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Automist vs. alternatives

How does Automist® compare to other domestic and residential fire protection?

Product Type
 

Mechanism
 

Rapid, discreet
installation

Water usage
 

Cost
(typical)

Cost
(whole house)

Water Mist
Sprinkler System

Fire Suppression

No

Traditional
Sprinkler System

Fire Suppression

No

Automist

Fire Suppression

Yes

Fire Curtain

Compartmentation

No

* Prices are guidelines per home (retrofit) and depend on the specific products used, economies of scale, and project complexity.


Why Automist®?

The home is the place where we should all feel safest. While smoke alarms and fire extinguishers provide a crucial warning against fire, they require human intervention to prevent or stop the spread of a dangerous fire. In contrast, Automist offers active protection and is triggered automatically. It uses industrially validated watermist, and was extensively tested and proven to be effective by BRE Global in Watford.

  • No False Alarms – Automist is triggered by a reliable heat alarm. Unlike smoke alarms (optical and ionisation), a heat alarm won’t go off accidentally even when cooking as it requires an ambient temperature 35°C above typical room temperatures to be triggered.

  • Lack of disruption - Automist is easy to retrofit and can be installed in approximately 2 hours. Preparing the site may require an electrician with a Part P electrical qualification as Automist must not share a mains circuit or RCD with appliances and sockets in the same room

  • No Human Intervention – Automist triggers automatically. When faced with an uncontrolled fire it is best practice to "get out, stay out and dial 999", as most individuals are not trained to deal with fires and could potentially face severe injury or death if their attempts to extinguish fires are unsuccessful.

  • Low Maintenance – The only maintenance is annual commissioning. During commissioning, the pump runs for approximately 20 seconds, whilst the nozzles are covered and the output pressure is monitored.

  • Prevent damage to your property – Automist can be used to protect fire hazards identified by a fire risk assessment. When a fire starts in a house it can spread quickly. Independent testing showed that Automist can quickly suppress and control fires, and in doing so it reduces the dangerous levels of toxic gas and temperatures. It utilises only 5% of the water usage of a traditional sprinkler system and therefore minimises consequential water damage and runoff.

  • Best value – Automist offers effective active fire suppression, without many of the shortcomings of traditional sprinkler systems, such as high price, excess water damage on activation, and difficulty to install and maintain, which have prevented them from being cost effective in a domestic setting (Source: BRE report No. 204505 - "The effectiveness of sprinklers in residential premises").

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How does Automist Smartscan® compare to a traditional sprinkler?


Automist Smartscan has a rotating head that directly targets fires with a powerful jet of water mist. It has been proven to achieve the same performance as residential sprinkler systems, and uses 90% less water resulting in minimal water damage to the living space.