At Manley’s Boiler, we know that our jobs don’t end once we install a boiler or make a repair. Although those tasks are an important part of our work, another one of our roles is to continue to educate our clients on boiler innovations, boiler facts, and boiler repair. With that goal in mind, we want to share five little known boiler facts that we think all of our clients should know.
Boilers Are Getting Greener
While the heavy-duty operations of your average industrial boiler might not seem so green at first glance, one of the most exciting boiler facts is that the industry is working hard to become more environmentally friendly. These efforts mean more efficient equipment and reduced emissions—which is especially helpful when it comes to adhering to AQMD protocols. As a bonus, the greener the boiler, the more money your company will save on fueling your operations.
The Right Way to Measure Steam Efficiency
This is one of those boiler facts that you should definitely know if you are interested in saving money. Boiler companies talk about boiler efficiency quite a bit, so you should have a clear definition of what that means. There are many ways to talk about boiler efficiency, but at the end of the day, the fuel to steam efficiency calculation will tell you more than general thermal efficiency, because it accounts for aspects of the process like convection loss and gives you the truest sense of how your boiler is performing.
Boiler Maintenance Changes from Season to Season
Although winters in California may be less severe than in other areas of the country, winter means changes in how your boiler performs. The best thing to do before winter comes is schedule an inspection so that any issues with your boiler can be identified before the season truly sets in. Ask your boiler technician to delve into the basic winter boiler facts to keep your equipment running well until spring.
Fuel Type Influences Boiler Performance
For gas fuel boilers, the amount of hydrogen in your fuel will affect your boiler’s efficiency. Higher hydrogen levels in your fuel means more water is created during the combustion process. The creation of water vapor during the process means that energy is being expended, so opt for fuels with less hydrogen to maximize performance.
A New Boiler Can Save You Money
It seems counterintuitive, but yes, buying a new boiler can be a smart investment. If you are running old, out of date equipment, chances are you are not getting the most out of the combustion process. You can continue to make repairs on old boilers, but with newer, more energy efficient models on the market, you could rent or buy a new boiler and end up recouping what you would have spent on service, new parts, and lost energy.