Space heating and water heating represent a large portion of the energy bills for most commercial buildings, so it’s worth taking the time to develop a maintenance strategy for your boilers and water heating equipment. In Facility Maintenance Decisions, engineer Dale J. Kondik offers a variety of energy conservation measures targeting boilers and water heaters that can improve efficiency and savings. “Boilers are often commissioned at the time of installation,” he says. “After that, attention often fades to a bare minimum to maintain operation. This dangerous mentality prevents many technicians and operators from targeting boilers for improvements. But during normal operation, boiler efficiency degrades unless workers pay continued attention to both the water side and air side of heat transfer.”

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