It is important to have a security system in place that protects you from various risks such as burglaries or fires. Nowadays, it is possible to purchase a WiFi inter-connectable smoke alarm, and this type of smoke detector is much more effective than other models.
It works like a normal smoke detector, but the crucial difference is that it is connected to your security system by means of WiFi technology. This simple detail changes a lot of things; for example, all the information recorded by detectors connected to WiFi can be easily acquired using your computer. In addition, to manage the operation of your smoke detector, you can use a program installed on your computer, or even better: on your smartphone.
If your reason for not having a smoke detector set up in your home yet is because you are worried that you may not have the budget, know that it is possible to find models that are inexpensive and as effective as others. more expensive models.
How does a wireless smoke detector work?
As its name suggests, a wireless smoke detector connects via wifi to other detectors, but also to your smartphone. From the application, you can proceed to the settings and configuration of your device, and access a lot of information concerning the fire safety of your home. If these detectors are still able to emit the regulatory beep, some of them will warn you by voice, also indicating the room in which the smoke was detected, as well as the emergency level.
In addition to being notified in this way, you also receive a message on your smartphone. From this, you can deactivate the alarm if it has been triggered unnecessarily. Convenient if you are outdoors, or just in your garden.
Where should you install it?
It is mandatory to install a smoke detector in your home, or even one per floor if necessary. These detectors must be placed in the corridors and landings leading to bedrooms, which should be fitted as a priority if you decide to install additional devices. If you can, it is advisable to install one detector per living room with the exception of bathrooms and kitchens where vapors could be a problem.
Some wifi detectors are however able to differentiate between water vapor and fire smoke, allowing you to equip these rooms as well. Like the other detector models, the wifi detector is to be placed on the ceiling in the center of the room or 30 cm from the side walls if the center of the ceiling is occupied.
What Maintenance does a wifi Smoke Detector need?
From the smartphone application, you can test your smoke detector to find out if the batteries and/or the device need to be changed. However, some smart detectors test themselves and send you daily reports to keep you informed of their good working condition.
These models also warn you when the batteries are at the end of their life. To clean the device, a regular brush vacuum cleaner on the opening of the detector will be more than enough to remove the dust which could clutter it. We also recommend that you run a cloth over the exterior of the detector to remove any deposits.