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It’s almost impossible to imagine a modern building without heating and air conditioning. Today’s HVAC systems not only help ensure the comfort and health of building occupants, they also support temperature and humidity control for a wide range of facilities and purposes, ranging from industrial processing to storage of materials and goods. While we think of these systems as heavy equipment, they are actually controlled by sensitive electronic circuits – and are thus vulnerable to damage from electrical power surges and spikes. To prevent damage to these vital control functions, system designers should include surge protection as part of every installation plan, and maintenance staff should consider adding surge protection to any system that was installed without adequate protection.

Unfortunately, some HVAC technicians may not be aware of current best practices for surge protection, or the latest surge protection devices available for this purpose. Here are four best practices to improve surge protection for HVAC at your facility.

HVAC Lessons Learned

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When it comes to securing the nation’s critical infrastructure, airports are among the most challenging facilities there are. This is due to their complexity of operations, open public spaces, multiple vendors and the tremendous foot-traffic they experience daily. All of this creates a critical mass that demands a level of security unlike any other public facility. The focus on enhanced safety is reflected by the burgeoning airport security market – predicted to grow at a 9.3 percent clip annually until 2023.

Airport Access Control Solutions

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Protecting children in K-12 schools is always a top priority for communities, no matter where they are located. For this reason, school administrators and boards spend considerable funds to provide security and emergency systems in these schools. The range of systems in schools may include access control, lighting controls, video surveillance, and emergency call boxes, among other elements, but arguably the most important system for overall safety is the fire alarm system. 

Surge Protection for Schools

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By their nature, campus settings in Universities, private schools, and colleges can be spread across large areas, with multiple academic buildings, residences, recreational facilities, and parking lots, all connected by pedestrian walkways and other open spaces.  For this reason, providing security and emergency systems in campus settings usually involves a combination of elements. There are those designed for use in buildings, such as access control, and those designed for exterior areas, such as lighting controls, video surveillance, and emergency call boxes.

Surge Protection for Campus Settings

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Running any successful business is a complex challenge, and retail grocery and convenience stores are no exception. Every day, owners and managers in these stores must think about a wide range of items and make hundreds of decisions. These decisions range from product issues (what products to stock, in what quantities, at what prices), to operational issues (staffing, processing transactions, customer service, etc.), to business issues (insurance, finance, licenses, etc.), and much more. This range of topics puts real strains on general managers to constantly juggle all the items competing for their attention.

Surge Protection for Grocery and Convenience Stores

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In the horrific aftermath of 9/11, one of the most devastating outcomes was that more than 300 first responders lost their lives – at least in part – due to a failure of first responders’ radio communications. Regulators across the country – led by the NFPA – have taken lessons from the complex events of that day and initiated legislation, legal mandates, and updates to building and fire codes that are all designed to improve emergency communications and increase building safety for occupants and first responders at all times.
 
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