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Comparing Water Mists Systems to Automatic Sprinkler Systems

There are various sprinkler systems available for properties to guarantee the best protection from fires. However, some suit certain properties more than others, reducing the devastating effects that fires can have, decreasing the damage to property and threat to life. Automatic fire sprinkler systems are the most popular variation; they make great commercial and residential fire sprinkler systems, as their sprinkler heads can be hidden with a cover plate to blend into the interior decor. Mist systems dispense less water, but still work to suffocate a fire and prevent it from growing. When choosing the best sprinkler system for your property, you should consider which properties will benefit you the most.

Fire protection systems such as sprinklers are the epitome of fire safety; they work to extinguish the fire efficiently, keeping water damage to a minimum in the process as only the sprinklers that detect the heat will activate. Fires occur more commonly in certain workplaces and properties than others, but all buildings could benefit from installing a sprinkler system. If you’re considering having a sprinkler system installed, an automatic or water mist system could be perfect for you. 


What are the Main Differences?

One of the main differences between mist sprinkler systems and automatic sprinklers is the amount of water that is dispensed. Automatic fire sprinklers detect the heat from fire, and only the sprinkler heads in the near vicinity will activate. They aim to isolate the fire and stop it from spreading, with a glass bulb inside the head that pops in order to release the water. They’re a popular choice for homes and commercial buildings, as they act quickly and can save the lives of everyone in the property.

Water mist systems work similarly in terms of how they’re activated and the fact that they dispense water from the sprinkler heads in the nearest area to the fire. However, these systems dispense finer water droplets that work to wet the fire and cool down the surrounding areas simultaneously. Once the room temperature is reduced, the water mist turns into steam, which then displaces the oxygen particles and suffocates the fire. To find out more about our RAD-mist systems, please visit us on our website.


Which is Better?

No one sprinkler system is better than the other, per se, they just work better in certain buildings when compared to the other. Misting systems dispense less water than automatic fire sprinklers, and they work in three ways to stop the spread of the fire. Automatic sprinklers, however, are able to cover a much larger area than mist systems, so they’re best used in warehouses and industrial spaces. On average, traditional fire sprinkler systems are cheaper, and may be a better option for those on a budget.

Both systems need a network of pipes to be designed and installed within your property, which expert sprinkler system companies can carry out for you. No matter your preferences, our team here at RAD Fire Sprinklers can discuss your options with you, objectively advising on the very best system for your property and the water pressure and supply within it.


Our Services

Here at RAD Fire Sprinklers, we have years of experience in designing, installing and maintaining automatic sprinklers and misting systems in the UK, adhering to the various regulations and providing a service you can trust. Our misting systems are highly effective in combatting fires, as water mist is considered one of the best ways to suppress a fire. We have performed services on properties from residential homes to student hostels, ensuring a high-quality service.

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