Security Lighting Options to Keep Your Home Safe

Security Lighting Options to Keep Your Home Safe

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Did you know the FBI estimates that 400,000 burglaries occur each year during the holidays? The reason for this is obvious: A lot of people are purchasing expensive gifts and have more cash in their homes. At the same time, between holiday shopping and festivities, a lot of us are away more often. All of this combined makes homes prime targets for burglars, porch pirates, and other criminals.

Using Lighting to Enhance Your Home Security

To really enjoy the holidays you need to be sure that your loved ones, your home, and your possessions are safe. While a home security system with an alarm is important, it’s also critical to understand the vital role that security lighting can play. According to experts, well-chosen lighting can deter criminals from targeting your home. The following security lighting options can help keep your holidays safe:

  • Motion-activated door lighting: Burglars typically enter homes in a manner that draws the least amount of attention: through the door. If your porch isn’t well-lit, it’s easy for them to pick the lock on your door or smash a window and unbolt the door from the inside without being noticed. However, if you install motion-activated door lighting by all your exterior doors, the lights will turn on as soon as somebody approaches. And while that will likely make your guests feel welcomed, it will scare most burglars away.
  • Driveway lighting sensors: Just like motion-activated door lighting, driveway lighting sensors turn on the exterior lights as soon as a car pulls into your driveway. It’s great when you come home after a fun family dinner—but it’s not so great if you’re a burglar looking to hide a getaway vehicle.
  • Automatic lighting timers: Install automatic timers on your indoor, outdoor, and holiday lights so they automatically turn on and off, even when you’re not at home. Criminals will literally stake out a home until they believe the owner isn’t there—but if the lights come on, they have no way of knowing you’re not in. This security lighting option is particularly useful if you regularly come home after dark or if you’re planning to travel during the holidays.
  • Whole-property floodlight: This type of lighting floods the exterior of your entire property with light with one single switch. So, if you hear something suspicious outside, all you have to do is turn on the floodlight to scare the bad guys away! There are even budget-friendly options like Ring’s security floodlight that do the job well without breaking the bank.

In addition to providing security, good lighting also enhances safety. Dark evenings can make it challenging for your guests or family to navigate your yard and can lead to preventable accidents like tripping over lawn decorations, tools, or furniture. When these areas are illuminated, you can greatly reduce the risk of injuries occurring and make your whole home safer. This is especially important when it’s cold out, as ice and snow can make the whole ground slippery and dangerous.

Contact a Professional for More Information

If you are interested in adding security lighting to your home, it’s time to contact Ryan Gath Electric to help install the right equipment to keep you and your family safe. We will listen to your concerns and determine what the best options are considering your needs and your property.

For all of your electrical needs, call Ryan Gath Electric today!

By Ryan Gath Electric

8 Most Common Electrical Code Violations

8 Most Common Electrical Code Violations

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Many confident homeowners take the DIY electrical plunge thinking it can’t be that difficult to install wiring into outlets and breaker boxes with little concern for the local electrical code. Although they may accomplish their goal of powering their home, that great feeling of “I did it all by myself!” is often short-lived and wrought with consequences, such as unsafe wiring, reduce property resale value and failure to pass regional and local electrical safety inspections.

What is the National Electrical Code?

A subgroup of national fire codes, the NEC is a book of electrical installation and renovation safety standards established by the National Fire Protection Agency. While not mandated by regional laws in the U.S., the NEC has been adopted by over 98 percent of all U.S. areas. Every three years the NFPA publishes a large volume of electrical safety codes covering both indoor and outdoor electrical practices and standards that serves as a reference guide for professional electricians. Topics discussed in the NEC include conductors, wiring, cables and voltages.

8 Common Electrical Code Violations Every Homeowner Should Know

1. Installing the wrong circuit breaker or failing to install circuit breakers

Circuit breaker boxes contain switches that “trip”, or turn themselves off to stop the flow of electricity in specific parts of a home if the electrical current in that particular area exceeds preset limits. When a switch is tripped, the circuit breaker needs to be manually reset to return the current to its preset level. Some circuit breakers will automatically reset without human intervention.  Neglecting to install the right circuit breaker (or none at all) is not only an electrical code violation but will also put your and your family at high risk for a fire raging in the wall on which the circuit breaker box is attached.

