parking garage air quality

Did you know there could be a “Silent Killer” in your parking garage?  This killer is automobile exhaust.  Some components of exhaust are invisible, colorless, odorless and tasteless but deadly and that main deadly component is Carbon Monoxide (CO).  This is extremely toxic and it affects it’s victims in such a way that they may fail to recognize the dangers until it’s too late!  This is a product which occurs in internal combustion engines and when burning wood or fossil fuels.  Just 0.02 percent CO concentration in the air during a four-hour exposure period and it can cause severe effects such as nausea, dizziness, headaches and impaired judgment.  In a parking garage Carbon Monoxide can build up quickly!  The other components will kill you over time but a more urgent attention needs to be placed on the CO issue.  So for the purpose of this article we will focus on the carbon monoxide.

For safety reasons property managers, owners and occupants should be aware that these sensors should be calibrated once a year and the motor and fans should also be serviced twice a year to make ensure proper operation.  If occupants are concerned then they should contact the management – if signs of Carbon Monoxide are present escalate the concern.  A wireless CO detector would be helpful if there is a concern.

What should a facility with a parking garage do?  Add a zoning system with CO sensors.  Zoning allows multiple sensors mounted within an area into a single zone.  Sensors detect the gas and then activates the ventilation system to rid the area of a harmful situation.  This system can also detect where the (CO) Carbon Monoxide is building.  The fan operation of the system for that area will turn on opening the vents to release the CO.  Depending on the PPM level (Parts Per Million) if the CO levels reach 50 PPM the low speed fans are activated and if the saturation of CO reaches 150 PPM and above the High speed ventilation fans are activated for about 15 minutes.  This should allow the air in that area to be at a safer level for the people walking or working in the garage area.

Don’t allow anyone to be a victim of this “Silent Killer”.  When looking for an HVAC Maintenance Agreement, the garage area for this area should be added to your Maintenance Contract.  Are you covered from the risk of a silent killer? Don’t be a victim, take precautionary measures and make sure your sensors, motors and fans are functioning properly.

For a trained and experienced company to help you with your carbon monoxide in the Silicon Valley area call Cold Craft at 408.374.7292 or email  [email protected]

If you need help with temperature, or air quality contact Cold Craft, Inc.

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By Published On: March 26, 2015

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