California Boiler Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks for Boiler Room Efficiency from California Boiler

Water Treatment for Steam Boilers

Proper water maintenance is essential to keeping boiler rooms both safe and efficient. Every 1/8" of calcium and other debris created by steam boilers translates to a 3-5% loss in heat transfer. In addition, the build-up of debris could accumulate to a point where the boiler could have a failure to the tubes or tube sheets.

Improving Boiler System Efficiency: Lead-Lag

By only bringing in the boilers needed to maintain the load at any given time, the lead lag system reduces the total amount of energy exhausted and increases overall efficiency.

Improving Boiler System Efficiency: O2 Trim

These precise adjustments significantly reduce the amount of fuel needed to fire the boiler over time, resulting in energy savings as well as increased operating efficiency.

Improving Boiler System Efficiency: Variable Frequency Drives

For motors that operate above 7-10 hp, a variable frequency drive (VFD) can help achieve significant energy savings.

Improving Boiler System Efficiency: Servo Drives

This computer-based system automatically positions air dampers and fuel valves in the optimal location, resulting in tighter control of both air and fuel. When these tolerances are kept closely linked, boiler system efficiency can increase by 1-1.5%.

Improving Boiler System Efficiency: Economizers

Economizers can increase boiler system efficiency from 2-9%, depending on what the water is used for and the temperature of the incoming water.

How to Select an Energy-Efficient Boiler that Will Cut Your Heating Costs and Meet Emissions Requirements

Newer-design firetube boilers that feature XID tubes combined with economizers are recommended for process and hospitals where steam is used.