2. Switch locations do not have neutral wires

Most automated light switches require a neutral wire. Switches that don’t need a neutral wire will give you incandescent lighting only. If your home uses fluorescent, LED and other light devices under 20w, you must use a neutral wire or be in violation of electrical codes. The purpose of a neutral wire involves completion of the 120-volt AC circuit, which it accomplishes by providing a safe avenue back to an electrical panel. Here, the insulated neutral wire connects and bonds to the ground to prevent accidental electrocution.

3. Neglecting to install tamper resistant receptacles

The 2014 edition of the NEC requires all new or renovated homes/dwellings install tamper resistant receptacles with spring-loaded coverings (shutters) that protect contact slots in the receptacles. When you insert a plug into one of these TR receptacles, you compress both springs so that shutters open to allow insertion of a plug’s metal prongs. Since two springs need to be compressed simultaneously, a child inserting something into just one opening won’t cause electricity to flow into the receptacle.  Even if you do not have children, your new or renovated dwelling must have tamper resistant receptacles.

4. Not installing enough receptacles

The National Fire Protection Association estimates nearly 50,000 dwelling fire in the U.S. happen every year due to overloading an electrical system not equipped with enough receptacles. To compensate for lack of outlets, homeowners are quick to rely on extension cords not designed to handle large amounts of electricity. Signs of overloaded circuits that could cause fires include dimming/flickering lights, frequently tripped breakers and getting a slight shock when you plug in an appliance.

5. Leaving outdoor receptacles uncovered

Although this seems like a no-brainer, many building owners don’t think of the dangers involved with leaving an electrical receptacle exposed to the elements. If your dwelling has outdoor receptacles that aren’t shuttered, you are in violation of an electrical code that could delay the sale of your home or even reduce the value of your home.

6.  Failing to install ground fault circuit interrupters

Ground faults occur when electricity escapes wiring and takes a direct shortcut to the floor. When ground faults pass through a person, the result could be a deadly electrocution. This is why the National Electric Code requires GFCIs in outdoor receptacles and in new or renovated bathrooms, kitchens, unfinished basements and crawl spaces.

7. Outdated wiring in homes over 50 years old

Electrical wiring in dwellings constructed before 1970 may be in violation of local or regional electrical codes. Aluminum wiring widely used in the 70s may be safe but could present safety issues if connected to copper wiring. Older homes with aluminum wiring will probably need an inspector to confirm it has been properly installed, a complicated procedure best left to professionals.

8. Improperly configuring panels

DIYers aggravated by a constantly tripping fuse or breaker often may hastily replace the offending breaker with a larger capacity breaker. In addition to being extremely dangerous, it is also illegal to have wrongly configured panels and is in direct violation of electrical codes. A breaker is matched to load capacity and wire size. Larger breakers allow more and more current to flow through before they trip, catch on fire or blow out your home’s electricity system.

Adhering to electrical codes means living safely in your home, having appliances and fixtures that operate smoothly, saving on troubleshooting electrical problems, reducing your energy costs and maintaining a higher property resale value on your home.

Please check with lender for up-to-date terms, conditions and eligibility requirements. Information on this page is subject to change. Ryan Gath Electric is not responsible for the terms and conditions of third party lenders, or the accuracy of this page.

By Ryan Gath Electric

10 Things to Consider Before Home Rewiring

10 Things to Consider Before Home Rewiring

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New houses are generally outfitted to accommodate the use of all our modern technologies, appliances and conveniences and as such don’t need a home rewiring. Many homes have large tech-savvy televisions, microwave ovens, computers and devices throughout. Today’s electrical construction accounts for them. But many older structures were built with the electrical needs of those times in mind and that may put you on the outside looking in when it comes to enjoying technology. Older construction may also be below current safety codes and you can’t put a price on peace of mind when it comes to the safety of your family. If you’re considering bringing your electricity up to speed, here are 10 things to consider.

1. Do You Need New Wiring?

Older homes often have outdated electrical wiring in terms of safety and the ability to adequately provide the necessary current of modern electronics. Some simply are not in compliance with basic electrical codes either. Here is a short list of things that would lend strong consideration to a complete electrical overhaul:

