The cold weather is here, which means the commercial HVAC units of the Greater Toronto Area are all fully up and running. Though a boiler operates with a fairly simple heating system, it is helpful to understand how it works and why it is essential to ensure everything is properly maintained and running at peak efficiency. This helps avoid system failures during the cold months when you need your heating most.
The Key Components of a Commercial Boiler System
Even with innovations in efficiency and function, boilers are essentially quite simple systems whose fundamentals operate the same way they have for centuries. Here are the key components of any commercial boiler system:
- Burner: A self-explanatory component of the heating system, the burner is the part where the boiler’s fuel (typically gas) is burned to provide the core heat source. Oxygen flows into the burner is carefully regulated to ensure that the flame stays consistent, without the fluctuations caused by wind and pressure changes.
- Combustion chamber: This metal unit contains the boiler’s burners. These are typically made of durable, heavy metal such as cast iron or steel. The combustion chamber provides a safe and controlled environment for the flames to burn and heat water.
- Heat exchanger: This part of the system is a series of pipes (often made of cast iron, steel, or copper) that direct heat produced by the burners towards water tanks. The water is then circulated to heat a building.
- Controls: This is the main point of control over the boiler for its user. Via the controls, your building maintenance crew can control everything from fuel usage and burn regularity to water temperature, combustion chamber oxygen levels, and safety protocols.
- Exhaust stack: Any boiler will produce potentially harmful emissions that must be safely redirected away from the indoor environment. An exhaust stack is a series of pipes that allow exhaust fumes (including harmful levels of carbon monoxide) to be vented into the outdoors.
The benefits of a proactive maintenance program:
- Extended lifespan: Having your system routinely serviced by our team of experts will reduce the risk of damage or degradation over time. By keeping the HVAC unit running efficiently, you can extend its overall lifespan.
- Minimal repairs: A proactive maintenance program helps prevent failures before they occur, thus reducing the need for more costly and complex repairs throughout its usage.
- Reduced energy costs: When an HVAC system goes without regular maintenance, it starts to lose its efficiency, increasing the amount of energy required to achieve the same level of heating. Proactive maintenance ensures your system is always running at peak efficiency, saving significant power and fuel consumption money.
Trust the Commercial Heating Experts at TRI-AIR Systems to Maintain Your Boilers
At TRI-AIR Systems, our team of experienced technicians specialize in both the installation and long-term maintenance of commercial HVAC units across the Greater Toronto Area. We treat our clients like family, offering them the best in safety, efficiency and 24/7 emergency support to keep the heat on and everyone safe through the hard Ontario winters. Clients with a proactive maintenance agreement will receive our special two-hour priority response time, 365 days a year, at a preferred client service hourly rate.
To learn more about TRI-AIR’s commercial HVAC services, call 905-470-2424. You can also contact us online to schedule an inspection or testing or discuss other heating and ventilation-related requirements.