Getting Ready for Winter

In a commercial setting the goal posts are shifted as heating systems are in constant use. In the case of a hotel for example, this could be 24 hours a day, meaning the system is rarely shut down. As such, there is a risk of downtime if optimisation of the system has not been carried out, bringing with it a host of potential challenges and problems for businesses.

However, in other settings where demand is not as great, such as offices or schools, many businesses will soon be flicking the switch on their heating systems for the first time since spring. For those who have not had the foresight of fine tuning their boiler for the cold winter months there may be an unwanted surprise in the form of leaking pipes, or worse, a complete breakdown. So, what can be done to ensure that downtime is kept to a minimum this winter? 

Helping to produce a healthy ROI for business

The operational costs of having to upgrade a heating system within a boiler room can be overwhelming for business owners. However, the smart contractor will discuss all options, which may mean replacing whole heating systems in some cases. 

Replacing older boilers with new condensing boilers will help enormously when it comes to productivity and energy cost savings. Modulating the boiler output to match the heating needs can improve the efficiency of the heating system. 

In most cases the combined energy efficiencies of condensing boilers with appropriate controls can greatly reduce utility and operating costs. This will certainly help operations managers who are trying to make a case for new heating systems to justify the costs before the existing system fails.  

Water treatment

A key treatment for any system is a combination of water treatment and filtration. This helps to remove dirt and sludge from the system. In the same light, it is counterproductive to install a new boiler into an existing system that contains debris or dirt. This can quickly lead to breakdowns or failure. Contractors and customers are reminded that lack of water treatment could even invalidate a manufacturer’s warranty.

Optimising a heating system is a guaranteed way of ensuring longevity and energy efficiency. Costs and overheads will always play a part in the decision-making process when deciding whether or not to replace old boilers. However, with options available for all budgets and all types of boiler rooms, businesses can safeguard heating systems to ensure that productivity and efficiency is maintained throughout the winter months.

This article first appeared in HVR magazine, October 2018.