  • Knob and Tube: This type of wiring can be found in homes built before 1940. If untouched, these systems may be running okay in small residential homes. However, you run a greater risk of fire by keeping K&T because the systems may not be grounded and are designed to let heat resonate outward toward potentially combustible materials.
  • Aluminum Wiring: About two million U.S. homes have aluminum electrical wiring and many experts view this as a significant hazard. Aluminum wiring requires a specialized level of safety installation at each outlet, switch and junction box. Without this, or if it has been damaged or tampered with over the years, aluminum wiring could just be a fire waiting to happen. Get rid of it.
  • Scorch Marks: Outlets and light switches should remain cool. If you see charred areas or if they feel hot, you have a serious electrical problem. It may be limited to a particular switch or the entire system may be faulty. Either way, get it looked at by a licensed professional ASAP.
  • Circuit Breakers: When circuit breakers become overloaded, they shut off as a safety mechanism. If yours are tripping regularly, there is an issue that needs to be addressed by an electrician.
  • Other Warning Signs: If you find that your lights dim, electrical connections are loose, or you see frayed wires, sparks, or have been shocked, these are all signs that you have a problem. Have your system looked at by a licensed electrician. 

2. Reasons To Want a Home Rewiring

Electrical systems installed in homes that were built during the 1980s or earlier have difficulty keeping up with the demands our modern electronics place on them. Some still have 60 amp limits in contrast to 100-200 amps of new homes. Think about the technological progress for a minute. In the ’80s, homes had smaller televisions, limited video games, virtually no computers, few devices to recharge and only 25 percent of homes had a microwave oven. And, we’re not even thinking about the future of the electric car. You probably find yourself using surge protectors with multiple plugs-ins when you really need more outlets in your home. The bottom line is that enjoying modern conveniences means more convenient electricity stations.

3. How To Choose An Electrician

It’s a very bad idea to try to rewire your own home. Unless you happen to be an electrician, you may put you and your family in harm’s way. If something goes wrong or there’s a fire, your insurance may not cover the loss. Hire a professional. Selecting the right electrician for you is a bit of a process. It’s important that homeowners treat this as a business deal and not a personal arrangement. It’s advisable to take the follow steps and do your due diligence:

  • Create a detailed scope of work document
  • Field multiple, free, no obligation quotes
  • Check with your State to ensure the electrician is licensed
  • Read their business reviews online
  • Check Better Business Bureau ratings
  • Check into litigation history. Have they been sued or filed bankruptcy?
  • Ask questions about start to finish time
  • Avoid the use of subcontractors.

Sign a contract that includes the cost, payment installments, scope of work in detail, labor hours, job time frame, and a method to agree upon potential overages

4. Should I Get An Electrical Permit?

The simple answer is: Yes. It’s in your best interest to have the electrician pull a permit under his or her license. Most states require permits to alter or install new wiring although a drawn electrical plan may not be required on an existing residential home. For you, as a homeowner, a permit means that your home will be inspected and that ensures electrical codes are met and the property is safe for you and your family to occupy.

5. Should Electrical Contractor Be Bonded?

Again, the simple answer is: Yes. A contract or construction bond as they are referred to ensures that everything in your contract is fulfilled by the electrical contractor. For the purposes of having your home rewired, there are two types that are of particular importance to you.

  • Payment Bond: If your contractor does subcontract work to others and does not pay them properly or goes bankrupt, these unpaid or underpaid parties could put a lien on your property. With a bond in place, industry people can recoup losses without dragging you into a legal quagmire.
  • Performance Bond: These are generally tied to the agreement you reach and protect you from shoddy work, failure to meet job specifications, and provide money to complete the project if the contractor doesn’t. Basically, a performance bond is your contingency plan.

6. What Will It Cost?

Rewiring an average home can entail about 40 hours of work and electricians generally charge between $40 and $100 per hour, depending on their certification and experience. Standard materials that meet current codes average approximately $1,500, although costs vary from region to region. Expect the average-sized home to cost somewhere between $4,000 and $5,500 for basic work only. Items that can increase this cost include fixtures, luxury items, difficulty of installation and an additional big ticket item can be the need to upgrade to a 100-200 amp electrical panel. It’s a good idea to have the contractor provide line item costs in your agreement. Also, budget for potential cost overruns. Once walls are opened up, you never know what problems you’ll find.

7. How Invasive Is Home Rewiring?

The simple answer is: Very. Keep in mind that most wires are not easily accessible. They are inside the walls or under floors. There will likely be areas where the electrician will need to do demolition and these will require repair, plastering and paint later. The good news is that because you have a detailed contract that identifies the work areas, you’ll have a good idea what to expect during the process.

8. How Long Will You Be Without Power?

Once you start the project, it’s likely that you will be without power for a period of time. Generally, rewiring a home takes anywhere from 3 to 10 days. More complicated jobs can take longer. It’s important that you outline the start and finish times in your signed agreement. Plenty of contractors are juggling multiple jobs at the same time. A driving factor for some contractors is where the next pay installment is coming. The may shift their resources for financial reasons and balance getting a next check with your patience.

