Experts Corner

Smoke Detectors vs. Duct Detectors

Todd Swymeler

Duct detectors have been around for my entire 22-year career.  These devices are expensive to install, test, maintain, and replace. The payoff for these devices does not seem to warrant their cost, in my opinion. Many times, depending on the jurisdiction, adopted codes and AHJ, smoke detectors are not required throughout every premise. Often, the difference in requirement is based on classified building type and occupancy load. To all life... Read more

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