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Benefits of Hardwired Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detectors

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Hardwired carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are safer for households.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, smoke detectors reduce the risk of fire-related harm by 55%. The CDC also recommends installing a carbon monoxide detector to prevent accidental poisoning from the odorless and colorless gas, which is commonly known as the “silent killer.”

It’s clear that fire and CO detectors are vital for any home, but you can breathe easy knowing that you've got an extra layer of protection with hardwired versions.

To help keep your home a reliably safe haven, we’ll walk you through:

We’ll explain the benefits of hardwired carbon monoxide and smoke detectors and why you should install them in your Iowa home.

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What Are Hardwired Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors?

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Hardwired carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are wired into an AFCI circuit.

Homeowners can install either hardwired carbon monoxide and smoke detectors or battery-only ones. Compared to a battery-only detector, a hardwired one is permanently wired into a nearby circuit that is Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI) protected. An AFCI circuit prevents the circuit from being the source of an electrical fire by monitoring it for arc faults, which is when an electrical current diverts from its intended path. In the case of a power failure halting a hardwired alarm from drawing power from the house’s wiring, there is a built-in backup battery.

Hardwired detectors are also interconnected, which means that one alarm going off will trigger the rest of the alarms in the building to go off.

Why Are Hardwired Detectors Better Than Battery‑Operated Ones?

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Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be on every floor of your Iowa home.

Because they function more reliably, hardwired detectors have proven to save more lives. Researchers in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) found that hardwired smoke detectors properly operated 94% of the time during fires considered large enough to activate an alarm. In contrast, battery-operated detectors only worked 82% of the time.

NFPA is not the only major organization to push hardwired smoke detectors over battery-powered ones. Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a global safety certification organization, sets standards. UL 217 requires hardwired smoke alarms for newly constructed or renovated buildings.

The UL also certifies hardwired smoke and carbon monoxide detectors with a label that proves they’ve passed nationally-recognized safety standards by the National Electric Code and other codes.

What are the benefits of hardwired detectors over battery-powered ones?

  • The interconnected hardwired detector increases the probability of alerting your household to danger.
  • The hardwiring pulls power from your home’s electrical system instead of relying on batteries, which can have low or no power if you forget to replace them.
  • Hardwired detectors have a secondary power source (built-in backup batteries) in case of power failure.
  • There is no maintenance needed for hardwired detectors, which is helpful when you have multiple detectors. Generally, safety scientists recommend installing a carbon monoxide and smoke detector in every bedroom, within 15 feet of each bedroom door, and on each floor in your house.
  • You can install a combo hardwired carbon monoxide and smoke detector instead of a separate smoke alarm to meet the above quantity recommendations.

The Advanced Features of Hardwired Detectors

Hardwired smoke and/or CO detectors have many advanced high-tech features to add to your installation.

These include:

  • Smart detectors that can send text alerts and connect to your WiFi and other smart devices
  • Voice alerts
  • Flashing light alerts for those hard of hearing
  • Alerts about nearby natural disasters or inclement weather
  • Carbon monoxide detectors with digital displays to show the CO levels

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