Office buildings, Hotels and other areas where large numbers of people live or work may have need of Gas and Leak Detection. Chiller rooms are especially prevalent in larger commercial and above minimum quantities of refrigerant – must have detection and monitoring. Many different chemicals are used for refrigerants but the most common refrigerants are fluorinated hydrocarbons. These gases are commonly referred to by the brand name “Freon”. The use of ammonia as a refrigerant presents flammable and explosive hazards to employees work in these facilities.
Refrigerant is expensive and Gas and Leak Detection systems allow discovery of a small leak before it develops into a major problem – which could require reporting to various State and Federal agencies.
They are heavier than air and have a faint odor of cleaning fluid. HVAC service professionals commonly experience refrigerant exposure. Mild exposure is usually harmless. However, exposure in a confined space can lead to headaches, nausea, and vomiting. Severe poisoning can lead to a loss of consciousness.
Commercial buildings may have large gas-fired boilers and the presence of significant quantities of natural gas may also require a Gas Detection system.
Additionally, many commercial buildings may have a corresponding parking garage or structure that requires Gas Detection due to toxic vehicle exhaust (See Underground Parking Garages.
There are numerous other commercial and industrial buildings that require Gas Detection even though they are not considered H (hazard) areas.
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