In our previous chapter, we looked at historical advancements in boiler technology, including a new wave of specialization that took place during the 1950s and 60s. Specialized boilers were created to meet the needs of industries such as hospitality, medicine and paper, while general purpose boilers were becoming more efficient and powerful every year.
In our previous installment of Boiler History, we took a look at the how innovations in boiler technology helped give birth to the power industry in America. Boilers became safer and easier to use, and designs were specialized for a variety of residential and commercial functions.
This year, the All Ways Steam Team was excited to attend Chicago’s AHR Expo—one of the oldest and largest heating and ventilation shows in the world. AHR Expo offers a unique opportunity for the entire industry to get together. It plays host to vendors and exhibitors from every state in the nation, plus representatives from 165 countries around the world.
If colder temperatures and shorter days have your boiler working overtime, then it’s the perfect time to make sure you’re taking all the necessary steps to maximize your energy efficiency. In addition to shaving money off operating costs, these tips will also help extend the life and effectiveness of your boiler. That means your overall cost of ownership will be reduced and your bottom line will benefit.
We love spreading Steam Culture near and far, so when we had the opportunity to attend PowerGen 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, our Steam Team was happy to pull up a seat at the table. PowerGen is the world’s largest power generation conference, playing host to more than 20,000 attendees and 1,400 exhibitors. It brings together leaders from across the energy industry to share the latest innovations and learn about the newest technologies.
The temperature is dropping and winter chill is beginning to creep in, which means your boiler system is working hard to keep you comfortable all day. Heating costs are beginning to rise and your boiler will experience normal wear and tear as it enters its busiest time of year. To help manage your energy bills and keep your boiler running strong throughout the winter, WARE recommends proper pipe insulation.
Don’t get left in the cold! Too often, we see facility managers or property owners waiting until a boiler completely breaks down before replacing it. To make matters worse, these situations typically arise when the boiler has been working at its peak – during winter. A routine breakdown can turn into a full-fledged emergency quickly in bitterly cold conditions, and unless emergency funds are readily available, an unplanned boiler replacement can become a financial burden.
Floods–whether caused by nature or by structural or mechanical failures–can cause deaths, injuries, and severe property damage. To assist in the recovery of boiler systems affected by flooding and help mitigate further risks to public safety and property damage, follow these guidelines: