Whether you are upgrading your fire alarms in your building or installing new ones, it’s critical to know the different fire alarm system types available. Below are the different fire alarms available for your commercial building.
WHAT KINDS OF FIRE ALARMS ARE THERE?
There are three kinds of fire alarms: conventional alarms and addressable fire alarms. Let’s take a look at each one to decide which one you should install in your building.
CONVENTIONAL FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS
Conventional fire alarms and their components are all connected to the same cable. That cable connects these components to the main control panel. This control panel shows you an alarm when these components detect a fire.
A benefit of a conventional fire system is that it is relatively inexpensive to install, and they work perfectly in small buildings.
However, conventional fire alarms do have some drawbacks. When a fire alarm component goes off, you can’t tell on the control panel which part is sending that signal. If you see this potential situation as a problem, you may want to invest in an addressable fire system.
ADDRESSABLE FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS
The addressable fire alarm is a more modern system compared to the conventional alarm system. Its components have unique identifiers. When a component sends a signal, you can see on the control panel where the alarm is coming from.
If you have a large building, an addressable fire alarm is the only choice that makes sense, because these systems can pinpoint where the alarm signal originated. This feature saves precious time because you don’t have to search for that one component that sets off the alarm.
HYBRID FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS
Hybrid alarms take the hard-wired zone features on the conventional fire system with the individual pinpoint system seen in addressable fire alarm systems and combine them into one control panel. This unified technology manages to fit some situations better than the other two alarm systems.
Take a look at these three options and see which one is the best fit for your business space. When it’s time to upgrade or switch out your fire alarm system, be sure to make the right choice for your situation, budget, and business.