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Combating the Flu Through Better Indoor Air Quality

Combating the Flu Through Better Indoor Air Quality

As many of you are aware this is a flu epidemic going on right now here in the Midwest.  Every day we are warned to protect ourselves against this nasty virus.  If you own a business you and want to protect not only your employees but also your customers from the flu and other airborne sicknesses.

Having a good filtration system on your heating and cooling system can help keep everyone healthier.  A lot of health care facilities, nursing homes, and schools have purification systems also installed to help combat the germs.  Indoor air quality is very important to work places also.  Keeping your employees happy and healthy means more productive employees and better profits for you.

The best way to make sure you have the best indoor air quality is to have it checked with your Hazelwood heating and cooling specialist.  You should set up a maintenance plan to make sure your HVAC system is always working correctly.  This will save you money in the long run on repairs.  Your system will also run much more efficiently also saving you money.

Another great thing about indoor air quality is your customers will be more comfortable and therefore creating a better experience for them.  By keep up on your maintenance and monitoring your HVAC system, you will increase customer satisfaction which will lead to repeat business and increase sales.  By investing in a maintenance plan you will optimize the performance of your system and boost your energy saving.

Remember the flu can be deadly and we should take every precaution to help combat this nasty virus.  Keeping youemployees and customers safe by having the best indoor air quality will help put a dent in this epidemic.  Also don’t forget to set up a maintenance plan to make sure your heating and cooling systems are working correctly and your duct system is clean.

Historic Buildings Should Have Updated HVAC to Save Money

Historic Buildings Should Have Updated HVAC to Save Money

St. Louis is very old city.  In fact it’s getting ready to celebrate its 250th birthday.  With an old city comes old buildings.  Many of which are on the National Register of Historic Places and are considered national land marks.  There are over 1.4 million buildings on NRHP list and it receives 30,000 entries per year.  To be considered for this list the building has to be: recognized as the site of an historic event, associated with a famous person, designed or built in a distinctive way, or yielded important historic or prehistoric information and usually be over 50 years old.  I say usually because there are some exceptions.

If you are the owner of one of these buildings, I am sure you want to preserve the buildings integrity anyway you can, but you also want to modernize it with more efficiency. Well there is good news.  Your South County heating and air conditioning team are here to help you keep the physical uniqueness of your building while making it into a building with modern conveniences and lower energy costs.

Many of these buildings were built before modern HVAC systems were even dreamed of.  Architects of the past were pretty creative using natural materials to keep heat in during the winter and ways to stay cooler in the summer by getting the heat out.  As the years went by and we learned new technology, many of these building were fitted with mechanical systems trying to bring them up to standards of the newer constructions surrounding them.

Many of the HVAC systems are now obsolete.  They are in need of replacement.  Most of the time the cost of savings far out ways the cost of continuing to put Band-Aids on the problems.  Fact of the matter is older systems just aren’t as efficient as the ones today.  They also require a lot more maintenance and repairs.  So talk to your local St. Louis HVAC professionals and see what they can do for you all while maintaining the integrity of your historic building.

New Motor In Your Cooling Tower Could Save Energy

New Motor In Your Cooling Tower Could Save Energy

What is one of the most neglected equipment in many commercial businesses? Cooling towers are, and it’s quite surprising because they are very important to your HVAC system.  Most people do not fully understand the cooling tower’s important role, but they do when they go down.  Keeping them running at peak performance levels is your Bridgeton Cooling team’s ultimate goal.

The type of tower that is installed and our environment here in the Midwest will determine some of the issues that may need to be addressed to keep the cooling tower running efficiently.  Also needed to take in to consideration are a number of issues common to most towers which includes motor management, water levels, and contamination.

One thing that causes a lot of issues is that cooling towers are installed outdoors and are subject to environmental changes.  Temperature changes (we get a lot of that here) wind, rain, ice, dust, dirt, and other organic contamination are just some the things that your cooling tower is subjected to.  This is a major component in your HVAC system that helps with providing comfortable temperature levels in your business. Cooling towers are a big factor in energy use.  If it is not operating correctly, it could lead to a total system shut down.

One of the biggest components of your cooling tower is the fan.  It is a major user of electricity.  It’s also pretty noisy.  Most towers have a single or two speed motor.  When these fans are not needed as much due to temp changes, the fans may continue to operate at a speed that may not be right for that load.  This is costing you money through energy loss.

Luckily advancements in technology lately have helped to improve motor efficiency.  The government is also involved and making new energy standards that all manufactures must meet.  By having your old motor replaced by one of these new high efficiency motors, this will reduce the energy used for that motor by up to 10%.  Energy saving can be significant once you take into annual operating costs.

Deferred Maintenance Could Cost You Thousands

Deferred Maintenance Could Cost You Thousands

Deferred maintenance can have disastrous effects for your business.  The longer you operate a machine that needs maintenance the more it is going to cost to fix it.  Now I understand some of think, well maybe at most it will be twice as much to fix it.  Well you could be very, very wrong. You are not adding in all the costs.  Let me explain how this domino effect can cost your company thousands and how a simple preventative maintenance plan can keep these costs at bay.

It’s not just the machine that suffers during a breakdown event.  Think if your heating system would have gone down during the polar vortex this month.  Pipes could have frozen and broke.  Now you need to pay a plumber and probably another contractor for the water damage.  Not to mention idled workers salaries, ruined equipment, loss of production, angry customers and the bottom dollar in profits. A $100 part and a service fee could have saved you 10 grand or more.

An analogy for preventive maintenance that I have always used is your vehicles tires.  You should have them rotated regularly depending on how much you drive.  While they are being rotated, the tire technician is checking for irregularities in the tire.  You may have a slow leak and not even know it.  This could have turned into a blowout on the interstate and caused you to have a wreck and possible injury to yourself and those around you.  So a simple $45- $50 tire maintenance just turned into a totaled car and a lawsuit from the lady you hit. It could go into the millions.

Even if you have a person who works for your company as your dedicated maintenance person for the business.  They often put the work off because they are busy doing other things.  Your St. Louis County heating and HVAC contractor will make sure the work gets done throughout the year.  They are also specialist in this field and are constantly learning new techniques to make your system run smoother and more efficient.

 

Monitoring Your Refrigeration System Digitally

Monitoring Your Refrigeration System Digitally

Today everything is going digital.  It is the way of the future.  People are constantly connected to the internet.  We connect by our phones, laptops, tablets, and now even our cars.  The main goal for most of this connectivity is to inform.  There are now web based systems that can remotely monitor your refrigeration system sending you info in real time to help make your system more efficient.

One system is called Remote Refrigeration Control.  It provides real time reports and alerts that let you know the integrity of your food supply from where ever you may be at that particular time.  What does this do for you? It improves product safety, energy efficiency, and operating costs.  So in other words saving you money. RRC logs all of your systems data that helps extend the life of your equipment.  According to the makers of RRC it access your system to track status, alarm history, and space temperature-trend graphs. The detailed data views show additional system performance information, such as the number of compressor cycles, total compressor run time, and length of defrost cycle.

You are sent updates via text or email which ever you prefer.  You can also add users so that if you are unable to take care of a situation due to being, say on vacation, a dedicated person can handle it for you.  You can also use it for monitoring and managing cold storage industry apps.

So why would you need this? Well you will be notified immediately if you are need of a repair.  You will see up to 10% of energy reduction.  The system is easy to use.  Talk to your Jefferson County commercial refrigeration specialist today about how to get better connected to your refrigeration system.

HVAC Contractors Save American Dollars

HVAC Contractors Save American Dollars

You would be surprised how much problem solving goes into updating an HVAC system.  Life is not simple and neither are most HVAC systems in commercial buildings.  When you decide to go more efficient with your system, you should be sure to get the right team to do the work for you.  Someone who is unqualified could cost you big time.  Your HVAC business in St. Louis will get you running more efficient the right way.  They will listen to your needs and make sure you have the best problem solvers for the job.

One tough customer for any HVAC team is the Army Research Lab (ARL) in Adelphi, MD. Recently they decided to update some of their HVAC system to become more green and efficient.  They needed to install an onsite generator and wanted to use the waste heat to replace the boiler made hot water.  The boiler was also being used to make steam for humidity for some of the labs clean rooms.

So what were they to do? Well they decided to replace the steam humidification system with a Meefog humidification system.  This allowed for them to continue on with their plans.  By doing this they found a way to not only reduce energy through the new HVAC system but also through their new humidification system.  Maintenance costs were also dramatically reduced.

You may think that such a simple solution would not take a lot to figure out.  But when you are dealing with a facility that houses research into very sensitive products, you don’t want to get it wrong.  How much is the Army expecting to save this year because of the upgrades? Around $127,000 that’s how much. I don’t know about you, but it’s nice to know that there are dedicated HVAC teams out there helping to save America money.

It Never Hurts to Be Prepared with Preventative Maintenance

It Never Hurts to Be Prepared with Preventative Maintenance

Restaurant equipment is not cheap.  And we all know the restaurant business is not an easy one.  It takes a lot of hard work and dedication by everyone involved.  Maintaining your equipment can save you money in the long run.  Yes you may have to put up some cash to pay for routine maintenance and repairs, but the cost of one of your major equipment pieces breaking down could shut you down for good.

One restaurant owner of a large chain recently described the scene of one of his locations that had a fan go out.  The belt on the fan broke above the grill and the kitchen filled with smoke within minutes causing panic and forcing them to shut down for the night.  The loss of revenue plus the cost of having a repair company come by afterhours could have been avoided had simple maintenance been applied. Learning from this incident, the owner now makes sure he has a preventive maintenance plan in place at all his locations.

