Home security consists of more than just protecting your doors and windows. True home security is providing a solution to protecting your home in every way possible. Most home security companies offer monitored smoked detectors as wireless sensors to alarm you before a fire happens. Most people don’t realize that there is an actual difference between the smoke detectors you purchase at your local hardware store than the ones top home security companies like Protect America offer that are photoelectric.


Consumer Reports Smoke Detector Reviews

Consumer Reports is highly trusted as one of the most trusted names in the world of product reviews. Since 1936, Consumer Reports has independently reviewed a variety of consumer products, from cars to everyday household appliances. A ‘buy’ recommendation from Consumer Reports has a positive impact on sales, which makes the publication a particular target for ambitious companies seeking to ensure a successful product launch.

Unfortunately for consumers, the publication DOES NOT review products in the home security field  The inherent nature of these products doesn’t quite fit within Consumer Reports selection criteria. Furthermore, products in the home automation and security industries are heavily dependent on the associated support services. Some home security services will perform differently, even when using the same equipment. As a result, Consumer Reports avoids reviews of home security service because they are not based on the quality of the product being used.

Various Smoke Detectors

Product reviewers may take the time to compare smoke detectors but in actuality there are a lot of different types of smoke detectors such as ionized, photoelectric, and smoke detectors that combine smoke and CO (carbon monoxide).

Ionization smoke detection is generally more responsive to flaming fires.

How they work: Ionization-type smoke alarms have a small amount of radioactive material between two electrically charged plates, which ionizes the air and causes current to flow between the plates. When smoke enters the chamber, it disrupts the flow of ions, thus reducing the flow of current and activating the alarm.

Photoelectric smoke detection is generally more responsive to fires that begin with a long period of smoldering (called “smoldering fires”).

How they work: Photoelectric-type alarms aim a light source into a sensing chamber at an angle away from the sensor. Smoke enters the chamber, reflecting light onto the light sensor; triggering the alarm.


Maintaining Smoke Detectors

Smoke detector maintenance  is very important. Protect America offers a free monthly test to its home security subscribers to ensure every product included in your home security system is working. Free cans of artificial smoke are included to every home security subscriber we have as a plus.

For more information on how Protect America can help protect your home with complete home security and monitored smoke detectors please contact us by filling out the form on the right column, or dialing then number at the top of the page.