Boiler Efficiency and Maintenance
Tips for Boiler Efficiency and Maintenance
Given the high prices of fuel, you want to make sure that your boiler is always running at its peak efficiency so that you are getting the largest return for your hard earned pennies. If your boiler is running at its best, then you will be able to heat your home without spending too much extra money in the process. Here are just a few of the best ways to make sure that your boiler is running at peak efficiency.
First of all, you need to make sure that you have reduced any excess air that may be building up during the combustion phase. When more air is used during combustion, the air will be heated and then discharged back out. This can cause some dangerous scenarios over time as well, so it is important your fuel air ratio is correct.
Second, you may want to think about installing an economiser on your boiler. This is a way to make sure that heat transfer is properly being taken care of within the boiler. The tubes can help by circulating the feed water, or by circulating the boiler water.
Safety & Efficiency
Third, you need to make sure that your boiler stays efficient, and also safe, by making sure that all scale and deposits are reduced. When these start to build up on a boiler they can lead to a reduction of the steel’s strength, overheating, and can even cause the boiler to crack. This will be taken care of by regular maintenance of your tank. If you regularly have someone out to check out your tank, then it will not be a worry.
This leads into the fourth thing you can do to increase the efficiency of your boiler, which is have it regularly maintained. Regular maintenance performed by a professional will help ensure that your boiler is safe and running at its best. A boiler engineer will come out and check all of the connections to make sure they are sealed, and all pieces to make sure that everything is working properly. Replacing anything that may be ageing on a regular basis will keep the machine working smoothly for many more years.
Finally, you need to think about reducing blow down and recovering some of the waste that occurs during this process. When the blow down is complete, boiler water is sent into the drains. During this process, steam is created from the water evaporation, and this steam causes the water to become concentrated inside of the boiler. Therefore, some water is drained, so if you can control the draining you will be ahead. You also can recover some of these wastes by utilising heat exchanger tubes, blow tanks, or other pumping solutions.