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Smart Smoke Detector

Cove Smoke Detectors are built to catch fires while they are in their infancy. We immediately notify you and the fire department when a fire breaks out to make sure you, your loved ones, and your memories are safe.

This sample floor plan has two fire alarms. One of them is in the hallway near the bedrooms while the other fire alarm is in the family room. Just like regular smoke alarms, the more sensors you have in the home the higher the level of safety. Try not to place fire alarms directly over stoves or cooking areas, which can cause the sensor to create false alarms thereby reducing the safety provided by the sensor.


Smoke Detector Features and Safety Benefits

  • Extremely simple to install
  • 5+ year battery life
  • Built-in safety features that are smart, such as self-testing every 60 minutes
  • Customizable options & alerts that fit your lifestyle
  • Compatible with any home
  • Lifetime warranty available

Each fire alarm is pre-programmed with your Cove Touch panel. You can customize each sensor name to match its location within your home. With a couple of touches of the screen, you can confirm that each fire sensor is setup and ready to start protecting the ones you love.

At Cove, we believe your safety and peace of mind are priceless, and traditional fire alarms of the past have sometimes only served as noisemakers. This means when you’re not home, the traditional fire alarm does nothing for the safety of your home or to protect your priceless keepsakes. With Cove, our fire alarms are monitored 24/7 to make sure you and your local authorities are notified of any potential fires, putting your home and family’s safety first. Like all of our life safety products, we hope you never need to utilize our fire alarm, but if you ever do we will be there for you.

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Smoke Detector installation

Step-by-step guide

If you are adding new fire alarm equipment to your system after initial setup, make sure you have already added this Smoke/Freeze/Heat Detector to your alarm system before installation.

Installation Locations:

Ceiling Mount - Place the fire alarm no closer than 4 inches to any wall. (measured from the closest outside edge of the detector). The green area below indicates the proper placement.

smoke detector install diagram ceiling

Wall Mount - Place the fire alarm no more than 12 inches from the ceiling but no closer than 4 inches. (measured from the closest outside edge of the detector). The green area below indicates the proper placement for optimal performance and safety benefits.

smoke detector install diagram wall

Best Practices

Fire alarms are best located near bedroom areas. For best functionality and safety performance of your fire alarms, only mount them in climate controlled areas.

Smoke/Heat/Freeze Detector Installation

  1. Remove the adhesive backing, press firmly, and hold in place for 30 seconds.

  2. Consult the device manufacturer guide included in your packaging for detailed installation, testing, and maintenance instructions.

Things to avoid

Do not install Smoke/Heat/Freeze Detectors in the following areas:

  1. Within 5 feet of any cooking appliance.

  2. Next to a door or window that would be affected by drafts.

  3. In or below a cupboard.

  4. Outside the home.

  5. Where air flow would be obstructed by curtains, partitions, or furniture.

  6. Where dirt or dust could collect and block the detector, prohibiting its safety features and alarm sensor benefits.

  7. Where it could be knocked, damaged, or inadvertently removed.

  8. Be sure to not place them more than 2” apart and align the two semi-circles from the contact detector and magnet with one another.

The sound of a smoke alarm is enough to stop anyone dead in their tracks. Between the cost of potential damage to your home, the price of the belongings that are destroyed, and the emotional toll that comes from losing so many sentimental valuables, the irrecoverable damage caused by a fire is astronomical. Experiencing a house fire is a homeowner's worst nightmare. Having the best fire alarm to keep you and your family safe has never been easier now that technology has allowed us to create a smart home.

As a renter or homeowner, you want to be notified immediately of fire danger in your home without receiving too many false alarms along the way. And while traditional smoke detectors have had a place in houses around the world for decades, wouldn't you want something even better if it were available? Well, there is something better, and we want to make sure you know about it.

The smart smoke detector is the safest way to protect your home against the danger of a fire. Smart smoke detectors are an all-in-one device that can connect to your wi-fi network, sync with your smartphone, and even check for carbon monoxide levels. Smoke detection is an often overlooked area of home security, but it is just as important as security cameras and home safes. Thanks to smart smoke detectors, it has never been easier to keep your family, your home, and your belongings safe from the dangers of a fire.

