What You Need to Know About Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors are essential to the safety of your household, property, and personal belongings, so they should be checked regularly and repaired quickly by an experienced electrician to ensure proper operation and to reduce fire hazards. If you’re looking for an electrical service company that you can trust with your Sterling, VA home’s electrical system, call to speak to a LTJ Electric, LLC skilled electrician about our smoke detector services.
How Do Smoke Detectors Work?
Smoke detectors are small electrical devices that activate alarms when fire or smoke is detected. Homeowners can hire an electrician to install different types of smoke detectors, including photoelectric smoke detectors and ionization smoke detectors. Photoelectric smoke detectors involve beams of light that will activate the alarms if disrupted by smoke. These smoke detectors are usually placed in bedrooms and kitchens because they work well during electrical fires in walls. Ionization smoke detectors electrically charge the surrounding air, and the alarms sound if the charge changes. These smoke detectors suit areas where a fire could ignite quickly, such as furnace rooms.
You can also purchase smoke detectors that use both photoelectric and ionization technology, and you can choose from smoke detectors that are powered by internal batteries or by household currents that are backed up with internal batteries. Additionally, your electrician can connect your smoke detectors to your home security system.
Common Smoke Detector Problems
Even if you’re diligent about smoke detector maintenance, these devices are still prone to malfunctioning. Don’t hesitate to contact the trusted electrical service professionals at LTJ Electric, LLC if you experience any of the following problems in your Sterling, VA home:
- No alarms when there is smoke
- Alarms without any smoke
- Chirping smoke detectors
- No alarms after cleaning smoke detectors