9. How To Manage Life Under Construction?

It’s a good idea to not be around while workers are dismantling your home. Seeing holes being knocked into walls can be very stressful, even though it will all be put back together in the end. Beyond that, there will likely be time without or with limited power. Hot water may not be available, stoves may not work among other inconveniences. Here are a few tips on managing the process.

  • Unplug all electronics before work begins
  • Have construction end at a certain time daily and retake your home after that
  • Have a gym or YMCA membership in place in order to shower
  • Wash all your laundry before the start date
  • Stay at a hotel for a few key days and make a mini vacation out of it
  • Be sure you emptied all the frozen and perishable goods from refrigerators
  • Prepare for well pumps to lose prime
  • Plan to grill meals outdoors or get lots of take-out

10. What are the benefits?

By rewiring your home, several personal and financial goals can be achieved that may include:

  • Ability to upgrade electronics and appliances
  • Convenience and efficiency
  • Lower insurance rates
  • Increased property value
  • Tax deductions
  • Safety and peace of mind

To say that electrical wiring ages like fine wine wouldn’t be correct, unless you mean it turns into vinegar. Time, changing needs and technological advancements will mean updating a home’s electricity at some point. Maybe electrical wiring is more like a trendy craft beer. It’s great for a while, until something better comes along or it just gets old. That’s when you need home rewiring.

Please check with lender for up-to-date terms, conditions and eligibility requirements. Information on this page is subject to change. Ryan Gath Electric is not responsible for the terms and conditions of third party lenders, or the accuracy of this page.

By Ryan Gath Electric

Dangers of Space Heaters: How to stay Safe and Warm in Danvers

Dangers of Space Heaters: How to stay Safe and Warm in Danvers

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As the months grow colder and the days grow shorter, we’re going to be needing a way to keep ourselves warm. Space heaters have enjoyed a boom in popularity in recent years and it’s not hard to see why. They’re small, easily moveable, fairly cheap to operate, and do a good enough job of spot-heating a given room. That said, space heaters can prove extremely dangerous if you’re not careful with their implementation. Here’s how to stay warm and safe with space heaters in your Danvers home. 

Limit Usage 

While this may seem counterintuitive to keeping your space as warm as possible, overuse of heaters can prove disastrous. When left on and unattended for long periods, space heaters are more likely to start a fire than any other home appliance. The heat generated by the device can warm up surrounding items to the point of combustion. By limiting usage, you can keep eyes on the device at all times when operating and ensure that nothing goes awry.

Plug the Heater into the Wall On its Own

A space heater should only ever be plugged into a wall outlet that isn’t shared by another device. The reason being that these devices take up a lot of power, and should not be encumbered by other devices or plugged into extension cords or the like. Always plug space heaters into the wall of your Danvers home, or face an electrical nightmare. 

Regularly Check the Heater and Wire for Heat

Obviously, there should be some heat coming from the heater when plugged in and on. But you should be checking exactly how hot it is every so often. This is especially true of the plug and the outlet. If either of these is hot in the slightest, discontinue use of the heater immediately. These are surefire signs of an impending electrical fire.

Store Space Heaters Responsibly

Once you’ve determined which room you want to place your heater in, you need to make sure that you put it in a safe, but effective location. Placing the heater on a self, cupboard, near a water source, or near heavily-trafficked areas of the room. Heaters represent a sizable fire hazard when they are in contact with flammable surfaces like wood countertops and curtains, and it goes without saying that water and electrical appliances never mix. 

Please check with lender for up-to-date terms, conditions and eligibility requirements. Information on this page is subject to change. Ryan Gath Electric is not responsible for the terms and conditions of third party lenders, or the accuracy of this page. Chelmsford ductless heating 

By Ryan Gath Electric

Tips to Keep Your Electrical System Working Safely Year Round

Tips to Keep Your Electrical System Working Safely Year Round

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Your home’s electrical system is one of the most used ones in your home. Because it’s so important, don’t you want to make sure that things are running smoothly? If you need electrical work done, it’s best to leave it to the professionals at Ryan Gath Electric. Your electrical system is complex, and should only be touched by a licensed electrician. However, there are a few things that you can do on your own to keep things working properly and safely. Here are some safety tips for your home – both indoors and out:

