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Controlling Sources of Poor Air Quality

Controlling Sources of Poor Air Quality

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Poor indoor air quality is something that can defiantly have an adverse effect on your business.  After all, no one wants to shop or eat in space that is uncomfortable to be in or aggravates their respiratory system.  Plus, many indoor air quality irritants are harmful to ones health and that is something that customers are not going to okay with.  For this reason the Overland area heating and cooling team at American Services wants to help you avoid and remove these irritants from your commercial space with tips on controlling them.  Let’s get started!

  • Poor Indoor Air Quality Irritant #1 – Air Pollutants from Combustion Devices: These pollutants from from sources such as a natural gas-fired furnace, oil-burning furnace, gas stove, space heater, wood-burning stoves, or dryers.  All of these units produce pollution particles that are sources for poor indoor air quality especially if the unit is not installed and maintained properly.  To avoid these pollutants, be sure that they are vented properly through an exhaust system or chimney as well as maintained on a regular basis.
  • Poor Indoor Air Quality Irritant #2 – Smoke: Smoke is actually one of the easiest indoor air quality irritants to control since simply not allowing it removes any chance of it getting in.  Smoking and its second hand effects cause cancer and can be especially harmful to children.  Avoid this irritants by never allowing anyone to smoke inside of your establishment.
  • Poor Indoor Air Quality Irritant #3 – Mold & Radon: Dark, moist environments are where mold love to live.  To avoid this irritant from creeping into your space, you will need to keep those conditions under control.  Radon is a naturally occurring irritant that comes from a degradation of uranium in the soil under a building’s foundation.  Radon can be indicated with a very simple soil test and mediated easily by professionals.  To avoid Radon, simply test your soil and take proper measures from there!

Dehumidifiers Can Help You Avoid Mold Issues

Dehumidifiers Can Help You Avoid Mold Issues

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Mold is something that grows in areas where there are high moisture concentrations like basements and bathrooms.  Once an area has be exposed to a mold infestation, the spores can spread quickly and even attach to other surfaces only to begin growing there as well.  The worst part about mold is that it can cause a number of health issues and can be hard to stop.  Today, the Fenton area heating and cooling experts at American Services wants to show you how the use of dehumidifiers can help you in your fight against the many issues that are caused by mold.

Dehumidifiers work to lower moisture concentrations in the air.  This reduced moisture level deters mold growth since mold likes to live in areas with high moisture levels.  Dehumidifiers work to deter mold growth very well when used in high humidity climates, basements, or specific areas where moisture build-up is prominent.

When shopping for a dehumidifier, it’s important to consider where and how the machine will be used.  You can purchase units that cover a single room or get one that will work to lower humidity levels throughout your building or home.  These units are are often called whole-house units and require installation by an HVAC professional.

Other ways that work at keeping mold at bay include:

  • Check for and replace any damages insulation around windows, doors, and water pipes.
  • Repair leaky roofs immediately.
  • Remove any rotting wood from around your structure.
  • Avoid standing water around your space.
  • Permanently fix any plumbing problems.
  • Run your air conditioner regularly, as it works as a dehumidifier when cooling the air.
  • Have your air conditioner maintained properly to avoid water pooling.

Don’t let a mold issue become a major problem around your commercial or rental home space.  Contact the American Services team for a free estimate on a dehumidifier unit today!

 

 

Questions To Ask Yourself When Considering a Smart Thermostat

Questions To Ask Yourself When Considering a Smart Thermostat

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Are you considering the addition of a smart thermostat to your commercial or rental space?  If so, have you taken the time to really determine if the cost is worth the upgrade?  Since these units run about $250-$350 plus installation, it’s important to ask the right questions before making your final decision.  Today, the team at American Service heating and cooling near Ballwin will help you with those questions.  Let’s get started!

