Sprinkler systems are a great way to ensure that your property is always protected from fires and other disasters. However, it can be difficult to know where to start when you’re shopping for one. This guide will help explain the basics of sprinklers so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not a system is right for your home.
Sprinkler Systems 101
Sprinklers are an essential line of defense against fires and other disasters. They’re installed in the ceilings or walls to cover a designated area with water when necessary. There are two types of sprinklers that you’ll need to know about, which are explained below.
Heads and Zones:
Heads are sprinklers that release water in a specific area. They come with an adjustable arc to cover different areas and can be adjusted from several inches in diameter up to the size of four sprinkler heads combined. Zones, on the other hand, are sprinklers that provide protection for an entire room or building.
How Sprinkler Systems Work:
The sprinkler system works by sensing heat through smoke detectors and/or motion sensors before releasing water onto whatever is generating heat – like your stovetop or fireplace, for example. When it detects something hot enough within its range (typically 300°F) it will activate one head at first, followed by two more as needed until everything has cooled back down again.