[This article was written by Lizzie Weakley.]
Running a business can be a very difficult thing. The job is usually far more complex than most people can imagine. You have to become a jack of all trades. One thing that your work as a business owner may end up entailing is managing a boiler or even a set of them. Maintaining an industrial boiler is not something most people know how to do. If you want to do the job properly, some learning is certainly required. With that in mind, below are four tips for maintaining the boilers in your business.
In regard to boiler management, being able to effectively track the maintenance performed on those boilers is the key to improving their efficiency and protecting your investment into that equipment. Boilers that are not well maintained will not run efficiently, if at all. Read over the suggested maintenance schedule provided by the manufacturer. Track the completion of those maintenance tasks in both a written and digital form. Ensure you are actually following the proper maintenance schedule.
Treat the Water
A common cause of boiler inefficiency is actually the quality of the water used. If the water used is impure, particulates contained within could end up clogging up the tubes inside that boiler. When this occurs, the ability of a boiler to easily transfer heat is dampened. This will result in a sharp decline in boiler efficiency. Overall, your boiler water must be treated on a regular basis. Installing a filtration system or a deaerator can also help prevent the creation of clogs.
Invest in a Control System
One option you have to help streamline the management of your boilers is to invest in a control system. This kind of controls integration can provide insight into the operation of your boilers in real time. It can also provide extra safeguards to ensure that you or your workers are not harmed by a boiler related accident. Seek out a company with extensive experience with developing custom-made boiler control systems to find the appropriate solution for your specific setup.
Something you need to factor into your boiler management is the challenge presented by wasted heat. If all the heat being produced isn’t used, it’s wasted. Efficiency will decline as a result. One solution to this problem is to install a heat recovery unit that will actually reuse heat produced during boiler blowdown that would have been wasted otherwise.
Overall, managing and maintaining boilers is no easy task. Make sure to thoroughly educate yourself on the topic. Also get help when you can via the manufacturer and other companies to make the management of your boiler system easier and more intuitive.
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.