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Smoke detector options and possibilities

The main function of a smoke detector is, you guessed it: to detect smoke. Still, there are many different kinds of options that smoke detectors can differentiate in. On this page, you can find all of the different options and possibilities of different smoke detectors.

Operate it via an app

Operate a smoke detector via an app

Some smoke detectors are so smart that you can connect them to your WiFi. Think of the Nest Protect, for example. Since you're connecting the smoke detector to your WiFi, you're given the possibility of connecting it to various other smart products as well. In case of the Nest, it's possible to connect your Nest Protect, Nest Thermostat, and Nest IP cameras to each other. Additionally, you have the option of operating all these different elements with a single app. In turn, this app will keep you updated on everything that's going on inside of your home. Even when you aren't there.

Extra loud audio signal

Audio signal smoke detector

By default. smoke, gas, heat, and carbon monoxide detectors possess an audio signal that 85 decibels loud. This is comparable to an electric hand saw or the sonic boom of an airplane. This means that it's nearly impossible not the hear the alarm of such a detector. Still, there are several detectors that possess an even louder alarm. There are heat detectors with an alarm that's 94 decibels loud, for example. This can come in handy when you've installed one in the kitchen, and your range hood is on.

Test button

Test button smoke detector

Nearly all types of detectors come equipped with a test button. Why? Because it's a good idea to test your detectors at least once per month. This is the only way you can be sure your smoke, gas, carbon monoxide, or heat detector actually works.

Emergency light

Emergency light smoke detector

Some smoke detectors are equipped with an emergency light. When the smoke detector goes off, you won't only hear the audio signal, but the emergency light will immediately turn on as well. This type of smoke detector is convenient when it's located in a corridor or at the top of the stairway.


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