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Preventative Maintenance: Ways to get Ahead

Minimizing Energy Consumption in Industrial Furnaces

Energy in furnace systems can easily be lost due to equipment inefficiencies and limitations in mechanical and thermal processes. There are proactive measures you can take to ensure maximum efficiency for your furnace combustion systems. Here are the top 5 ways you can minimize energy consumption for your furnace:

1. Understanding Operation

By training your current staff or having vendor technicians to help troubleshoot, the knowledge of how your furnace operates can save on operational costs. If the furnace operation seems irregular, give Onex a call to describe the issue and our technicians can help you troubleshoot and the issue. Trained furnace operators can quickly identify issues and reduce equipment downtime.

2. Air Management

You should always properly inspect air flows, filters and the air/fuel control mechanisms to ensure there is no excessive variability present. Therefore, better air management can improve the overall system. Flow sensors and control valves that monitor and continuously adjust air and gas are commonly used.  Air filters and fuel strainers are also important aspects in minimizing energy consumption so be sure to clean or replace air filters and fuel strainers regularly.

3. Inspect and Clean furnace components

Burners, regulators and control valves can degrade or even become damaged after daily wear of combustion temperatures. Inspect burners for dirt, debris, excessive oxidation or warping as these parts get the most wear in the combustion system. Also, make sure bearing lubrication has been performed on a regular schedule.

4. Choose the correct burner

When choosing the burners, consider how each burner burns fuel and transfers heat to the end product. If you are unsure of what burner is right for your system, or have questions about the different types of burners, give Onex a call! Our knowledge and expertise can help direct your decision on the right burner.

5. Combustion tuning

Combustion tuning improves the rate at which mixing occurs and the amount of excess air required can be reduced. This is important when the atmospheric temperatures change due to changes in seasons which affect your combustion heating systems. Regular inspections from an outsource vendor are beneficial to reduce fuel consumption and maintain furnace control thereby producing a quality product.

Source: Lampe, Mark. “How to Maximize Burner Efficiency.” Industrial Heating RSS, 7 Sept. 2017, www.industrialheating.com/articles/92914-how-to-maximize-burner-efficiency.

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