Ray Vander Molen Farm Test Results

Exciting real-world test results show how the AFER System reduces energy costs and lowers emissions.

Recently, the AFER System was installed at Ray Vander Molen Farm in Jarvis, Ontario by one of our distributors, Jay Antoszek. Jay has been in the gas business for over 32 years and ran some tests on the box heaters before and after installation of the AFER System.

Jay’s tests showed that with the AFER System installed, the heat output of the box heaters gained 7 degrees Fahrenheit without increasing fuel consumption! This means the heaters don’t need to run as often or work as hard to maintain the proper temperature, saving fuel, reducing energy costs, and lowering emissions!

Test Procedure and Results

The box heater is a direct fire unit therefore the stack temperature is actually the heat that this unit is producing to heat up the room. When the heater is firing all the products of combustion are also going into the room, heat, water vapour, CO, and CO2. Also when the heater is firing it uses up the O2 in the room. So after you fire the heater for a length of time you eventually run out of O2 and your CO levels will rise. The results we have show, that the output in heat has risen from 313 to 342 but at the same time your ambient temperature has risen from 50 to 72. Thus the actual heat output is 313 – 50 = 263° F before AFER and 342 – 72 = 270 ° F after AFER a gain in heat output of 7 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore after we installed AFER we gained heat output which means the room will heat up faster using the same amount of energy.

Stack Temperature Increase – This shows the increase in the heat output of the box heaters; this increase was achieved without an increase in fuel consumption.

Ambient Temperature Increase – With an increase of the heat output comes a corresponding increase in the ambient temperature of the room; this means the heater doesn’t have to work as hard or as often to maintain the temperature.

O2 Percentage Decrease – With the unit burning hotter, it uses up a little more oxygen; the percentage drop in the room was just 0.3%.

CO PPM Increase – As the heater fires for a length of time, the O2 runs out and there is a corresponding increase of CO in the room; the actual CO output by the burning of the fuel dropped.

NX PPM Increase – For the same reason as the CO increase, the NX levels in the room also rise; this is why it would be preferable to vent any heaters outside.

Draft MBAR Increase – Hotter air rises faster, increasing the draft from the heater; the increased draft vents the CO and NX quicker as well.