You are probably not familiar with English actor Christopher Parker, but there is a quote attributed to him that is good to know: "Procrastination is like a credit card: it's a lot of fun until you get the bill." It is common knowledge that putting things off until the last minute tends to have poor results, however, sometimes it simply cannot be helped, can it?
It’s probably happened to you at one point in your life. You purchase a vehicle – for the first year or two you take immaculate care of it. As the years go by, you become more comfortable with it going longer between washes. One day you walk to your car and out of the corner of your eye you spot a small rust spot starting to form near the wheel well – immediately a pit forms in your stomach. Now every time you walk out to your car, you see it. Almost as if it’s mocking you. You think to yourself, if only I would have washed that salt off sooner, or waxed it a few more times, maybe I could have avoided this!
When a steam or hot water boiler satisfies the high limits of the pressure or temperature demands that have been set on its controls, it will cycle off. The problem is that when this occurs while demand is still present, the boiler will quickly be needed back online; this is known as “short-cycling.” Most process and heating systems do not have a steady load--the load will actually vary based on production schedule, changes in outside air temperatures, or other variable factors. The inefficiencies associated with this cycling process are costly.