On the face of it, a smoke detector should never be associated with the word ‘hush’. It’s one job is to detect potentially deadly smoke so people can get out of the house safely. That whole concept flies out the window if the smoke detector is busy whispering that you’re just inches away from going up in flames.

However, there are situations where your smoke detector will ‘think’ that there’s dangerous activity in the home. But you’re really only making dinner for your hungry family. See how hush mode works, what options are available to you, and why you might want to use it.

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    It’s a Temporary Measure

    The hush mode on a smoke detector is a temporary means for you to do what needs to be done without the hassle of a blaring alarm. So if you know that the smoke detector will always be triggered when you use oil with a high smoke point, then you can hit the hush mode to desensitize the detector for about seven minutes or so. As long as the smoke is thin enough, the alarm will be silent as the grave…until it lets out a chirp every half minute or so. Yes, the chirps may be annoying. However, they’re far less annoying than having to wave a towel in front of the smoke alarm to get it to turn off every few minutes.

    In most cases, you can find the ‘hush’ button on the smoke detector’s cover. However, if you have trouble finding the button or are not sure if your detector has the feature, check out your user manual. We also recommend seeking guidance from an expert at your security company before you tinker with the detector.

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    How It Works

    Once the seven minutes have gone by, the alarm will reset itself completely. It will stop the chirping noises, and return to its original state. This means that homeowners don’t have to remember to turn the smoke detector on and off every time they cook, take a shower, or light a match. The only warning with this feature is that if there’s still smoke hanging in the air after seven minutes, the alarm will sound. There’s also a smart hush feature that will disable the alarm for about eight minutes or so. It works similarly to the regular hush feature, except it can’t be used unless the alarm is actually going off. Smart hush will usually feature a red light flashing as opposed to a chirp to indicate that it’s in hush mode.

    What to Know

    First of all, it’s important to answer the question, “how long do smoke detectors last?” Most detectors last around 10 years. Overly sensitive alarms are usually why homeowners use the hush feature. An overly sensitive detector may be a sign that you need to replace your smoke detectors completely. New smart smoke detectors may be a better bet for you in the long-term than having to remember to hit the hush button each time dinnertime rolls around. Smart smoke detectors are so intuitive that they will only let you know when there’s an actual threat in the home.

    This includes both dangerous flames and carbon monoxide. It can also tell you if the fire alarm is triggered if you’re not in the house by contacting you on your smartphone. In addition, smart smoke detectors can save you about 5% on your insurance premiums due to the extra safety of your home.

    And speaking of extra security in your home, there are a number of ways that you can keep your home protected from practically any threat you can think of. Call Protect America today if you’re looking for equipment and solutions that can make your home a safer place. From criminals to natural disasters, there are ways to be proactive when it comes to your property. We’re happy to help you find the perfect level of security — no matter what your priorities happen to be!

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    Create the Right Security Package for Your Family

    Here at Protect America, we don’t believe families should have to pay for the security they don’t want. That’s why we offer customers customizable packages they can tailor to their needs. Our available catalog of products provides customers with varying types of security. From motion detectors and indoor cameras to smoke detectors and medical alert pendants, we have a little something for everyone. Because our security systems are professionally monitored, you can rest easy knowing your loved ones are protected 24/7. So are you ready to learn more about how you can start protecting your home with security that won’t break the bank? Click here to request a free quote.