Great title, isn’t it? Even better article!
It’s not my title or article but one composed and authored by the renowned energy efficiency management professional Vilnis Vesma.
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As I received it an email I will post the relevant content then the actual email.
AIR WE GO AGAIN…
I have had some enquiries from readers about three products which claim to improve the efficiency of wet heating systems by removing ‘dissolved air’. Now I acknowledge that dissolved nitrogen and oxygen (if present in sufficient concentrations) will tend to come out of solution at typical boiler flow temperatures, especially at the pump suction where the pressure is lowest. The resultant air bubbles may affect heat transfer, but most heating systems will be fitted with automatic air vents through which any air escapes. At worst you might have to bleed the air manually but once it’s gone, it’s gone.
These de-aerators can be viewed in effect as another form of circulating-water treatment not unlike the branded detergent and antifreeze which I have written about previously. What should ring alarm bells is the dodgy science used to promote them, and their claims of 20-30% energy savings (if you want to know why such a claim is ludicrous, please see http://www.enmanreg.org/circwater/).