From improving energy efficiency, to achieving remote monitoring and ensuring compliance, installers are under increasing pressure to fulfil a wide breadth of requirements when recommending and fitting fire safety systems for residential dwellings.
The three important areas professionals must consider when completing these types of domestic projects are:
Taking the sustainable stance
Typically, a smoke alarm spends 99.9% of its time in standby, dissipating the unused energy through heat, which is extremely inefficient. Once the alarm is activated, a significant increase in power is utilised, which is commonly provided by ‘dropping’ the voltage from the mains power supply.
To combat this inefficiency, professionals should choose smoke and heat alarms that feature an innovative ‘step down’ circuit, which monitors the active state of the alarm to adequately manage the power available. This ensures the device uses just 10% of the energy and produces on average 95% less carbon dioxide than other mains-powered alarms, significantly improving its long-term efficiency and delivering impressive running costs of 60p over 10 years per alarm.
Futureproofing properties – connected technology
Installers also have an opportunity to successfully futureproof properties against potential legislative updates, whilst providing the highest possible levels of protection, by fitting adaptable interlinked technology.
By installing mains-powered or 10 year sealed long-life lithium battery powered alarms that facilitate hard wired or Smart RF wireless interlinking, professionals can instantly create a hybrid network throughout an entire property.
This is particularly useful for projects where hardwiring isn’t feasible, as the Smart RF wireless technology eliminates the time-consuming requirement for channelling or trunking.
Surge in smart home adoption – remote monitoring
As the Smart RF technology wirelessly interlinks all smoke, heat and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms together, the system can be upgraded to remotely monitor all fire and CO alarms throughout a property, without the need to gain access.
Through the installation of a Spec Connected wireless gateway, maintenance teams, home-owners, nominated family members and carers can benefit from remote monitoring of safety devices via the free FireAngel app, which is updated in real time, to receive information including current alarm status, device history and replacement dates. Alarms can also be tested and silenced remotely via the app.
FireAngel’s advanced Specification Range, featuring Smart RF technology, has been designed to provide installers and their customers with a cost-effective, energy-efficient solution that can be easily and instantly upgraded to ensure complete compliance and provide the highest standards in fire and CO safety.
For more information on FireAngel’s Specification Range,
visit www.fireangel.co.uk/pro/ or contact your local specification manager.