Automist® vs. the Alternatives

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

Many of us are familiar with how a traditional fire sprinkler system looks and works. While they can be effective, they're unpopular in homes: homeowners worry about water damage, large tanks, water supply upgrades, and maintenance costs.

Automist Smartscan® offers the modern solution to these problems while also enabling you to do more with your open plan living spaces. From eliminating the need for extra fire escapes and staircases to allowing you to build further from the road, it is the fire protection system you need for your residential property.

We're dedicated to Automist® because it isn't just an alternative to traditional water sprinklers: when it comes to domestic fire, we believe Automist® is the future of sprinklers.

Automist Smartscan fire suppression system versus traditional fire sprinkler system

Here’s why Automist® is the best fire suppression system:


Less disruption: no bulky tanks or supply upgrades

With conventional sprinklers, you’ll probably need space and structural support for a
large tank containing a ton of water, or an expensive water supply upgrade. Automist®
takes up much less space, uses less water than a shower, and connects directly to the
water mains.


Better Looking

A room of up to 8.5m x 5m can often be served by a single Smartscan® wall head. Typically a sprinkler system will need six ceiling heads for the same space. We challenge you to find a more elegant-looking solution than Automist Smartscan® for high-end architectural designs.


Straightforward approval process

Considering a low-water ceiling based water mist system? If your room’s wider than 4m or longer than 8m, current 12 litres/minute ceiling mist sprinklers don’t comply with British Standards (BS8458:2015 6.6.1), which means your finished project is non-compliant with Building Regulations and could be refused by Building Control. Automist Smartscan® allows full Building Regulations compliance and is the only water suppression system offering ‘Registered Detail’ easy approval by all local authorities and certification by BSi that it performs to BS8458.


Works as well as a sprinkler system, if not better

Automist Smartscan® has a water consumption around 10x lower than a traditional sprinkler system, but actively targets the fire. As a result, in third-party tests, Automist Smartscan® passed the same fire performance tests as more conventional sprinkler systems.


Less water = less water damage, same results

In the event of a fire large enough to trigger your suppression system, you'll have some damage. But an Automist Smartscan® unit will never spray more than 170 litres of water, can be easily stopped, and can be tamper-proofed. A BS9251 sprinkler system will normally cause major flood damage: 2 tons of water gushing through your home every half hour.

Wondering about ceiling based mist sprinklers?

We've put together a comparison between the latest version of Automist Smartscan and Puck, one of the new crop of watermist ceiling sprinklers. They're very different beasts, and we strongly prefer Automist.

Don’t believe a fire can be controlled with so little water?

Watch the ‘head to head’ on the right, which shows Automist Smartscan® pitted against a traditional fire sprinkler system.

Want to know more about the testing that shows that Automist Smartscan performs just as well as a conventional sprinkler?

Check out the BSI and Exova Warringtonfire reports in our data library.

Book Your Automist Smartscan® Installation With Intelligent Mist Today

01206 544223

Think an Automist Smartscan® system might work for you, but want to clarify a few points or discuss how it differs from conventional sprinklers? With hundreds of Automist® systems installed, we know the system well and would be delighted to talk to you. Give us a call, or send project details through our contact form.