How To Measure Air Quality

Like all things, we can measure air quality scientifically. We can get a number that says just how gross the air in your facility is. Not only that, but we can figure out what particular type of problem your air has. There’s more to air quality than just saying it’s good or bad. The Troublemakers There are three commonly examined areas for air quality. We have different ways to detect and measure each of them, but these are typically available all in one tool or device. Particulate Matter There are tiny particles in the air, often harmful chemicals we don’t notice individually. Think of things like the exhaust from a car. That exhaust is made of billions of tiny particles of burned fuel and even metal shavings from the engine. These can have negative health effects. Particulates from cars could play a role in Alzheimers Disease. These can detect bacteria, viruses, and mold as well. Sensors for these are rated in their measuring sizes, 2.5 microns and below, 10 microns and below, etc. Your hair is about 40-70 microns thick, for comparison. Volatile Organic Compounds The rule of thumb is that a VOC is something you smell and notice. That’s not always the case, but it’s a good guiding post. These chemicals are highly reactive, dangerously so. Examples of these are things like cleaning chemicals, gasoline, and paint. They’re things you should try not to breathe in. Carbon Dioxide This […]

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Introduction to Fire Alarms

Automation is essential in our industry. We have machines that regulate our air temperature, that provide a constant supply of hot and cold water, that control massive industrial processes, and more. Employees, clients, and managers want to just walk in, be comfortable, and get to work. We all overlook one of the most essential, automated things we have: the Fire Safety System.     Old Fire Safety The hardware we use for safety today has a remarkably long history. Fire suppression can be traced at least as far back as Leonardo Da Vinci, who’s sprinkler system essentially washed away an entire kitchen. Fire alarms go back to the 1600s, when there were literal patrols in search of fire, much as police patrol in search of crime or emergencies. Overtime, there were systems of telegraphs used for fire alarms and gun powder triggered sprinklers. These older systems spread for their insurance benefits. A building with a sprinkler system would have significantly cheaper insurance rates. It would ultimately pay for itself. The difference between sprinklers and no sprinklers is that significant.   Modern Fire Safety Today, things are more extensive. Telegraph alarm systems and gun powder sprinklers gave way to extensive electronics that interact with every single part of your building. It all starts with the sensors and detectors. In a modern system, every single smoke detector has a unique ID and name in the system. If the elevator maintenance room detector […]

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