Boiler Efficiency: Maintenance, Retrofit, and Replacement
Years ago, when fuel was relatively inexpensive and greenhouse emissions were of little concern, boiler manufacturers were producing low-cost boilers that utilized basic technology and were largely inefficient. But as energy costs rose and building owners recognized the need for better efficiency, significant advances were made in boiler design.
Increasing Efficiency of Existing Boilers
If replacing a boiler is not in the capital budget, building owners can look into add-on technology like meters, water-side economizers, high-efficiency replacement burner trays, and upgraded control packages to increase the efficiency of an existing boiler. Boiler retro-commissioning can identify and address areas of energy inefficiency through testing and data analysis.
Modern boilers feature improved coil and heat transfer technology, sophisticated microprocessor-based controls, and BAS integration. Multiple small, high-efficiency boilers are increasingly being used to replace large, inefficient models. Most boiler replacements qualify for tax incentives or rebates from local, state, or federal agencies.
Boiler Maintenance and Service
Regular preventive maintenance is essential to the efficient operation of a boiler, and boilers should be kept as clean as possible. Facilities staff should be properly trained on boiler maintenance and operation and should have a working knowledge of today’s high-tech boiler control systems.
PJM Mechanical Contractors, Inc. has decades of experience in boiler selection, installation, service, retrofit, and maintenance. Our service technicians are experts in oil-fired, gas-fired, and dual-fired boilers as well as sophisticated new high-efficiency boilers. For more information, please call us at (609) 496-8696.