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Why Perform Combustion Analysis?

Published with permission from Brady Services.

Improved Efficiency The largest source of boiler heat loss is from heat energy leaving the system exhaust flue or stack. This loss is composed of Dry Gas loss and Latent Heat Loss. To reduce the sources of heat loss and save fuel costs by improving fuel efficiency, an equipment tune-up using combustion analysis is performed.

Reduced Emissions Undesirable emissions associated with burning fossil fuels include carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. These emissions are toxic, contribute to pollution and cause health problems. Federal and state laws govern the permissible emission rates under the Clean Air Act. The EPA and other local agencies also regulate the emissions of these pollutants.

Improved Safety Combustion analysis along with a good preventative maintenance program allow technicians to maintain boiler operating specifications for safe and efficient operation. Safety concerns can include: a reduction in excess air which results in an increase of carbon monoxide and other gases, low draft pressures contribute to a buildup of combustion gases in the combustion chamber or into the building and draft pressures in the flue can cause turbulence in the flue which can lead to damage to the combustion chamber or heat exchanger material.

With combustion analysis, efficiencies are raised, emissions are reduced and documentation is provided. Life cycle and sustainability is enhanced.