  • Question #1 – Are you someone who loves gadgets and looks for every way to tweak you system in order to save energy, time, and money?  If so, a smart thermostat may be great for you.   On the other hand if you are someone who will ignore the emailed usage reports that the system provides or won’t use the app to monitor your system- a smart thermostat may just be a waste of time.
  • Question #2 – Are you someone who needs help implementing cost saving habits like adjusting the temperature when your space is empty?  If so, a smart thermostat can help you by learning your habits and making the adjustments for you.  Otherwise, if you have a programmable unit or one that you remember to manually set already, you may not benefit from the smart thermostat technology.
  • Question #3 – Do you own property that you rent with utilities included?  If so, a smart thermostat system is a great way to keep costs down.  With smart thermostat technology you can remotely monitor what the settings are in your units and make the necessary adjustments right from your phone.

As you can see, the addition of a smart thermostat has many benefits when applied to the right scenario.  Since these are just a few of the many questions you want to consider when thinking about upgrading to a smart thermostat, it’s important to talk to an expert before making a final decision.  Contact American Services for a free estimate on this technology today!

Tips For Hiring a Heating & Cooling Professional

Tips For Hiring a Heating & Cooling Professional

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Are you looking to hire a heating and cooling contractor near Sunset Hills?  If so, keep these tips in mind when making your final decision!

  • Be sure the technician has plenty of experience with commercial heating and cooling equipment.  This doesn’t mean you have to hire the most senior technician, it just means that your tech should have had plenty of apprenticeship experience that put him or her along side a seasoned professional to gain exposure to the business.
  • Make sure you ask about and check your HVAC contractor’s credentials. These credentials include any licensure requirement for your city or state along with proper insurance.  A properly licensed tech will be up on all the latest training and code information and having proper insurance protects both you and the service technician in the event of an accident.
  • Look for technicians who have been trained on a number of major systems. This gives the tech versatility.
  • Asking for references is one of the best ways to snag up some of the best service you will ever get.  Ask your friends, family, and other commercial business owners for those who they would use time and again.  If you end up with a bid and no one to get a reference from, ask the tech.  Then call the references he has provided to see what his former clients have to say.
  • The final thing to consider is price.  Price should never be the first and deciding factor when making any large purchase.  Experience, customer service, and the quality of work are all more important.  Once you have a number of bids from trusted sources, you can start to look at price and make a final decision from there.

Contact American Services today for a free estimate on all of your heating, cooling, refrigeration, restaurant equipment, ice machine, ans industrial equipment service today!

5 Tips For Buying a Walk-In Cooler

5 Tips For Buying a Walk-In Cooler

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If your next big commercial refrigeration purchase includes a walk-in cooler, you understand the cost commitment that comes with the territory.  This is exactly why it is so important to take the time to get the right walk-in for your needs now and for those to come.  Today, the American Services team will give you five tips to remember when making your final walk-in cooler purchasing decision.

  • Sizing Tip #1 – Walk-in unit sizing is based on the dimensions for the exterior of the unit only.  This means that the space on the inside of your unit will not be less than those dimensions.  When accounting for this, be sure to subtract the size of the exterior panels into your calculations.  Standard panels are 4 inches wide, but a custom unit may differ.
  • Sizing Tip #2 – The size of the walk-in unit you need can be determined by the weight of the food product you will be storing.  This calculation can be determined by remembering that one cubic foot of storage space has the food storage capacity of 28 pounds.
  • Flooring Tip – The customary flooring option for walk-in units is aluminum. Yet, aluminum isn’t always the best choice due to it’s inability to keep up with wear.  To avoid ruining your floor, opt for diamond thread flooring instead.  This type of flooring can absorb impact better and last much longer when compared side-by-side to aluminum.
  • Lighting Tip – You will want your walk-in to be outfitted with plenty of lighting and to be painted white on the interior.  This will give you and your employees the ability to see very easily when looking in the walk-in for food items and this step can also prevent avoidable slipping accidents that can occur in low-light walk-in environments.
  • Door Sizing Tip – If you plan on storing larger items in your walk-in, such as carts of food, you will want to opt for a larger door.  This is something to mention up-front since standard pre-fab unit doors are fairly narrow.

