Rising To The Energy Efficiency Challenge
Due to its enormous impact on the environment, the single most important challenge facing the industrial/commercial HVAC sector is energy efficiency. Environmental issues are central to any debate involving HVAC equipment because, by its very nature, energy generation causes emissions and there is no such thing as clean combustion or emission-free energy.
Of course, everybody seems to be talking about global warming and climate change at the moment and this inevitably leads to a danger of ‘eco-fatigue’ as people get bombarded with dire warnings about the end of the world.
That does not, however, let the HVAC industry off the hook. It’s important to weigh up both the ecological and economic arguments surrounding heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, and to lead the debate with informed comment and accurate information.
Building owners and occupiers are understandably concerned about the environmental impact of heating and air conditioning on their buildings, but they are also interested in the financial impact.
To make a real and lasting impact on global warming, we need to think far more radically about how we design and specify our heating equipment. However, that does not necessarily mean focusing on the most sophisticated technology available.
Consultants are understandably keen to maximise the energy efficiency of the building services systems they design, but new doesn’t always equate to best. Adopting a “back to basics” approach to HVAC design and specification is a far more effective way to guarantee optimum efficiency than latching onto the latest popular, but probably also complicated and expensive trend.
All the technical improvements in the heating equipment sector aim to meet the same two objectives – increase efficiency and reduce polluting emissions. And doing the former will inevitably lead to the latter.
How can you increase efficiency?
One simple but effective way to increase efficiency is to fit ECEX Air Intake Screens because they filter out the pollen, dust, leaves, insects and other debris that can reduce the effectiveness of HVAC equipment such as air handling units, cooling towers, dry air coolers and air conditioning units.
Any build-up of debris can be quickly removed using a soft brush or vacuum cleaner, significantly reducing maintenance time whilst protecting perishable filters.
This leads to a number of key benefits including better indoor air quality, lower maintenance, longer filter life, the elimination of downtime and lost productivity due to fouling & clogging, and serviceable plant life.
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