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Tid Bits of Cooling Advice From Commercial Experts

Tid Bits of Cooling Advice From Commercial Experts

efficiencyHow can you effectively heat and cool in the most economical fashion possible?  This is the subject we have been discussing over the course of the past two posts and we will wrap it up here.  Interviewing several heating and cooling experts who specialize in maintenance and installation of HVAC systems for your home and business, we have found that, much like your Bridgeton Heating and Cooling near Ballwin MO, most everyone agrees that there are a plethora of things you can do to assist in the process of cooling and heating your space.

One online article offered the following information on the subject, “Use fans to maintain comfortable temperature, humidity and air movement, and save energy year round. Moving air can make a somewhat higher temperature and/or humidity feel comfortable.”  When it’s time for air conditioning to go on, fans can actually delay the need and therefore reduce your cooling bill for a bit longer.  “Fans can help delay or reduce the need for air conditioning, and a temperature setting of only three to five degrees higher can feel as comfortable with fans. Each degree of higher temperature can save about 3 percent on cooling costs.” When it is especially nice outdoors and feels better outside than it does inside, a fan that fits the windows is ideal.

If you have window or wall leaks, be sure to plug them, according to Bridgeton Heating and Cooling near St Louis MO.  “Plug leaks with weather stripping and caulking. Caulking and weather stripping let you manage your ventilation, which is the deliberate controlled exchange of stuffy inside air for fresher outdoor air.”  We are happy to guide you further at your American Services Industrial Heating and Cooling in Bridgeton MO.

 

Lower Heating Bills are Cooler

Lower Heating Bills are Cooler

heating and coolingThere truly are so many things you can do to increase the savings you experience when heating your space.  Whether you are working to heat your home, office or a commercial sized building, you have similar battles to fight when it comes to leakage of the heated air you spend money warming.  At American Services in Bridgeton near St Louis MO, they work to service and sell heating and cooling equipment for industrial and commercial settings, and are here to offer some simple advice on how to tackle your heating task with as much efficiency as possible.

Exterior walls, as mentioned in a previous post by your heating and cooling business in Bridgeton, leak a lot of warm air and are known for being a nemesis when it comes to reducing your cost of heating.  You can fight these leaks in a number of ways.  One of which is to plug the holes present in these walls.  Here is what one heating and cooling advice article had to say online, “Pipes, gas lines, and electrical cables that enter your house often have gaps around them that have been haphazardly filled with some kind of caulk. But that caulk eventually cracks, peels, and falls off. These gaps let in outside air, plus they are ideal entry points for mice and insects.”

The way to fix the above mentioned problem would be to seal the gaps using expanding foam you can buy from your local hardware store.  This will allow your furnace to stop working overtime when it comes to heating your business or home.  Other solutions to heating expenses that are out of control include the following:  buy and use a portable heater, put it in the family room, then turn the furnace down, allowing the rest of the house to be cooler, but your bill will be cooler too, as in less money = cool.

Eliminate Drafts for More Efficient Heating

Eliminate Drafts for More Efficient Heating

energy efficientKeep your heating bills lower than they have ever been in the past.  There are things you can do to affect your heating expenses.  Eliminate drafts around electrical boxes on your outside walls. American Services in Bridgeton near Overland MO specializes in heating and cooling of commercial spacing and we have been writing on their behalf to help inform families on topics that concern you in your home.

What area of your home is known for draftiness?  Here is what one online article has to say on the subject, “Electrical boxes in your exterior walls are notoriously drafty because insulation isn’t always placed behind and around them correctly. ‘You want to try to stop air from flowing around the box and through the box,’ Rogers says.”  The way we can do that, according to your commercial heating business in Bridgeton near Overland, is to remove the cover plates and then fill any small gaps around the box with latex acrylic caulking.  If you are dealing with larger gaps that will make heating your home even more of an expense, then use a foam sealant instead.  After you close the gaps, then buy and install a foam gasket over the outlet or switch and replace the cover plate back the way it originally was.

Don’t worry about the cost involved in the above task, for the gaskets are so inexpensive, you can actually buy a two pack for pennies over the dollar.  The amount of money you will save over time to stop the warm air that you are investing money in to heat from leaking, will well outdo the expense of sealing up the gaps with caulking and gaskets.  If you need further advice from a heating and cooling business in Bridgeton, reach out to us at American Services today.

 

Efficient Cooling Tips

Efficient Cooling Tips

cooling windowsIn our quest to offer you even more information and tips to help you heat and cool your space with the most efficiency as possible, we already talked about routine maintenance that you can seek out at places like your commercial cooling business in Bridgeton near St Louis MO, we also covered the importance of filter changes to help your system run much more efficiently and effectively.  Now we will talk about controlling factors that make your system work harder than it should.

“Control direct sun through windows, depending on the season and local climate. During cooling season, block direct heat gain from the sun shining through glass on the East and especially West sides of the facility. Depending on your facility, options such as ‘solar screens,’ ‘solar films,’ awnings, and vegetation can help keep facilities cooler.” If you are able to plant and maintain trees in the right places outside of the business you are trying to cool, your American Services heating and cooling experts in Bridgeton highly recommend it.  “Over time, trees can attractively shade the facility, and help clean the air.”  If you can hand curtains inside your commercial facility, then this may also help with your business cooling needs in the summer, as it blocks our excess heat from the outside.  It also works to make heating easier in the winter, blocking out the cool air from outside.

