Cooling tower filtration systems are gaining in popularity, thanks to increased focus on energy efficiency and heightened awareness of health risks posed by waterborne bacteria. Cooling water filtration systems are a low-risk, low-cost investment.
Read on to learn more about the proactive benefits cooling tower filtration offers:
1.Extend equipment life
The buildup of dirt, minerals and biological deposits in your cooling water basin over time require higher and higher concentrations of water treatment chemicals. Combined, the scaling, fouling, and chemicals work to corrode your cooling tower equipment. Filtering out suspended solids and microorganisms is a simple preventive step for extending the life of your equipment.
2. Reduce manual maintenance requirements
Less buildup in basins means less time spent shoveling out sludge. Operating with cleaner water also leads to a system that performs at more optimum levels and requires less reactive maintenance overall.
3. Improve operating efficiency
A cooling tower filled with dirty water is inefficient because it is contaminated with pollen, dirt, bacteria and other debris that speed scaling and become breeding grounds for waterborne bacteria. All that buildup clogs nozzles and tubes and coats heat transfer surfaces, forcing the system to work harder and consume more energy. An effective filtration system minimizes those deposits for improved efficiency.
4. Lower risk of bacterial contamination
The warm, humid environment of a cooling tower is ideal for harboring bacterial growth. Recent outbreaks of Legionnaire’s Disease highlight the danger of allowing waterborne bacteria to breed unchecked in cooling towers. Choosing a cooling tower filtration system that can remove particles down to the submicron level is a critical tool for combatting bacteria. Check out our one-of-a-kind antimicrobial filter media for a filtration solution that goes even further by killing bacteria on contact.
5. Reduce system down-time
Any filtration solution will cut back the amount of time your system has to be offline for maintenance, but choosing a side-stream filter that continuously filters a portion (approx. 10%) of cooling water significantly increases the time your system can run without interruption.
6. Save water
High mineral concentrations in unfiltered water require frequent flushing through blowdown to prevent scaling. Water lost in the process has to be immediately replenished and can amount to millions of gallons each year. An effective filtration system can reduce the blowdown requirements and add up to significant water savings.
7. Cut chemical costs
Suspended solids reduce the effectiveness of water treatment chemicals. Filtering out those particles while proactively addressing scaling and biofouling means you can reduce the amount of water treatment chemicals required to keep your system humming.
Visit our cooling water solutions page to learn about AS Filtration’s cooling tower water filter products. If you would like to discuss how our filtration and treatment solutions can be applied to your specific situation, please call 423.602.9520 to speak to one of our engineers, or Contact Us.