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Energy Conservation The technician as an energy expert A service technician must ensure that the customer’s heating system is operating as efficiently as possible. Efficient equipment is more reliable and cleaner burning. Customers with efficient heating equipment are more satisfied with their oil dealer and with Oilheat. In this chapter, we will examine what constitutes an efficient system, how heating systems waste energy, and what we can do to be sure our customers are getting the most comfort for their energy dollar. As an energy expert you must: • Inform customers of new technology advances—Customers trust technicians; therefore, we can supply valuable advice to customers. • Install and adjust equipment for peak efficiency—Properly adjusted Oilheat equipment is the safest, most reliable, most efficient, cleanest, most environmentally friendly and most comfortable heat available. • Service the equipment—Take responsibility for the operation of your customer’s equipment. • Keep track of new technology • Measure and record combustion efficiency—Use test instruments to ensure customer’s equipment is operating at its peak potential and cleanliness while producing minimal air emissions and carbon monoxide levels. Combustion efficiency tests Using instruments improves efficiency, ensures minimal smoke and soot, lowers air pollution emissions, and ensures safe operation. It also cuts call backs, improves our image and increases customer satisfaction. Steady state vs heating system efficiency Combustion efficiency tests are vital to proper servicing of equipment; however, they only measure the efficiency when the burner is running. Heating System Efficiency is the actual heating efficiency of the home for the year. (It is also sometimes called Seasonal Efficiency.) You cannot measure it on a service call. It involves the amount of fuel consumed, the total degree days for the year, the temperature the customer heated their home to all year, and the amount of hot water consumed. It is the difference between the Btus purchased and Btus used. Heat losses in oilheating systems The purpose of an oilheating system is to transfer the heat from the burner flame to the home. No heating system, regardless Chapter 16 Chapter 16 Energy Conservation Chapter 16—Energy Conservation 16-3


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