Spotlight On: Heating Season

With more than 1,600 pieces of equipment, deciding what tools to borrow from FELL can be overwhelming. We’ve created a special Heating Season section that guides you through the three most common causes of building inefficiency during the colder months – Controls & Mechanical, Building Envelope, and System Balance – and the equipment that can help you diagnose and solve any issues you may discover.

In addition to a comprehensive list of equipment that can help you identify inefficiencies and save energy, we’ve compiled PowerPoint slide decks with tips and images that will help you carry out diagnostic checks and bring your building to peak performance. Download them so you’ll always have them handy!

Controls & Mechanical

One of the most common concerns during heating season is boilers and other mechanical equipment. In order to optimize these systems the following questions should be addressed:

  • Is the boiler sequencing properly?
  • Is the boiler short cycling?
  • Does your boiler need a tune-up?
  • What is your stack temperature?
  • Is your equipment following schedule?
  • Are your pumps and fans overheating?

Click here for the Controls & Mechanical slide deck, with tips on cycling, boiler tune-ups, flue gas sampling and more.

Equipment to use:
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Application: Boiler sequencing & short cycling
Tool: Motor on/off logger
Application: Boiler tune-up & combustion test
Tool: Combustion analyzer
Application: Measure overheating
Tool: Thermal image camera

Building Envelope

During heating season, a building manager’s primary concern regarding the building envelope is heat loss, as it represents a waste of valuable energy. To this end, it is recommended that he or she identify and fix air leaks, address cold spots and clean ducts and filters to ensure their optimum efficiency. The equipment below can help you answer the following questions:

  • Do you feel any air draft in some areas?
  • How well insulated is your building?
  • Is your chimney clear?
  • Are your ducts and filters clean?

Click here for the Building Envelope slide deck, with tips on how to identify air leaks, check filters, chimneys, and air ducts — even in hard-to-reach places — and more.

Equipment to use:
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Application: Insulation & air leaks
Equipment: Thermal image camera
Application: Clean duct & filters
Equipment: Video borescope

System Balance

Finally, heating season is the time to identify and address system balance inefficiencies which may lead to overworked and overheated systems, ventilation issues, incorrect thermostat readings, and overheated spaces. Critical questions include:

  • What is your air flow temperature at the discharge diffuser?
  • Are your thermostats calibrated?
  • Is your room/space at the desired temperature?
  • Are you under-ventilating or over-ventilating?
  •  hot water system how is your flow rate versus your Delta T?

Click here for the System Balance slide deck, with tips on how to identify if your system is balanced.

Equipment to use:
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Application: Air flow temperature
Equipment: Infrared thermometer
Application: Air flow temperature
Equipment: Balometer
Application: Thermostat calibration
Equipment: Temperature logger
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 Application: Ventilation
Equipment: CO2 logger
Application: Hot water system
Equipment: Ultrasonic flow meter