Commercial Building Energy SavingsApril 5, 2012 0 Comments
Rising energy costs, lower maintenance budgets, and decreased indoor air quality are challenges facing every facilities manager across the country. But potential savings can located in a commonly overlooked place… the air handling system.
TransWorldNews reports that according to the US Department of Energy (DOE) the “HVAC system accounts for 40 to 60 percent of the energy used in U.S. commercial and residential buildings. This represents an opportunity for energy savings using proven technologies and design concepts. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is one of the biggest areas of energy consumption within a facility. Even the highest-rated HVAC system wastes energy with dirty coils and without a well-sealed duct system.”
Cooling coils use tubing arranged in a series of loops and fins and their purpose is to transfer heat from one fluid to another (e.g. water to air, refrigerants to air, air to air). Aluminum and copper fins are attached to the coils to increase the exposure surface and the rate of heat transfer. In the 1970s and early 1980s the cooling coils had typically 8 to 12 fins per inch, but due to increasing energy costs and mandated energy efficiency ratings, it is not uncommon seeing coils today manufactured with 16 and 18 fins per inch arranged in complex zigzag patterns.
Unfortunately, these high efficiency coils are extremely susceptible to blockage from dust accumulation because once lodged deeply within the fins bacteria and mold may initiate growth, which not only compounds the blockage problems but also gives rise to excessive operating costs, comfort control problems and unhealthy sanitary conditions that are not conducive to good air quality.
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