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Simply put a strainer is a component that has a perforated or wire mesh cylinder within the body of the component that causes impurities in the fluid stream to be captured and ultimately flushed out of the system. The fluid enters the body of the strainer, flows into and through the mesh cylinder. The mesh cylinder “strains” out particles such as rust, dirt and other foreign objects, within the fluid stream. Strainers catch larger particles that can interfere with proper operation of valves, steam traps, pumps, flow control valves and just about any component that has moving parts that could be hampered by the particles if not strained out of the fluid stream. Read more.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, any surface over 120°F should be insulated using insulation blankets, including boiler surfaces…” That also includes boiler doors, steam drum covers, access doors, etc. In addition to the main boiler body, the pipes connecting to your boiler should also be insulated. In this article we will identify what boiler pipes are, why they should be insulated, and the best method to insulate your boiler pipes. Read more.
Mechanical insulation is a term we hear often that is interchangeable with mechanical room insulation, boiler room insulation and chilled water system insulation. Mechanical insulation is simply insulating the components that make up the heating, cooling and domestic water systems in a building or industrial plant. Mechanical insulation is derived of many components: manual valves, actuated valves or control valves, heat exchangers (both shell & tube and plate & frame), pumps, chillers, and a myriad of other types of components that make up the building’s “mechanical systems.” Read more.
According to Go Green Brooklyn’s Fai Walker, a class of 6th graders from Brooklyn’s MS 126 took a field trip to their school’s boiler room at the beginning of the winter season when heating costs and green house gas emissions rise. That’s exactly what these students were learning about when they observed the installation of a removable Thermaxx Jacket on their school’s boiler. Read more.
American University is a leader in the education sector, both in Washington, DC and worldwide. In 2011, AU was awarded the Gold rating (the highest) by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). They are also #2 on The Sierra Club’s list of “Top 10 Greenest Colleges.” So, it was an easy choice for them to partner with ThermaXX and the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) to improve energy efficiency even further on campus. Read more.
Transforming your facility with insulation begins with a walk-through of the typical areas in a building that would need insulation. We like to start with the heating plant/boiler room or the room in which steam is distributed from the main plant. If you or your company has energy goals, our insulation survey organizes the data that you will need to prove your efforts. Read more.
Insulation blankets for industrial applications are vastly different than insulation used for domestic applications. Removable, reusable industrial insulation blankets are made by manufacturing specialists like Thermaxx Jackets with heavy-duty insulation materials that can withstand extreme conditions. In fact, Thermaxx guarantees its insulation jackets for 5 years because they’re built with high-quality materials. Additionally, industrial insulation blankets can be custom made to fit even the most unique component. Read more.
A hot boiler room creates many problems. Typically, the ceiling of a boiler room is the bottom of the floor directly above and because heat rises the ceiling area is hot, extremely hot. Many times, we see temperatures exceeding 115°F! The floor above the boiler room radiates heat into the occupied space causing an unanticipated load on the cooling system. The space is so uncomfortable that windows are opened in the winter time wasting more heat. Read more.
There were many reports of record rainfall in the United States in 2018. Several states had “One-in-1,000-Year” amounts. Hurricane Florence dropped more than 30 inches of rain as it made its way through the Carolinas in mid-September at least 20 inches of that rain fell over an area the size of New Jersey. In northern Wisconsin/Northern Michigan up to 15 inches of rain inundated parts of the state causing roads to wash away and several rivers reached record crests. There are many more states that suffered like Virginia, Maryland, Colorado, Texas, which all reporting record rainfall totals during summer 2018. Read more.