Smoke alarms. Every house needs a smoke alarm, of course. The question is which smoke alarm would be the best for warning you when something catches on fire? You may think that any device that can detect smoke will do, but you can’t be too careful when it comes to the safety of your family. In this compilation, we provide you reviews on smoke alarms.
What is the Best Smoke Alarm to buy in 2014?
Kidde KN-COSM-B Battery-Operated Combination Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarm with Talking Alarm
This unit uses ionization-sensing alarms that can quickly detect flaming fires. This alarm makes itself heard using a voice warning system. In cases of fire, the red LED light will flash and it will emit three long alarm beeps followed by a voice warning: “Fire! Fire!” When it detects dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide, it will emit four short alarm beeps followed by a voice warning: “Warning! Carbon monoxide!” This unit uses three AA batteries so it still works during a power outage. When it is low on batteries, it will chirp once, followed by a voice warning: “Low battery” In case you missed the first warning, the low-battery warning will sound once every 15 minutes. It features a hush button that allows you to silence the alarm in non-emergency situations.
Since it only uses AA batteries, no wiring is needed and it is easy to install. The voice warning system works effectively to wake you up from your sleep and prepare you by stating the specific danger you are facing. According to a customer review, this alarm had saved his family when it detected carbon monoxide. He was convinced it was a false alarm. After calling the fire department and a fireman went to check, it was confirmed that there was a leak of carbon monoxide. This is a very reliable unit.
Kidde KN-COSM-IB Hardwire Combination Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarm with Battery Backup and Voice Warning, Interconnectable
Equipped with a combination of a Carbon Monoxide and Ionization Smoke Alarm, and a voice warning system, this unit will declare the type of danger clearly so you will be prepared to spring into action. This unit has alarm warnings for fire, carbon monoxide, and low battery the same as the unit above. The difference between this unit and the one above is that it operates on your home’s electricity. Not to worry, because it has a 9 volt battery as backup during power outages. Plus, it can interconnect with other smoke alarms in your house. When one alarm sounds, the rest will follow. This ensures that you will be alerted regardless of what you were doing. If it is a non-emergency situation or a false alarm, you can easily silence the alarm by pressing the hush button.
There is one problem with this unit. It is too loud and clear! If you experience this problem too, then good! Loud and clear alarms are what you need to alert you in cases of emergency so you will act faster and make use of every precious second to save lives. The test-reset button allows you to test the alarm circuit and triggers the voice announcement. If nothing happens when you test it, contact customer support just to be on the safe side.
First Alert SA320CN Double Sensor Battery-Powered Smoke and Fire Alarm
This unit has a special feature that the two units above do not have. It features Dual Sensor Technology, which means it is equipped with Photoelectric and Ionization Sensing Technology that can quickly detect any type of fire. However, there is another difference between this product and the two above it. It does not have a voice warning system and it does not detect carbon monoxide. Powered by two AA batteries (two are included with the unit), it can live through power outages. In non-emergency situations or false alarms, you can press the silence/test button to mute the alarm.
It claims that its intelligent sensing technology can tell the difference between non-threatening conditions and real emergencies to reduce false alarms, but only you can be the judge of that. You’ll also be glad to know that you don’t need to remove the alarm from the ceiling to change batteries thanks to the EZ access battery door.
Choosing the Best Smoke Alarm
There are two types of sensor technology that detect different types of fire; photoelectric and ionization sensing technology. Most smoke alarms have only one type of sensor technology. It is recommended that both photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms be installed in your home to be prepared for any types of fire that can occur. The safety of your family comes first, be wise when choosing your smoke alarm. We hope that you have gained plenty of insight by reading our reviews here.