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Effective and Efficient Cooling

Effective and Efficient Cooling

kitchenTrying to keep your environment cool in the summer can be a challenge, sometimes harder than other times depending on where you live and how you approach the cooling process.  On behalf of your American Services in St Louis near Wentzville MO, we are discussing some ins and outs of cooling.  You have many different options to succeed in cooling your home.  From ventilation in the form of fans and open air, to electricity driven strong AC units, and many things in between, cooling isn’t hard, but it can be inefficient and expensive if you don’t you’re your cards right.  Not just expensive is the cooling process at times, but the service calls surrounding the less than best choices sometimes made by those doing the cooling, as service centers such as American Services of St Louis know all too well.

Things you can avoid to make the cooling of your home the most efficient are listed here:  don’t cook unless you have to and when you do, avoid your oven and lean towards your outdoor grill or microwave, both of which produce little or no heat inside to mess with the cooling process of your home in St Louis.  Go out to eat, or order in.

Believe it or not, even bathing, washing laundry and other everyday activities can be responsible for putting a damper on the cooling of your home as well.  Use a fan to remove the heat and humidity from your bathroom and therefore home, says a representative from the office of American Services in St Louis near Wentzville MO.  If using an electric dryer, or gas dryer, make certain that it is safely and effectively vented to the outside to expel the added heat that it generates.  In conclusion, remember that it doesn’t matter as much how you cool your home, but how you avoid adding heat when doing so in terms of what is most effective and therefore most efficient.

To Prepare Your Heating Needs for Winter

To Prepare Your Heating Needs for Winter

furnace filter

When you are trying to prepare your furnace for the winter, you are likely needing some assistance or advice on what to do if you are like most other people.  If saving money sounds appealing and you want to stay warm over the winter, you will want to read on and get some extra info from our article, written on behalf of American Services in St Louis MO near University City.

Begin by checking and changing your filter.  This really should be done on a monthly basis (checking it, that is) and usually you should change it every 3 months.  Switch your thermostat from cool to heat…that’s a no brainer, right?  Remove your window screens and install storm windows wherever possible.  This will keep the heat from leaking through your windows and into the outdoors.  That, of course, equates to more energy efficiency and cost savings.  Then, believe it or not, according to heating and cooling experts like the ones at American Services in St Louis, you should move on to inspect your chimney next.  Here is what one online article says, “You should be checking for any obstructions, such as bird nests or debris. Furthermore, you should also make sure there is no significant soot buildup, as it can be a dangerous fire hazard. If your chimney hasn’t been inspected in a long time, call a professional to check it and clean the ducts.” Next, you ought to use the fireplace, for this is an excellent way to assist in inexpensive heating of you home over the winter.

Furnace burners should be inspected as well and kept free of debris and dust.  This will most definitely accumulate over the summer, therefore it is imperative to check and clean the furnace burners before it gets cold.  Check them over for rust and misalignment as well, say the heating experts.

Avoid Heat Buildup in Your Home

Avoid Heat Buildup in Your Home

coolingCooling your home in the most effective manner, means doing all that you can to avoid heat buildup within the space you wish to cool.  This concept applies not only to your home, but also to your office or commercial environment.  Anywhere you are trying to cool, really, can benefit from some of the following information from your American Services St Louis.  “Keeping the outside heat outside, avoiding heat-generating activities, and using spot ventilation can help keep your home cool during hot days.”

You can plan ahead when working in your yard.  Landscaping can be particularly helpful when you create shade for your house to sit in.  “To avoid heat buildup in your home, plan ahead by landscaping your lot to shade your house.”  Roofs can be most helpful when designed using lighter colored material that will reflect rather than attract the heat.  When you are working with insulation, the more the better to assist in keeping the heat levels to a minimum inside your home.   Also, consider the use of a radiant barrier, say some experts online.  Here is more advice taken straight from one expert article on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Experts at American Services near Ladue.  “On hot days, whenever outdoor temperatures are higher than the temperature inside your house, close tightly all the windows and exterior doors. Also install window shades or other window treatments and close the shades.”  Shades are magnificent at blocking out direct sunlight and actual heat that radiates from outside.

Cooking can also create a ton of heat inside your home, great for winter, but not when trying to cool your home or work environment.  On the hottest days try not to use the oven at all.  The microwave is actually the least heat creating source in your kitchen when it comes to cooking.  Try using that a much as possible when attempting to use the best form of cooling in your home.

 

Energy Efficiency With Heat Pumps

Energy Efficiency With Heat Pumps

Condenser Unit Detail Air Conditioner Heat ExchangerAre you looking for a great alternative to furnaces and air conditioners that are definitely on the radar for energy efficiency?  Heat pumps like the ones handled by American Services in St Louis near O Fallon might be the way to go. “For climates with moderate heating and cooling needs, heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners.”  The way these work is, like your refrigerator, they use electricity to move heat from a cool space to a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer.  When it is time to use heat, or during the heating season, as many online experts refer to it, the heat pump will move heat from the cooler outdoors into your warm house and during the cooling season, the opposite is true.