So, whether you decide on a pre-fabricated unit or one that is custom built to your liking, be sure to contact the commercial refrigeration experts near Wentzville at American Services for all the help you need!

Tips You Can Use To Avoid HVAC Scams

Tips You Can Use To Avoid HVAC Scams

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As if choosing the HVAC system you use at your commercial business location isn’t enough, now consumers also need to be on the lookout for scams that are designed to leave them with a system that doesn’t function at all.  The good news is that the HVAC team at American Services is here to help you avoid any practices that take your money and leave you without the system you need.  Here are just a few tips to avoid being scammed in the future:

  • Do Some Research – When choosing an HVAC professional, it is important to take your time and to do the proper research.  You will want to make sure that you have done your homework on the contractors you are considering and to not make any big purchasing decisions too quickly.  It’s always best to get multiple quotes, but a second opinion is the least you should commit to. Not getting a second opinion can leave you open to paying for work that you don’t need.
  • Know Your Contractor – As mentioned above, research is huge in the fight against being scammed by an HVAC contractor.  Any contractor you decide to hire should arm you with details concerning all of the aspects of the work you will be having performed.  They should also give you specific information regarding the equipment they are installing for you.  Any trustworthy contractor will want you to fully understand what equipment you are getting and the scope of the work being performed.
  • Ask Questions – Not only should you ask questions about the work that is being performed, but you should also be questioning any additives a company wants to put into your system.  These additives often cause more harm than good and are simply not needed.

Next time you are in the market for a new HVAC contractor near St. Charles, the trustworthy team of professionals at American Services are here to help!

 

Restaurant Equipment Catering Tools

Restaurant Equipment Catering Tools

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The holidays will soon be here and that means catering jobs for many food service businesses.  If you happen to be in this category of the food industry, having the appropriate catering tools will ensure your ability to properly serve your holiday customers.  Today, the Clayton area restaurant equipment experts at American Services want to help you prepare by explaining the basic catering tools you will want to have on hand.  Let’s get started!

  • Transport Tools – In order to ensure that the food you will be serving maintains proper temperature and arrives safety at the venue, all food service businesses that cater need to have a full arsenal of insulated food and beverage carriers.  Insulated food and beverage carriers can be purchased to accommodate both cold and hot food and beverages and are designed to get your goods to and from any location without compromising temperature and quality.
  • Beverage Service Tools – Depending on the beverages your business offers, you will need a number of beverage service tools to meet those needs.  Examples would include stainless steel juice dispensers and silver plated coffee urns.  These will vary upon the season, style, and need of the event you are catering.
  • Food Display Tools – Food display tools are key in making any catering company’s presentations stand-out.  When choosing your food display tools think both about function and style.  Examples of these tools include chafers, display risers, and cake stands.  Having a number of these tools on hand will allow you the ability to fit the needs of multiple clients.
  • Overlooked Extra Tools – Extra tools that are often overlooked include extra tongs, serving trays, card holders, and fuel cells.  These small pieces of the puzzle are much needed when you realize you don’t have enough of them. Be sure to keep these little “extras” on-hand at all times.

Contact the team at American Services to order your catering tools today!

Deciding on a Bin or Dispensing Ice Machine Set-Up

Deciding on a Bin or Dispensing Ice Machine Set-Up

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Making the decision to use an ice bin or dispensing unit for your ice machine is a very personalized task.  Business owners will have to consider who is using the machine, what their needs are, and how to best fill those needs in a clean, sanitary, and convenient way.  Today, the team at American Services heating and cooling near Belleville are here to help you make this decision.  Let’s get started!

Ice Storage Bins – Ice storage bins are ideal for establishments that need to have a large quantity of ice on hand at all times.  The ice is then transferred to areas where it is dispensed from smaller storage bins.  A few of the basic features found on ice storage bins include: lots of storage, stainless steel finish, large doors, insulation, and drains.  When sizing your ice storage bin be sure that the unit you choose can hold 10-20% more ice than your machine can produce.  This will assure that you have plenty of ice on hand at all times and plenty of space to store it.

