A cooling tower is a necessity for any workplace that requires the temperature of machinery to be regulated.
However, a common criticism that these cooling tower systems receive is that they waste energy and increase the industrial workforce’s environmental footprint. But believe it or not, you can do more than you think to make your cooling towers a little more energy efficient and eco-friendly.
Here are the top three things you should be doing to help optimize your cooling tower systems’ energy-efficiency and subsequent impact on the environment:
Keep all cooling towers clean
Most cooling towers work through evaporation — but over time, buildup of chemicals and micro-organisms within the cooling tower can cause the water that re-enters the environment to be contaminated. Because of this, it’s necessary to regularly maintain and clean all cooling towers within the system to ensure it consistently releases clean water back into the environment.
Keep filtration systems in good repair
Most cooling tower systems also rely on filtration systems — usually either a full flow or side stream filter — to filter out contaminants from cooling tower water. These filtration systems are typically pretty low-maintenance, but they should still be checked regularly to be sure they are filtering the water as they should.
Improve your cooling towers’ life expectancy through refurbishing
The average life expectancy for a cooling tower is usually between 15 and 25 years — which is a large range. Ideally, your cooling towers should have lifespans toward the higher end of this range, as it’s more energy-efficient to use the same tower longer rather than frequently replacing them. By refurbishing your cooling towers with more durable and efficient materials, you can extend the lifespan of a cooling tower system by as much as an additional 20 years!
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