Here is the real kicker, according to American Services near O Fallon in St Louis, the fact that these heat pumps are not heating the space by having to generate heat, but instead are moving it, the energy usage is much less.  Here is how one expert explains this point online, “Because they move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide equivalent space conditioning at as little as one quarter of the cost of operating conventional heating or cooling appliances.”

There exist different types of heat pumps.  The most common of which is the air source heat pump that works by transferring heat to your house of building from the outside air.   If you are accustomed to generating heat from the use of electricity, then you can effectively trim away as much as 30 to 40 percent of the electricity you have been using, thereby reducing the energy and cost to heat your home or office.

The Invention of Refrigeration

The Invention of Refrigeration

HVAC and RefrigerationThe history of refrigeration is a rather interesting topic and on behalf of St Louis American Service near Ballwin MO, we are continuing our original discussion regarding the invention of refrigerators, the difference in the appliance and the process, along with what people did before they had these modern day conveniences!

“For centuries, people preserved and stored their food — especially milk and butter — in cellars, outdoor window boxes or even underwater in nearby lakes, streams or wells. Or perhaps they stored food in a springhouse, where cool running water from a stream trickled under or between shelved pans and crocks. But even these methods could not prevent rapid spoilage, since pasteurization was not yet known and bacterial infestation was rampant. It was not unusual in colonial days to die of “summer complaint” due to spoiled food during warm weather.”

What about drinks? According to research done on behalf of American Services near Clayton, Europe and the areas in the southern most climates, first discovered cooling drinks…Italy and Spain in particular.  By the year 1600, it was the “en vogue” thing to do in France.  It was written that by this time, instead of cooling water at night, people would rotate “long-necked bottles in water in which saltpeter was dissolved. This solution, it was discovered, could be used to produce very low temperatures and to make ice.”  As a result of this and other facets of refrigeration, the end of the 17th century brought about much in the way of iced liquors and frozen juices that became the in thing to drink in all of France and amongst the French society as a whole.  This, too, is the beginning of the introduction to the invention of refrigeration.  The process discovered here was paramount in the later discovery and development of refrigeration which we will soon cover in another article here.  Stay tuned to the interesting information provided here, on behalf of your refrigeration experts at St Louis American Services!

What You Can Do For Your AC and Heat Pump

What You Can Do For Your AC and Heat Pump

Changing Furnace FilterWe started a conversation here about your HVAC system and what American Services of St Louis near Overland wants you to know when it comes to regular maintenance of your home system.  You see, we specialize in industrial and commercial heating and cooling, but we know that you also have your own personal HVAC systems at home and many of you are unaware of the routine maintenance recommended and, really, required, in order to keep your system in check, working to the best of its ability and with the most efficiency.  In the case of an industrial St Louis HVAC service near Overland, you would call the professionals like those from American Services.  For a home system, you just might be able to prevent many needs for help with some simple routine advice.

According to one expert article found online, the following is true, “Replace the filter at least every 90 days. But check it monthly. If it looks dark and clogged, go ahead and change it. If you have pets, you’ll probably need to change every month.”  Also, you need to make certain that there is at least 2 feet of clearance surrounding the actual AC units and Heat Pumps.

On a weekly basis, during the spring, summer and fall, you need to clean away any and all outdoor debris such as fallen leaves, pollen and twigs from the AC unit itself.  The AC and heat pump units that are outside are subject to problems form the elements and one mistake many people make is total neglect of the outdoor heat pump and AC unit.  Also, don’t spray grass clippings onto the AC or heat pump units when mowing the grass.  This, too, can cause issues with efficiency.  Last, but not least, another simple thing to do is keep on top of the insulation of refrigerant lines and replace if lost or damaged.

Commercial Ranges You Can Use at Home

Commercial Ranges You Can Use at Home

the topBefore researching and writing about commercial and industrial restaurant equipment, I used to actually be involved in appliance sales.  There are many brands that sell ovens, grills, convection ovens, freezers, ice machines, etc, that can be used either commercially in St Louis or in your very own kitchen.  One of my personal favorites, that could be serviced by American services in St Louis near Kirkwood, should the need arise, is made by Wolf.  They always seemed to have some of the best commercial cooking equipment that was nice looking and worked really well for restaurant use as well as high end home kitchens.

Selling to a wealthier community in Chesterfield Mo, convincing them to spend the extra on a commercial range for their home was rarely an issue.  They also have a greater need to keep up with the Jones’ so, once again, they wanted the best of the best.  “Ranges have come a long way since they first appeared in the late 17th century, and considering they can cost several thousand up to tens of thousands of dollars and are a major purchase in any household, it’s important to know what’s out there.”

Ranges, personal or commercial come in a few different styles and sizes.  They are ranked by width and come in 30 inch standard, customized narrower if need be, and 36, and 48 are the standards for free standing ranges.  There are also commercial restaurant equipment supplies in St Louis that offer slide in and drop in varieties of ranges.  Burner strength and type is the next thing to consider when looking into a Wolf or Viking range (the top two brands for home or restaurant equipment purchases.)   We will revisit this topic soon and cover all of the differences in burner strength and styles.

 

Cooling Your Home By Way of Ventilation

Cooling Your Home By Way of Ventilation

cooling fanWe are beginning a three part series on cooling.  The concept of cooling is a simple one, though many people don’t know just how many variations of cooling there actually are.  On behalf of your American Services Heating and Cooling experts in St Louis, we want to discuss some of these ways with you in light of energy efficiency and effectiveness of their results.

Ventilation, for starters, is the least expensive and most energy-efficient way to cool buildings.  And ventilation will actually work best when it is combined with methods to avoid heat buildup in your home, office or commercial building.  According to one expert who writes on the subject online, the following is true, “In some cases, natural ventilation will suffice for cooling, although it usually needs to be supplemented with spot ventilation, ceiling fans, and window fans.”  When attempting to cool larger homes, offices or commercial buildings, you may wish to use what the industry calls “whole house fans”.

Keep in mind that ventilation, though the least expensive way to cool your home, may also be the least effective in extreme heat.  “Interior ventilation is ineffective in hot, humid climates where temperature swings between day and night are small. In these climates, natural ventilation of your attic (often required by building codes) will help to reduce your use of air conditioning, and attic fans may also prove beneficial.” If not, according to experts online, you will then want to insulate your attic.  “However, an alternate approach is to seal the attic and make it part of the conditioned space in your house, putting the insulation on the inside of the roof rather than on the floor of the attic.”  If this is something that works for you, you will need to do it during the build of your home if at all possible.

Heating and Cooling Politics

Heating and Cooling Politics

heating systemWe are here to discuss with you the heating industry from your local St Louis American Services Commercial HVAC near Fenton MO.  On Dec. 3, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a comprehensive 275-page energy bill with intentions to update the infrastructure of this country’s energy usage.  This was designed, according to the HVAC industry, with the idea of bolstering the energy and manufacturing workplace in mind and increasing “America’s energy security and diplomacy”, promoting efficiency and accountability by the government.  It went to the Senate on Dec.7, then onto the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

From a heating and cooling perspective and within this topic of writing, the subject is rather interesting and worth exploring in this and subsequent posts by American Services Heating near Fenton.  “It started off as an attempt to be bipartisan and, for the most part, was consensus-based,” said Charlie McCrudden, senior vice president of government relations for ACCA.  Like so many other political beginnings, it was pretty spot on, then as it traveled through the committee and finally to the House floor it was riddled with amendments that are being referred to as “controversial” or “political” in nature…no longer true to their goal in the first place.

So, this bill, known as HR 8 is being opposed on many different levels by heating and cooling experts and the following is being reported as it pertains to the current status of the situation, “While HR 8 does contain some appealing provisions for HVACR industry stakeholders, including a fix for the contentious 92 percent AFUE proposed furnace rule, many stakeholders are more concerned about language in the bill that threatens to reduce the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) role in helping to create and promote model building energy codes across the U.S.”

Refrigeration is More Modern Than You Think

Refrigeration is More Modern Than You Think

Rows Of Modern Fridges In A StoreDid you know the history behind refrigeration?  Well, we want to spend some time sharing what we learned today about just that!  Most of us, including those who work for the St Louis American Service Refrigeration repair near Clayton MO, could never even imagine a world without ice cream, fruit, cold beer or frozen dinners.  There was a day, before the convenience of refrigeration, when people had to go to the grocery store every single day in order to make sure they had fresh food for themselves and their family.

Here is what one famous Appliance Magazine online had to say, “Over the last 150 years or so, refrigeration’s great strides offered us ways to preserve and cool food, other substances and ourselves. Refrigeration brought distant production centers and the North American population together. It tore down the barriers of climates and seasons. And while it helped to rev up industrial processes, it became an industry itself.”

To examine closer, the impact refrigeration has had on consumers and the industry alike, you really first must understand that there exists a difference in the appliance that we use to cool food in the kitchen, both industrial and home, and the refrigeration process itself.  “Refrigeration is the process of cooling a space or substance below environmental temperature. To accomplish this, the process at first removed heat through evaporation and then later in the 1850s with vapor compression that used air and subsequently ammonia as a coolant. Refrigeration has been around since antiquity.”  The man who invented the refrigerator, Thomas Moore, did so in 1803.  Prior to that, and for centuries, people worked to preserve their food, dairy in particular, in cellars and outside window boxes.  Sometimes even under water!