Customer Reviews For The USI Sensing Plus Hardwired Smoke Alarm with 10 Year Battery Backup

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15 Reviews
15 customers recommend this product
Kenneth K
February 10, 2024
Verified Purchase
Amazing Battery

Easily installed right where old box was. Wiring is compatible with existing home wiring. 10 year battery life is amazing! Very good price.

James D
March 15, 2023
Verified Purchase
Super easy upgrade

Was able to switch out my old smoke detector with the new 10 year battery version. Extremely easy to do. Replaced the old bracket with the new one and mounted the new alarm in a couple minutes. Clear instructions. I have about seven more that I will be replacing soon.

Raymond G
August 19, 2022
Verified Purchase

I dreaded replacing my wired-in smoke detectors, but it had to be done. These were quite easy to install, and the 10 year battery was a big plus!

Andrea G
July 14, 2022
Verified Purchase
Sensing Plus Smoke & Fire Alarms

Excellent product. Easy to install. Great customer service. One alarm didn't work because the activation tab was somewhat pulled out. I called the company and a new one was immediately shipped to me.

We're glad we got that resolved for you. We apologize for the inconvenience.
June 7, 2022
Verified Purchase
Smoke Detector

I am very pleased with my purchase of the dual smoke and fire alarm. I also have two of their dual smoke, fire, and CO2 alarms. I plan to install 3 or 4 more of the dual smoke and fire alarms. USI was about the only company I found that had the dual smoke, and fire alarms, as well as the smoke, fire, and CO2 alarms. I have recommended these to other people.

John C
March 22, 2022
Verified Purchase
Easy upgrade

I needed a whole house replacement for new construction detectors that were at end of life and got a good deal on upgraded 10 year battery models and got a few more carbon monoxide detectors to cover every bedroom and added a natural gas detector. Replacing the ceiling mount bracket and a couple wiring pig tails was not too hard. Very happy to not have to replace batteries and to have the best protection for my family.

R Scott
January 12, 2022
Verified Purchase
Worth the $!

Super easy to install, and looks elegant. With the 10-year battery backup, it's set and go and worry-free! I feel safe and well protected. Highly recommended!

Tal C
December 14, 2021
Verified Purchase
USI Smoke Detectors

I replaced all the smoke detectors in my house. I had excellent an experience with purchasing USI products and installing them.

Mitch B
September 23, 2021
Verified Purchase
Meets all the important criteria

I was looking to replace 20 year old hardwired smoke alarms. Just a little research revealed that smoke alarm tech has changed and UL has updated their specifications to match. You want to look for smoke alarms that meet UL 217 8th edition. The “8th” part is what changed. Many smoke alarm ads say they comply with UL 217 without specifying the edition, which probably means it does not meet the specs of the 8th edition. This model also has a 10 year battery that now is required in Maryland and many other states. None of the brands sold in the big box store such as Kidde and First Alert meet the new spec. They even still sell alarms with 9V batteries. I guess they need low cost offerings. That's how I ended up buying this USI smoke alarm. Installation was just like any other smoke alarm. If the house wiring to your smoke alarm has a third wire, this will cause all alarms to go off if any alarm goes off. Useful if you live in a large house.

Blake A
July 1, 2021
Verified Purchase
No more changing batteries!

These are truly the all-in-one smoke alarm. There are so many features in smoke alarms today, which makes choosing one very difficult. But USI packs all the features into one unit, without adding to the cost. Not to mention that the battery is guaranteed to last 10 years, so no more waking up to that annoying beeping sound in the middle of the night. Hooray!!

Susan Y
June 17, 2021
Verified Purchase
Installation complete

One of the detectors was on backorder, as many items are during a pandemic, but the company sent them when they predicted they would be back in stock. My friend helped me do the hardwiring on all 5 detectors, and after the first one, the others went quickly. So far no false alarms, and they test well. The hardest part of installation was figuring which circuit breaker on my electrical panel shut off all the detectors!!

Wes H
March 31, 2021
Verified Purchase
Easy to install

Replaced all the smoke detectors in my house in an afternoon. Very easy to install and looking forward to 10 years of zero maintenance.

David Robbins
February 26, 2021
Verified Purchase
Smoke and CO detectors

Easy to install product. Fair pricing, free shipping and quick delivery. Informative website.

Steven Pauff
February 12, 2021
Verified Purchase
Replacement for older smoke detectors:

Great smoke & fire detector. Really like the fact that they are dual sensor detectors. Replaced all 3 of my hardwired detectors. Installation was very easy for me, but if your not comfortable with electrical wiring, I suggest hiring a certified electrician. I do wish they made a version of this with a built in path light.

