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Intermountain Healthcare to Save Energy, Improve IAQ with Coolerado

Payback of Less Than Five Years Is Expected

DENVER — Coolerado announced that Intermountain Healthcare has selected the Coolerado M50 line of air conditioners to reduce energy costs and increase environmental health for its clinics, home health, and operating room settings. Intermountain expects a payback of less than five years and the fact that the Coolerado system uses 100 percent fresh outside air that’s filtered before it’s cooled means fewer germs, and less dust, pollen, and allergens. By utilizing the M50s, Intermountain will be exceeding ASHRAE’s guidance for operating rooms which prescribes changing the air out four times per hour.

Troy Jensen, corporate energy manager for Intermountain Healthcare, said, “With an 88 percent decrease in environmental impact, everyone should be re-thinking their a/c solution and considering Coolerado whose energy efficiency ratio (EER) is around 42 versus 13 to 18 for a typical cooling solution. We take saving energy very serious here at Intermountain and we couldn’t be more pleased to partner with Coolerado to make such impacting changes.”

Intermountain is the largest private employer in the state of Utah with over 34,000 employees, 22 hospitals, and 185 clinics taking up over 16 million square feet of building space. To date, Intermountain has spent approximately $3.5 million on its energy management program and has already recouped $2 million in energy cost savings. “It’s expensive to operate a leading healthcare facility 24 by 7 and as a non-profit every one dollar of energy savings equates to saving 20 dollars overall for Intermountain Healthcare; that’s a huge impact,” said Jensen.

Jensen and his team put Coolerado through its paces before making their selection. Jensen first noticed Coolerado’s patented technology based on Dr. Valeriy Maisotsenko’s M-Cycle indirect evaporative cooling. It was not until after taking the Coolerado demo trailer to Intermountain’s hospitals around the state, however, that he realized that the small packaged Coolerado array generates the performance of an indirect/direct evaporative cooling (IDEC) system without the need of a cooling tower or fluid cooler.

“It’s like having multiple mini cooling towers within close proximity to each application, rather than having one large centrally located cooling tower; this went from voodoo magic to the coolest thing on the planet,” said Jensen.

For more information, visit www.coolerado.com.

Publication date: 10/21/2013

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