What Should a Refrigerant Usage Tracking System Do?
You will need a system that can capture and report on a wide range of data such as what refrigerant you are using and how much, where your refrigerant is used across your site(s) and in what equipment. The system should also record when and where routine checks for refrigerant leaks took place. If a refrigerant leak was found, the system needs to record how the leak was resolved and when. Follow-up checks and actions are also required for compliance along with leak rate calculations across your organization, site or for specific pieces of equipment. Last but not least, you never know when you’ll be asked to report on your refrigerant. That’s why your documentation and system should be able to create reports at a moment’s notice.
What are the Options?
A couple of sayings come to mind- ‘use the right tool for the right job’ and ‘you don’t need a sledgehammer to crack a nut’. The size and scale of your operation or organization will help you decide on what the right solution is for you. Keep in mind how much time you have to track refrigerant and measure this against how practical the tool is for your needs along with efficiency. The options mentioned here all have their uses:
- Paper-trail Systems
- Building Management Software
- Refrigerant Usage Software
Let’s have a look at each of these in more detail: