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Improve Your Cooling Efficiency With Proper Insulation

Improve Your Cooling Efficiency With Proper Insulation

Measuring Attic Energy EfficiencyIt may be a little discouraging, but no matter how efficient or well cared for your HVAC unit is, if your insulation isn’t up to par, you will continue to waste money on your energy bills.  This is because your insulation forms the barrier that keeps the seasonal elements out and the cooled or heated air in your establishment.  Today, let’s answer just a few simple questions about insulation.

Should I have sheet rolls or blown-in insulation installed?

This depends on the type of space you are insulating.  Both styles of insulation will do the job as long as they are installed properly and in relation to the space it will be in.  This is due to the fact that insulation needs to fill all the cavities that need to insulated.  Having gaps in the insulation’s coverage will allow leaks that hurt the performance of the material.

Can I install insulation myself?  Is it safe?

Sheet rolls of insulation are fairly easy to install, but you will need to protect yourself when doing so.  When working with insulation it is important to wear protective clothing, eye gear, and gloves.  If you decide to DIY insulation without taking these precautions, you will end up with itchy, irritated eyes and skin.

How do I prevent condensation build-up in insulated areas?

To prevent condensation, you will need to use a vapor barrier.  This is something you do not want to skip as condensation build-up will lead to mold in the areas where it is not used.

If you need advice on reducing your heating and cooling costs near Wentzville, give the team at American Services a call.  We do free estimates and can help you create a plan that will reduce the money you spend on utility bills and prolong the life of your equipment!

It’s Not Too Late To Weatherize & Save!

It’s Not Too Late To Weatherize & Save!

Caulking WindowsWhen heating and cooling bills can add up to as much as 48 percent of an average utility bill, it’s no wonder so many business owners want to cut the fluff and start saving!  This leaves us with one question.  Did you weatherize your buildings before the cold weather season began?  If so – awesome!  If not, don’t worry.  There’s still plenty of time to get in on the savings this year.  Let’s explore some ways you can do this.

During the winter, it’s vital to make sure you are not letting in the cold air from outside.  Drafty windows, doors that are left open, or areas that aren’t properly sealed all allow that cold air into your building and drive up your energy costs.  The good news is that fixing these issues is fairly simple.  If you are a business owner who likes to do things on their own, go around your building and do a quick audit of the doors, windows, and other areas that are leaking cold air.  From this point, you can visit your local hard ware store for sealing products that can be used to eliminate the drafts.  On the other hand, if you are someone who likes to leave things to the experts we would suggest having an energy audit.  An energy audit inspector will do basically the same thing as described above.  This individual will evaluate the areas that are leaking and then make suggestions on how to eliminate the leaks.   Either way, this simple weatherizing task is sure to save you dollars on your next utility bill.

The team at American Services is excited to help your commercial business save the most money this year on heating costs.  Our commercial heating experts near O’Fallon are ready to help you upgrade, repair, maintain, or replace your HVAC systems in order to do just that.  Call us for a free estimate today!

Commercial Cooling Energy Saving Ideas

Commercial Cooling Energy Saving Ideas

Save EnergyWhen it is estimated that 6 percent of the energy you use is created by your cooling system, it’s no wonder so many of us want new ideas on reducing usage!  That’s where the team at Enery.gov come in to play.  Today, we will explain a number of the tips they give to help reduce cooling costs.

  • Become aware of your cooling load and takes steps to reduce it.  A few of the easiest ways to do this include: adding insulation to your walls; add shades or blinds to the windows; or think about adding high-albedo (white) surfaces like a cool roof to your building.  Also take a look around for appliances that may be adding to your cooling load.  This would include a stove or cloths dryer.  In humid climates, you will also want to make sure to eliminate an excess air leaks.
  • Think about areas of your building that don’t need to be cooled.  To do this, you can simply isolate that area by shutting the register that feeds that room.  Just be mindful not to do this to too many rooms as it can reduce airflow across the entire system due to pressure build-up.
  • Get an efficiency check-up.  This can be accomplished by calling the team at American Systems.  Our St. Peters area commercial cooling experts can come to your place of business and give you a free estimate on upgrading, replacing, repairing, or maintaining your equipment so that you are getting the most from your unit.  It is also important to continue with regular maintenance check-ups to get the most from your cooling system over time.

