Usually when a smoke detector is chirping intermittently, it's time to replace the battery. If replacing the battery in your smoke detector does not eliminate the chirping, contact us.
You should change the battery in your detectors once a year. It is also recommended to clean your detectors at the same time. Contact the Smoke Detector Man and he can change your batteries, test and clean your detectors.
Most manufacturers recommend weekly testing. But most people are busy so monthly testing is also acceptable. Using the test button is the most accurate way to test it. Do not use a match or smoke since this not very safe and may affect the smoke detector's sensitivity.
Most manufacturers, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) suggest replacing detectors every ten years. The reason for this is the sensor degrades at a rate of about 3% a year, so after 10 years there would be a potential of a 30% failure rate.
Although building codes vary from city to city, most manufactures and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggest placing one in each bedroom. There should be one in the hallway between the kitchen and sleeping areas. If the hallway is forty feet or longer, there should be one on each end. If you aren't sure, The Smoke Detector Man can recommend the best locations for your detectors.
There are two type of smoke detectors: Ionization and Photo-electric: