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Industrial Air Conditioning Options

Industrial Air Conditioning Options

cooling maintenance in moFor those in need of a cooling system for your business, there is a certain amount of research and planning that has to be done. A cooling system is especially vital in workplaces which are equipped with various electrical or electronic components. These can generate a high amount of heat making the environment excessively warm.

Structures with a large number of workers, equipment that generate heat, the presence of temperature sensitive substances, such as paints or chemical agents, are all factors that will require greater cooling capacity from equipment. Some businesses which require commercial air conditioning are hospitals, factories, information technology firms, hotels, restaurants.

The modern air conditioning systems are designed in various forms, such as split air conditioning units. With split air conditioners, the condenser and cooling system are located in areas that are far away from the zone that needs to be cooled down. Most of the times, these systems are installed on top of the roofs. Thermostat control, either manual or electronic, allow for temperature setting changes.

A glycol cooling system is a more complex system which ensures low temperatures as low as 10 degrees Celsius. Furthermore, these units are able to provide cool air in large areas which are compartmented in multiple work places. It is ideal for large establishments with several offices and production sections.

A water cooling system comes with a cold water reservoir. The system uses a cooling tower to function. On the downside the maintenance of such a system can be more costly than with other air conditioning options. There are numerous other avenues in industrial cooling to explore. Sifting through all of the information and various possibilities can be time consuming and frustrating. American Services cooling maintenance in Missouri can help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baseboard Heaters for Commercial Heating

Baseboard Heaters for Commercial Heating

baseboard heating in PAAmerican Services heating maintenance and repair in St. Louis knows that one alternative to commercial heating is Baseboard heating systems.

A Baseboard heating system can offer efficient heating solutions and requires very little space, operates efficiently and are simple to install.

The electric type baseboard heaters usually require from 500 watts to 2000 watts in power output. This is equivalent to 50 – 200 of square feet of space that can be heated. Using a room to room calculation method, Baseboard heating systems can be designed for commercial heating for businesses requiring additional heating solutions in small spaces such as hallways.

Baseboard heating applications can now be introduced using special baseboard heaters to commercial applications with new technology that is available.  Today commercial spaces such as hotel lobbies and even restaurants can consider baseboard heating as an option that can be customized to fit the space.

Heaters such as electric baseboard varieties work as “zone heaters.”  These are units that can be installed under windows in order to counteract cool air that creeps in through and around the glass.  They can ever be controlled individually through separate thermostats.

“These heating systems are constructed with heating elements surrounded by metal sheaths that are mated together with aluminum fins to facilitate the transfer of heat. They employ a process known as convection, in which cooler air in the room is drawn into the bottom of the heater. Air within the baseboard, element and housing all dispel heat,” says Energy.gov.

If you are looking for alternatives in heating systems for your commercial space next winter, be sure to contact us at American Services located in St. Louis MO and set up a consultation for a quote to find out just how much you could potentially save.

Industrial Cooling Options for Commercial Buildings

Industrial Cooling Options for Commercial Buildings

cooling HVAC in MOFor those in need of a cooling system for your business, there is a certain amount of research and planning that has to be done. A cooling system is especially vital in workplaces which are equipped with various electrical or electronic components. These can generate a high amount of heat making the environment excessively warm.

Structures with a large number of workers, equipment that generate heat, the presence of temperature sensitive substances, such as paints or chemical agents, are all factors that will require greater cooling capacity from equipment. Some businesses which require commercial air conditioning are hospitals, factories, information technology firms, hotels, restaurants.

The modern air conditioning systems are designed in various forms, such as split air conditioning units. With split air conditioners, the condenser and cooling system are located in areas that are far away from the zone that needs to be cooled down. Most of the times, these systems are installed on top of the roofs. Thermostat control, either manual or electronic, allow for temperature setting changes.

A glycol cooling system is a more complex system which ensures low temperatures as low as 10 degrees Celsius. Furthermore, these units are able to provide cool air in large areas which are compartmented in multiple work places. It is ideal for large establishments with several offices and production sections.

