When the British summer finally begins, it’s a relief for many to switch off the heating and power up the air conditioning units instead. But could switching the heating off and leaving it for a few months actually be costing you more money than you think? Most of us aren’t aware of the fact that switching our heating systems off completely could provide the perfect temperature and environment for all sorts of bacteria to spend their summer growing inside to cause all sorts of problems.
Most organisations are keen to take steps to control the growth of micro-organisms which can flourish inside closed circuit water systems, including closed heating and cooling systems. Controlling the growth of bacteria in such closed circuit systems can also help to prevent the build-up of biofilm on the inside of pipe surfaces. It will also help limit the bacterial breakdown of any corrosion inhibitor chemicals that have been added to the water in the system.
BSRIA Guide BG 50/2013 – Water Treatment for Closed Heating and Cooling Systems was published in October 2013 and was written to replace (in part) AG 2/93 Water Treatment for Building Services Systems in relation to closed water system applications.