Monthly archives for October, 2014

Winter or Spring – When’s the best time to do cooling system maintenance?

Question Mark And ThinkerWhen it comes to “shutting down” you cooling system for the winter months, most will agree that you can perform any needed maintenance as what ever time of the year best fits your needs.  As the months get colder and you no longer need your air conditioner, you may choose to have a professional come out and perform annual maintenance.  You can also wait and have this done as the cooling season begins in the late Spring.  Either way, it is important to remember that the most substantial factor is that the maintenance is being done before the unit is turned on again- no matter what time of year it is performed.

One task that you should consider doing once you are not longer using your air conditioner, is to invest in a cover for your outdoor unit.  Investing in a cover will allow you the chance to keep any unwanted debris like leaves and insects from building up over the cold weather months.  This is something that will help in keeping your unit to function properly once it is put back into use.

The bottom line is that all air conditioning units need to be properly maintained at regular intervals during the year.  Timing your maintenance is something that needs to be discussed with your HVAC contractor in order to ensure proper functioning and a successful start to your heating and cooling seasons.

If your a commercial building owner looking for cooling maintenance services near South County, your best bet is to ask the American Services team for a free quote today!  At American Services, St. Louis are business owners and commercial building tenants find the complete service they need.  In fact, American Services can help with everything from HVAC to refrigeration and beverage machines.  Contact the American Services team for complete details today!

 

Top 3 Reasons Why Heating System Maintenance Is A Must!

Top 3We have all heard that maintaining your heating and cooling system is important and that it should be done at regular intervals all through out the year.  But do you know why this is so important?  Better yet, what about the top three reasons why it’s so important?  Let’s take a look!

Occupant Comfort Level – The first top reason why you should be properly maintaining your HVAC system is simple.  Over 50 percent of emergency system shut-downs are a result of improper maintenance.  This means that if you don’t maintain your unit, you may wake up to a very hot or very cold building one day.  When properly maintaining you unit, you will instead have the peace of mind knowing that a professional has been keeping your equipment in proper working order all year.

Money Savings – Bottom line, many repairs can be totally avoided when you are taking part in regular system maintenance.  Plus, you avoid the emergency situation mentioned above which greatly decreases the urgency of the repair.  Both of these factors make regular maintenance a money saver.

System Longevity – Do you want your expensive equipment to last up to 30 percent longer?  If so, partake in regular maintenance with a trained professional.  And when you consider the fact that the average unit lasts about 20 years – you can expect to get up to six more operating years just from maintaining it properly.  Anyone is sure to agree that this fact alone will pay for the scheduled maintenance on it’s own.

At American Services, our team of professional HVAC technicians are ready to help you take superior care of all your equipment.  We even have a preventative maintenance service plan team that will help you create the right schedule for your needs.  Don’t take any chances, call American Services to ensure to proper function of your heating unit near Collinsville today!

Heat Gain & Light Bulbs?

Compact Fluorescent LampHeat gain is something that any commercially cooled business wants to avoid.  When heat gain is an issue, the overall efficiency of your unit is decreases significantly leaving you with higher bills and a hot building.  But did you know that you can make a big difference in your heat gain by taking a look at the light bulbs you are currently using?  That’s right and this one change is cheap, easy, and able to save you money right away.

When you are using a traditional incandescent light bulb, it is estimated that nearly 90 percent of that bulb’s energy is released as heat – not light.  In fact, the heat released by one 65-watt incandescent bulb is equivalent to 200 BTUs per hour.  With the majority of residual electricity usage attributed to lighting, that is a lot of heat being released into your business.

Now that we know about traditional incandescent bulbs, let’s take a look at the stats on a compact florescent bulb or CFL.  One CFL uses only 25 percent of the energy needed to run one incandescent bulb.  You can also count on a CFL bulb to only release 25 percent of the heat released by an incandescent bulb.

Another alternative is LED lighting which only used 10 percent of the energy needed to light an incandescent bulb.  LED lighting is different also because the heat it released is absorbed by a heat sink and therefore not put out into the room.  An LED can also last up to eight times as long a CFL and 40 percent longer than an incandescent.

Let the team at American Services assist you finding any issues with your Ladue area cooling and heating equipment today!  Our team understands your needs and also repairs a number of other types of equipment – making us your only full-service contractor in St. Louis.

Important Information About HVAC Warranty Contracts

Wax SealThe last thing you want to do is void your heating and cooling equipment warranty by making a simple and avoidable mistake.  Don’t let this happen to you by reading all manufacturer paperwork right away.  This paperwork includes the warranty language and policies you will need to follow in order to access the warranty coverage in the future.