Equipment maintenance is one thing but having a reliable and available repair team in your area is very important too.  Your Sunset Hills area restaurant equipment repair specialist can make sure you are up and running in no time and get you a routine maintenance plan to help prevent these repair from being nescissary.

You should look at preventative maintenance as like that on cars.  You can drive a car a long time without ever rotating the tires or changing the oil.  But when it breaks down and needs to be repaired, it is going to cost you a lot more than the simple maintenance would have.  And just like your car, preventative maintenance will also increase the longevity of the equipment in your restaurant and make it more efficient.

Adding Advanced Controls to HVAC Can Save Energy

Adding Advanced Controls to HVAC Can Save Energy

A US Dept. of Energy laboratory recently published an article on the study of options for improving the efficiency of packaged commercial rooftop systems.  The estimated results from the study were obtained and the potential savings based on computer modeling and simulation of building energy usage were outstanding.

While results may vary by location and climate, the potential for energy savings by just adding advanced controls to existing air units with gas furnaces is huge. Up to 67 percent in some areas was estimated. Manufactures are scrambling to make these controls available to the public.  The demand is so great because of the potential in savings.  Energy saving that not only effects your wallet but also helps the environment.

For the study, the scientist focused on four different types of control methods for existing rooftop packaged HVAC systems: air-side economizers, supply fan speed controls, cooling capacity controls, and demand-controlled ventilation.  The software tested was called EnergyPlus simulation which created simulations for 15 different climate zones in 16 major US cities. Along with this, four different types of buildings were studied.

In all over 1400 different simulations were performed to get the readings for the study and then broken down into potential savings in electricity used to power fans and cooling compressors, as well as the gas used to produce heat. Energy savings were then translated into dollars and cents.

Of all the tests performed the lowest amount of savings was 28 percent which occurred in the Seattle area. After the year we have had here in the Midwest with it’s up and down temps, a way to save any energy is greatly appreciated.  We live in the part of the country that sees the most diverse in temperatures. By having your local Earth City Cooling team install one of these systems, you could save thousands a year.  The experts say the benefits long outweigh the costs and you will see a return on your investment rather quickly.

Heating From the Ground Up

Heating From the Ground Up

If this polar vortex has taught us anything, it’s that this part of the country can get really, really cold.  Also with this epic storm, we learned the true value of a properly working heating system.  Like the plumbing industry that had its hands full with bursting pipes, the HVAC industry had its hands full with heaters failing. Even in a cold system of this magnitude proper maintenance could have saved many time, money, and comfort. Your Belleville area heating specialist will be able to tell you what system will work best for you.

If you have building that has concrete flooring, your feet were probably a little colder this week too.  A type of heating system that is often overlooked in our area is radiant heating. Radiant heating has been around for years and is very common in Europe.  There are many misconceptions about radiant heating.  Many think that it is a luxury that they cannot afford and that it is new technology that has not been tested here in the US.  Both of these are false.

One misconception is that it that this heating system only warms the floors.  Heat rises naturally from the floors up and makes for a more consistent temperature throughout the building. The other widely misconception is that it is too expensive. In most cases it can be installed for a cost that is close to that of traditional heating systems. Especially in new businesses that you are pouring a concrete floors where the additional cost of integrating piping is not as significant.

One great thing about radiant heat is that it is quiet.  There are no air blowers to circulate the warm air so no noise. Because the temperature is so even throughout the whole building, it is much more comfortable for everyone.  Radiant heat is also very efficient and requires little maintenance. Also these pumps are reversible, so in summer, you can air conditioning through air handlers using cold water instead of heated water.

No Need to Leave the Refigeration Door Open

No Need to Leave the Refigeration Door Open

It seems like everyone today is trying to find more ways to be efficient.  Whether it’s using your smart phone to check your thermostat at home or switching over to LED light bulbs. The government has put into place new energy laws to combat global warming.  What’s great about saving energy, is it also saves you money.  In my opinion it’s a win win, both for the environment and your bottom dollar.

If you have a convenience store or grocery store, you probably depend heavily on your refrigeration system.  And your refrigeration cases use a lot of energy.  Many grocers have open refrigeration systems.  I know all of the local stores I shop do.  Mainly for things like cheeses, butter, and other non-frozen items.  This is literally leaving the refrigerator open.

Putting doors on the open cases seems to be an easy and logical fix.  But some may have concerns for their customers.  You know how humans are; we don’t like change.  However the benefits are much more than the negatives.  Here are a couple benefits that may encourage you to also change your refrigeration techniques.

For one the cost of installing these energy saving techniques may be able to be offset by obtaining electric utility rebates that could give you up to a 10% rebate.  We all like free money.  Customers also will experience comfort due to warmer aisles and better product quality.  While business owners will see less product loss due to better temperature controlled cases. And the best thing may be your refrigeration energy costs going down as much as 60%.

So what is holding you back from changing out your open door refrigeration systems?  Talk to your specialist in refrigeration installation near Maryland Heights about how you can cut utility costs and improve the environment all at the same time all while providing fresher products to your customers.