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Old 03-05-2013, 08:41 AM   #1
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Smoke Detectors BRK or Firex?

I am going to replace all of my hardwired BRK smoke detectors. They are getting close to the end of life (now 8 years old) and I will be using 2 photo/CO combos and the rest will be regular photoelectrics (total of 6 detectors). I am thinking of going with Firex/Kidde as opposed to BRK/First Alert this time because I have not been entirely happy with the BRK's. We had quite a few false trips over the years for no apparent reason, usually in the middle of the night. I always keep the detectors clean and the backup batteries changed on schedule. I can get a good price on the new First Alert's for about half the money as the Kidde but I don't mind spending the extra for more reliability. What brand is better in your opinion?


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Old 03-05-2013, 11:50 AM   #2
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I'm putting wired smoke/CO detectors in our home to replace the currently plug in and battery operated ones, and the research that I've done says people don't like the combo devices. This is based soley by what people say online, so take that with a grain of salt. I went from doing all combos to just smokes with 3 extra CO. I paid about $30 for the smokes and $35 for the carbon, and you can interconnect smoke and carbon as long as they're all Kidde (according to Kidde support). So I just went with Kidde by default, and we'll see.


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Just for reference, I put 8 first alert alarms in my house (2 hardwired, 6 batt op; 2 co/smoke combos; all onelink) 16 months ago and haven't had any false trips.
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I'm doing a 2-story addition...I just energized my detectors.....all Kidds.....the CO's are combination units...the rest are just smokes (both Ion and Photo)....

So far, so good....these are the interconnected types (3 wire) if the alarm goes off in one area, the other areas here it.....pretty important with a 2-story house....

I also like that it uses voice to let you know the battery is low....
Even if you are on the right track, you will still get run over if you just sit there.

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