Basic Principles and Factors to Keep in Mind with Sensor Placement for Area Gas Detectors in San Jose, CA

November 16, 2016 1:56 am Published by Leave your thoughts

When it comes to commercial gas detection system installations, it’s important that you first schedule a professional risk evaluation for potential gas hazards and equipment selection and placement. Where you place your gas sensors is crucial if they are to do their job, as it helps to ensure that everyone in the building is safe from exposure to toxic or combustible gases. But before we take a look at some of the basic principles and factors of sensor placement for area gas detectors in San Jose, CA, let’s briefly discuss the risk analysis process.

Analysis of risks

You want to install the best gas detection system from the start, so make sure to call a company skilled in the industry. A professional will be able to recommend the most efficient detection equipment for your needs, as well as where to place the sensors.

The analysis process is likely to include inspecting areas for potential sources of gas leaks. Not only will this indicate where sensors should be placed, but it’s also good for you to know if you need parts replacement or repairs. They may also check the density and other properties that make up the gas you work around to aid in the placement process. Undoubtedly, there are a few things that can affect the direction and rate in which gas diffuses during a leak. For this reason, these factors need to be pinpointed.

Furthermore, whether you already have a system installed or are planning to do so in the future, the environment where the detector resides should have its own evaluation performed to make sure it’s the right product for your space. This includes testing the temperature, checking for nearby vibration, ensuring adequate ventilation and inspecting the cleanliness of the environment.

Principles and factors

The following important points should be kept in mind:

  • Sensor placement for area detection is based on many factors, such as the weight of the gas, vapor density, the device’s ability to alert workers and being capable of holding up in the event of an explosion.
  • Factoring in the vapor density of all monitored gases is important, which is why you need to bring in a gas detection expert.
  • The risk analysis will show the areas most susceptible to a possible gas leak. Placing sensors close to gas sources and possible leaks makes sense.
  • Place sensors in spots where the air is likely to collect a high concentration of gas. Potential areas include stairwells and crawlspaces, but also areas where gas can easily build up in corners or around machines or devices that release gas.
  • It may seem like a good idea to place sensors near air vents. Unfortunately, vents act as channels and can endanger more areas in your building or nearby buildings should a gas leak occur. And because of air dilution, detectors placed too close to vents can cause issues with gas samples.

These are just a few of the factors to be aware of. But luckily for you, MDC Systems, Inc. is here to assist with selecting the right system design, as well as to help with the placement of commercial building gas detectors in San Jose, CA. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

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