Heat Detectors

Heat Detectors – Are they Beneficial?

Heat detectors are much like smoke detectors when it comes to alerting people of a fire breaking out somewhere within a building or home. Instead of detecting smoke, it detects heat or increased temperature changes in an area. These units come in two main types. There’s the fixed temperature unit that will alert others when the air temperature goes above the fixed temp set in the device. If the setpoint temperature is 135 degrees, the alarm will trigger when the air temperature in the room goes above that. The other type of detector is one that works based on the rate of rising temperature.

Why use a Device that Detects heat, instead of Smoke?

We use a heat detector device for operation in areas where there’s an increased risk of a fire breaking out. Some storage areas are typical places to find them as companies store flammable fuels there often. For these sites, eliminating as much property damage as possible is essential. So, having a unit always checking the room’s temperature will help prevent future material loss. A smoke detector works well in places where getting people to safety is the most important thing. While we could avoid property damage, it’s not the focus of this smoke detecting system.

How does a Detector That Senses Heat Work?

If a fire breaks out in a building or home, the heat will rise and enter through the detector unit. Inside the device is a unique heat sensor that gauges the temperature of the air that came through it. If air reaches beyond the temperature the device is set for; a signal is sent for an alarm to sound. Those hearing the alarm can then notify the fire department to prevent any damage from occurring.

Where Should a Heat Alarm Be Installed In a Home?

When installing a heat alarm in your home, the best locations would be:

Kitchen A kitchen is a great place to use one of these devices. Because it’s where one cooks in the home, fires have a higher chance of occurring here. Smoke detectors are okay, but the smoke from cooking food causes too many false alarms.

Garage This is another excellent place to install heat detectors. This is where we sometimes store automobiles, lawn mowers, gasoline cans and even welding machines. Fires can easily break out here.

Basement We tend to store flammable items in our basements, like paint and other chemical products. Plus, it’s where your furnace is, so a heat alarm would work well here.

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