Scale not only clogs pipes and destroys valves, it also consumes energy. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook 2012, more than 10% of the energy consumed in a home goes toward heating water.
Many consumers use energy-efficient products to save money. What many do not know is that energy-saving efforts can be negated if they have hard water and do not address scale.
Developing a consistent standard for energy-saving anti-scale devices
The Greenfield Village mixed-use community, located at the southern end of the Salinas Valley in Greenfield, Calif., experienced significant problems caused by limescale buildup inside its 128 apartments’ water heaters and recirculation pumps. In the four years since the apartment complex was built, limescale buildup was so aggressive that many of the water heaters and recirculation pumps failed. The complex’s owners faced a minimum cost of $600,000 to replace the equipment.
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Conditioning system helps apartment complex increase energy efficiency
Going green is all the rage these days. Whether it is constructing a wind farm, installing solar energy panels on a roof or simply switching to CFL light bulbs in a home, Americans are finding ways to tap renewable resources and conserve energy.
The push for energy conservation is good news for the water quality industry: The Water Quality Research Foundation Energy Savings Study showed that using softened water in a home improves energy efficiency and can save homeowners money on heating costs.
ClearTAC uses template-assisted crystallization to reduce the formation of hard water deposits. It can be used where conventional water softeners are banned. No chemicals or salts are needed, and there is no brine discharge. The system uses long-lasting media and is virtually maintenance free. Carbon reduces or eliminates chlorine taste and odor, while beneficial minerals remain in the water. The system passes the W-512 standard for physical water treatment devices, and two independent lab tests confirmed results of 90% or more effectiveness in reduction of scale buildup.
The Brookfields Restaurant chain consists of three large eateries located in and around Sacramento, Calif. Like many others, Brookfields Restaurants were equipped with water softeners to control lime scale on their hot water equipment, which consists of hot water heaters, dishwashers, steamers, coffeemakers
and espresso machines.
Water conditioners resolve restaurants' spotty dishes
Engineered for problem water, TotalCare Series water conditioners offer the benefits of both conditioners and filters. A zeolite crystal filtration media removes hardness, iron and manganese, reduces odors and raises low pH levels. A patented self-chlorinating system removes iron and sulfur bacteria during regeneration, and a proprietary microprocessor control ensures top performance.
Sanitizer Plus Series water conditioners add operating and programming intelligence through a microprocessor-based control that captures operating history while enhancing control over all system functions. The system utilizes Crystal-Right media to remove hardness, iron and manganese while also correcting low pH levels in a single pass.