Home security appliances—including smoke detectors—are getting smarter and more complex every day. If you haven’t heard about smart smoke detectors and the groundbreaking benefits that they have to offer, then this article is for you. If you have heard about smart smoke detectors and are eager to learn more about how they are a step above traditional smoke detectors, then this article is also for you.

If you look up the word “smart” in the dictionary, the primary definition you will find will use some of the following (or similar) words: intelligent, clever, sharp, bright. Our devices are smarter today than ever before. A smart smoke alarm is so much more than the run of the mill smoke alarm installed in your home. A smart smoke alarm can connect to your phone, they have faster reaction times, and they work both harder and smarter to keep you safe.

In order to better understand smart smoke detectors, it is beneficial to understand how they work. There are two different types of smoke detectors: ionization smoke alarms or photoelectric smoke sensor. These are the same basic technologies that power traditional smoke detectors, so you may already be familiar with how they work. Let’s take a look at each one to see how they help keep you safe.

Ionization Sensor Smoke Detectors

Ionization smoke detectors are the most common type of smoke detector. These detectors use diodes to pass an electrical current from one point to another. Smoke particles in the air interrupt that electrical current and subsequently trigger the detector’s alarm. This type of detector responds more promptly to fast-burning fires than photoelectric detectors respond. This style is effective at detecting smoke, but it can also be set off from steam or other contaminants like dust. The ionization detector can be wireless or a hardwired alarm and provide an effective way to protect any room.

Photoelectric Sensor Smoke Detectors

Photoelectric smoke detectors are less common than ionization detectors, but they are still frequently used in homes around the country. These detectors use light sensors rather than diodes to detect smoke particles. When smoke particles break the light beam that a light sensor is monitoring, the detector knows that it is time to sound the warning alarm.

The photoelectric smoke alarm is both a tested and proven device but everyone has experienced the nuisance alarm they create when the battery is low. When you install a smart smoke detector, you enable yourself to know when the battery should be changed and this smart battery system will ensure that you never have a detector that isn't functioning.

Smoke detectors can also be hardwired into your home’s power supply or can be battery-operated. There are pros and cons for each type of detector.

Hardwired Smoke Detectors

As mentioned above, hardwired smoke detectors are connected to your home’s power supply. This means that since each individual smoke detector is hooked up to the same power source, they can connect and all react at once in the case of an emergency. This can be a very desirable feature if there is a real fire or emergency because it means people in any area of your house can be immediately alerted to get it. But it can be a little obnoxious if every smoke detector triggers for a false alarm. Luckily, you can silence smart smoke detectors with your phone, minimizing the volume and duration of the hardwired smoke detectors’ alarm.

These detectors come with battery backups as a safeguard against the chance that your power were to ever go out. Fires can happen with or without electricity coursing through your house, and the battery backups will keep your hardwired smoke detectors functioning properly in any situation. It is crucial to remember to change the batteries so that your smoke detector can keep you safe in any situation, but smart smoke detectors can remind you to change their batteries.

Hardwired smoke detectors, since they connect to your main power supply, usually need to be installed by an electrician.

Battery-Powered Smoke Detectors

After looking at the name of this type of smoke detector, there is no question as to what they do or how they work. Battery-powered smoke detectors are powered by batteries alone and have no connection to your home’s power supply. This means that these devices cannot interconnect with each other and that you will need to regularly change the batteries for each one in order for it to work since batteries are the only source of power. It also means that you can install these detectors on your own without the assistance of an electrician.

Each type of smoke detector listed above—ionization, photoelectric, hardwired, and battery-operated—describes both traditional and smart smoke detectors. As far as functionality goes, smart smoke detectors are a lot like traditional smoke detectors. They just have some added technological advances. They still perform the fundamental tasks of monitoring the air for potentially dangerous smoke and sounding a warning alarm if they detect something out of the ordinary. The base function of a smart smoke detector is the same as that of a traditional smoke detector: to keep you, your family, and your belongings safe. So, if smart smoke detectors perform the same basic functions as a traditional smoke detector, what is all the fuss about? Why is it beneficial to invest in a smart smoke detector?