Electrical Safety Indoors

  • Unplug chargers. Did you know that your battery chargers continue to pull a trickle of electricity through the wires even if you’re not actively charging your electronics? Unplugging them from the wall completely offers one less opportunity for a fire to start–plus saves money on your next energy bill!
  • Make space for electrical features. Ensure that your electrical outlets are clear of furniture or clothing that could potentially cause a spark or burn if they got hot enough.
  • Get the right bulbs. Lighting fixtures are rated for specific bulb wattages, and exceeding that wattage requirement can cause an overload on your wiring, just as one with inadequate power can cause damage. 
  • Replace damaged cords. Damaged cords are prone to cause shock, short circuits or even fire. If you see any wear and tear or fraying, choose to replace over making any home repairs. 
  • Use a GCFI. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (or GCFIs) are commonly used in outlets, and can immediately shut off electric power to reduce the risk of electric shock or fires. 
  • Test smoke and CO detectors. An easy way to remember when you need to test your carbon dioxide and smoke detectors is that they should be tested and batteries replaced with each change of the seasons!

Electrical Safety Outdoors

Summer isn’t over yet! There’s still plenty of time left to spend outdoors. Here in New England, we love  fall just as much as summer. It’s not too hot and not yet to cold. No matter which one you prefer, there are still electrical safety features to consider outside of your home, as well as inside. Whether you are gardening, mowing the lawn, or lounging out by the pool, you need to be careful when using electricity. Here are a few ways that you can help stay safe while enjoying your time outdoors! 

  • Keep cords, wires, and electrical equipment dry. Pools, hoses, sprinkler systems – even rainy days can damage your outdoor electrical components if they aren’t properly maintained or protected. They should all be kept separate and stored safely when not in use.  
  • Check for damages. This is especially important for power tools and electric lawnmowers, as frayed wires, loose connections, and other areas of wear and tear can be a safety hazard. Hold off on using these tools until you have them repaired. Any broken or cracked tools or appliances can be dangerous. If they are beyond repair, have them replaced as soon as possible.
  • Be careful digging. If you’re planning to dig around your home, you should leave it to the professionals. Some areas have underground cables, and most of your plumbing is located underground as well.
  • Always unplug outdoor tools and appliances when they’re not in use. Make sure to store them properly and safely afterwards. 
  • Landscape lighting. It not only helps to light the way for you, it increases home security. It also adds curb appeal! Ryan Gath Electric can set up your landscape lighting to not only keep you safe, but to add value to your home.
  • Falling trees. Heavy winds and rain can knock down branches, causing them to take out nearby power lines. If this happens, stay as far away as possible. Downed power lines can still be live, and there’s no way to tell just by looking at it. Call emergency services as soon as you notice a downed line.
  • Power line safety. If you’re doing work to your home, it’s important to keep your distance from power lines above. Whether you’re trimming a tree, using a ladder, or working on your roof, stay at least 10 feet away.

We want to make sure you’re electrical system and appliances are working safe year round! If you have questions, or to book a service, call Ryan Gath Electric today. 

By Ryan Gath Electric

The Importance of Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

The Importance of Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

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Safety is a big priority, which means every home needs a functioning smoke and CO detector. Maintaining your home can be overwhelming to the point that it’s easy to forget about your detectors in the first place, but like any appliance, they too need routine maintenance. House fires can be devastating, causing a great deal of property damage and putting you and your household at risk. Some easy maintenance ensures your smoke and CO detectors do their job and keep you safe.

How to Keep Your Detectors Working

  • Replace batteries annually. Instead of waiting for that annoying chirp, it’s best to keep track of when you replaced the batteries, and act accordingly. Pick a date once a year to go throughout your home and replace the batteries for each detector. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
  • Test your detectors. The best way to ensure that yours work like they should is by routinely testing them. CO detectors, which test for carbon monoxide, should be tested weekly, especially since the gas is odorless, colorless, and can be fatal to breathe in. Smoke detectors can be tested once a month. Both have a test button used for basic testing to ensure they’re responsive.
  • Make sure your detectors are in the right location. Something you may not have considered is where your detectors are located. A detector should be in each bedroom, enclosed area, and separate floor, but they also only function properly in certain conditions. Make sure to keep all smoke detectors at least 10 feet from any cooking appliances, as that can cause false alarms. Placing a smoke detector near any windows, doors, or ducts can decrease how effective they are. CO detectors are even touchier than smoke detectors, and should be kept away from any heat source, dust, humidity, and extreme cold or hot temperatures.
  • Keep your detectors clean of debris. Dirty detectors can cause false alarms, which is why it’s important to clean the inside and outside of each one when you change the batteries. You can clean the inside of the detector of dust and debris by using either an air compressor or vacuum hose. The outside of the detector can be cleaned with a damp cloth. A clean detector guarantees it will only go off when it’s supposed to, and spares you the trouble of stressful false alarms.
  • Look into false alarms. A false alarm can be caused by a variety of reasons. If it starts to go off constantly, don’t just replace it, it’s time to investigate. A system that frequently goes off could simply be a matter of a bad location, such as being too close to the kitchen or bathroom. The batteries inside may have become loose or are in need of replacement. The detector could also just be a little dusty. If however, none of these solutions solves the constant chirping, it’s time to replace your detector.

