Smoke Detector Services in Waxahachie, Texas 

Cool Hand Electric provides expert carbon monoxide and smoke detector services in Waxahachie, Texas, and surrounding areas. Every home should be equipped with devices that provide an early warning that allows residents to get to safety before they are overcome by smoke or carbon monoxide.

Our professionals can recommend the correct type and number of smoke or carbon monoxide detectors for each home and ensure they are correctly installed. Technicians can maintain both types of sensors and provide replacements when necessary.

The Importance of Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors 

Home fires are responsible for more than 3,000 injuries per year and many more deaths. Smoke detectors can save lives by sensing smoke when fires are in their earliest stages. Smoke detectors have been around for decades, and studies show that, when kept in good working order, the sensors reduce the chances of dying in a fire by 50%. Today, nearly all local and state regulations require that homes include at least one smoke detector. In some cases, they must have several. Fire safety professionals recommend replacing devices every ten years.

Homes can include either battery-operated or hardwired detectors. Homeowners can install battery-operated brands, but electricians should install those that are hardwired. Our team has experience with all types of smoke sensors.  Carbon monoxide detectors are newer safety devices that also save many lives. American Medical Association reports show that carbon monoxide poisoning kills more than 2,000 Americans annually. There are many sources in a home that can emit carbon monoxide. The gas is colorless and odorless, making it extremely deadly. Our electricians teach customers about carbon monoxide sources and how to recognize signs of potential exposure.

We can provide and install the correct carbon monoxide device for every home. Technicians ensure that each one is correctly placed and homeowners understand their use.

There are Various Types of Smoke Sensors 

Per Forbes, homeowners should consider installing a hardwired smoke detector if possible. They are safer, more efficient, and more code-compliant than battery-powered types. Our electricians can assess your home’s requirements and recommend the best option. Two primary types that can sense smoke are UL certified-ionization and photoelectric detectors. We can provide ionization sensors that sound an alarm when smoke gets into the unit and interrupts an electrical current running between electrodes. Although they are effective, steam can set them off, which means our technicians may not recommend placing them near kitchens or bathrooms.

Professionals can also offer a photoelectric sensor that sounds an alarm when smoke reduces light to its internal photocell. The devices respond more quickly to smoldering fires than ionization detectors can. Electricians will discuss the pros and cons of all options, including hardwired models. Since correct placement is a crucial part of our expert smoke detector services, our electricians will ensure your sensors are placed to keep you safe. According to Home Inspection Insider, a professional should also ensure that your current hardwired smoke sensor is up to code and determine whether it needs replacing.

Carbon Monoxide Detector Installation 

Carbon monoxide is much more difficult to detect than smoke and may have various sources in the home. Gas stoves, clothes dryers, water heaters, and fireplaces are common culprits. The Cool Hand Electric team can provide and install devices that help protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning and alert you to smoke and fires.

Our team can identify possible carbon monoxide sources and list steps you could take to reduce the chances of carbon monoxide poisoning. Technicians can also explain how to recognize symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, which can include:

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath

Carbon monoxide detectors should be placed correctly for maximum protection, like smoke sensors. Our technicians will ensure yours are installed between knee and chest height. Knee level is approximately your face level as you sleep, but professionals may raise devices to chest level if pets or children tamper with them.

If you choose a combination smoke and carbon monoxide detector, technicians will install it on the ceiling so it senses smoke at the earliest possible moment. Devices are never installed behind curtains, which reduces their effectiveness.

Ongoing Maintenance 

Our professionals can inspect your protective devices periodically to ensure they are working and replace batteries or devices as necessary. They will explain how to test your smoke sensor and how often. In most cases, testing is just a matter of pushing a button, although you can also hold a lit candle or match close by and ensure the alarm sounds.

Cool Hand Electric is a family-owned, full-service electrical business that has served Waxahachie, Texas and surrounding areas for six years. Our friendly, experienced, and trained staff can help with all your electrical needs.