Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Preventive Maintenance / Energy Savings

The single best Return On Investment (ROI) you can achieve from your heating maintenance and cooling system, is regularly scheduled preventive maintenance. In fact, an expert heating maintenance program easily pays for itself in annual energy savings and avoids costly repair bills.  Preventive maintenance of your equipment will prevent future problems and unwanted costs. Your cooling and heating system will be kept at peak performance by following routine PM and Inspection. A typical heating and cooling Preventive Maintenance Inspection will include the following tasks:

Sample tasks:
• (IR inspections) Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors. Faulty electrical connections can cause unsafe operation of your system and reduce the life of major components. 
• Lubricate all moving parts. Parts that lack lubrication, cause friction in motors and increases the amount of electricity used. 
• Check and inspect the condensate drain levels. 
• Check controls of the system to ensure proper and safe operation.  
• Inspect evaporator (indoor blower) and condenser (outdoor unit) air conditioning coils. Dirty coils reduce the system's ability to cool and cause the system to run longer, increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment. 
• Check refrigerant level and adjust if necessary. Too much or too little refrigerant will make your system less efficient increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment. Experience shows that improper refrigerant charging wastes an average of 30 percent on one's cooling bill!
• Clean and adjust blower components to provide proper system airflow for greater comfort levels. Airflow problems can reduce your system's efficiency by up to 15 percent! 
• Check all gas (or oil) connections, gas pressure, burner combustion and heat exchanger. Improperly operating gas (or oil) connections are a fire hazard and can contribute to health problems. A dirty burner or cracked heat exchanger causes improper burner operation. Either can cause the equipment to operate less safely and efficiently. 
• Inspect, clean, or change air filters. A dirty filter can increase energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to early failure.

Energy Savings through Monitoring and Controlling:
• Power Factor Controller
• Lighting Controller
• Energy Surveillance System
• Demand Response Program with your Energy Provider
• Frequency Drives

Listed above, are just a few steps that can be used to help get a better handle on energy savings - ones that can be used to help reduce costs. Most energy providers are more than happy to work with their customers to help reduce power consumption.  Along with a preventive maintenance strategy, energy monitoring can also be incorporated into your CMMS software (Computerized Maintenance Management System) to keep your equipment running efficiently, and alarm you when there is a problem with filters, motors, fans, water temp, and air temp, just to mention a few things.

• Reduce Energy Consumption

• Reduce Energy Cost
• Extend the Life of Equipment
• Improved Bottom Line

Get the most out of your CMMS system, through ENERGY SAVINGS!
Ask 'Main T. Man' about Energy Savings.
It's all about R.O.I. the form of Energy Savings!
Call 1-262-725-3590 (1-262-244-0346 FAX). or

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