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More Cooling Tips From Energy.gov

More Cooling Tips From Energy.gov

Helpful TipsOver at Energy.gov, their experts provide a variety of tips on how you can keep your business cool during the summer months while still being mindful to energy waste.  In a prior installment, we went over three ideas that can help you stay cool and save energy.  Today, let’s go over a few more of their tips.

  • To lower your overall cooling temperature, make sure you are setting your indoor temperature as close to the outdoor temperature as possible.  Keeping this difference as low as possible is the key to lowering your costs.  You will also want to ensure humidity control.  High humidity is what causes most of the discomfort we feel during high temperatures.
  • Don’t set your thermostat at a cooler than normal temperature in an attempt to cool your space faster.  This practice will not work and only wastes energy.  You will also experience much higher cooling costs if this is done.
  • If you use a window air conditioner unit, it is a good idea to use an interior fan that more evenly distributes the cooled air.  This practice is a great way to make your home more comfortable without using a significant amount of added energy.
  • Be mindful of where you place appliances that give off heat.  For example, placing a lamp near your thermostat will cause your unit to run more often because the thermostat will pick up the heat from the lamp.
  • Consider upgrading an older cooling unit for a newer, more efficient unit with the Energy Star label.
  • Ask your HVAC specialist about the energy saving associated with a whole-house fan or evaporative cooler.

Get ready for summer now!  Call the experts at American Services for the best deals on cooling service and installation near Florissant today!

Cooling Tips From Energy.gov

Cooling Tips From Energy.gov

Stay CoolLearning how to keep your business cool, while saving energy, is the most effective way to stay comfortable this summer.  This is the main goal when researching cooling tips from the experts at Energy.gov.  Today, let’s take a closer look at the tips these professionals give on the topic of properly cooling your indoor space this summer.

  • Don’t get fooled into buying  a larger unit assuming it will cool you space any more effectively.  In fact, when you buy an improperly sized cooling unit, you will experience the exact opposite of your desired effect.  This happens because a unit that is too big will hit your indicated set-point before they are able to properly dehumidify the air.  This will leave you with a space the feels humid or “clammy” and all-around uncomfortable.  Remember, this tip goes for both individual room units and central air systems.
  • Make sure your central air conditioner’s fan is set to “auto” mode.  This will ensure that the unit is shutting down the fan at the same time as the compressor.  Using this tip shuts down the fan so that it isn’t being used to just circulate the air.  Air circulation should be accomplished only by circulating fans placed in individual rooms.
  • Maybe a whole-house fan is an option for you?  A whole-house fan works to cool your space by pulling cool air through your home and then getting rid of warm air via the attic.  Whole-house fans are best used to cool your home down during the coolest parts of the day.  This then allows your home to maintain that cooler temperature during the hotter times of the day without the use of the fan.

If you’re cooling system needs some attention.  Make sure to contact the the Hazelwood area’s commercial cooling installation experts at American Services today!

Reasons to Upgrade Your Boiler or Furnace

Reasons to Upgrade Your Boiler or Furnace

UpgradeThe spring and summer months are the best time to upgrade your heating system.  These seasons are warm and allow you the time needed to go without the use of heat.  Today, let’s talk about a few of the best reasons to upgrade your boiler or furnace right now!

  • If you switch out your older boiler or heat and hot water system for a new, high-efficiency unit, you can save thousands in fuel costs.
  • Switching to a new, high-efficiency unit will also lower your green house gas emissions and help in the effort to clean up our environment.
  • Remove the chance of your older unit either needing to be repaired or failing completely by proactively replacing it now when you are less likely to be using it.
  • Replacing your unit with a newer model will increase the comfort of your home or business thanks to the advanced technology features it will have.
  • If you have had an expansion in your unit’s usage, you may not be getting optimum results and could benefit from a unit that can handle the work-load you provide.
  • Updates to your HVAC system add value to the building they are installed in.  This will help in the event of a sale or when renting to a future tenant.

As you can see, there are a number of valid reasons associated with replacing your boiler or furnace unit this summer.  American Services can provide you with a free Jefferson County area commercial heating unit installation quote today!  Simply give our sales team a call and on of our friendly quote specialists would be happy to show you how easily our team can get you into an energy-efficient unit right now!

Walk-In Cooler Maintenance Tips!