The best way to answer these questions is to step away from the similarities and take a look at the differences between traditional and smart smoke detectors—to look at the things that make smart smoke detectors stand out. Both types of detectors are similar in the basic technology that they use to detect fires, but the benefits and features that smart smoke detectors have to offer help keep you and your family more safe than ever before.

Cove provides a top of the line smart detector which goes beyond being just a smoke sensor. Our smart smoke alarm has a built in heat sensor that will help protect your home from threats a normal smoke alarm would not. The first alert is always the most important, so Cove has designed our detector to be both fast and capable when alerting you to potential fire threats or danger.

Smart smoke detectors offer a myriad of innovative features and helpful benefits that make them stand out as a superior option. Let’s take a look at what these features and benefits are.

Smartphone Sync

Smart smoke detectors can sync with your smartphone and send you alerts in real time. When you install your smart detectors, check the packaging and instructions for an app that you can download on your smartphone. This connection between alarm and phone means that you will know what is happening with each smoke detector inside of your home at all times.

Self Check

What comes to mind when you think of smoke detectors? Chances are that one of the first things that you think of is the annoying chirping that smoke detectors emit whenever it is time to replace the batteries. The worst part? Sometimes even though you can hear an alarm chirping, you still don’t know which alarm needs the new battery.

Traditional smoke detectors recommend users check the batteries every six months. Batteries lose power over time and collect dust that can interfere with the connection between battery and appliance. With a smart smoke detector, the job of manually checking batteries is supported by self checks. Smart smoke detectors check the status of your batteries hourly and automatically alert you when a battery is running low. They also text you or send you an alert to let you know which specific alarm needs new batteries so that you don’t have to check multiple devices, saving you time and sparing you frustration.

In addition to checking batteries every six months, fire safety experts also recommend replacing smoke detectors after ten years of use. The older a smoke detector is, the more likely it is that it will have a malfunctioning sensor. This recommended replacement is meant to keep you protected from harm or accident by taking a proactive step toward preventing problems. Smart smoke detectors allow you to see how your individual detectors are performing and can help remind you when it is time to update your smoke detection system.

Carbon Monoxide Detection

Smart smoke detectors frequently double as carbon monoxide detectors. This is a product Cove will have in the near future. This combination reduces the number of devices that you need to purchase for your home. Carbon monoxide detectors monitor the amount of carbon monoxide gas in the air. Carbon monoxide can be released into the air by a number of common appliances such as heating elements or ovens. Carbon monoxide is poisonous and can lead to respiratory damage, brain damage, and death.

It is virtually impossible to detect carbon monoxide without the help of technology, so it is essential to have multiple carbon monoxide detectors in your home. This makes smoke detectors the perfect companion appliance for carbon monoxide detectors: there should be multiple of each throughout the home, so it only makes sense to pair them together.

Automatic Emergency Contact

If you experience a fire in your home with traditional smoke detectors, the job of calling the fire department for help falls on your shoulders. Amidst making sure that your family and pets are safely out of the house, you have to frantically contact emergency officials to alert them of the fire inside of your home. Taking the time to pick up the phone and dial 911 wastes precious time that you don’t have in an emergency situation. Additionally, you might not even be home when a fire starts inside of your home. Without you there to call the local fire department, the fire could burn for hours before the neighbors notice and are able to call for help.

One of the most beneficial features of smart smoke detectors that make them well worth the investment is their ability to automatically contact emergency officials in the case of an emergency. When your smart smoke detector notices smoke in the air, it can send you a notification via InstaText asking if you would like to contact the fire department. With the push of a single button, the monitoring center will alert the necessary authorities of your emergency and dispatch them to your location. This prompt notification saves precious moments and eases your mental burden, leaving you to focus on what really matters most: your safety.

Alarm Silencer

The technology that powers smoke detectors isn’t perfect, so it can sometimes be easy to trigger a false alarm. Burned cookies in the oven or even a hot shower that produces a lot of steam can fool your smoke detector into thinking that there is a fire. Instead of having to frantically fan the air while hoping that the loud beeping will stop, smart smoke detectors allow you to silence unwanted alarms with the push of a button. Your smart smoke detector will notify you and in the event of a false alarm you can silence it instead of calling the fire department.

