Once you have chosen a fixed gas detector, it’s important to have it installed in areas that will give you and your employees the fullest protection. Consider the following recommendations for the correct placement of your natural gas detector.
The first step of proper gas detection placement is to identify the areas where natural gas is most present. Because natural gas is void of both color and odor, uncontrolled concentrations in the air can become very dangerous fairly quickly. For many facilities, enclosed areas or poorly ventilated areas near industrial equipment should be the first points of concern when installing gas detection systems. If gases can leak from anywhere in the room, then it’s necessary for you to monitor the whole room with multiple gas detectors.
Know the Density
When monitoring combustible gases, it’s important to know the density of the gases in question. Propane and gasoline gases have a higher density and are heavier than air, which means having a gas detection near the floor is most beneficial. Lower-density gases such as natural gas are lighter than air and are known to collect near the ceiling of a building. With that in mind, it would be best to install your fixed gas detector within inches of the ceiling.
Consider Ventilation Areas
Does your building have open windows or exhaust ducts? While good ventilation is necessary to lower the concentration of gases in your building, airflow can affect the performance of gas sensors. When you’re installing your gas detector, be sure to place it away from air ducts blowing fresh air or the opening of doors and windows.
Determine Your Monitoring Limits
Fixed gas detectors are designed with a sensor that measures gas concentration on a continuous basis. Much like your nose, these sensors can only detect what’s within its coverage limit. If you can determine where leaks are most likely to occur, your gas detectors should be placed strategically to cover your entire area. When detecting gases, there are several things to keep in mind such as density of the gas, expected sources of leaks, i.e. seals, valves, etc., airflow, and expected sources of ignition.
Guard Against Natural Gas Leaks
Installing proper gas leak detection starts with knowing your working conditions and the properties of the dangerous gases in your vicinity. By identifying the leak sources and physical characteristics of your building, you can invest in a gas detection system that will meet your needs.
Not sure where to start? Get in touch with our team for a one-on-one consultation to determine what kind of gas detector would protect you and your employees.