Now that you have a few expert ideas on keeping your cooling energy costs down, get a full energy savings check-up by calling the team at American Services!  We look forward to helping you maximize your energy dollars!

Common Heating & Cooling Equipment Ratings Explained

Common Heating & Cooling Equipment Ratings Explained

Home Energy Efficiency RatingsWhen you take a look at your HVAC equipment, you may notice multiple ratings for various efficiency standards placed on these types of units.  These rating systems can actually give you valuable information regarding the efficiency of your unit.  Today, let’s take a look at four of the ratings you would see and what they mean.

  • A systems’s SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio refers to efficiency of a unit in terms of the unit’s total cooling capacity in comparison to the energy used by the unit while it is in operation.  The higher the SEER for a cooling unit, the more efficient it is.
  • The HSPF or or Heating Seasonal Performance Factor is used in regard to rate heat pumps. Just as above, the higher a heat pump’s HSPF, the more efficient it will be.  To come up with a units’ HSPF rating, the manufacturer takes the heat pump’s heating capacity and divides that by the amount of electricity the unit uses while in operation.
  • A MERV or Minimal Efficiency Reporting Value will tell you how efficiently your air filter will remove airborne particles.  Filters with the highest MERV ratings will remove the most particles and keep you air the cleanest.
  • Your AFUE or Annual Fuel Utilization Effieciency related direct to the efficiency of your furnace.  You will see your furnace’s AFUE given as a percentage.  This percentage tells you how much heat your furnace will produce for every dollar of fuel the unit uses.  The law mandates that all furnaces have a ratio of 78 percent or higher.

The team at American Services hopes these short explanations will assist you in understanding your HVAC equipment that much more.  If you find you are in need of upgrading your commercial heating equipment near St. Charles, please consider calling our team to get a free estimate today!

 

Walk-In Refrigeration Energy Cost Reduction Tips

Walk-In Refrigeration Energy Cost Reduction Tips

Refrigeration Unit DoorWalk-in style refrigeration units, or walk-in coolers, are a huge part of the everyday operation surrounding all restaurants, convenience stores, grocery stores, and many other commercial establishments.  These units also account for a large portion of the energy your business consumes on a daily basis.  For this reason, it is important to regularly check to make sure your unit or units are not causing your energy costs to go up.  Neglecting this area will no doubt cost you money on your monthly energy bills and maybe in repair costs down the road.  Today, let’s take a look at a few tips to help you keep your energy usage under control.

Maintenance – Maintaining all of your expensive equipment is vital in the overall well-being of the units in questions.  To many, the up-front cost of maintenance may be overwhelming – so they just skip it all together.  This not only causes your equipment to wear out faster, but it can also void your manufacturer warranty.  Not maintaining your equipment will also cause it to run in a way that it is at it’s least efficient, causing a spike in energy usage.  The bottom line is, investing in maintenance is a must!

Upgrade – Did you purchase your unit a while back?  If so, it many not meet new energy standards designed to save you money on your monthly bills.  Why not get a free upgrade estimate from the team at American Services.  We can show you how much a new unit will save you over it’s lifetime and also introduce you to newer, time saving features you will love.

If you are a commercial refrigeration user near Florissant, it’s time to give the experts at American Services a call!  We can help you with all of your refrigeration needs and also provide a source for the area’s premier HVAC, cooking equipment, beverage system, and water filtration products.  We are your St. Louis area one stop shop!

What To Look For In High Quality HVAC Technicians!

What To Look For In High Quality HVAC Technicians!

