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Boilers are an old concept caught up in rapid technological advancement. A cast iron boiler in an historic building, under the wrong conditions, is literally a bomb waiting to explode. Meanwhile, the newest boilers on the market have out of the box digital analysis with graphic read outs. Wherever you find your boiler on this technical spectrum there are two essential things you can do to take control: annual maintenance and system integration.

Annual Maintenance: It is one thing to have a boiler operator license in Montana. It is quite another to have decades of experience working on boilers and the “ninja skills” that come along with it. Most facilities managers are capable of efficiently operating a boiler that is serviced, once a year, by a boiler expert. A lack of good annual maintenance can quickly lead to a very expensive shortening of the life-cycle of a boiler. Get on the annual calendar of an experienced professional. Then, when emergences come up, you have a pro with intimate knowledge of your system. And speaking of systems…

A cast iron boiler in an historic building, under the wrong conditions, is literally a bomb waiting to explode.

System Integration: Was your boiler built in 1929, 1989, or 2009? In any case it may still be viable. Efficiency and savings comes from integration. Max Rohr explains in Plumbing Engineer, July 2015 “…there is no replacement for a network of sensors and thermostats communicating to a central brain that drives the boiler… to see significant gains you have to have some sort of modulation control over the boiler… I would even argue that broken equipment is related to poor control as much as any other factor.” http://www.plumbingengineer.com/content/gaining-controls

Maintain your boiler annually and integrate it with a network of controls throughout your building.

We do that.

Author: corecontrol

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