GVR Report cover U.S. Commercial Duct Smoke Detector Market Size, Share & Trends Report

U.S. Commercial Duct Smoke Detector Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Type (Photoelectric, Ionization), By Sales Channel (OEM Companies, HVAC Distributors), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68040-058-9
  • Number of Pages: 83
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Report Overview

The U.S. commercial duct smoke detector market size was valued at USD 158.9 million in 2022 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.5% from 2023 to 2030. The growing population in the region will drive the demand for commercial projects, which will further drive the demand for duct smoke detectors over the forecast period. The U.S. is witnessing increased demand for commercial duct smoke detectors owing to their surged usage in various commercial applications such as retail centers, and healthcare facilities. Duct smoke detectors are developed to be as low maintenance as possible. They might become increasingly sensitive, causing undesired alarms, or less sensitive, lowering the protection level. Both these states of detectors are undesired. As a result, duct smoke detectors require to be inspected and maintained regularly by following the maintenance and testing recommendations of manufacturers.

Northeast U.S. commercial duct smoke detector market size and growth rate, 2023 - 2030

Several companies develop solutions that offer integrated control of HVAC equipment throughout commercial buildings. For instance, Eaton offers mounting probe units that facilitate the installation of conventional, addressable, and fire alarm system smoke detectors in HVAC ducts.

Technological advancements such as remote systems, IoT-integrated HVAC systems, and smaller high-performance units enable cost savings and enhance energy efficiency & comfort, which is anticipated to increase the demand for new cooling systems over the forecast period. Moreover, the extensive line of HVAC duct smoke detectors offered by companies such as Honeywell System Sensor combines an incredible collection of advancements to considerably simplify the monitoring of HVAC systems.

The U.S. government has formulated stringent regulations to ensure the safety of humans and commercial buildings. For the detection of potential fire breakouts in HVAC systems; fire, building, and life safety rules often mandate the installation of duct smoke detectors in HVAC ducts.

Ionization duct smoke detectors contain a minute quantity of radioactive material that ionizes the air, allowing current to flow between two charged electrodes of duct smoke detectors. When smoke particles enter the ionization area of duct smoke detectors, they bond with the ions and reduce the current flow. This activates detectors when the current falls below a predetermined level. These issues are expected to limit the growth of commercial duct smoke detectors in the U.S. in the coming years.

Type Insights

The photoelectric duct smoke detectors led the market and accounted for 74.8% of the revenue share in 2022. Furthermore, the segment is expected to become the fastest-growing at a CAGR of 4.7% during the forecast period. Photoelectric duct smoke detectors detect large particles by reacting to how smoke affects light. They are generally more sensitive than ionization detectors. Smoldering fires, which can take hours before erupting into flames, produce more of these particles.

Commercial duct smoke detectors are an important component of alarm systems and fire detection systems. These smoke detectors sample air to detect smoke and combustion traces in the air traveling through HVAC ducts. Building automation and fire alarm systems are often regulated to be compatible with duct smoke detectors. Ionization or photoelectric sensing technology is used in commercial duct smoke detectors.

Smoke detectors with ionization ducts respond to changes in ionized particles. When it comes to detecting tiny particles, which are frequently created by flaming fires; ionization technology is typically more sensitive than photoelectric technology. These fires spread quickly and consume combustible objects. A small amount of radioactive material is placed between two electrically charged plates in ionization duct smoke detectors.

The ionization duct smoke detectors enable early detection of smoke and combustion products in commercial HVAC duct air. For instance, the Innovair DH100ACDCI from System Sensor prevents the smoke from spreading through HVAC air handling systems. Its ultra-responsiveness to submicron-sized smoke particles, which are frequently present close to a fire source, makes it an ionization duct detector.

Sales Channel Insights

The OEM companies segment led the market and accounted for 62.9% of the revenue share in 2022. Companies concentrate on marketing techniques to improve sales of commercial duct smoke detectors and target specific applications to capitalize on their competitive advantages. These companies primarily focus on geographical expansion and enhancement of their capitalization on connected sectors and new markets for existing and new products. For instance, OEM smoke detection systems offered by Air Products & Controls save production time and operation costs. The company manufactures duct detectors and accessories for life safety.

Traditionally, HVAC distributors procure items from manufacturers and resell them to dealers, builders, contractors (electrical, mechanical, plumbing), and institutional buildings. They stock a variety of equipment, parts, and accessories.

