A building’s mechanical system is the heartbeat of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. These areas include utility plants, boiler and chiller rooms, mechanical or electrical rooms, and fuel rooms. Many states are adopting laws that require the monitoring of these potentially hazardous environments.
Why Install A Gas Detection System in a Boiler/Mechanical room?
Any person within the property is potentially exposed to harmful gases.
Proper ventilation and/or valve shut off at low levels of harmful or explosive gases can eliminate potentially hazardous situations.
Gas leaks are very expensive but can be prevented if monitored or detected.
Carbon Monoxide is created by incomplete combustion and is one of the main gases emitted by a faulty boiler. CO is considered the “silent killer” because it has no smell or taste and cannot be seen. Without a CO detector, a person is rendered helpless. Based on an article by the CDC, unintentional, non-fire-related carbon monoxide poisoning is a leading cause of death by CO.
Methane and/or Propane are commonly used for heating any indoor property. Methane and propane are combustible gases that, when exposed to a spark or flame and mixed with the right amount of oxygen, can create an explosion. When not monitored, methane creates a potentially hazardous and dangerous environment.
There are a wide variety of refrigerant gases that are used in modern society. Refrigerant poisoning typically occurs in locations such as confined spaces or enclosed chiller rooms. Symptoms of mild or moderate poisoning include headache, nausea, vomiting, coughing, and dizziness. Severe poisoning can be fatal.
Mechanical rooms are often forgot about as unsafe spaces. Since Methane and/or Propane are commonly used for heating, a leak can become catastrophic. If the gases are not fully combusted a harmful poisonous gas can result in Carbon Monoxide. Carbon Monoxide poisoning can become fatal if concentrations become high enough. Chillers are also found in mechanical rooms and have the potential to leak refrigerant gases and that can become costly and extremely hazardous
The Macurco 6 & 12 Series fixed gas detectors provide life-saving solutions aimed to protect people and property. These fixed gas detectors are designed for low-level detection, mitigation, and notification. Let these detectors do the work for you by shutting off valves, turning on fans, engaging horns and strobes, and provide notification to fire panels and building automation systems when gases reach key limits.
The Macurco controller family has a variety of options to meet the needs of your facility. These controllers in conjunction with Macurco gas detectors provide automatic control to help maintain an acceptable environment in parking garages or other applications. These systems are easily configured making installation hassle-free.