Technician Servicing Heating BoilerChoosing your HVAC service provider can be tough considering the many choices you have in the area.  You want to make sure you will get the service you need, along with a reliable and knowledgeable HVAC technician to complete the work.  Today, let’s talk about some characteristics to look for in your next HVAC technician.

  • Certifications – Look for your HVAC technician to have a number of documented certifications in both his field and areas of expertise.  The most important of these certifications is the North American Technician Excellence or NATE certification.  Having graduated from a NATE certification program means that individual meets or exceeds the experience, training, and knowledge needed to be a high-quality tech in the HVAC-R industry.
  • Timeliness – Your technician should be someone you can count on.  This means that they arrive according to schedule and finish scheduled work orders within the estimated amount of time given to you as the customer.  A great way to get full details on the reputation of a particular HVAC company, ask around or explore websites.
  • Appearance, Grooming, and Boot Covers – The way your technician presents himself says a lot about his attention to detail.  Anyone how comes to your business to perform service work should be in a clean uniform, be properly groomed, and should always respect your property by wearing boot covers inside your establishment.
  • Prepared and Clean-Up – Your tech should arrive with the right tools and parts for the job indicated in the service write-up.  If you have an experience where your technician in not prepare due to poor planning, that may be a sign of an unfavorable choice.
  • Business Longevity – When researching HVAC service providers near Hazelwood, take the longevity of the business in consideration.  The fact that a service provider has been around for many years is a sign that they must be attracting customers for the right reasons.

Next time you want to switch-up your HVAC service provider, give American Services a call.  Our team is guaranteed to meet your needs!

Restaurant Sales Are Up – Is It Time To Update Your Cooking Equipment?

Restaurant Sales Are Up – Is It Time To Update Your Cooking Equipment?

chef in kitchenThanks to dropping gas prices and rising employment rates, the restaurant industry experienced it’s best month in eight years during December 2014.  Gains were seen in both the casual-dining chains, which reported an increase of 4.4 percent, as well as in the quick-service arena which saw gains of 4.6 percent.  This is especially good news since sales in December 2013 were flat.  Since then, the industry has seen steady monthly gains and expects that trend to continue across 2015. All of this data is based-upon MillerPulse results and represents averages from operator surveys in all areas of the nation and in all segments of the food service industry.  You can get full details by visiting the Nation’s Restaurant News website at http://nrn.com/millerpulse/report-december-restaurant-sales-reach-8-year-high.

Did your St. Louis area restaurant experience the same sales growth as what’s being reported by the NRN?  If so, maybe it’s time to consider upgrading or replacing some of your outdated equipment.  The team at American Services can help you with every aspect of your Jefferson County area restaurant equipment installation!  Our team is filled with the professional technicians you have been looking for.  We understand your needs, can address any current repair issues, and give you a free estimate for the services you need or want.  Plus, our attention to providing a well-rounded  list of services means we can also take care of any HVAC, refrigeration, ice machine, beverage system, or filtration issues you may be concerned with.

Why not contact our team to get your free estimate now?  This free estimate will allow you the chance to make an informed decision about how you want to re-invest in your business for the new year.  Don’t wait until it’s too late!  Broken or malfunctioning equipment will cost you valuable time and money.  Let the American Services team help you get started right in 2015!

 

Indoor Air Quality Issues In Large Commercial Buildings

Indoor Air Quality Issues In Large Commercial Buildings

gas maskNo matter how safe you may think your indoor air quality may be, it is always a good idea to take the time to re-think areas where you can improve.  This is especially important for those who own large commercial buildings that operate in the winter.  During the colder months, we try to get our buildings as tight as possible to keep them warm and running efficiently.  But too much closed-up air can cause a build-up of contaminants that can prove dangerous.  Here are some resources you can use to improve your IAQ this winter.

