fire extinguisher

Automist vs. alternatives

Automist vs conventional sprinklers comparison table

Many of us are familiar with how a traditional fire sprinkler looks and works. While they are effective, particularly on large, fast-growing fires, they are less effective at tackling slow-growing, smouldering fires, which can still produce lethal volumes of toxic smoke very quickly.

Sprinklers can also be costly and impractical to install, particularly in existing buildings, and are unpopular in homes, with worries about leaks and water damage. There’s also the hassle and cost associated with finding a suitable space for a large tank or upgrading the water supply, making them impractical where there are issues with the water supply. Automist is a watermist suppression system that overcomes these problems.
 

Product Type Automist Traditional Sprinklers Traditional Watermist
Nozzles Wall-mounted Ceiling Mounted
Automist wall mounted electronic nozzle Automist wall mounted electronic nozzle Automist wall mounted electronic nozzle
Typical space required* Small-sized pump Medium-sized pump Medium-sized pump
Product value* Winner of 10 industry awards Award
Cash Half Cash
Cash Cash
Water supply cost*
(Often not included in quote)
None Cash Cash
Activation Reliable electronic trigger Frangible bulb Frangible bulb
Speed Operates earlier
Medium sized fire
Requires significant heat to activate
Large sized fire
Requiressignificant heat to activate
Large sized fire
Water discharged
(in ten minutes)
0.3 bathtubs
1/3rd of a bathtub
3.3 bathtubs
1/3rd of a bathtub 1 bathtub 1 bathtub 1 bathtub
0.7 bathtubs
2/3rds of a bathtub

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.

  • No False Alarms – a reliable heat alarm triggers Automist. Unlike smoke alarms (optical and ionisation), a heat alarm won’t go off accidentally, even when cooking as it requires an ambient temperature of 63°F 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 a suitably licenced plumber and an electrician depending on your location.

  • No Human Intervention – Automist triggers automatically. When faced with an uncontrolled fire, it is best practice to "get out, stay out and dial 911", 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. The pump runs for approximately 20 seconds during commissioning while the nozzles are covered and the output pressure is monitored.

  • Prevent damage to your property – 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 minimizes consequential water damage and runoff.

  • Critically Acclaimed – Winner of numerous international design and innovation awards.


How does Automist Smartscan compare to a traditional sprinkler?