There are so many different brands of smoke detectors out on the market today. Whether you’re building your home or looking to upgrade your system, making the right decision is important. These sensors protect the most important things in your life–your home and your family. For more information on different types of smoke and fire sensors, read this blog post.

Today, we’ve outlined three solid options for smoke detectors, depending on your taste and needs. We hope this will help you make an informed decision that you can be happy with.

Kidde PI9010

This smoke detector uses both photoelectric and ionization sensors to provide comprehensive protection. This is a wireless smoke alarm system. This makes it very easy to install (and it can be installed at any location in the house. Because it is battery operated, you will have to change the batteries once every year; it will flash a low battery warning when the battery is about to die.

However, this system is not interconnected, which means it won’t set off other alarms in the house when it is triggered. It can only sound its own alarm.

While this unit does come with multiple buttons on the detector itself that can “hush” the alarm if it’s unwarranted and test or reset the system, it may be difficult to access if you have tall ceilings.

First Alert Smoke Detector

Another dual smoke detector, the First Alert 3120B is also hardwired with photoelectric and ionization sensors together. The patented design offers a 360 degree coverage, making it more sensitive to fires in all directions, so that it will give you alerts of fire danger as early as possible. It is a hardwired unit, so it will need to be professionally installed, where wires will be running through your walls. Having a hardwired unit means that it will be drawing power from your electrical unit, so you won’t have to worry about replacing a battery every year. The system does come with a back-up battery, though, in case anything should happen where your home’s power shuts off. It uses two AA batteries.

This system is interconnected, so any alarms that are hooked up to your system will be able to communicate with each other. This is especially important for larger areas where an alarm on another floor might not be clearly heard throughout the house. This model has an octagonal shape, so it may or may not fit in with your home decor.

Nest Protect

If you’re excited about smart home automation, Nest products have really made a big impact on the industry. The Nest Protect is their smoke detector. It uses only photoelectric sensors, but it also comes with a carbon monoxide built in. Like all Nest products, the Nest Protect connects to your home’s Wi-Fi network, allowing it to send you alerts over the internet to your smartphone or tablet. Because it’s connected to the internet, it can be controlled remotely through a smartphone or tablet, and its speaking function allows it to quickly communicate to you what the source of the problem is.

The Nest Protect comes in both a hardwired and battery operated model. Both use six AA batteries (though they will only be accessed as back up in the hardwired model). It self-tests the battery life, able to alert you when the battery is low. The perk of battery operated equipment is that they don’t required holes and wiring to be drilled into you walls. It makes installation so easy that you can do it yourself, rather than paying for a professional to come over to your house.

Choosing the Perfect Smoke Detector

Assess your personal preferences and priorities. If you like a hardwired unit that won’t need battery changes for many years, choose the First Alert smoke detector. It is reliable and interconnected, perfect for larger homes or businesses. If you have a small living space and value ease of installation, the Kidde smoke alarm is cost effective and simple to use. If you are willing to splurge for a smart home product, the Nest Protect offers a variety of fancy features like voice alerts, Wi-Fi connection, and remote access.

Whatever smoke detector you choose, you’ll want it to be monitored. Fires won’t wait for you to get home to start. When you’re away, when you’re asleep, when you’re focusing on the safety of your family, or when you are otherwise unable to alert the authorities yourself, a professionally monitored system will be able to alert you and the authorities reliably and quickly. At Protect America, we can monitor any existing smoke detectors in your home in order to ensure your property is safe and protected 24/7. Give our security experts a call at 1-888-951-5111 today for more information.