Heat Detection

Smoke and flames are not the only indicators of a house fire. Some fires burn low and slow and can live inside of the walls of a house for hours before anyone notices. The heat detection functionality of the newer smart smoke detector models is perfect for detecting these low-burning fires. When there is abnormal heat inside of your house, your smoke detector will notify you through the Cove Touch Panel alarm, a phone call, and InstaText. This will let you know that there is a potential problem and the monitoring center or you can call the fire department for assistance.

Reasonable Price

While smart smoke detectors cost more than traditional smoke detectors, smart detectors also offer lifesaving benefits. It is up to each person individually to decide if the added safety that smart smoke detectors provide is worth the extra price.

Convenience and Safety

The underlying theme that ties all of the features and benefits of smart smoke detectors together is the convenience and safety that they offer. Smart smoke detector apps cut down response time and proactively keep you updated on the status of your batteries. These systems also make it easier for you to get in contact with your local fire department if you need emergency help.

Smart smoke detectors should be placed in all the same spots that traditional smoke detectors go.The fire department recommends that smoke detectors be placed near the ceiling and requires that they be found in:

  • Every level of your house, including the basement
  • Each bedroom
  • Near the kitchen
  • Near the bathroom
  • Smoke detectors should also be located

    • Outside of each bedroom
  • Every 1200 square feet
  • Far enough away from vents and fans that the heat from these appliances won’t cause a false alarm
  • Far enough away from kitchens and bathrooms to reduce the potential for cooking smoke or bath steam to cause a false alarm
  • If you have any questions about where to place smoke detectors inside of your own home, contact your local fire prevention officers. They are trained to assist you with all things relating to fire safety and prevention.

    It is unfortunately common for smoke detectors to sound a false alarm when whatever is cooking on the stove gets too hot or when the oven opens with a plume of smoke. In the instance of a false alarm, everyone's heart rate returns to normal once the blaring alarm is quieted, and peoples’ attention returns to whatever they were working on before the interruption. But why do so many smoke detectors sound false alarms? False alarms have a number of potential causes. Here are a few common causes and a few ideas of what you can do to reduce the number of false alarms your smart smoke detectors issue.

    Potential causes for false alarms include:

    • Steam from hot showers or baths
  • Smoke from fires, but also smoke from cooking or baking
  • Dust that accumulates over time and disrupts the sensors
  • Excess heat from vents or water heaters
  • Bugs that disrupt the sensors
  • One of the easiest ways to reduce the number of false alarms issued by a smoke detector is to reposition it. While smoke detectors are required to fall within a certain distance from each room and from each other, a smoke detector that is placed too close to the stove will issue many false alarms. These false alarms are annoying and may lead to someone disconnecting the sensor to prevent the alarm from sounding so frequently. This is the absolute worst thing that someone can do to a smoke detector. If a smart smoke detector is disabled, there is no way for it to provide you with safety and peace of mind. If you do reposition one of your smoke detectors, make sure that its new location still meets the requirements that have been established to keep you and your family safe.

    Another easy way to reduce false alarms is to clean your smart smoke detector. Cleaning your smoke detectors regularly will also prevent false alarms in the long run. A can of compressed air can clean dust, dirt, and bugs that may have gotten lodged inside of your smoke detector. Blowing out all excess particles will provide a clean connection for the diodes to connect in your ionization sensor smoke detector and for the light sensors in your photoelectric sensor smoke detectors to perform their best.

    If repositioning and cleaning don’t minimize the number of false alarms your smart smoke detectors are having, check to see if the batteries is somehow dislodged. If you are tampering with your smart smoke detector in any way, it is important to remember to put it into test mode so that you don’t accidentally trigger a false alarm by interrupting the sensor. Remember to take your smart smoke detector out of test mode after you have finished. This will reactivate your alarm so that it can get back to what it is designed to do: protecting you and your family. You can also always contact your smoke detector’s customer care team to see if they can help you figure out the problem.

    With ongoing advancements in security technology, a smart device or smart alarm is the best way to protect your home. Now that you know about the benefits that smart smoke detectors have to offer, it is time to decide if you are ready to install these life-saving devices in your home. While they may cost more than traditional smoke detectors and while it will take time to install new detectors throughout your home, the peace of mind that they have to offer is priceless.