Countertop Ice Dispensers – Countertop ice dispensers are particularly helpful in self service areas like employee break rooms or hospitals.  These small units easily fit on a countertop and allow for clean, sanitary dispensing. A few of the basic features found on countertop ice dispensers include: small size, cup dispensing, and a lever system that reduces the risk of cross-contamination.  When using a countertop unit, you will either have to fill the machine with ice made by a separate machine or invest in a modular ice machine unit that can attach to the countertop unit where it sits.  To size your counterop unit properly, account for the fact that each person served from the machine will use 1.5 pounds of ice.

Contact the ice machine experts at American Services for assistance with choosing the right ice machine, accessories, and complimentary equipment today!

 

Ice Machine Accessories Explained!

Ice Machine Accessories Explained!

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When making a decision about the right ice machine for your business, it’s also important to consider the accessories you may need to make the best use of your new equipment.  These accessories will vary in price, but when chosen carefully can give you, your employees, and customers the most-pleasant experience when using the machine.  Today, the Ladue area heating and cooling experts at American Services are here to help explain a few of the most popular accessories used with ice machines and how they work.  Let’s get started!

  • Remote Condensing Unit – When noise levels from your ice machine are of concern, those with an air-cooled ice machine can opt for a Remote Condensing Unit.  This type of unit add-on will reduce noise levels in your customer area, but may require the addition of a refrigeration line set.
  • Storage Bin – Storage bins or ice bins, are used for storing ice until is it ready to be used.  These are a must for anyone who does not use a self-contained unit.
  • Dispenser – In quick service restaurants or other customer-based service environments, adding an ice dispenser allows for ice to be used without hands coming in contact with the remaining stored ice.
  • Bin Adapter – If you are looking to add a larger bin to your machine, or need to add a bin from another manufacturer the use of a bin adapter may be needed.
  • Water Filtration – Better tasting ice makes for better tasting drinks, that’s why the American Services team always suggest the addition of a quality water filtration system.
  • Ice Scoop – To maintain clean, sanitary conditions an ice scoop is a must.
  • Ice Tote or Chest – If you are moving ice from one area to another within your establishment the use of an ice transport tote or ice caddie will be a must.

Contact the American Services team about ordering these ice machine accessories now!

Choosing the Perfect Ice Machine In 4 Easy Steps!

Choosing the Perfect Ice Machine In 4 Easy Steps!

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Step 1 – Decide what type of ice you will need your commercial ice machine to make. When most think of ice machine needs they only think of the ice applied to drink service, but there are other uses also.  In the restaurant space, ice is also used for salad bars, chilling bottled beer and wine, or for other food-related display purposes. Yet, other commercial establishments use ice including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, schools, office buildings and much more.  Be sure to think of your needs as well as your customer or employee needs when making this decision.

Step 2 – Decide how much ice you will need daily and pick the appropriate sized machine. This is probably the most important decision you will make when choosing your commercial ice machine.  You will need to be sure your machine is sized so that it can produce enough ice for your daily needs and can also keep up with any increase in demand for the near future.  The O’Fallon area refrigeration and ice machine experts at American Services are always eager to help with this part of the decision making process.

Step 3 – Decide between an air-cooled versus water-cooled condenser.  The biggest difference between these two styles of machine is this: Water-Cooled units cut down on noise and can be more reliable in hotter climates; Air-cooled units save on water costs.  Talk to your dealer about the advantages and disadvantages to both before making a final decision.

Step 4 – Decide on what options and accessories you will need for your machine. These add-on’s are important because they will allow you to get the most out of your machine on a daily basis.  Just a few of your choices include: Remote Condensing Unit (for air-cooled machines), storage or ice bins, dispensers, bin adapters, water filtration, scoops, and ice totes or carts.  These can usually be ordered upon the initial installation of your machine or even after you have your machine and find a need for them.