This article was originally posted on edc magazine online on April 5, 2013. The LEED rating system has introduced highly efficient toilets, urinals and entire irrigation systems to thousands of buildings—measures that will continue to be a focus of the next version of LEED. Mission accomplished? Not quite.
Depending on what type of cooling tower you have, the way you inspect it can vary. Large, multi-cell industrial cooling towers tend to be much more difficult to inspect than small packaged units, and small units tend to be much quicker. Although there is no set-in-stone way of inspecting a cooling tower, there is still a basic set of things that should be taken into consideration.
As the weather warms, it is an important time to “spring” clean your cooling tower. OSHA recommends cleaning your system regularly and twice a year is the best practice. Running a clean system impacts energy efficiency and savings, prolonged equipment life and could control harmful pathogens like Legionella.