I’ve been wanting to replace our smoke detectors since the day that we moved in. They were super gross and you’ll see why it has been bothering me so much as you look at all of the pictures…
Anyway, the only reason that I put it off at all is because I thought that it was going to cost a small fortune to replace them. We have the kind that are hard-wired into the house so I assumed that it was going to cost a couple hundred dollars to replace all eight of them and buy new back-up batteries. Well, in doing a little research and shopping around, I found that I was able to order them in bulk here, and it was less than $85 to replace them all…Score! Plus they came with back-up batteries so I didn’t have to worry about that extra expense either. You can also find the battery back-up kind, in bulk, here for cheap.
The new unit that came with a battery. It looks so much better than the old one!!! I did a before and after right next to each other below, so keep reading.
Did you know that smoke detectors contain radioactive material? I didn’t, but it says it right on them and they should not be thrown away the normal way. Here is an E-How article that talks about proper disposal of smoke alarms. I’m just going to store them in the garage until our city has its next disposal event.