U.S. commercial duct smoke detector market market share and size, 2022

The job of a distributor is evolving, and it now encompasses a network for selling goods, offering information and services, websites and apps for member dealers with prices, document search, product availability, parts lists, warranty, and so on. The change in the HVAC distribution marketplace is not just due to COVID-19, even though it had an impact on supply lines, interactions, and store hours.

Regional Insights

The Northeast region led the market and accounted for 26.4% of the revenue in 2022. It is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.7% from 2023 to 2030. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Northeastern U.S. consists of nine states including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. With a population of about 19.45 million people, New York is the most populated state in the Northeast, according to 2019 Census Bureau estimates. With a population of approximately 12.8 million people, Pennsylvania is the second most populous state. The high population rate would progressively support the product demand in the region.

The South-eastern U.S. experienced population growth approximately 40% faster over the previous 50 years. More than a quarter of the country's population currently resides in the area, which is also home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and other significant commercial establishments. Commercial office spaces are in high demand in Raleigh and Atlanta because of the willingness of various businesses to set up their regional headquarters in the area. Florida, one of the major states in the Southeast has a labor market that is undergoing a significant transition because of its expanding population. The aforementioned factors are expected to fuel the market demand over the forecast period.

Major industries such as Chrysler Automobiles; General Motors; and Ford Motor Company have manufacturing plants and headquarters in the Midwest region. Fast-growing enterprises, like phData IT management; Medlab International; Precision Staffing Services; and Dynamic Logistix, are also headquartered in the Midwest. Furthermore, Northwestern University; the University of Chicago; Iowa State University; the University of Michigan; Ohio State University; the University of Illinois at Chicago; Kansas State University; the University of Notre Dame; and DePaul University are also major public and private universities in the Midwest. As the real estate sector keeps growing, the demand for duct smoke detectors will continue to grow. Thus, growing commercial development in the midwest region is expected to drive the demand for duct smoke detectors during the forecast period.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The U.S. commercial duct smoke detectors industry is characterized by intense competition owing to the presence of privately and publicly held companies. Key players in this market include Honeywell International Inc; Apollo America Inc; Hochiki America Corporation; and Johnson Controls International. Other notable players in the market include Greystone Energy Systems Inc; Air Products and Controls, Inc.; Potter Electric Signal Company, LLC; National Time & Signal; SPACE AGE ELECTRONICS; and GENTEX Corporation.

Manufacturers of U.S. commercial duct smoke detectors focus on collaboration, mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships to expand their product portfolios and increase their production capacity & consumer base. For instance, in October 2020, HOCHIKI America Corporation launched DH-100-P conventional duct smoke detector. In commercial, applications, the new DH-100-P 4-wire duct smoke detector enables early detection of smoke and combustion products in the air, traveling through HVAC ducts. Some prominent players in the U.S. commercial duct smoke detector market include:

  • Potter Electric Signal Company, LLC

  • Honeywell International Inc.

  • Hochiki America Corporation

  • Carrier (Kiddie)

  • Apollo America Inc.

  • National Time & Signal

  • Space Age Electronics, Inc.

  • Greystone Energy Systems Inc.


  • Johnson Controls

U.S. Commercial Duct Smoke Detector Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 226.0 million

Growth Rate

CAGR of 4.5% from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2018 - 2022

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2023 to 2030

Report Coverage

Revenue forecast, company market position analysis, competitive landscape, growth factors, trends

Segments Covered

Type, sales channel, region

Regional Scope

Northeast; Southeast; West; Southwest; Midwest

Key companies profiled

Potter Electric Signal Company, LLC; Honeywell International Inc.; Hochiki America Corporation; Carrier (Kiddie); Apollo America Inc.; National Time & Signal, Space Age Electronics, Inc.; Greystone Energy Systems Inc.; GENTEX CORPORATION; Johnson Controls

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U.S. Commercial Duct Smoke Detector Market Report Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at regional & country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the U.S. commercial duct smoke detector market report based on type, sales channel, and region:

  • Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Photoelectric Duct Smoke Detector

    • Ionization Duct Smoke Detector

  • Sales Channel Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • OEM Companies

    • HVAC Distributors

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Northeast

    • Southeast

    • West

    • Southwest

    • Midwest

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