American Services industrial cooling maintenance in St. Louis knows that cooling things down, in an industrial space, whether a manufacturing plant or in a restaurant, can be a technologically complicated process. But to many in commercial business, it is a necessary expense, whether we’re talking about food or working in the petroleum field, cooling maintenance is big business.
When it comes to keeping things cool there are two basic philosophies of doing it, absorption chillers or engine driven chillers. Absorption chillers require a heat source, which of course requires energy, but they can be efficient if used in conjunction with a heat blow back system-meaning that the unit is self -contained, supplying its own heat and fueling the absorption process. Now, this energy isn’t free and still has to have electricity to run it, but does provide an efficient option. But let’s lay that aside for now and look at how a “normal” absorption chiller works. Once a heat source is supplied, which can be steam, electrical or gas fired heat, the absorption chiller uses that heat to bring a solution to its boiling point. The solution can vary depending on the application, but is usually a mixture of lithium bromide and water. The vapor from the boiling process is used to chill water after it has gone through a few processes like condensing, evaporating and absorbing. Once that is achieved the chiller can be used to cool anything from the air in a building to equipment that generates too much heat. On a historical note, these types of chillers were actually developed in the 19th century in Japan in an attempt to prevent the massive importing of foreign fuels, because of their inherent efficiency.
Engine driven chillers work a little bit differently than the absorption chiller process. As the name hints to, these types of chillers are driven by fuel powered engines rather than an electric motor. The benefit of using this type of chiller is that it can save owners money if electricity is at a high compared with the type of fuel that is being used to run it. Of course, the corollary is also true and they may not be economically feasible if the fuel source becomes prohibitively expensive.
Chillers can be used in a variety of applications across the business spectrum. You will find them being used for refrigeration, frozen food storage, air conditioning and in manufacturing applications where heat is a byproduct of the manufacturing. The advantages of chillers is that they can be economical and also allow for the reuse of some of their byproducts which can lead to additional savings. And if they are combined with geothermal applications, solar power or fuel cells, the economics can increase. If you own a business and are in need of a cooling process that could save you money you should look into the different types of chillers that are available on the market today.
For a quote on customizable preventative maintenance on your cooling system in Missouri, contact us today at American Services.