Some Important Features to Consider

All homes should have detectors, both for safety and insurance. The technology for smoke and CO detectors has improved, which means it’s more than a matter of having detectors in your home, but deciding which ones will help you best. The most common smoke detector, the ionization smoke detector, is best at detecting fast flaming fires, but they’re bad at noticing slow, smoldering fires, often mistaking burnt food or steam for a fire. Photoelectric smoke systems work the exact opposite, best detecting slow smoldering fires, but much less responsive to fast flaming fires. Luckily there are dual-sensor smoke detectors, which work to sense but fast and slow fires. Besides choosing the type, there are a few additional features to consider.

  • Interconnecting detectors. Some detectors are built to interconnect without wires, and it’s a good feature to have. A home with detectors that can interconnect with each other means that if one goes off, the rest will go off, ensuring you don’t miss the alarm.
  • Digital carbon monoxide display. A digital display adds another layer of security, as it enables you to closely monitor the amount of carbon monoxide in your home. A CO detector goes off when the carbon monoxide in the room is at 70 parts per million (ppm), but 30 ppm is enough to harm people with heart conditions, pregnant women, and children.

How Ryan Gath Electric Can Help

The law requires that every home in the state contains a photoelectric smoke detector, no matter when the home was constructed. This means you need a smoke detector on every floor and within 20 feet of a kitchen or bathroom. You also must have a smoke detector right by every room in which someone sleeps. In short, any room in the house can benefit from smoke detector installation. Why put your family’s health at risk?

Schedule smoke detector replacement as soon as it is necessary or schedule smoke detector installation for new construction or if your home is not yet up to code. We’re ready to help you today! 

By Ryan Gath Electric

Lifesaving Advantages of Hardwired Smoke Detectors

Lifesaving Advantages of Hardwired Smoke Detectors

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Every homeowner knows that smoke detectors are an important part of any safe home. They save plenty of lives every year by warning people of fire. Assuming you treat yours well, it can last around a decade before needing replacement. When you replace them, consider swapping them out for hardwired smoke detectors. These smoke detectors are directly connected to your home’s electrical grid. This minor design change provides major benefits for homeowners like you.

Here are just a few reasons you should switch to hardwired smoke detectors:


Secondary power source

One of the best advantages of a hardwired smoke detector is that they have two sources of power. As well as running on batteries, they constantly have a connection to your home’s power. Regular models only have battery power and you have to hope they’ll have juice for when disaster strikes. Hardwired models, with their nearly-constant source of power, will be ready for almost any fire. If a fire starts when the power is out, the battery backup is available to protect you.


High-quality heat detection

You might know how smoke detectors work by detecting smoke. However, some of the new hardwired smoke detectors also come with heat detectors. The combination of these two detectors makes your smoke detectors more accurate so they won’t go off because you burnt dinner. By improving their accuracy, you’ll be more certain a blaring smoke detector is warning of actual danger.



If you get multiple hardwired smoke detectors for your home, they can work together to protect you. Usually, smoke detectors are individual electronics that aren’t aware of what’s happening with other detectors. However, a single hardwired model can activate every alarm in a building if it detects a fire. This is especially useful in larger buildings to warn everyone before a fire gets out of hand.


What makes Ryan Gath my best choice for protecting my home?

If you need a smoke detector installation in your home, count on the help of the experts at Ryan Gath Electric. Whether you need a smoke detector installation for new construction, smoke detector replacement, or new installation for an existing home that is not yet to code, our experts can help. We’ll make sure that the smoke detector operates properly so that you can feel good about this aspect of your home safety. Call Ryan Gath today to learn more about our smoke detection services!

By Ryan Gath Electric