Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (also known as CO detectors) are a very inexpensive way to save lives in our communities. That’s the reason that so many states and cities have required their use for decades. As technology has advanced, the alarms have better sensors and features. The most popular style now is the combination unit, which offers both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in the same device. Many of these will actually speak words to help you determine which alarm is sounding.
There are even some models that detect only heat. These would be useful for an area near laundry facilities or in the garage. The dust from the laundry, and the small amounts of carbon monoxide from the cars in the garage and the overall dust would cause a normal detector to go into alarm often, when no danger was actually present. With a heat detector, if there were to be a fire, you would get an alarm, and you would avoid all of the false alarms.
If you live in an older home that is completely finished, your smoke detector expansion options are limited. If you want to add more detectors to your system, you might find the wireless models to be perfect. You can install one unit wired in to your existing system, and as many other wireless units as you’d like. That way, when one area of the home detects an alarm, all the other units in the house will go into alarm as well, saving you precious minutes and potentially saving lives.