What is Heat / Cool Recovery?

If you ask a person in the HVAC business what heat or cool recovery means you will get a range of answers. It could be:

  • Using a 3 pipe VRF system.
  • Using waste condenser heat to heat or pre heat process hot water.
  • Using waste fan coil heat to reheat conditioned air to avoid cold spots in supermarkets.
  • Using exhaust conditioned air to pre cool and dehumidify fresh air coming into the system.

Heat or Cool Recovery and Energy Efficiency

As electricity prices increase Heat and Cool Recovery is becoming an important way to increase total building efficiency and reduce energy costs.

Key Points

  • Even though the modern air conditioning system is a pretty efficient way of moving heat from one place to another there are still substantial efficiencies to be gained by use of a range of Heat / Cool Recovery strategies.
  • We have historically treated each heat transfer process in a building as separate systems.
  • This means that we dump most of the “waste” heat from a cooling process” “out the window” into the atmosphere. In many buildings the amount of available “waste heat” large.
  • In many buildings with high outside air requirements we also dump a lot of “waste cool” “out the window”
  • Heat / Cool Recovery systems allow us to channel “waste heat or cool” from one process to provide all or part of the heat / cool requirements for another process.
  • Recovered Heat / Cool is not entirely free but it is much cheaper than “new heat or new cool” from a separate system.

The benefits of heat / cool recovery are huge:

  1. Lower Running Costs
  2. Lower initial equipment costs
  3. Reduced Carbon footprint for the system.

Temperzone is interested to get an industry perspective on Heat / Cool Recovery. Complete the questionnaire below and you could win an iPad 4.

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