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What types of smoke detectors are there?

There are different types of detectors for detecting fire or dangerous gas. In addition to standard smoke detectors, you can choose from heat detectors, carbon monoxide detectors or combination detectors. Each detector has its own advantages and purpose. In this article, we'll tell you what the differences are between all these detectors.

Smoke detectors

Smoke detectors

Smoke detectors detect smoke development in the home with an optical sensor. This sensor uses infrared light to detect smoke. If the sensor catches smoke, the alarm will sound. This ensures that the smoke detector detects the smoke in time. It's wise to place at least one smoke detector on every floor in the house. Note that the sensor is sensitive to dust and water vapor. This means you have to clean the smoke detector regularly and don't hang it too close to the bathroom.

Carbon monoxide detectors

Carbon monoxide detectors

A carbon monoxide detector detects carbon monoxide. This is a dangerous gas without color, taste and odor. Carbon monoxide is produced by obsolete or malfunctioning boilers, geysers and stoves. The gas is released in the event of incomplete combustion of fuels, such as oil or natural gas. Since you don't smell, taste, or see carbon monoxide, you won't notice if you get carbon monoxide poisoning. Therefore, use a carbon monoxide detector, which warns you in time when the gas arises. Place the detector at eye level, at a maximum of 1.5 meters from the heat source.

Heat detectors

Heat detectors

A heat detector detects high temperatures instead of smoke. This is useful in areas where smoke or vapor is often generated, such as a kitchen or garage. Smoke development doesn't necessarily mean that there's a fire in these areas. This makes a standard smoke detector with optical sensor unsuitable. Choose a heat detector in these types of spaces. This detector doesn't respond to smoke or vapor, but it detects temperatures above 60 degrees Celsius. This way, you'll be warned in case of fire.

Combi-meters

Combi-meters

A combination detector measures 2 different substances at the same time. This is often a combination of smoke and carbon monoxide. With this type of combination detectors, it's important to think carefully about the placement. To detect carbon monoxide in time, place it at eye level near your boiler or stove. To detect smoke, place the detector higher on the wall or ceiling. Many combination detectors are linkable. Link several detectors together to optimally protect your home.

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