A water cooling system comes with a cold water reservoir. The system uses a cooling tower to function. On the downside the maintenance of such a system can be more costly than with other air conditioning options. There are numerous other avenues in industrial cooling to explore. Sifting through all of the information and various possibilities can be time consuming and frustrating. American Services cooling and heating HVAC  installation near Webster Groves can help.

Business Heating Options

Business Heating Options

industrial heating maintenance in MOCommercial warehouse heaters are an economical solution to heating requirements that provides a comfortable environment for otherwise difficult areas to heat. They operate as electric, natural gas or propane powered machines. Also, they come with a wide range of BTU outputs and power configurations, making these heaters versatile and customizable. With built-in safety features like auto shut-off capacity when the machine reaches a certain temperature. If these machines happen to tip over they will shut down automatically as well.

In other scenarios, container heaters may be needed. In this type of smaller temperature controlled environment, rapid heating can be used to keep more temperature sensitive material such as pain, asphalt, caulk or resins in good working order. These container heaters are well insulated and come with an adjustable thermostat. With low energy consumption these highly efficient heaters provide year round storage capacity with internal temperatures that can be easily maintained.

Electric ceiling heaters provide another option for temperature control. These heaters are nice for offices and industrial space too. They are safe and easy to use, with enclosed motors and a fan that provides circulation. Perfect for warming hard to heat areas, electric ceiling heaters are both durable and reliable. For additional safety, many of these units come equipped with thermal overload features that shut them down when safe operating temperature is exceeded.

There are plenty of other options available for space heating, there are; drum and barrel heaters, duct heaters, convection heaters, fan forced heaters, electric floor heaters, radiant heaters and plenty more. It is important to look into all of the available options and match them up to the application that they are to be used for. For industrial heating equipment near Bridgeton, contact American Services for help.

Maintaining Proper Humidity for Commercial Buildings

Maintaining Proper Humidity for Commercial Buildings

HVAC Contractor in MOKeeping excess moisture out of the air is often necessary for business operations. Running a humidity control system means that a certain amount of routine maintenance needs to occur. The equipment nozzles need to be checked periodically to ensure that they are working properly. Often times, the inserts in high pressure stainless steel nozzles malfunction and need to be replaced. This type of maintenance is far less costly than replacing whole nozzles when they stop spraying water properly.

There are other things that can be done to make your system run more efficiently. An automated humidity control system can be installed, for instance. A single system or multiple automated systems can be chosen, depending on application needs. Such a system would come with sensors that measure relative humidity in the air and react accordingly.

When too much moisture is in the air it often needs to be extracted so that dryer air in the environment results. Humid air can lead to mold and mildew growth inside of buildings.  This mold and mildew can be a health hazard and can be costly to deal with if it is allowed to exist and to grow. Pests often prefer areas with excess humidity as well.  Dehumidifiers simply extract some of the moisture from the air and dispose of it in the form of vapor or in liquid form.

There are various forms of humidifiers and dehumidifiers available. What type of system to get depends on the type of building that they are going to be used in and for what function they are needed for. Professional HVAC suppliers can help to figure out how to accomplish your goals and get the equipment or service that you need. For commercial HVAC near South County American Services can assist.

Refrigeration Applications

Refrigeration Applications

commercial refrigeration in MOAmerican Services refrigeration repair and maintenance service near Edwardsville knows that  much of our lives rely on refrigeration, from the food that we eat to the transportation and processing of vital resources. Even our personal comfort requires effective industrial refrigeration systems. Industrial refrigeration systems bring food to your favorite supermarket by providing essential industrial cooling equipment to the food processing industry. And of course there are unique industrial refrigeration systems required to move gas through pipelines, produce energy, manufacture chemicals and nearly all of the items we use in our daily lives.

Industrial providers design and build refrigeration systems for cold storage, process cooling, water chilling, individual quick freezing or IQF systems, and have the capability to interface with flash freezing systems such as cryogenic freezing and nitrogen immersion systems. Available methods include; forced air cooling, portable and modular ice plants, stand alone industrial ice makers, hydrocoolers, and liquid ice systems.

