Fire alarm systems have several applications and functions to perform in a property. Hence they have become a crucial necessity for every household and also commercial establishment. Insurance companies have mandated the installation of fire alarms in order to ensure that your property carries minimum risks.
Knowing about the different fire alarm systems will let you land on the right choice that will meet your needs at the best prices.
Why choose the right type
Considering the wide variety of scenarios that fire alarms have to address, they come in several types. For example, considering the application and building type, you can think of three kinds of fire alarms namely conventional fire alarm systems, analogue addressable fire alarm systems, and wireless radio fire alarm systems. You must consider your specific situation and needs to finalize which type of fire alarm you will install.
Conventional fire alarm applications
Conventional fire alarm systems feature a simple zone feedback. His will mean that during installation, you will need two separate sounder circuit or master alarm circuit and independent wiring for each detection zone that must be covered. Given this scenario, the wiring and installation expenses you will incur in the process will rule out their use in areas larger than 1000 to 2000 square feet. These systems are suitable for single frontage shop or single room village type hall.
Analogue addressable applications
The prices of analogue addressable fire alarms have significantly come down over the recent years. In addition, they have become highly flexible and intelligent. They are also very easy to install and will suit most standard kinds of fire alarm installation scenarios.
The analogue addressable fire alarm system is characterized by its address. In this system, several devices can be installed on a single lop. This will make the wiring in the circuit very easy to accomplish. Since these devices very well know where the devices are, the intelligence of the system can benefit highly complex and flexible installation requirements. This kind of fire alarm will be suitable for deployment in most types of buildings.
An analogue addressable fire alarm system can include up to 254 devices including sensors, sunders, beacons and others for every loop. They can contain over 200 networkable nodes and about a total number of 200,000 devices on the network.
This fact makes the analogue addressable systems to suit the largest number of applications and they can address a wide range of problems and application requirements.
Wireless radio applications
Wireless radio fire alarms and detectors are the perfect choices where there is a limited access to wiring and installation. This can also suit places where wiring can be expensive. For instance, in historic buildings, these kinds of systems are deployed. Though the most expensive, these systems are highly suitable for challenging installation scenarios. Over and above, they can also save on the installation costs and remedial work.