The Importance of Clean Condenser Water Systems

Water Wasters Poorly-Maintained Cooling Towers Foul Up SavingsCommercial HVAC systems account for between 40 and 50 percent of a building’s total energy use. With one system being responsible for so much cost, facility managers and building owners have an obligation to their tenants to reduce the system’s energy use while still keeping people comfortable. On larger buildings with water cooled chillers and cooling towers, these complicated pieces of cooling equipment are interconnected. When once piece of equipment is not working well that inefficiency spreads throughout the entire HVAC system driving up energy costs. Through good maintenance practices, facility managers can have equipment that operates efficiently and keep energy costs at normal levels.

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The Effects of Scale on Your Facility’s Cooling Tower

One proven way to reduce spiking temperatures in industrial systems is by deploying cooling towers. Once embedded, a cooling tower becomes the crucial component in rejecting heat from process equipment into the towers bulk water. Likewise, the process equipment is dependent on a tower’s performance to then further reject that heat out of the system.

So, it’s important to control scaling in your cooling tower through a regular preventative maintenance program. If the tower fill has scaling, that deposit minimizes the amount of air the tower fan can pull through to efficiently cool the bulk water. Failure to protect your cooling tower and its associated equipment from scaling can have a corresponding result in downstream failures in your process. Wondering what those might be? Read on and learn about the risks of uncontrolled scale and what you can do about these threats.

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HVAC Maintenance Implications of Nearby Fires

The West Coast is again facing epic wildfires filling the air with soot and ash settling onto roads, cars, and buildings, sometimes hundreds of miles away from the fires. For managers of commercial buildings, the flying ash increases the possibility of HVAC maintenance problems particularly in facilities with open cooling towers. Some building managers close to the fires have reported increased microbial growth in their open cooling towers as a result of the additional airborne particulates. The algae growth is clogging up the tower fill and wet ash is being drawn into the piping systems restricting the flow of tower water. If not immediately corrected, pipe fouling in open towers is an expensive and disruptive situation to correct.

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Recording Available! Webinar: Preventative Maintenance for Cooling Tower Systems

Cooling tower maintenance is a crucial part of facility maintenance. A poorly maintained cooling tower can have a negative impact on public health, overall system efficiency and operational costs. In order to provide education on this important topic, Goodway Technologies  hosted a free webinar discussing the impact of neglecting cooling towers and providing tips on how to execute preventative maintenance. The webinar, “Preventative Maintenance for Cooling Tower Systems” is available to view now.

View the webinar here.

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Infographic-Cooling Tower Maintenance: How To Guide

Did you know that drift, small water droplets, from a contaminated cooling tower can carry Legionella and other bacteria up to 2 miles from your facility? These cooling tower maintenance and cleaning steps, along with Goodway’s cooling tower products, will help keep your facility and cooling towers clean, safe, energy efficient and help you meet ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015!

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Protect Your Cooling Towers from Legionella Before Your City Does it for You

It’s happened again. Tests indicate Legionella bacteria have contaminated the water supplies of the University of Windsor, in Canada, for a second time. Facilities in major metropolitan areas may be facing a similar threat of outbreaks if they do not mandate and enforce the proper maintenance of cooling towers and water supplies. Studies have shown that 40 – 60 percent of cooling towers test positive for Legionella so the problem will likely not go away on it’s own. Is there any good news here? Well, New York City is the exception in this battle against Legionella, as their Codes to Protect Against Legionella are some of the strictest in the nation.

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Webinar: Preventative Maintenance for Cooling Tower Systems

Cooling tower maintenance is a crucial part of facility maintenance. A poorly maintained cooling tower can have a negative impact on public health, overall system efficiency and operational costs. In order to provide education on this important topic, Goodway Technologies is hosting a free webinar discussing the impact of neglecting cooling towers and providing tips on how to execute preventative maintenance. The webinar, “Preventative Maintenance for Cooling Tower Systems” will take place on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 2 p.m. EST. Register for the free webinar here.

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Infographic-Cooling Tower Maintenance: How Do You Compare?

A healthy cooling tower is essential for the health of your personnel and the public, as well as the longevity and efficiency of your equipment. Wonder how you compare to other facility managers and personnel when it comes to cooling tower maintenance? Download our infographic to find out!

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Disneyland Legionnaires Cases Raise Cooling Tower Preventative Maintenance Questions

Recent legionnaires news at Disneyland is the latest reminder that this public safety and HVAC maintenance issue isn’t going away anytime soon. As mentioned in previous posts, Legionnaires’ disease is a serious and sometimes fatal disease that affects the lungs as a severe strain of pneumonia. It can be contracted through poorly treated or untreated potable or nonpotable water and grows well in warm conditions.

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How to Future Proof Your Facility Management Career

Someday your facility’s cooling tower may be queued up to follow an automatic preventive maintenance program and actually self-clean in an effort to boost efficiencies and decrease unplanned repair costs. Cool, right? Well, there’s a growing concern within many industries that “automation” is synonymous with “job loss.”

According to a recent McKinsey & Co. analysis of 2,000 different work activities across 800 occupations, automation will change virtually every job in every occupation. Specifically, McKinsey found that in about 60% of occupations, 30% of tasks could be handed over to robots and bots. Bad news for your career, right? … Think again.

The report concludes less than 5% of global occupations will be fully automated using current technology. The remaining 95% will simply change to account for advancements in technology, connectivity and automation.

Here’s a handful of facility manager skills that’ll be in high demand due, for the most part, by these advancements.

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