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​Ahern’s experts possess a wide range of knowledge that extends beyond system design, build, and maintenance. Our blog features a number of technical articles written by Ahern employees that range in topics from industry trends, maintenance tools and tips, to service information, and more.

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Is Your Fire Sprinkler System Ready For Winter

Wednesday, September 02, 2020
Winterizing your fire sprinkler system is critical to keeping it operating effectively. Cold weather will be here before you know it and we want to remind you of some Building Owner requirements of NFPA-25 , 2011 edition for Dry-Pipe and Antifreeze Fire Sprinkler Systems: Draining of all low point...

The Importance of Staying Connected in the Design World

Thursday, July 23, 2020
By Richard Graham, Fire Protection Design Manager Welcome to 2020 and staying connected. What does staying connected mean to you? In 2020, we have experienced new levels in daily communication through Zoom Meetings, Microsoft Teams, and Webex to name a few. Receiving countless and ever-changing...

Code Changes to 2016 NFPA 13

Friday, July 10, 2020
On March 31, 2020, the State of Minnesota updated several fire and building code standards. This included adoption of the 2016 version of NFPA 13 which has several changes that could impact your upcoming projects. Here is a summary of changes that could impact the design and overall cost of the...

Building Preparedness. Are Your Critical Systems Ready?

Thursday, June 04, 2020
The reopening of buildings and facilities demands heightened efforts to ensure occupant health and safety against COVID-19. Our products and services can assist with building readiness while enhancing the performance of your critical systems. AIR QUALITY Air Filtration Let us help determine the...

A Clean Approach to Foam-Water System Testing

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
NFPA 11, 16, 25 and other standards require regular testing of fixed foam-water systems. The process of testing these systems most often requires flowing AFFF foam-water solution to test the performance of the systems components in compliance with the codes. Recent awareness of the potential...

Indoor Air Cleaning Technologies for Your Facility

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
There are two alternative more cost effective ways to reduce the risk of infectious aerosol pathogen spread in buildings using the existing heating and cooling systems. One being ultraviolet light and the other being bi-polar ionization.

Two Industry Leaders Partner in Fire Alarms

Friday, May 15, 2020
Ahern is a NOTIFIER® Premier Distributor for the state of Wisconsin, Illinois, and Eastern Missouri. NOTIFIER® by Honeywell has been in a leadership position in the fire alarm industry for over 60 years and is the largest manufacturer of engineered fire alarm systems. The Premier program is only...

Can Your HVAC System Stand the Heat?

Friday, May 15, 2020
Most of us have had that moment. The one where we keep turning down the thermostat but aren’t feeling the results! Just like our vehicles need regular maintenance, so does our AC system. In fact, it’s critical. A business owner’s comfortability is not only important to them and their employees, but...

Supporting Local Communities

Monday, January 20, 2020
Before the New Year, several offices took part in giving back to their local community through donations or drives. 1. The Madison office hosted a toy drive to benefit the American Family Children's Hospital. Four crates of toys were delivered to the hospital for which the staff was very thankful...

Local Boys and Girls Club Learn About Fire Protection

Wednesday, October 02, 2019
FIRE, often just the word will create excitement. Many enjoy watching it start and grow, feeling the heat rise from the flames and seeing how it reacts. The children of the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley were no different; they were all simply amazed by fire, and on this...

The Importance of Planning for Fire Protection in a Fast-Paced Industry

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Fire Protection systems are expensive systems that the client pays for but never wants to operate. Is this a reason for why we have become known as the forgotten service? Due to being contracted into projects late and immediately under a lot of pressure to deliver our service as a result of a...

Air Vents and Sprinkler Systems

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Trapped air in a wet pipe fire protection system is not something that businesses or homeowners think about when a system is being installed in their facility. This topic, however, should be something discussed. The trapped air in a system can increase the effects of pipe corrosion, which can...

Contractors Gravitating to Prefabrication

Thursday, June 13, 2019
Installation of sheet metal and HVAC systems can require meticulous attention to detail and precise coordination with multiple trades. The prefabrication of multi-trade racking systems allows multiple mechanical components to be constructed in an offsite temperature controlled environment and...

Tips for Valve Maintenance

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Valve maintenance is important. The lifespan of a valve depends on its ability to function as intended. If not cared for properly, there can be many undesirable, costly, and potentially dangerous consequences. Despite the wide variety of valves that exist, there are some simple, general,...
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Extended-Interval Inspection and Testing Requirements

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Did you know that NFPA 25 Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems (2011 edition) includes inspection and testing requirements beyond the more common monthly, quarterly and annual procedures? These extended-interval inspection and testing...

Speaking Sprinkler

Wednesday, April 03, 2019
The 2019 edition of NFPA 13 “Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems” was recently revised. Each new edition is intended to create a document that is easier to use than the previous. Inherently, this document can often be interpreted in many differing opinions and create unintentional...

Utilizing Nitrogen in Dry Pipe Sprinkler Systems

Friday, March 22, 2019
Corrosion has become the bane of the fire sprinkler market. It can lead to numerous problems that include leaks and faulty valves and heads. This, in turn, can lead to loss of property, money, and even life if the problem goes unnoticed. Corrosion in sprinkler systems can happen in as little as a...

Polar Vortex and Heating Systems

Monday, February 18, 2019
Building owners and occupants often ask two questions during, and immediately following polar vortex weather events: Why can't my heating equipment keep my building up to temperature when it is extremely cold outside? Can we install bigger equipment to make things work better when it's cold? These...

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