Walk-In Cooler Maintenance Tips!

refrigerator unitIf you are in the restaurant, convenience store, or grocery store business, the walk-in cooler or freezer is a part of your daily life.  Since these units are a big investment, it is important to keep them well-maintained.  Today, let’s take a look at some tips that will ensure you unit is kept in proper running order.

  • Make sure your unit’s door is closed when not being used.  Never leave the door propped open for an extended period of time.  The best practice is to only have the door open when entering or leaving the the walk-in.
  • At least twice a year, you need to be cleaning the evaporator and condensing coil of the unit.  If your coils are outside, it is best to cleans them even more often.
  • Check your fan motors to ensure they are running at optimum speed.
  • Reduce drag by cleaning the fan blades.
  • If your condensing unit is located outside, make sure you keep the area clear so that there is adequate air flow.
  • Make sure airflow isn’t restricted by anything stacked around the coil.
  • The insulation on the suction lines between the condensing unit and the evaporator should be checked for damage or decay on a regular basis and replaced when needed.
  • Don’t let your unit waste energy.  Have a technician check your electrical connections for loose spots on a regular basis.
  • Lubricate all hinges on a yearly basis to ensure the unit is closing properly.

The South County area commercial walk-in refrigeration specialists at American Services hope these tips will get you started on maintaining your units in the best possible way.  If you have any questions, or would like for an expert to take a look at your walk-in cooler or freezer, contact American Services today!

3 Do-It-Yourself HVAC Maintenance Tips!

3 Do-It-Yourself HVAC Maintenance Tips!

Room ThermostatAre you a business owner who likes to do some DIY projects around your building?  If so, today’s post is for you!  That’s because the American Services team is ready to give you three easy tasks that will not only help maintain your HVAC system, but that you can do yourself.  That’s right!  Three things that you can do yourself to help save time, money, and keep your system in running order.  Let’s get started with DIY task number one!

  • Change Your Filter – Keeping your filter changed is the single most important thing you can do for your HVAC system.  A clean filter will keep the system efficient, it will save you money, and it will prolong the life of your unit.  Make sure to read your owner’s manual so that you know which filter to use in your system.  And, as always, if you aren’t comfortable with the process, call in the professionals.
  • Clean Out Drain Lines – This may sound a little intimidating, but it really is very simple.  First find the drain line on the outside of the unit.  Then use a shop vac to clean out any debris that has built up.  It’s really that easy!
  • Program Your Thermostat Correctly – Programming your thermostat isn’t hard, but you may need a lesson on doing it correctly.  This step will ensure that you don’t have to make a service call for a simple programming error.

If you aren’t up for the challenge of keeping up with your own HVAC maintenance, don’t worry!  The team at American Services will customize an HVAC maintenance service plan near St. Louis County that not only takes care of your maintenance needs, but that additionally fits into your monthly budget.  Simply call our team to schedule a no commitment meeting today!  We guarantee to make the process fast, easy, and hassle-free.  We look forward to your coming visit.

Restaurant Exhaust Hood Cleaning & Maintenance

Restaurant Exhaust Hood Cleaning & Maintenance

Restaurant KitchenKeeping your expensive equipment properly cleaned and maintained is key when extending the life of the equipment and getting maximum results. That’s why American Services wants you to know just how to properly clean and maintain all of your restaurant equipment, including your exhaust hood.  A restaurant’s exhaust hood works by removing grease, smoke, heat, and odors from the air and often replaces it with fresh air from outside.  This type of unit also helps suppress grease fires and keeps the kitchen clear of the airborne contaminants mentioned above. creating a much friendlier work environment. So, what can you do as a restaraunt owner to help keep this important piece of equipment in running order?  Let’s explore this question with some basic cleaning and maintenance tips.

First, it’s important to regularly remove and clean your hood vents.  This will all you to clear all the grease and build-up within the vents and give the unit the ability to freely move the air.  To remove the hood vent, simply grab the handles on the vent, lift up, and pull it out.

Next, make sure you are having all of your restaurant equipment properly inspected and maintained by professional service technicians.  An easy way to keep up with this task is to sign up for a maintenance contract that gives you these services on a regular basis.  This is an easy way to know your equipment is being properly taken care of.

The team at American Services is ready to assist you with all of your restaurant equipment services near St. Louis City!  You can count on our group of professionally trained technicians to do the job right and keep your cost down.  Don’t trust your commercial equipment to any other dealer in town. Contact American Services for all of your HVAC and restaurant equipment needs today!