The most important thing to any homeowner is the safety and protection of family members in the home. And two important inventions help ensure that your home is the safest place to be. First, your smoke detector alerts you whenever it senses that there may be a fire. And a carbon monoxide detector alerts you when this dangerous gas may make you or the members of your household sick.

These systems are not only important, they are also mandatory in California. And when you need installation or replacement, it’s best to choose an electrician who can hard-wire the unit directly into your wall. This ensures that dying batteries won’t prevent your system from alerting you in an emergency, and a battery backup still allows your system to work in case of a power outage.

Here is a short guide to how these vital devices work.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

A carbon monoxide detector is a small plastic unit that houses the main components: an electronic circuit panel with a microchip, a sensing chamber, LED lights, wires, the test and reset button, and a siren. The sensor identifies when there is CO in the air, and sends an electronic signal to the siren. LED lights help you to tell if your device is working properly.carbon monoxide detector is a small plastic unit that houses the main components: an electronic circuit panel with a microchip, a sensing chamber, LED lights, wires, the test and reset button, and a siren. The sensor identifies when there is CO in the air, and sends an electronic signal to the siren. LED lights help you to tell if your device is working properly.

Smoke Detectors

There are two main types of smoke detectors: ionization and photoelectric. We’ll start with photoelectric detectors, as these are a bit less complicated to understand. They contain several components, most notably a light and a sensor. As smoke fills the unit and blocks the light, the sensor sends a signal to the siren in the smoke detector. Ionization detectors are somewhat better at detecting smaller fires, and therefore are a lot more common in homes. This type of unit uses a very small amount of radioactive ions, which allow a current to flow between two electrically charged voltage plates. The alarm activates as soon as smoke disrupts this current.

Proper smoke and carbon monoxide detector installation requires the help of a trained electrician. You can call the technicians at Mister Sparky for installation or if you need your existing device to be serviced or tested. For an experienced, dependable electrician in Santa Rosa, give us a call.