Resources to check out when thinking about the indoor air quality of your large, commercial building:

  • Get a free IAQ Design Guide from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).  In it you will find valuable information for architects, design engineers, contractors, commissioning agents, and all other professionals working on the IAQ in relation to a commercial building.  This guide also includes all the AHSRAE reference materials at no cost.  Download your copy of the The Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction and Commissioning by visiting iaq.ashrae.org.
  • Environmental Protection Agency’s or EPA’s Green Building Portal is a gateway to finding information on Energy Star, Water Efficiency, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, and other IAQ-related resources.  You can find this site by visiting www.epa.gov/greenbuilding/.
  • The IAQ Scientific Findings Resource Bank can be found by visiting  www.iaqscience.lbl.gov and gives scientific information related to the effects of IAQ on the health of humans.
  • You can also reference – IAQ Building Education and Assessment Model (I-BEAM), Building Assessment, Survey and Evaluation Study (BASE), Building Air Quality: A Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers, Building Air Quality Action Plan, and Energy Cost and IAQ Performance of Ventilation Systems and Controls Modeling Study.

If you would like help improving the IAQ in your commercial buildings, give the South County area heating and cooling experts at American Services a call today!

Could Your Duct Work Be Increasing Your Heating Bill?

Could Your Duct Work Be Increasing Your Heating Bill?

Ducts And ClampsIn the winter months, many business owners will experience an increase in their heating bills that isn’t expected.  Some of this cost increase could be attributed to colder outdoor temperatures or comfort-level choices, but have you ever considered how your out-of-date duct work could be making your bills go up?  That’s right.  Improperly sized duct work could be to blame and the team at American Services is here to explain why.

Newer, more efficient heating systems keep coming out every year.  With these updated units come a mandatory increase in air flow to protect the thinner components that make up these units.  As heated air passed through your duct work, pressure is created.  The pressure that is created by this air flow is called static pressure.  If you have old duct work, your new heating unit’s maximum external static pressure or ESP is most likely double or maybe even triple what is recommended by the manufacturer.  This means less of the heated air your unit produces is able to get through your duct work and delivered as needed.  It also means your unit is working harder, longer, and will not last as long or work as efficiency as it should.

If you are tired of getting heating bills that just keep going up, call the team at American Services heating and cooling near St. Louis County to talk about the issue today!  Sometimes issues with your duct work can be fixed by simply replacing a few vents, adjusting the air settings, or even replacing a small section of the duct work itself.  These small changes will save you money on a monthly basis, plus keep your heating unit in good shape for many years to come.

Call American Services at 855-733-1776 and ask about a free estimate for all of your commercial heating and cooling issues!

Beer Cave Refrigeration For Your Convenience Store

Beer Cave Refrigeration For Your Convenience Store

Drink CanWalk into any convenience store right now and you are sure to find a wide variety and large selection of beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages.  This shouldn’t be a surprise since the majority of alcohol sales come from convenience store establishments.  So, why not take your sales to the next level by having the commercial refrigeration experts at American Services help you with the installation of a beer cave?

A simple addition like a beer cave will not only help you to attract more buyers into your store, but it will also give your customers a place to get the cold beverages they need for parties and other large gatherings.  Also consider the fact that as a business owner you will not just benefit from increased sales, but you will additionally gain storage space for the extra supply of cold beverages in your store.  Having all available products out in front of your customers will allow them the chance to make an informed decision, will encourage them to try new products, and will leave a lasting impression on their buying habits.  Plus, you get to re-locate your inventory and make room for other non-refrigerated staples.

If you want to offer your customers access to the “coldest beer in town”, the addition of a beer cave makes perfect sense.  Get started on this fun and profitable project by giving the American Services team a call today.  At American Services we offer free estimates and can handle all of your HVAC, refrigeration, beverage system, ice machine, water filtration, and restaurant equipment needs.  Our commercial refrigeration services near St. Louis City are the most reliable in the area, making us a great choice for maintenance, repair, installation, and service.  Don’t delay increased profits and more customer satisfaction – get your beer cave installation started now!