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The Life of Span Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors

Smoke-DetectorsWhen it comes to the safety of your family and your treasured assets, you should handle the details with a great deal of care. Something as simple as ensuring your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly can be a life saving decision.  It is suggested that batteries in these devises are changed twice a year, when the time changes, but Piper Electric Co., Inc. has a better suggestion – know the age of both your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home and choose lithium batteries for each of these devises.

Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors have a finite life.  Over many years both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors lose sensitivity, therefore losing effectiveness.  Each device in your house should be purchased new roughly every seven to ten years.

When you replace your hardware consider using only lithium batteries in them.  Many of us have heard the constant chirp of a slowly, going dead smoke alarm battery, but if you use lithium batteries, the battery should last as long as the device itself –ultimately serving as a reminder to change out the device.

Another benefit to using lithium batteries is that they are recyclable versus winding up in a landfill like traditional alkaline batteries.  Over the span of a lithium battery’s life, you may have purchased upwards of 15 to 20 alkaline batteries, thus producing more landfill waste.

Peace of mind in knowing your home and assets are safe with current equipment, and less time purchasing and changing batteries make changing out your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors a great choice.  The right Colorado electrical contractor will be able to help you install upgraded protection devices inside of your house and place of business.  Contact Piper Electric Co., Inc. today to learn about ways you can make your home safer.