As winter looms, property owners can cut costs and save on their heating bills with preventive maintenance and upgrades to their steam systems. Here are some suggestions for savings from Con Edison.
Optimize Steam Piping System
One simple solution is installing insulation on distribution piping, valves, and fittings. In most buildings piping is generally well insulated. However, some sites have pipe runs, mechanical fittings, and valve bodies that are bare because of access to fittings, valves, traps and unions, need for movement (such as at valve bonnets) or because insulation was not restored after maintenance.
On valves and fittings removable insulation jackets provide a practical solution. They are ordered to specific sizes and patterns, strap into place and are easily removed and replaced. For stationary pipes, or areas that don’t need to be accessed, more permanent insulation may be installed. Overall un-insulated components result in energy waste as it heats unoccupied basement spaces.
Another way to save steam energy is repairing leaks, potentially the source of significant waste. Leaks are most often found at pipe junctions, fittings, or in valves. The leaks may be due to a leaking gasket or loose connection, or maybe, even a pinhole.