Here is one thing to remember, however, when it comes to the curtain discussion above, here is what one commercial cooling company from St Louis had to say online, “Interior curtains or drapes can help, but it’s best to prevent the summer heat from getting past the glass and inside. During heating season, with the sun low in the South, unobstructed southern windows can contribute solar heat gained during the day.”

Size and Space Matters in Commercial Refrigeration

Size and Space Matters in Commercial Refrigeration

tape measurerWhen shopping for your next commercial refrigerator needs, there are many things to consider.  Size is just one of those things to decide upon.  “Refrigerators and freezers come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. One of the most common ways to measure size is the number of doors; reach-ins are generally available in 1, 2, and 3 door configurations.”  You will want to begin, according to your commercial refrigeration specialists at American Service Refrigeration in Bridgeton near Jefferson City, by checking and rechecking your space allotted.  Make sure you take into consideration the space in your doorways through which the refrigerator is expected to go.  Many times the doors and handles can be removed if need be, in order to fit through the doorways leading to the space it will ultimately stay.

“Next, look at the interior dimensions. How much storage space do you need? Some units will have the same exterior dimensions but differ in available interior cubic feet. Consider your regular stock purchases and how many customers you serve on a daily basis and choose a unit that will accommodate your business needs.”

You will need to consider both bottom mount and top mount styles of commercial refrigeration for your business.  This is all as it relates to condenser location.  This is the part of your refrigerator responsible for doing the majority of the work.  Bottoms are best, according to American Services commercial refrigeration experts, when it comes to cleaning and ease of maintenance.  Top condenser units are said to be better in the respect that they do not blow hot air into the refrigeration compartment when the doors are open and they don’t trap as much dirt and debris based on where they are located.  It is sort of all dependent on time and place of use.  Consult your expert dealer whom you have decided to trust enough to earn your business and see which style is the best commercial refrigeration for you.

Commercial HVAC Considerations

Commercial HVAC Considerations

HVACWe are back at the topic of HVAC and what and how to choose your next commercial heating and cooling system for your business in St Louis MO.  We already talked about the dealer you choose being one with a good, or even great reputation.  Make sure the brand you buy is backed by the dealer you choose that you already have decided is trustworthy.

How do you know what size to buy?  “Most dealers GUESS. That doesn’t do you any good. Most existing equipment is too large. In the ‘old’ days, the thought was bigger is better.”  The problem, according to experts in the commercial HVAC industry, such as your Bridgeton HVAC business near St Louis City, is that the big furnaces, when cycling constantly, are not the least bit efficient, nor do they deliver a proper and even level of comfort.  In fact, this bigger is better mentality it downright expensive in the end and for little benefit.  The same thing goes with big AC units.  The constant on and off cycling is truly very inefficient, especially when they don’t remove moisture in a competent fashion because they are too big for the space.  They also fail to cool evenly over a smaller area.  The only way to really know the size you need is by surveying the space that the AC or furnace will be responsible for heating and cooling.  The walls and windows should be accounted for as well, according to your American Services experts.  Anyone trying to install a commercial HVAC system for you without surveying first is not doing it right.

The level of efficiency you should shoot for when buying an HVAC system for your home or business can be rather confusing since it depends on a lot of factors that must first be considered.  Here is what one online article says regarding the subject, “It depends upon local fuel rates and how long you are going to be in the house. In many climates, standard (much higher than you have now) efficiency furnace & air conditioners are all you need. The extra for a super efficient A/C or 90% efficient furnace won’t pay you back in utility savings in the near future.”  If in extreme climates or with high fuel rates they might be worth your investment.

More Commercial Oven Options

More Commercial Oven Options

rack ovensOn behalf of your St Louis American Services Restaurant Equipment experts, we are taking time to look into the options you will have in the area of commercial ovens for your restaurant or bakery.  We previously looked at the convection oven and discussed the even baking ability these have as a result of the fans they use to circulate the heat within the oven cavity.  These are too small sometimes, which led us to examine the possibility of a rack oven in your restaurant equipment needs.

We are now looking at what an artisan baker might wish for.  According to one article online, discussing the various oven options, “Artisan bakers may want to perform their craft according to Old-World techniques and traditions.”  This puts them into the stone deck ovens, also called hearth deck ovens, which now offer modern heat distribution with an artisan result. The stone slabs works to heat the dough, producing a crust that is thick and chewy, but soft inside. From a service standpoint, we at American Services near O Fallon MO will tell you that these style commercial ovens require little if any service based on the lack of moving parts they possess.  This can be a good thing for your restaurant equipment needs and your commercial bakery budget too.  Convection has moving parts and therefore an increased risk for service needs down the road.  Also, the size restrictions we spoke of earlier are all but gone in a stone slab oven that can have up to four separate chambers to back four different items all at one time.

