Large buildings need immense air conditioning for internal heating and cooling. You yourself may work in a large building, and you may be in charge or have some influence over your building’s air conditioning. Your building may likely be using a heat pump for its air conditioning needs.
Pumping Heat In and Out
A heat pump does exactly what the name says: it pumps heat into your building using a furnace or boiler in winter. During summer, the process goes in reverse — the heat is taken out of your building. For this process, the heat pump transfers the heat to a cooling tower. Inside the cooling tower, evaporation is used to take the heat out of the hot water from your building’s air conditioning system, and into the air outside your building.
Now, cooling towers need to be maintained regularly in order to keep energy costs low. You can follow these simple maintenance tasks to keep your building’s tower working at optimum energy efficiency.
Some maintenance can be done by simply checking parts of the cooling tower. You can listen in on the tower, and try to notice any unusual noises that may come from it. Afterwards, you can check for debris in the strainers and inspect the water distribution system. You can also inspect water levels in the water supply to make sure there is just enough water being used.
Other tasks you can do include cleaning out the cold water basin. It is important to keep the cooling tower side stream filtration free from dirt. To save you the trouble, you can actually install a basin sweeper for automatic cleaning. You can also lubricate fan shaft bearings. Experts recommend lubricating every three months to keep the operation going. Again, you can install bearing greasers for automatic maintenance.
You can do so much more in maintaining your building’s cooling tower. With an outfitted and well-maintained HVAC tower, no matter the season, you will be working in a comfortable environment with the right temperature.