A comprehensive range of precooling systems and services such as feasibility studies, system design, build, installation, service and maintenance, existing system analysis and recommendations for performance improvements. Great new technology and advanced refrigeration techniques to provide innovative solutions to your specific precooling and freezing needs.

Hydrocoolers are one of many precooling systems that provide fast, reliable and efficient means of cooling many water tolerant fruits and vegetables such as sweet corn and broccoli. Hydrocooling extends shelf life by precooling vegetables and fruits fast Cools crops up to 15 times faster than air. It hydrates some products, reduces moisture loss and rinses while it cools. It is a flexible means of cooling vegetables and fruits packed in bins, bulk, or palletized. Furthermore, it comes with a relatively low cost and little maintenance. For assistance with your refrigeration in Missouri reach out to American Services for assistance.

 

Restaurant Equipment Tips for Maintenance and Energy Efficiency

Restaurant Equipment Tips for Maintenance and Energy Efficiency

 

commercial restaurant equipment maintenance in MOAmerican Services restaurant equipment repair and maintenance service near Fairview Heights knows that with smart energy solutions implemented in commercial kitchens, restaurant owners can work smarter, not harder.

Energy Saving Tips

  • Reduce preheating time-do not preheat any longer than the manufacturer recommended settings, lower your preheating time for underfired charbroilers to 15 or 20 minutes.
  • Turn off your broiler-know that your broiler utilizes more energy than six fryers combined,  so leaving it on stand-by results in huge unnecessary energy costs.  Turing the broiler off during slow times up to 3 hours per day can result in a savings of $600 per year in energy costs.
  • Use only cooking equipment needed-save money on energy costs by eliminating stand by times and turning off cooking equipment when not in use.
  • Do not overload your charbroiler-use your charbroil to capacity but be sure not to overload it which could possibly damage it.
  • Use your griddle whenever possible- the thermostat lets you lower the heat level which means you will utilize less energy.  There are even models with grooves to simulate grill marks on the food allowing you to save money on more expensive charbroil cooking methods.
  • Properly ventilate the cooking area-broilers require more ventilation than any other commercial cooking equipment because 25 percent of the heat is lost in the kitchen space, resulting in increased cooling costs.

To keep your equipment performing efficiently and with the least amount of energy, establish a regular maintenance plan with these maintain and save tips.

Keep Your Charbroil Cooking Equipment Maintained

Inspect your charbroil frequently for signs of metal fatigue and corrosion which could result in inefficient performance and increased energy usage. Make sure to clean your charbroiler properly and never raise the heat in order to cook off debris-this is a huge waste of energy and can damage gas valves.  Use proper cleaning tools and take preventative measures to ensure your charbroiler remains clean. To keep your charbroiler functioning properly, remove the radiants and scrub them in a sink with a wire brush daily, be sure to clear ashes away to ensure proper heat transfer.

Ventilation & Customizable Preventative Cooling Maintenance

Ventilation & Customizable Preventative Cooling Maintenance

commercial cooling service in MOAmerican Services offers customizable preventative cooling maintenance in St. Louis County for many types of commercial establishments including; restaurants, hospitals, school, supermarkets, commercial offices, warehouse spaces, and more.

What many business owners may not be aware of is that fact that proper ventilation is the least expensive and most energy efficient methods of cooling buildings.  The way that proper ventilation works is that it prevents heat build-up in your office or commercial building.  Natural ventilation including spot ventilation, ceiling fans, or window fans may be the only method of cooling necessary, depending on your geographic location.  For some areas that cool off sufficiently at night, simply providing ventilation to open your commercial space up and allow the outside cooled air in, can keep the area sufficiently cool when the temperature rises during the day.