Finally, your St Louis Restaurant Equipment near O Fallon would like to sneak a peek at the revolution oven.  Also known as a revolving oven, these are large commercial ovens with a unique design.  They have revolving trays for baking on the inside which give the results of a convection oven and the ability to bake several things at once.  Regardless of which commercial oven you choose to add to your restaurant equipment list, be sure to remember American Services of St Louis can handle all of your sales and service needs.

Efficient Heating and Cooling 101

Efficient Heating and Cooling 101

Stay cool stampWhen you are exploring your heating and cooling options for your personal or business space, at some point it becomes pretty important to do what you can in the way of achieving the most efficiency you are able, right?  Well, here at your American Services heating and cooling in Bridgeton near Hazelwood, we are writing with a bit of advice compiled from a multitude of articles and sources online as well as our own personal experience from the world of commercial cooling and industrial heating.  “Whether you own or lease your building, you typically need lighting, heating, air conditioning, power for office equipment, and other services to stay in business.”  We are going to spend this and the next two article on the subject of how to make the most of the energy you spend in the above mentioned categories.

You may wish to enlist someone, such as your Bridgeton Commercial heating and cooling company, in order to ‘Tune-up’ your heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system with an annual maintenance contract.  Maintenance is often times the key to avoiding big trouble down the line.  The same thing goes for many adult purchases.  Like a new car, if you fail to have it inspected and the oil changed, tires rotated, etc, then you are asking for bigger problems down the line.  Your heating and cooling system, both private and commercial is no different than this.  At American Services in Bridgeton MO, we are happy to assist you with routine maintenance.

“Even a new ENERGY STAR qualified HVAC system, like a new car, will decline in performance without regular maintenance. A contract automatically ensures that your HVAC contractor will provide ‘pre-season’ tune-ups before each cooling and heating season. You save energy and money, and your system may last years longer with minimal costs for yearly maintenance fees.  Also, change your filters!  “New filters usually only cost a few dollars. Dirty filters cost more to use, overwork the equipment and result in lower indoor air quality.”

Heat as Efficently as Possible

Heat as Efficently as Possible

efficient heatingThough we specialize in commercial and industrial HVAC service and sales, we at American Services near Wentzville MO, want to take a little time to help everyone out with some special advice that may help you keep your energy expenses lower that they might be otherwise.  There are some simple steps to follow at home and some of them are significant game changers when it comes to heating your home.

Start by replacing worn and torn weatherstripping around your doors and windows.  Obviously, this will reduce the draft factor by large amounts, thereby helping to keep your heated air inside and the cold air outside.  Anywhere from 7 to 12 percent of your house’s heat loss happens right around windows and doors, according to statistics.  On behalf of your Bridgeton industrial HVAC specialists, we recommend that if you don’t already have weatherstripping, you should consider getting some.  “Weatherstripping around doors, and caulking around doors and windows, can cut down on drafts,” says Jeff Rogers, president of the Energy Audit Institute, an energy audit training and certification company in Springfield, N.J.

Your doors can be adjusted, did you know that?  The way to know if door adjustments would help you is to check for sunlight.  If you can see daylight under your door, then you are leaking some of your warm indoor air that is costing you valuable money to heat.  “If the door is not in contact with the threshold, the air is going right under the door,” Rogers said.  Most thresholds under your door are designed to be adjusted, with four or five screws to tighten until you can no longer see much daylight if any at all.  Stay tuned for more advice on how to best heat your home from an efficiency standpoint by reading the upcoming posts to follow from American Services Heating and Cooling in Bridgeton near Wentzville MO.

Commercial Refrigeration Selection Process

Commercial Refrigeration Selection Process

commercial refrigeratorHere at your American Services Refrigeration in Bridgeton near Fenton, we want to take some time to provide you with a bit of info on how to choose your next commercial refrigerator for your St Louis business.  Start by choosing a brand, understanding that brand quality and reputation does make somewhat of a difference.  There are so many brands out there, why not pick one you feel you can trust?  You may want a manufacturer that focuses on making the very best in commercial refrigeration, despite the cost.  Or you may want to look at those who focus on making the best they can at the best possible price…more of an added value brand.

You will want to thoroughly look into the warranty being offered to you on that next new commercial refrigeration unit you are considering for purchase.  Let’s just face it, sooner or later all appliances in your commercial or home kitchen will all need repair.  It is pretty much inevitable.  And, when they do need service, be sure to check with American Services of Bridgeton near Fenton MO and also look to see if you are still under manufacturer’s warranty.  Before you buy, look to see what they offer you as a warranty to begin with.  Here is what we found with a bit of research online, “The commercial refrigeration segment has some of the most extensive warranties available in the restaurant equipment industry, with some brands offering up to 3 years parts and labor coverage. Oftentimes, these warranties are complemented by a large service network of certified technicians that helps get your unit back up and running quickly should any mishaps occur. Knowing what each brand offers for warranty and service will help you choose the reach-in that’s right for you.”

Stay tuned to the next post where we write on behalf of your commercial refrigeration experts at American Services in Bridgeton MO all about the size selection and other things to consider before buying your next commercial refrigerator.