When you think of a fire alarm system, you probably think of wireless smoke detectors that can be found in most homes. Wireless fire alarm systems are very convenient in some ways, but hardwired fire alarm systems have some significant benefits that should be considered when choosing which system is best for you.
Hardwired fire alarm systems are more dependable than wireless systems. The reason for this is due to the fact that they are connected to the power supply. If you’re worried they wouldn’t work during a power outage, don’t be. Hardwired systems come with a battery backup to keep them operational even when the main power supply is not available.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that 16 million homes have fire alarm systems that are inoperable. This can happen for any number of reasons, but a common one is simply that people remove the battery from a dying system to stop the incessant beeping, and forget to replace it. In a hardwired system, this is not as much of a problem since the battery is only in use when the alarm needs to go off without the main power supply.
While wireless systems also have interconnectivity, problems arise when these systems need to talk to each other during some type of interference. Wireless signals can easily be hindered, which can make the system significantly less reliable.
With a hardwired system, everything is connected through physical cables and wires, so you never have to worry about the system failing to send important signals where they need to go.
Ultimately, the benefits of having a system that is always on and can reliably send signals mean that hardwired fire alarm systems tend to be much better at alerting anyone within the home or building to a fire emergency and giving them the time they need to either respond or evacuate.
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