Kidde Commercial Optica Duct Smoke Detector Designed to Withstand Dust and Moisture

Kidde Commercial’s new Duct Smoke Detector is capable of installing in locations in which high levels of dust and moisture are present, such as HVAC systems.

BRADENTON, Fla.—Kidde Commercial, a manufacturer of fire and life safety solutions for over a century, recently announced the launch of the Optica Duct Smoke Detector.

The company states its latest product features a revolutionary new design, specifically created to address unique HVAC System smoke detection challenges while reducing nuisance alarms. Kidde Commercial boasts the Optica’s New Duct Smoke Detector design is built to address the moisture and dust challenges found in the HVAC environment, while providing best-in-class detection that customers can trust.

“This new Optica Duct Detector sets a new standard for HVAC smoke detection,” says Wally Ortiz, commerical UL product director global, Kidde Commercial. “Combining the Optica technology with this bold new design creates a highly differentiated duct smoke detector specifically designed to meet the moisture and dust challenges found in the HVAC environment. This innovative, new design unlocks capabilities that are essential to fire and life safety system solutions, even for environments that face dust and moisture accumulation challenges.”

Optica Duct Smoke Detector Reduces Nuisance Alarms

Kidde Commercial unveiled this unique new product at ISC West 2024 in Las Vegas. The company explains the Optica Duct Smoke Detector is specifically designed for HVAC smoke detection in order to provide confidence to site managers and end-users who have struggled to find smoke detection solutions that meet their needs and address the moisture and dust challenges of HVAC environments.

Outlining some of the benefits of the Optica Duct Smoke Detector, Kidde Commercial emphasizes that its new smoke detector addresses these concerns and delivers a high level of performance for HVAC smoke detection through features that include:

  • Specifically designed for the challenging HVAC environment with a free-flowing chamber, dual-wall construction, and anti-fog coating across the complete sensing area to enable greater performance, durability and reduce nuisance alarms.

  • The Optica Duct Smoke Detector incorporates Kidde’s proprietary technology to reduce nuisance alarms. The Optica uses dual wavelengths, multiple angles, and detection algorithms to differentiate between nuisance particles, like dust or steam, and serious threats.

  • Kidde says the smoke detector ensures backward compatibility and easy upgrades by utilizing the same entry and exit pipe locations as the legacy SuperDuct Detectors.

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