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2012 Tip Sheets


Browse through our listing of monthly tip sheets below and see how Cleaver-Brooks is helping businesses run better everyday.  

December 2012:

Properly Designing and Installing a Boiler Exhaust System

Boiler efficiency, burner shutdowns, and flame ignition failure upon start-up can result from a poorly designed stack system.  Following are the factors that lead to most problems. Read more.


November 2012:

Steam Solutions for Facilities with Limited Natural Gas Supply or Stringent Emissions Regulations

Many companies today are taking a closer look at electric boilers for a variety of reasons.  First, with their high turndown ratio and quick response time, electric boilers can achieve up to 99.9% efficiency. Read more.


October 2012:

The Importance of Boiler System Integration

Ultimately, the performance of a boiler is based on the ability of the burner, boiler and controls to work together. Boilers that incorporate equipment from a variety of manufacturers following different protocols typically cannot achieve industry-best results. Read more.


September 2012:

Accurately Predicting Boiler Efficiency in Your Environment

Today's published boiler efficiency ratings are calculated by manufacturing using a 15% excess air level, regardless of burner's actual ability to operate at that condition throughout the firing range during normal online operation. Read more.


August 2012:

Proper Selection and Setup of Hydronic Controls 

Many facilities today are taking advantage of lower temperature hydronic boiler heating systems, which are more efficient than traditional steam and hot-water heating systems.  Multiple high-efficiency condensing boilers are often used in these systems. Read more. 


July 2012:

Optimizing Efficiency Through Proper Boiler Maintenance

Is your boiler operating as efficiently as it did during initial start-up? When did you last check the performance of the boiler and burner? Properly maintaining your boiler ensures that it will continue to operate at peak efficiency, saving money in fuel and operating costs both now and in the future. Read more.


June 2012:

Go Green in the Boiler Room

A need for advanced technologies that enable a more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly generation of steam and hot water make boiler rooms more green. Read more.


May 2012:

Knowing When to Replace Your Boiler's Burner

After about 20 years of service, linkage joints, cams and other moving parts wear out and the burner loses its ability to keep tight control of the fuel-air ratio. Read more.


April 2012:

Current Status of the EPA Rules for Boilers

The Area Source Rule and Major Source Rule (Boiler MACT) published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have new compliance information available as a result of correspondence with the courts. Read more.


March 2012:

Hydronic Boilers Yield Significant Savings 

Before condensing boiler technology was introduced, boilers operated at 80% to 85% efficiency.Today, condensing hydronic boilers can operate at efficiencies in the mid to high 90s.Hydronic boilers can be used for either building heat or for process hot water applications. Read more.


February 2012:

Heat Recovery Helps Reduce Fuel Costs

Energy management is a key concern of facility managers today. They know that heat often escapes up the stack along with the fumes. Heat exchangers and economizers can recover this heat loss, helping a boiler run more efficiently and reduce fuel usage. Read more.


January 2012:

Today's Tools Ease Tough Boiler Decisions

Typical decision drivers are: a need to increase fuel efficiency, a requirement to decrease emissions, a heightened demand for steam, a process load decrease, or escalating maintenance costs on existing equipment. Read more. 

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