Edward Dasse
February 6, 2021
Verified Purchase
Three Interconnected AMI1061SC Smoke Detectors

Just installed them in the garage, kitchen and bedroom hallway. No nuisance alarms after three days with moderate cooking. Starting car in the garage did not cause an alarm. These were the only ones I could find with dual sensing, interconnection and smart rejection of nuisance alarms.

How often should I replace the battery in my smoke, CO and natural gas alarms?
Many of our alarms come with a 10-year sealed Permanent Power battery that never needs replacing during the 10 year life of the alarm. Batteries in non sealed alarms should be replaced at least once a year or when the low battery signal sounds. Permanent Power battery technology helps keep you safe, because working smoke alarms are an important factor in surviving a home fire.
What's the optimum placement of protection devices in my home?
Early detection of smoke, carbon monoxide, and natural gas is key to saving lives. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends installing a smoke alarm on every level of your home, including finished attics and basements. You are also encouraged to install a smoke detector inside every bedroom and at the top of certain stairways.
Do I need four kinds of detectors or can one do it all?
You never know what kind of hazard will strike your home, or when. That's why we recommend technology that can detect carbon monoxide (CO) and natural gas as well as smoke and fire. You'll get the most protection from devices that can quickly and accurately detect and respond to a range of threats.
What are "nuisance alarms"? Why are they a concern?
A smoke alarm that goes off when there's no emergency is annoying. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), such "nuisance alarms" are the leading reason why homeowners intentionally disable their smoke detectors. Yet doing so can be deadly. A survey conducted by the NFPA found that smoke alarms sounded in only half of the home fires reported to U.S. fire departments, and almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
What is the difference between your AMI1061SC and AMI1061SB alarms?
The AMI1061SB ("B" version) comes in easy open box packaging. The AMI1061SC ("C" version) comes in blister card packaging. The only difference between these two models is the packaging.

The USI AMI1061SC 2-in-1 Sensing Plus® Hardwired Smoke and Fire Alarm provides 10 years of continuous protection against deadly threats in the home. New Sensing Plus® Multi-Criteria Detection provides the benefits of both photoelectric and ionization alarms in one device to protect against fast flaming and slow smoldering fires. Perfect for new or replacement installations, this maintenance-free alarm is suitable for houses, apartments and mobile homes. This 2-in-1 alarm includes a 10 year lithium free battery backup that will never have to be replaced throughout the life of the detector, giving you a decade's worth in peace of mind even in the event of a power outage.

This USI Electric Smoke Detector implements a 10 year lithium-free battery that will never have to be replaced throughout the life of the alarm, giving you a decade's worth in peace of mind even in the event of a power outage. 10 Year Permanent Power also saves money from battery replacements (up to $38.00 over the 10-year life of the alarm), eliminates annoying low battery chirps and helps the environment by reducing environmental waste from disposed batteries. This hardwired smoke and fire alarm features microprocessor intelligence that offers superior false alarm resistance. A single silence/test button to quiet a non-hazardous alarm and an end-of-service life warning that sounds when it's time to replace the battery (approximately 10-years from activation) have also been included.

Perfect for replacing existing USI Alarms, Universal Security Sensing Plus® Hardwired Smoke and Fire Detectors feature a large mounting base to cover imperfections in drywall and the option to replace retrofitting applications. The quick activation battery pull tab makes it easy to install while the deactivation key switches the alarm off and makes the batteries safe for disposal. Once the 10 year smoke and fire alarm is deactivated, the tamper resistant feature turns on to prevent deactivated alarms from being reinstalled.

This USI Smoke Detector conforms to UL 217 Standard 8th Edition. USI UL compliant smoke and fire detectors have been approved by the California State Fire Marshal and Federal Housing Authority (FHA) to exceed industry standards. New Sensing Plus® Multi-Criteria Detection provides:

  • Resistance to False Alarms from Cooking.
  • Detection of Polyurethane Foam in both Slow Smoldering & Fast Flaming Fires.
  • Immunity to High-Voltage Current Surges.

For maximum protection, install a smoke and fire alarm inside of every bedroom, outside every sleeping area and on all levels. The USI AMI1061SC 2-in-1 Sensing Plus® Hardwired Smoke & Fire Smart Alarm comes with a 10-year limited warranty that covers both the battery and alarm.

Meets New Laws & Legislations - This alarm exceeds industry standards, and is listed to UL Standard UL 217 8th Edition and is California State Fire Marshal approved.

*New Security Sensing Plus® Detection Technology UL 217 8th Edition Tests Include:

  • Resistance to false alarms from cooking
  • Detection of polyurethane foam in both slow smoldering & fast flaming fires
  • Immunity to high-voltage current surges
smoke alarm ul 217 standard compliant

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