Even in very hot climates, “interior ventilation is ineffective in hot, humid climates where temperature swings between day and night are small. In these climates, natural ventilation of your attic (often required by building codes) will help to reduce your use of air conditioning, and attic fans may also prove beneficial,” says Energy.gov.

There are 3 principals of ventilation for cooling that should be given attention when using this cost efficient method of cooling, including; keeping heat outside, using spot ventilation, and avoiding heat generating activities indoors when possible.

Landscaping the building to provide a lot of shade is another way of passively keeping commercial spaces cool without the need to reach in your pocket to pay huge energy bills.  Using light colored materials for the roof will also help to reduce heat in your building by reflecting it.  And last but not least, proper insulation will keep heat out during the day and trap the cool air from cool nights inside.

Heating Maintenance-Alternative Electric Thermal Storage

Heating Maintenance-Alternative Electric Thermal Storage

heating maintenance in MOAmerican Services preventative heating maintenance service in St. Louis MO knows that there are some electric companies that bill rates that vary depending on when the demand is the highest-similar to the phone company’s long distance rates.  If your business is in a district that does so, it may be advantageous to try to reduce your electric bill by purchasing an electric storage system to store electricity at night when the rates are lower.

The program is called the “thermal storage Heater,” and it does not save on energy but rather will lower your company’s overall utility bills by saving up electricity at its lowers rate and then utilizing this saved energy later during peak rates.

The most common type of electric thermal storage heater is a “resistance heater” with encased elements in “heat storing ceramic.” Electrically heated hot water can also be stored in an insulated storage tank as yet another type of thermal storage option.

According to Gov.com, “any type of energy storage systems suffers some energy loss. If you intend to pursue an electric thermal storage system, it would be best for the system to be located within the conditioned space of your home, so that any heat lost from the system actually heats your home, rather than escaping to the outdoors. It would also be best to know how quickly heat will escape from the system. A system that leaks too much heat could cause control problems, such as the accidental overheating,” of your office or commercial building.

All types of electric resistance heating have controlling systems with a thermostat of some sort.  For example, baseboard heaters use a “line-voltage thermostat” which directly controls the power going to the heating unit.  These systems are not very accurate as far as heat temperature sensing. According to Gov.com, “It’s best to instead use a remote line-voltage or low-voltage thermostat installed on an interior wall. Both line-voltage and low-voltage thermostats are available as programmable thermostats for automatically setting back the temperature at night or while you’re away.”

To learn more about customizable maintenance for your commercial heating system, or other ways to save money on energy costs, contact us today at American Services in St. Louis. MO.

Refrigeration Options for Your Restaurant

Refrigeration Options for Your Restaurant

commercial refrigeration maintenance in MOA commercial refrigerator or freezer is typically a necessity for most any commercial kitchen. Refrigeration units are essential for storing perishable food and beverage product. Top-quality refrigeration equipment provides the peace of mind you need when storing items in your restaurant. Commercial refrigerators and freezers offer safe food storage options, regardless of whether you need a reach-in, an under-counter unit or a full-size walk-in and these units are incredibly user-friendly.

There are many options available to enhance the performance and functionality of your commercial refrigerator. Many refrigerators come with aluminum exteriors. Consider stainless steel or vinyl, which can be easier to clean and more durable. Casters are a good choice rather than having one with legs for better mobility. Health departments may require commercial equipment to be mobile for improved cleanliness.

Additional shelving can increase the storage capabilities in your commercial refrigerator. After reviewing how many shelves come standard with your unit, think about how you want to arrange your cold storage items. Consider adding additional wire shelves to provide the maximum cold storage benefits in your commercial kitchen. If your only need is to store sheet pans or hotel pans of prepared, chilled items before sliding them straight into the oven, then pan slides are even better than storage shelves.

Most solid door refrigerators can be modified to come with glass doors. Often the hinge can be placed on either side of the unit to improve efficiency in the kitchen. On glass door units, sliding glass doors may be an option. For prep tables, drawers in place of doors are another great alternative for effective cold storage. For assistance with commercial refrigeration near Illinois, American Services can help with service or product needs.