In recent years, facilities managers and administrators have been increasingly focusing on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and the integral role that it plays in commercial or industrial ventilation systems. Not only does IAQ promote a clean, comfortable, and pollutant-free environment, but it is also known to improve staff performance and productivity levels by reducing illness and absenteeism. While enhancing IAQ requires high efficiency air filtering mechanisms and UV air purifiers, you may also need to address one other major pollutant – explosive or toxic gases that threaten the health and safety of your building occupants. This is where gas detection systems come in.
The HVAC experts at TRI-AIR systems explain the benefits of gas detection systems, along with an overview of the different types of systems.
Confined Commercial Spaces Need Gas Detection Systems
There are many benefits for commercial or industrial premises that invest in gas detection systems.
- Prevent potential accidents or explosions
- Improve the safety of your staff, clients, and visitors
- Minimize exposure to toxic gases that can cause serious, long-term health issues
Gas monitoring systems prevent the gas levels from rising beyond the set thresholds by way of various automatic mechanisms, including:
- Shutting off the gas valves
- Turning on the ventilation fans
- Shutting down any production or processing equipment in the vicinity
- Activating audible and visual alarms to alert and evacuate building occupants
Some of the common types of gas monitoring systems available are:
- Duct or Tool Monitoring: In plants or manufacturing units where many flammable or highly toxic gases are used as part of the manufacturing process, gas monitoring at the exhaust ducts can provide an early indication of leaks, even before the fumes enter the larger areas.
- Toxic or Flammable Gas Monitoring: Commercial or industrial premises that house refineries or petrochemical applications need an efficient gas monitoring system that detects excessive levels of Carbon Monoxide (CO), Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) or other such poisonous gases. Active monitoring and timely action can help prevent damage to both, life and property. For example:
- Toxic gas monitoring may be useful in various types of plants and manufacturing units.
- Carbon monoxide detection systems are critical in setups such as underground commercial parking garages.
- Refrigerant leak detection system are extremely useful in chiller rooms in a wide range of commercial establishments.
Gas detection systems may come with different types of sensor-based systems:
- Electrochemical (EC) Sensor: Detects oxygen levels and toxic gases
- Catalytic, Cat EX or Combustible Sensor: Detects combustible gases, such as methane, hydrogen, and propane
- Infrared or IR Sensor: Detects carbon dioxide, and various other combustible gases
- Photo-ionization Detector (PID): Detects toxic gases and volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
Consult TRI-AIR for Enhanced IAQ in Commercial or Industrial Premises
There are numerous measures that you can take to enhance the IAQ of the ventilated spaces in your commercial or industrial premises. However, in addition to all the measures that you deploy, you need a reliable HVAC partner who can advise you on other IAQ improvement solutions, such as UV air purifiers, air filtering systems, and gas detection systems. The experienced and qualified professionals at TRI-AIR can help you achieve and maintain an energy-efficient ventilated environment that promotes the health, safety, and comfort of your building occupants. Besides installation and maintenance of commercial HVAC systems, we offer a variety of gas monitoring systems, including top-of-the-line detection systems for CO and refrigerant leaks. As part of our indoor air quality services, we also provide several top-quality UV air purifier systems, including, Sanuvox UV air sterilization systems, UVMatrix 4X air purifiers and Fresh-Aire UV air purifiers.
Count on the experts at TRI-AIR for reliable 24-hour commercial and industrial HVAC support.
Call us at 905-470-2424 or contact us online.