Today, let’s take a look at a few of the most common mistakes you should be sure to avoid:

  • Proper Installation – Most manufacturer’s require the use of a certified professional when installing any new HVAC equipment.  This mistake is easily avoided when you use the expert team at American Services.
  • Warranty Card – This little card can be found in with all the rest of the paperwork that comes with your new HVAC unit.  It is important to locate it and return it completed to the manufacturer as soon as possible.  Some manufacturer’s require it’s return for any future warranty claims.
  • Regular Maintenance – Most manufacturer’s require the proper maintenance of all equipment as per the maintenance guidelines outlined by their company.  The best way to ensure proper maintenance of any new HVAC equipment is to contact American Services for a quote on a customized preventative maintenance contract.
  • OEM or Original Manufacturer Parts – Be sure to check your warranty contract before replacing any parts on your equipment.  This is important because some contracts will require the use of OEM parts in order to stay within warranty guidelines.

All of these tips are easy to follow, but also easy not to follow.  Next time you need any heating or cooling service in the St. Louis area, the team at American Services can help.  We specialize in Fenton area heating and cooling maintenance, repair, sales, and service.  Our team can also help you with many other aspects of your business like refrigeration, beverage systems, and water filtration.  Call us for a free quote today!

Restaurant Refrigeration & Food Preservation Go Hand-In-Hand!

Stop BacteriaTo ensure proper preservation of food, all refrigeration and freezer units must maintain constant temperatures in accordance with proper food storage guidelines. To properly maintain refrigeration-grade quality, a unit must maintain a constant temperature between 36 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit.  This is because anything over 40 degrees  Fahrenheit will cause spoilage and anything under 34 degrees  Fahrenheit will cause freezing to being.  These temperature standards will help to ensure you provide the freshest foods for your customers.

As a restaurant owner, you understand the importance of food preservation and expect your refrigeration system to ensure quality and freshness.  You also understand the danger associated with bacteria growth due to an improperly functioning system.  All of this means you need a local refrigeration contractor that puts all of those needs at the forefront of their services on a daily basis.

All of this is exactly why so many restaurant, grocery store, and convenient store owners continue to trust the professional services provided by American Services.  At American Services our expertise spans many areas of your business and will not just impress, but also save you money.  Don’t hesitate to call our office to schedule a Free Estimate today!  We will gladly send out one of our technicians to make a full assessment of your needs.

At American Services, Overland area restaurant equipment refrigeration owners find the sales, service, repair, maintenance, and service contracts they need to keep their businesses running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  There isn’t anything our trained technicians can’t do and we will guarantee your complete satisfaction!  Don’t make the mistake of going to another contractor who doesn’t offer all the services you need.  Contact us for all of your HVAC, cooking equipment, refrigeration, ice machine, water filtration, industrial equipment, and beverage system need!  As you can see, we really are the area’s most-complete service provider!

Types of Humidifiers & How They Can Compliment Your HVAC System

HumidifierKeeping indoor humidity under control is an important factor in overall comfort for those visiting your establishment.  Today, the team at American Services wants to introduce you to three popular types of humidifiers.  This review should greatly assist you when making a humidifier purchasing choice.

Steam – You may be familiar with steam humidifiers, as they are the cheapest, simplest units on the market.  This simple unit works by boiling water and then releasing the steam into the room. They are also the same units used to dispense medical inhalant when someone is sick. Steam units are often not recommended to used around small children because the steam can cause burns.  Yet, this type of unit is favorable because there are not bacterial or mineral concerns.

Impeller – An impeller unit works by releasing a cool fog into the air.  To make this happen a rotating disc is used to fling water across a diffuser.  Once the water hits the diffuser, it breaks it into fine droplets that will float in the air.  Impeller units offer low energy costs, yet can cause concern due to the possibility of bacterial and mineral growth.

Ultrasonic – This type of unit often works silently and also releases a cool fog into the air.  To create this fog, the unit uses a metal diaphragm that vibrates at an ultrasonic frequency creating the water droplets.  Ultrasonic units also offer low energy costs, but also raise the same bacterial and mineral concerns.

If you have concerns about the humidity levels in your building, you can start measuring the current levels by using a hygrometer.  These are relatively inexpensive and easy-to-use.

To get a free estimate and information on how a humidifier could be beneficial to your indoor air quality, give the St. Charles area HVAC service experts at American Services a call today!

Restaurant Equipment Spotlight – Water Filtration Systems

Water Filtering SystemThe team at American Services is proud to add water filtration to their long list of areas of expertise.  If you are considering a water filtration system, make sure to take the following in consideration:

How likely is it that my water is safe to drink straight from the tap?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA, more than 90 percent of the water supply in the United States is perfectly safe for drinking. Most individuals choose to have a water filtration system installed to further assure not only that their water is safe, but also free of any unpleasant smells or tastes.

Common health and safety reasons that may require the use of a water filtration system:

  • Water testing that indicates high lead levels.
  • Water testing that indicates contaminants in the water including radon for those who use water from a well.
  • Individuals who suffer from a compromise immune system.  This could include someone who is undergoing chemotherapy.

What will a water filtration system eliminate from my water?

The use of a water filtration system can eliminate contaminants from the water you drink.  These contaminants are a concern because they have the potential to make you sick or can simply affect the feel or taste of your water.  Some of these contaminants include:  Arsenic, Nitrates, Radium, Radon, Lead, Various Microbes, and byproducts from disinfecting products.

