economizer

Word of the Month: Economizer 

 

Joules' featured word this month may be saving you energy even as you read this. economizerEconomizers are often the unsung heros of HVAC systemsallowing units to use outdoor air for cooling inside buildings.  

 

How do economizers work? 

Economizers use outside air to ventilate or cool the building. 

If the air temperature outside is cool enough, the economizer uses that air to ventilate and cool the building (which is why some refer to it as "free cooling"). Not only does this save energy, but it also helps extend the life of the equipment- a win-win!

 

How can the campus save energy with economizers? 

The Energy Conservation Office tries to schedule economizers to maximize energy savings by looking at buildings' HVAC schedules and outside temperatures. 

What else is our office doing to save energy on campus?  Check out the deep dive the Energy and Controls Team took into finding energy savings in Ghausi Hall

 

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