Improve your facility's energy rating with proper condenser coil maintenance
Many of todays commercial properties are on a mission to become more efficient. If youre looking for an energy star certification for your property, its important to have a thorough maintenance program in place for your HVAC system. HVAC can account for as much as 60% of all energy use in a commercial setting, and its for this reason that the EPA places an emphasis on HVAC system design and upkeep when evaluating properties for Energy Star Certification.
The EPA evaluates HVAC maintenance plans prior to awarding Energy Star Certifications.
One of the key items on the EPAs HVAC checklist is a comprehensive system maintenance plan with supporting documentation. Theyve outlined the specific items they look for during inspections here.
One of the major items on the HVAC checklist is regular condenser coil cleaning. Condenser coils are a major factor in your systems energy consumption. These coils are how your HVAC system transfers heat from the inside of your facility to the outside.
Your condenser coil receives hot, vaporized refrigerant from your systems evaporator unit. The condensers coils, fan, and compressor work together to liquify and cool the refrigerant through a combination of compression and heat exchange.
Heat exchange happens as a result of a temperature differential between the refrigerant in the coils and the outside air. The greater that difference is, the more effectively the refrigerant can be liquified and cooled. Your condenser features a large fan that is tasked with drawing a high volume of air over your heated condenser coils, cooling them through heat exchange.
Dirty Condenser Coils Restrict Airflow in the Condenser
Condenser coils naturally get dirty over time due to being place outside. Constant airflow draws dirt, dust, and contaminants into the coils where it collects. During storms or windy weather additional debris can collect in the coils. If the condenser is located near other hazards, such as a dryer vent, additional debris can accelerate the rate that coils become dirty or blocked. When airflow is restricted, the temperature differential between the coils and ambient air decreases, and the condenser can no longer effectively cool refrigerant.
Clean Condenser Coils Each Year at a Minimum
AdvantaClean can help you implement a documented evaporator cleaning program in compliance with Energy Star expectations. Well design a cleaning schedule based on your systems needs, and provide full reports at each service interval. This will keep your system running at peak efficiency and move you closer to your goal of an energy efficient facility.