Adding a water filtration system to your restaurant equipment near Maryland Heights will defiantly set you apart from other establishments.  With this type of system, you will be able to provide clean, tasteless, and odorless water to your customers on the most consistent basis possible.  Your customers will appreciate the attention you have given to their health and their overall satisfaction.  Now is the time to get your free estimate!  Call American Services today and we will be out to serve you ASAP!

 

Save Energy When Cooling Your Commercial Space

Save energyIt is estimated that commercial HVAC costs can account for up to 30 percent of your total overhead, depending on what kind of business you run.  Since this may be costing you so much, here are a few ways you can saving when you are using your cooling system:

  • When sufficient natural light is available, considering turning off an high-powered fluorescent lighting.
  • If possible, start your employee’s shifts earlier in the day as to avoid peak cooling hours.
  • Limit the inflow of warm outside air by configuring your ventilation system accordingly.
  • When not in use, make sure all computer, kitchen equipment, and other heat-generating appliances are turned off.
  • If you have an onsite cafe, encourage “cold” menu items on warmer days.
  • Have more casual dress days that allow you the ability to keep the thermostat at a higher temperature setting.
  • Get light-blocking window covers installed in order to reduce any passive heating of your office space.
  • In kitchen areas, consider upgrading refrigeration vents and oven hoods.  This move will reduce confined space heat build-up.
  • Schedule regular maintenance checks with American Services.  This will keep your unit running efficiently thanks to clean filters, vents, and other equipment elements.
  • Also have any needed repairs made ASAP.  Common parts that will need regular replacement include coils and condensers.

The commercial cooling experts at American Services are here to help you save!  Our Kirkwood area cooling services include sales, service, repairs, and maintenance making us the most-complete dealer in St. Louis.  You may also consider that we additionally specialize in cooking equipment, refrigeration, ice machines, water filtration, industrial equipment, and beverage systems.  This means we can come out and take care of all of your needs in one trip.  Let us help you save time and money today!  Talk to our customer care specialists about getting your free estimate now.

Reduce Your Commercial Heating Bills This Winter!

 red pen on a calculatorThe weather is already cooling off and will continue to do so as we inch closer and closer to winter.  This time of the year often brings concern about increased energy costs that can leave your business facing a budget issue.  In order to help you reduce this burden, here are some simple tips you can use to keep your energy use in check as we enter the winter season.

The first area that can not be stressed enough is the use of a programmable thermostat.  Having a programmable thermostat will allow you to set the temperature of your building according to the schedule you keep.  For example, if you are heating an office building that only hosts employees from 7 am to 7 pm, you can turn the heat down for the time when no one is there.  This will help you reduce your costs and save your equipment from being used when it is not necessary.

Another area that can not be forgotten is regularly scheduled maintenance.  In order to work properly, you will need to make sure your equipment is in proper running order by having it maintained properly on a regular bases.  These maintenance checks will include filter changes, cleaning of the blowers and burners, and other routine examinations.

Finally, make sure your hot water heater isn’t doing damage to your bills by keeping it set below 120 degrees.  This is an area that is often overlooked by many business owners, but that can make a difference in your bills.

Are you looking to keep your heating bills at bay this winter season?  The Ballwin area commercial heating experts at American Services specialize in this very subject and can get you on the road to savings now.  Give them a call for a free estimate today!  You can’t go wrong with our professional approach to your needs.

American Services – Focused On Refrigeration

Industrial modern refrigeratorThe team at American Services wants to provide your business with the most comprehensive commercial and industrial refrigeration services available.  We have a fully staffed sales, service, maintenance, and support staff that will make sure you get everything you need in a timely, concise manner.  Here are some commonly asked questions regarding our refrigeration services near Sunset Hills.

What equipment does American Services specialize in?

At American Services we want to be an inclusive refrigeration sale, service, maintenance, and parts provider.  In order to keep with this standard, we have technicians capable of working on a number of refrigeration units.  This list of equipment includes: Commercial Refrigeration, Laboratory Refrigeration, Industrial Refrigeration, Walk-In Freezers, Walk-In Coolers, Supermarket Refrigeration, Display Cases, Restaurant Refrigeration, and Convenient Store Refrigeration.

At what intervals do you provide preventative maintenance contracts?

Our preventative maintenance department always strives to provide you with a personalized plan that will fit your needs and your budget.   When meeting with our team, we will determine if you need maintenance on a seasonal, quarterly, semi-annual, annual, monthly, or other customized basis.  This assures your complete satisfaction and the best care for your equipment.

Do you offer any other services besides refrigeration?

Yes.  American Services is your only full-service refrigeration contractor in the St. Louis area. Our area of expertise spans many products and services.  In fact we can take care of all of your needs in one simple visit.  Make sure to contact us about: HVAC, Cooking Equipment, Ice Machines, Industrial Equipment, Beverage Systems, and Water Filtration services.

Now that you understand our full-service approach to refrigeration service, give our team a call for a free estimate.  We would be happy to assess your needs, make any immediate repairs, and then create a customized plan to keep your equipment in the best shape possible.