As a commercial building owner, you surely have an interest in energy efficiency – especially since energy-efficient systems can save you more money on operating costs. Although conversations around energy efficient appliances usually focus on HVAC systems, did you know that commercial boiler systems are also being made more energy efficient? In this article, we’ll discuss some of the advances made to commercial boiler systems that make them more energy efficient.
The Principles of Energy Efficiency
There are several key principles of energy efficiency that you should consider in regard to your commercial building, including:
- Building materials. Is your building made from local materials that don’t contain any traces of toxic elements? Can the materials be recycled? Have your materials been sourced from sustainable suppliers?
- Smart lighting design. Make the most of natural light, especially if you live in a sunny climate, and enjoy lower energy bills when you don’t need to keep your lights turned on all day.
- Energy efficient appliances. Are your appliances old and inefficient? It may be time for an upgrade, especially for larger commercial buildings that have sizable energy outputs on a daily basis.
- Energy efficient hot water systems. How efficient is your commercial boiler? Would you consider switching to a solar hot water system, or perhaps upgrading to a newer, more energy efficient model?
Energy Efficient Design
When’s the last time your commercial boiler was audited for energy efficiency? Maintaining and upgrading your boiler system on a regular basis is essential, especially considering that energy costs are increasing. Energy efficient boiler design contains the following elements:
- Only heats the exact quantities of water needed, instead of heating entire tankfulls that sit unused.
- Uses solar energy to heat water where possible. More commercial building owners are harnessing the power of the sun and using completely free and renewable energy for their boiler systems.
- Alerts you to any leaks or other problems to repair. Even a small leak can result in expensive energy costs, so you want a boiler system that alerts you if something goes wrong.
Building Codes in New Jersey
If you’re ready to upgrade your commercial boiler system, you need to ensure you’re familiar with New Jersey’s building codes before replacing it. We recommend checking with a trusted HVAC installer who knows the building codes inside and out, and who can recommend an energy efficient commercial boiler system that is in accordance with all the state and local codes. Investing in a new commercial boiler system is a big decision, so do it the right way.
Improving The Energy Consumption of Your Commercial Boiler
Install an economizer: An economizer uses the excess flue gas to heat the hot water that your boiler would otherwise heat. This saves you fuel and prevents your boiler from damage caused by cold water.
Regularly tune the burner. If your burner isn’t getting the right amount of air, the overall efficiency of your system is reduced. It can also pose serious health hazards because if too little air is present, your system produces carbon monoxide. Have your HVAC technician tune your burner regularly.
Insulate your valves. Sometimes the insulation on the valves is removed for repairs or maintenance, and it’s never replaced. When your valves are exposed to the air it results in heat loss, and it makes the boiler room incredibly hot. Ensure your valves are insulated properly for maximum energy efficiency, and to keep the room from overheating.
For more information about the latest energy efficient commercial boiler systems for your business, please contact our team at Tri-Tech Energy today or visit our website at: https://www.tritechenergy.com/