Indoor Air Quality
Smoke Detector Systems and Service in Chicago, IL
There are plenty of electronic devices that you use each and every day. There are also some devices in your home that stand silent and vigilant in their operation, with the sole purpose of keeping you and your family safe. The smoke detector is chief among these devices, and it is one that you cannot afford to take any chances with. Make sure that you are able to rely on yours without hesitation by scheduling your smoke detector services in Chicago, IL with a member of our staff.
In doing so, you ensure that your smoke detector is installed properly, and that it is located in a logical place in your home. There is more to a smoke detector installation or replacement than you may realize, and it is in no way a DIY-appropriate job. If you really want to be able to count on your smoke detector, which you obviously should, contact Brilliant Electric Heating & Cooling today to schedule service.
How Do Smoke Detectors Work?
There are two basic types of smoke detectors. The first is an ionization smoke detector. These feature two electrically charged plates, with a small bit of radioactive material located between them. When the device takes in smoke, the flow of the ions in the system is disrupted, reducing the flow of current therein. That is what sounds the alarm. Photoelectric smoke alarms, which are better suited for long–smoldering fires, aim light at a sensing chamber at an angle. When smoke enters the chamber, it reflects that light onto the light sensor, thus sounding the alarm. For total protection, using both types of smoke detectors is advisable.
You Need a Professional to Install or Replace Your Smoke Detector
If you think that your smoke detector can just be adhered to a wall or ceiling with a simple fixture or binding material, think again. Your smoke detector may have a battery in it, and it should, but this battery should function as a backup. Your smoke detector should also be hardwired into your electrical system, in order to ensure that it will function under any circumstances. It is also a good idea to link your smoke detectors to one another, so that every one goes off, should one go off. If you have smoke detectors that are past their expiration dates, or if you have trouble with frequent false alarms, feel free to give us a call. We also offer professional smoke detector replacement services in Chicago, IL.
Is Your Smoke Detector Working Properly?
The only way to know is to test your smoke detector regularly. Doing so is simple. Just press the test button on your smoke detector to manually sound the alarm. If nothing happens, then your smoke detector is nonresponsive and may fail to alert you to the dangers of smoke and fire in your home. Some smoke detector maintenance may be necessary in order to keep your device in prime working condition. Yes, you can change your battery out and manually test your smoke detector on your own. You can count on us, though, to ensure that the wiring is servicing your smoke detector properly, that its sensors are operational, and that you can rely on your smoke alarm to protect you should a dangerous system arise.