If your cooling tower is dirty, 1) you are literally paying the price for lack of maintenance – the dirt affects your system performance and increases energy consumption, and 2) you are risking the building occupants’ health.
Chemical water treatment has always been one of the biggest safety concerns when managing a facility. The reasons are numerous: drums of toxic chlorine, wash stations, emergency contact procedures, and legionella to name a few …
In the HVAC industry, water and energy use are closely related. In fact, we could say that they are interdependent.
Sum up high energy rates in your facility to over-billing by energy companies and you ‘ll see profits drop. Add old equipment in your building and it sounds even worse.
What can you do?
Source: SPX Cooling Technologies
Spring is coming, and sooner than later you will have to start up your cooling tower again. If you have worked on a season lay-up or storage inhibitors, your job will be easier. But most of us get so involved in cleaning, repairing or replacing chillers that forget about the importance of maintaining the cooling tower in the cold season. If that is the case, your startup process will need more attention.
Air inlets and airborne debris, a dangerous combination
The air inlet entrance of your cooling tower is a big and inviting door not only for cottonwood but also for dust, pollen, leaves, insects and all types of airborne debris.
According to CNN, Increased cases of legionella were found in the region around Disneyland and local businesses were tipped off by the center for health. Disney did a fantastic job of answering the call and completing advanced bacteria testing on their system water. But, the results were not ideal …
Disney and The Evil Legionella
Disneyland and their cooling towers have got in a bit of hot water.
Increased cases of legionella were found in the region and local businesses were tipped off by the center for health. Disney, probably thinking they were in the clear took it upon themselves to do bacteria testing. The results are not what you would expect …