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COSTAR® 24VC-e ventilation control solution

Nowadays air quality is becoming vitally important. The news broadcast alerts warning their viewers and listeners when high pollution levels compromise the outdoor air quality. We are in habit of 

keeping our windows rolled up when we drive and our A/Cs on while in heavy traffic to minimize dangerous exposure to the toxic car fumes. A lot is being said about the dangers of poor outdoor air quality. However average Americans spend approximately 90% of their time indoors. We feel that a larger concern should be the safety of the air we breathe indoors. A building that exposes tenants and workers to poor quality air can have devastating effects. Air quality control is therefore a matter of primary importance.

In case of improper ventilation indoor parking garages can expose users to poisonous gases. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas that is present in car emissions. Carbon monoxide can quickly build to toxic levels without the victim realizing it. Carbon monoxide exposure causes headaches, nausea, and fatigue. Higher levels of CO in the body produce confusion, staggering, heart palpitations, unconsciousness, and even death. As Carbon monoxide fills the area it depletes the oxygen and, if unchecked, it can ultimately lead to asphyxiation. This created a threat even to those building occupants who avoid the parking garage. They are at risk because the elevators, stairwells, and ineffective ventilation systems can allow dangerous gases to infiltrate an entire structure.

Quantum Group Inc. offers COSTAR® 24VC-e ventilation control solution that monitors unsafe levels of CO in your parking garage to protect the health and wellbeing of your building’s occupants. While proper ventilation is essential for elimination of CO, continuously running ventilation systems increase your energy usage, resulting in higher costs. The COSTAR® 24VC-e lowers operating costs by activating the fan only when required to maintain good air quality while enhancing safety by alarming if dangerous CO conditions are detected. In fact, in many cases, installation of CO monitoring and ventilation systems can generate up to 85% savings in energy costs.

COSTAR® 24VC-e carbon monoxide detecting ventilation fan controller is designed for use where ventilation fans are needed to prevent dangerous accumulations of carbon monoxide (CO) from 

engine exhaust or combustion appliances. The COSTAR® 24VC-e features an electrochemical sensor and a microcomputer-based CO detection circuit. The microcomputer provides overall supervisory control. It measures CO level and calculates CO dose. It also self-tests the internal electronic circuit and signals a fault warning if a malfunction is detected. The CO sensing element is replaceable every 3 years. Each individual sensor is factory calibrated; no field adjustments are necessary or possible except for sensor replacement.  A signal indicating sensor replacement is given when necessary. There is a 10 Year PC board end-of-life.

Although only required for systems that are connected to a central panel these units have in field CO test capability. When the test button is pressed, the unit goes into an accelerated test mode for about 10 minutes and will beep 3 short 100 millisecond beeps once before going into the test mode.  In this mode, there are no delays associated with the fans or siren.  This allows someone to spray some CO on the sensor and see how it responds.  After testing the unit returns to normal operation and will beep 2 short 100 millisecond beeps before returning to normal operation.

COSTAR® 24VC-e effectively controls CO for a wide variety of structures: indoor parking facilities, bus garages, service garages, arenas, fire stations, loading docks, warehouses, and more. COSTAR® 24VC-e can be installed as a building is being constructed or retrofitted in your older building. Quantum’s COSTAR® 24VC-e is not only for parking structures, though. Poor air quality can exist in other parts of your structure and in buildings without garages as well. Quantum Group Inc. can supply your building with the best quality technology and service. Quantum’s technology was found the most reliable, according to tests performed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  We have been the premier developer and manufacturer of carbon monoxide sensors, alarms, detectors and carbon monoxide controls that are false alarm free in Southern California for many years, and we look forward to helping you with all your CO needs. Contact Quantum Group Inc. today at 800.432.5599 for a healthier tomorrow.