August’s Energy Saving Tips

by Steph Marshall | on Aug 26, 2013 | No Comments

This month’s tips are all about boiler maintenance and although the summer’s not over yet, it’s still wise to be turning our attention to how we intend to heat our building(s) in the coming months.

Below are August’s tips on boiler maintenance and if you’re interested in finding out more then please don’t hesitate to get in touch on: 01273 358 534 or email: info@nullretrostructure.com

Read the manual
It may seem obvious but by keeping your boiler’s manual on display and close to the boiler, then you’ll be making sure that it’s being operated correctly.

If you don’t have or you’ve lost your boiler manual, then check your model number and either contact the manufacturer to request a new one or go online to download instructions direct from the web.

To get the most from your boilers; ensure staff are competent/adequately trained and it’s best to designate sole users to avoid misunderstandings and unnecessary changes.

Avoid dry cycling
Dry cycling, aka: short-circuiting or short-cycling, happens if a boiler’s surroundings cause it to lose heat so that the temperature of the water inside dips lower than the internal load control system or thermostat.  Boilers are programmed to try to restore the water temperature, which in turn wastes energy as the extra heat isn’t actually required.

In most cases, if installed, a BMS/BEMS will monitor, measure and respond to overall temperatures from all the boilers however, it doesn’t check individual loads for each boiler.  This means it’s nigh on impossible to check which of your boilers is wasting energy through dry cycling.  With or without a BMS system installed, the simplistic and most cost-effective solution to this problem is to retrofit additional controls to fine-tune your existing boiler systems.

Keep it safe
Boilers are usually pretty reliable especially if well-maintained although, on some occasions, they can go wrong.  By purchasing a carbon monoxide detector you’ll have the security of knowing that you’ve taken all the correct safety procedures to ensure your building users are working in a healthy and secure environment.

Getting regular boiler checks is also something that you need to be doing to ensure your equipment is operating safely and efficiently which will also grant you peace of mind when it comes to yours and your building’s users’ safety.

Frozen pipes
Modern condensing boilers are more efficient than older models however, they have been known to have frozen condensate pipes during the winter.  The best way to ensure you avoid getting frozen pipes is to ensure you you’re your boilers set to anti-frost which will lessen the effect of minus temperatures during the night.

If the problem keeps occurring then extra insulation around the pipe or maybe even getting a replacement are both reasonable suggestions however, avoiding the problem in the first place is best practise.

If you’re concerned about your boiler or you just want to know a few more tips on maintenance and safety then get in touch today and we’ll be happy to get the ball rolling.

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