Optimizing the performance of boiler plants and distribution systems is a broad and rewarding subject. On the surface you might think it requires a great deal of knowledge and insight. It covers many engineering subjects and involves an understanding of the dynamics of operating systems composed of many subsystems and components. If the job is approached on a systematic basis, it is much simpler and you will be more successful. This book is organized for a systematic and simple approach to boiler plant optimization.

As-found efficiency is the efficiency for a boiler in its existing state of repair and maintenance. This efficiency will be used as the baseline for any later efficiency improvements. It is very important that the as-found efficiency be recorded because it will serve as a benchmark to estimate the value of a Boiler Optimization program