Heat recuperator optimizations using EPP

Heat recuperator efficiency can greatly be improved by incorporating adequate enhancements. EPP parts can as well as other benefits. Learn how to make the most of them.

What is a heat recuperator?

A heat recuperator is a kind of heat exchanger that presents fluids with two differentiated flow paths or passages so that separating walls are incorporated in processes of heat transfer. 

This “two path” feature makes a heat recuperator different to a regenerator, which presents a single flow path so that hot fluids and cold fluids are stored in the same space, but intermittently or alternately.

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4 optimizations of heat recuperators using EPP

EPP is an expanded foam plastic material that presents extraordinary characteristics in order to optimize the performance of a heat recuperator

This includes its lightweight nature, flexibility and outstanding thermal and acoustic insulation properties, which translates into an enhanced heat recuperator performance that also facilitates cost reductions in operation and maintenance.

Incorporating EPP pieces into a heat recuperator can bring about the following benefits: 

1. Heat insulation

Because of this material’s exceptional insulation properties, EPP pieces help minimize energy and heat losses. 

This assists companies in achieving the air leak of nominal airflow levels necessary for certain certification, which can go as far as requesting less than 3%. 

Through the incorporation of EPP pieces in appliances such as air recuperators, it’s possible to achieve outstanding ventilation for energy efficiency ratios and, all in all, generate a high rate of energy-saving efficiencies.

Additionally, this turns into other benefits for users, like lowering energy costs and increased comfort.

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2. Customization possibilities in heat recuperators

EPP is a highly flexible and elastic material that enables remarkable freedom in its application for designers. In fact, developing custom EPP parts represent a key strategy to increase a heat recuperator’s efficiency. Additionally, EPP is a light and strong material, which means its elasticity doesn’t compromise its functionality and efficiency.

3. Acoustic absorption in heat recuperators

EPP parts contribute to reducing inconvenient noises and vibrations often associated with an air recuperator or HVAC systems in general. This is due to the material’s excellent shock and noise absorption, providing effective acoustic insulation and improving users’ comfort. 

4. Lightweight but resistant and durable

EPP parts are lightweight, enabling the possibility to make wall-mountable units that don’t add up to a building’s structural weight. 

However, this material also presents first-class durability and resistance to chemicals and water, thus guaranteeing that these technical parts are long-lasting and offer uninterrupted performance, as well as lower maintenance costs- perfect for air recuperators.

Knauf Appliances solutions for the HVAC sector

Through our decades-long experience in generating technical parts using plastic foam, Knauf Appliances presents our line of EPP and EPS parts for the HVAC sector

These are specifically designed to help companies optimize their equipment’s energy performance, as well as reduce handling, transportation, and assembly costs in HVAC installations.

Want to learn more about EPP parts that facilitate heat efficiency in HVAC systems? Download our free guide Technical manual about expanded foam in the industry and learn what the benefits of incorporating this material are, its main advantages, and the other potential alternatives. 

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