsGuide Started By b.n. on July 2014 Last Updated on August 2014 | 2 Contributions | Comments
If a smoky fire started on the other side of the house, would the alarm wake you in the bedroom? The faster you notice, the less damage and risk a fire poses.
This guide covers standalone wireless smoke alarms suitable for older homes, remodelling, or add-ons. In new construction, building codes general require that all detectors in a home be linked: if any detector detects smoke, all alarms sound. The same effect can be achieved using the wireless products in this guide.
But First Things First
When you test one alarm, and all the alarms in the house sound, your detectors are already connected, and you do not need this guide.
Types of Radios
A "simple" radio based wireless alarm sends out a signal reaching any other alarm with range. A "hopping" model starts with one alarm. Any alarm that receives the signal sends it on, eventually cascading through the building. The "simple" type like the Kidde Model below are easier to set up. The "hopping" type like the OneLink work better in larger homes or between a home and outbuilding.
Interconnecting to Existing Alarms
The OneLink models can activate an existing set of connected alarms. This makes them perfect for extending an existing installation to a garage, basement, or other room that did not originally have coverage.
Interconnection to Home Alarms / Security Systems
Many but not all alarm companies offer add on smoke detectors. The equipment is readily available, but not all companies offer it to customers (presumably out of fear of liability). This guide does not cover this type of installation: the products here can be used with or without a central alarm. One company has a patent on a home alarm that listens for the sound of conventional smoke detectors (Note: Reference needed).
Should I Do It?
Adding wireless alarms is an easy and inexpensive upgrade that can offer peace of mind, and potentially significant savings in case of a fire. Look at the options below and see if it makes sense for your home...
Foootnotes and Keywords
Keywords: connected, wireless, radio smoke alarm, extension alarm.