Condensate is a byproduct of any functioning boiler system, and property managers have a choice when deciding what to do with it. They can capture this matter in a condensate tank and return it to the boiler or let it go to waste. Capturing condensate has plenty of benefits, including preventing system corrosion and extending equipment lifespan.
To help you understand the role of boiler condensate return systems in preventing corrosion and extending the lifespan of equipment, here’s everything you need to know about return tanks.
Boiler Return Tanks Explained: What to Know
In a boiler, condensate tanks are used to store the water returned from the stream system so that it can be used again rather than evaporate. Also known as a “boiler return tank” or simply just a “return tank,” there are many benefits associated with incorporating a condensate return system into your boiler setup.
Key Benefits of Condensate Tanks
- More consistent water temperatures. This helps lower energy costs and save on overhead expenses.
- Reduce water bills. A boiler condensate return system can also help lower your water bills, as condensate tanks allow a boiler system to reuse captured water. This can also help save on overhead costs.
- Fewer chemicals are used. Boiler feedwater systems need to be treated to remove hard water elements and keep the boiler working effectively and efficiently. Much of the condensate captured in the tank is already treated, meaning fewer chemicals are necessary before reusing it. Again, using fewer chemicals can also help save on overhead costs.
- Avoid drainage fees for non-compliance. Another expense-saving benefit is that condensate tanks can help you evade any drainage fees for non-compliant practices.
Prevent Corrosion and Extend Equipment Life with Condensate Tanks
Corrosion can harm the efficiency and effectiveness of any product, system, or component – and boiler systems are no exception. However, water and oxygen in a boiler system increase the likelihood of corrosion. If proper preventative measures aren’t taken, corrosion could lead to widespread damage, failure, and premature replacement. Considering that a new commercial boiler system costs anywhere from $8,500 to $13,000 installed, property managers and business owners must ensure proper preventative measures are taken.
That’s where a condensate tank can help.
Much of the water captured in the condensate tank is already treated. So not only do fewer chemicals need to be used before captured water can enter the system, but it’s already largely optimized for it.
Condensate water is also pure water. In other words, it doesn’t contain any dissolved solids. This differs from standard, untreated boiler water. The significant benefit is that it keeps the boiler system running cleaner and more efficiently, requiring less blowdown. Blowdown is when water is removed from a boiler system to remove the sediment and solids that build up in it over time. Failure to properly and regularly perform boiler blowdowns can lead to sediment buildup, performance problems, and even premature boiler failure.
At REMA, we offer condensate tanks designed to further enhance the performance of your boiler system. Our tanks are all made of stainless steel, making them more corrosion-resistant than conventional cast-iron tanks. They’re also easy to install and maintain to maximize performance.
REMA’s Boiler Feedwater Systems and Condensate Tanks
To ensure your boiler system operates to maximum capacity and is protected from corrosion for years to come, choose a reputable condensate tank provider like REMA. Our condensate receivers are available in Simplex and Duplex configurations and capacities from as little as six to 45 gallons. For more information on our industry-leading condensate tanks, contact REMA today. Our team is here to help you find the right condensate tank for your boiler system.