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Maintenance & Installations / January 6, 2020
Battery-powered smoke detectors are, as their name describes, powered only by a battery, and are not wired to your home’s electrical system. Most battery-powered smoke detectors use 9-volt alkaline, AA or lithium batteries.
Benefits: Battery-powered smoke detectors are easy to install and easy to find at your local store. Lithium-powered detectors are a great, low-maintenance option, as lithium batteries are designed to last the entire 10 years of your smoke detector’s life.
Things to Consider: 9-volt or AA battery-powered detectors will need changing at least one to two times a year. Some of the more basic battery-powered options may not be as connective as their high-tech or hardwired counterparts, meaning only one alarm might sound at a time (the alarm nearest to the fire) in the event of a blaze.
Hardwired smoke detectors have to be connected or wired into your home’s power supply. Changing them or fixing them can be a little trickier than battery-powered smoke detectors, as you’ll have to shut the power off at the circuit box. If you’re not especially handy, make sure to call an electrical professional to handle your smoke detector maintenance.
Benefits: These smoke detectors are powered by your home’s electrical system, meaning as long as the power is on, they should be too. They also have backup batteries in the event of a power outage. Hardwired smoke detectors are a reliable option that can be interconnected to other alarms throughout the house.
Things to Consider: Installing, maintaining and repairing these alarms take a little more electrical savvy than battery-powered versions – you may need to call in an electrical handyman to install them. Hardwired alarms still have backup batteries that should be tested and replaced regularly.
Both hardwired and battery-powered alarms are adequate at defending your home from fires; the choice ultimately comes down to the level of convenience and technology you’re looking for, as well as your budget. The important thing is to make sure that you have smoke alarms installed in every room of your home, and in the right spots inside those rooms.
Whichever smoke detector you choose, it’s important to make sure they’re installed correctly, and in the right places inside your home. The electrical handyman experts at Handyman Connection of Mount Pleasant can help you test, install or maintain your smoke detectors so your home and your family will have 24/7 protection against fire hazards. Call (843) 287-9223 or fill out a form to get in touch with our team today.