Considering the United States, generating heat in houses is the job of a boiler or furnace. While furnaces produce heat by conditioning the air, hot water, and steam heating boilers distribute heat through radiators or floor and wall panels in a room. Industrial boilers act relatively, in the same way, by producing and directing heat to facilitate processes. Questions of efficiency affect both home and industrial concerns for boiler use. More concern exists for steam boilers than with hot water boilers; however, high-efficiency types are available in all categories.
How industrial boilers can impact your energy efficiency can inspire you to improve or replace your boiler system. Remember boilers, by a general principle, are energy efficient compared to furnaces. Generally speaking, using less fuel to do their job means lower energy costs. Starting with the boiler unit, make several improvements to increase performance. The issue falls in three places: the unit, risk calculations, or industrial boiler controls.
A water heating boiler has a return of fifty to ninety percent in costs over a year. This evaluation also depends on the boiler’s age. Overall, a boiler has a high expense to install and requires a basic temperature to prevent the distribution pipes from freezing. Create efficiency for a boiler by heating only the rooms for processes you actively use. In general, to improve the efficiency of your boiler system, first, increase the energy efficiency coming from your central heating system. Afterward, purchasing a smaller unit will further lower the costs to run the unit. Also, take these three principals as guidelines for creating an efficient heating unit:
- update your boiler insulation to prevent heat from escaping,
- replace your boiler burner by an upgrade to encourage a clean burn,
- check your airflow by fine-tuning combustion rates as a part of regular maintenance.
In your chosen heat source you can measure your heat efficiency by a standard rating. You can roughly construct a standard for boiler efficiency by measuring output energy then divide it by the boiler’s heat input. Multiply the number by one hundred, and you have a rating. After calculating your numbers, evaluate fuel savings and maintenance to understand what needs to be improved to reach a better rating.
Using a programmable thermostat can be the beginning of increasing your boiler’s efficiency. According to some literature, you can recover almost ten percent of all costs in a year. For an industrial boiler controls levels of efficiency, use computer software can integrate the system’s process and help lower waste.
In the end, discussion of your boiler use, viability, and practical use of resources must yield to an energy-saving stance. As more states are passing laws for industries to pursue energy-saving practices, industries come under a mandate to change as well. For your boiler system, it may be time for a boiler retrofit to curtail energy costs and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Seek a company that holds expertise in industrial boiler maintenance; especially, one that guarantees a visible payback on your energy bills.
Guest author, Katie earned a BA in English from WWU and loves to write. She also adores hiking in redwood forests and photography. She feels happiest around a campfire surrounded by friends and family.