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LSUFanHouston
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Smoke alarm replacement, possibly tied to house alarms
I'm ready to replace all the smoke detectors in the house. My guess is most if not all of them are 10 plus years old. Several don't match. There is a total of 5... 2 downstairs and 3 upstairs. Currently they are inter-connected and hard-wired.

I'm interested in getting new hard-wired ones that are inter-connected, as well as have the 10 year internal battery that doesn't need to be replaced.

I also have a house alarm system that is not currently monitored, has two broken sensors, and appears to be pretty old. I'd like to get this fixed/upgraded as well.

I'm looking for suggestions / options.

1) What are recommendations for replacement set of smoke detectors?

2) Should I get a set of smoke detectors that ties into the home alarm system?

3) What are recommendations for getting an upgraded house alarm system / monitoring?



Weekend Warrior79
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re: Smoke alarm replacement, possibly tied to house alarms
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1) What are recommendations for replacement set of smoke detectors?

Kidde seems to be the most recommended smoke detector. Should be pretty easy to replace the hard wired ones; especially if they have a universal plug

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2) Should I get a set of smoke detectors that ties into the home alarm system?

Yes. The standalone ones will only alert you if you are home; the ones tied to your alarm system help when home, but also alert you and fire dept if a fire happens when you are away. I have the kidde ones in all of my bedrooms and the 2 alarm ones in the hall and main living area

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3) What are recommendations for getting an upgraded house alarm system / monitoring?

Check the tech board, there are several threads about this. I liked ADT when I had them, but feel I get the same service from SimpliSafe for less than 1/2 the price. You have to install the SimpliSafe ones yourself. Other people will recommend Nest or Adobe, but I have no information on them (tech board does)


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keakar
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re: Smoke alarm replacement, possibly tied to house alarms
think about it, do you really want to be required to notify fire and rescue every time you burn a burger or steak?


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Bawcephus
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re: Smoke alarm replacement, possibly tied to house alarms
I have a Ring system with a handful of First Alert Smoke/CO paired to it. Works great. And yes I've burned food, had detector go off and the Ring people were calling in less than 10 secs. A quick "no fire, thanks for calling" was all it took to cancel.


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