Analysis & Fuel Efficiency
You can hardly pick up a paper or turn on the
television today without hearing people talking GREEN, and the
Greening of America. What are people talking about when they say
GREEN? The issues at hand are the raising cost of energy, energy
efficiency, performance and global warming.
Purchasing new high efficient equipment will
not necessarily reduce the cost of heating and cooling a home.
Energy efficiency is not simply purchasing a new high SEER system,
is is about proper installation to manufactures specifications. A
quality installation will save energy and money. (Heating oil
futures his a record high in Mid October, up over 40% year to date).
The Annualized Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE)
rating provides the consumer with a number that represents the
percentage of fuel efficiency achievable by gas and oil fired
furnaces and boilers. How can a HVACR service technician verify that
they have properly installed or serviced a system the manufacturers
specified AFUE rating? This can only be accomplished through
combustion analysis, an essential aspect of furnace and boiler
efficiency . Combustion analysis should be performed when installing
a new furnace or boiler and at regular interval.
Combustion analysis is the measurement of a
combustion systems flue gases to determine the completeness
(efficiency) of the combustion process. Combustion analysis is only
the first step in maximizing fuel efficiency. An HVACR service
technician must understand the Air/Fuel ratio, and venting
adjustments necessary to accomplish efficiency.
Several companies manufacture combustion
analysis test instruments, including, Fieldpiece, Bacharach, and
Testo. Combustion analysis requires more than tools, it requires
knowledge of the combustion process and how to use the instruments.
To make certain that the HVACR service technician is properly
trained in combustion analysis, renowned trainer and author Erik
Rasmussen has written a new training manual titled "Combustion
Analysis & Fuel Efficiency".
Analysis & Fuel Efficiency":
The world has entered the 21st Century and the
push to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions is
stronger than ever. With dwindling resources and an ever increasing
demand for power, it is time to start taking the simple measures to
make the changes needed to reduce the energy consumed by the fuel
burning, emissions releasing appliances we work on every day.
"Combustion Analysis & Fuel Efficiency" addresses carbon dioxide
formation and release, carbon monoxide generation, thermal heat
transfer and flame temperature, steps and procedures to increase
efficiency and reduce emissions.
Readers should expect to increase their
knowledge of combustion, the combustion process and combustion
control. Topics covered include: The dynamics of Carbon Dioxide
production, The release of heat and the Oxygen relationship, The
living breathing appliance how to ensure that your appliance is not
suffocating. The combustion analysis manual is intended to raise the
awareness about all things combustion and what all technicians
should know being in the HVAC/R trade.
"Combustion Analysis & Fuel Efficiency" covers
draft and venting of fuel fired appliances to heat transfer and what
effects combustion has on Efficiency.
Combustion (FIRE) since the beginning of time
has been a magical and sometimes mystical thing, that all humankind
has struggled to conquer and control. The secrets to the realization
that combustion is not that magical nor mystical are contained
within the pages of "Combustion Analysis & Fuel Efficiency". Read
and become your own master of FIRE. Erik Rasmussen.
Erik Rasmussen is the International Program Manager for the
Carbon Monoxide Safety Association (COSA). COSA is a not for
profit organization that raises the awareness to the health hazards,
inefficiencies and liabilities of carbon monoxide through training
and partnering with certified educational programs and community,
private or other group requesting assistance in their safety
In addition to his position with COSA, Mr.
Rasmussen: Serves as President of ESCO Press International based in
Trenton, Ontario, Canada, Co-Author of "Carbon Monoxide A Clear
and Present Danger" the campaign publication to "Combustion
Analysis & Fuel Efficiency", Continues to stay current on all
technologies through his own service company that provides service
and installation of (Natural gas, Propane, Oil heat, Air
Mr. Rasmussen was a Combustion and Carbon
Monoxide safety instructor for Bacharach Manufacturing, and
community college instructor prior to joining COSA.
"Combustion Analysis & Fuel Efficiency" is written with emphasis on
practical application. It contains the knowledge service technicians
need to be productive and effective when installing and servicing
The book is written at a level that most
service technicians will understand. Considerable though and study
has been devoted to the organization of this book, which makes it
easy to follow or use in the classroom.
Overall, I think the book is an excellent
technical reference, practical learning took and field guide."
John Tomczyk, Professor / Author Ferris State
Energy efficiency and reduced energy cost can
be achieved through a quality installation. This can be accomplished
through proper understanding of combustion and performing a
combustion analysis. Energy efficiency require more than installing
more efficient equipment.
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