Dampers have become an important part of fire safety plan. Nowadays, homes and buildings are being constructed with damper placement and installations in mind. Building and fire codes even have specific requirements when it comes to the standard and quality of dampers to be installed.
Ceiling radiation dampers are devices installed into the ceiling that act as heat barriers. These dampers protect “fire-rated” ceilings by diverting the direction of flames through large openings; thereby protecting the structure of the ceiling assembly should a fire occur. In the same way, ceiling radiation dampers provide protection for HVAC systems which penetrates the ceiling membranes of a building.
Ceiling radiation dampers come in different forms and models. Its most popular forms are butterfly and curtain. Various models come as blanket thin, rectangular, round, round easy access and single blade ceiling radiation dampers. Most of these devices are made of galvanized steel and fiberglass cover for more durability.
While these dampers may look complicated, they are easy to use and install. Manufacturers offer an installation guide for the specific type and model that you purchase, allowing you to easily use and install the device on your own. Basically, the installation requires you to identify a desired location on the ceiling where the device is to be installed, ideally near open spaces. The fusible link will then be placed on the desired location by hammering the security links in place.
Each installation procedure vary from model to model. An installation diagram often accompanies the manual to make the process as easy and painless for you. It is best to make sure that the placement and installation is secured and sturdy and in compliance to the fire and safety code.
Choosing the right ceiling radiation damper should be easy if you know what features you are looking for. Often, the main consideration in choosing a ceiling damper is its size and the size of the area where it is to be located. Before scouring the market with the perfect damper, find time to measure the room where you intend to place it. Often a small room will require a damper of smaller size, while a large damper is best placed in a bigger room. Also consider that the height of the ceiling of the room and the dimensions of your potential ceiling radiation damper will not obstruct movement of people inside the room.
Buy only from certified sellers. To ensure that you are buying an authentic product, check the seller’s certification mark. If price is not an issue, then it is best to purchase ceiling dampers from a reputable company with positive customer feedbacks. If budget is limiting you, do not hesitate to look around a little further until you’ve found just the right damper for the right price.
Do not think of ceiling radiation dampers as trivial items that add bulk to your expenses. If you come to think of its benefits, you will find that purchasing such devices will help you sleep better at night, knowing that you are in a more secured place.