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The Latest in Energy Savings With HVAC

The Latest in Energy Savings With HVAC

heating coolingHVAC energy efficiency is based on so many different factors and many of them are in the hands of the owner of the cooling system in St Louis near Overland.  Design plays a partial role and is not in the commercial owners hands, other than having a say in which one you choose.  Let’s look at this subject for a minute.  “Materials for Heat Exchangers: The design of heat exchangers for air-conditioning, refrigeration, and energy-recovery systems has a significant impact on HVAC energy efficiency, capacity, cost, and size.”

There are traditional designs, according to your cooling installation in St Louis near Overland and they include the following:  fin-and-tube, shell-and-tube, or plate-type heat exchangers that use copper and/or aluminum for tube-and-fin construction.  Recent developments, however, were learned through our research on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Service and Sales near Overland MO.  They involve the advancement in material science that have yielded new ways of material use such as lattice frame metals and alloys and foams made from carbon and graphite.

When it comes to HVAC install in St Louis and overall heating and cooling future abilities and technological advances, all of the above mentioned research will eventually pertain.  Some will lend itself to much more in the way of efficiency and that is what the industry is most heavily focused on for obvious cost advantages.  For heat exchangers, for example, the ones that may increase heat transfer, reduceheat-exchanger size, or reduce heat-exchanger cost, are in the spotlight currently and for really good reason.  For more info and insight into the world of commercial heating and cooling, read the latest news here, where we publish info of interest to the field and anyone with a commercial HVAC system they wish to stay informed about.

Routine Heating and Cooling Advice

Routine Heating and Cooling Advice

HVACDid you know that the condenser coil in your heating and cooling commercial system will degrade quickly because of dirt?  We are on our third article covering the importance of routine maintenance of your HVAC in St Louis near O Fallon.  This is important for optimum performance, but even more so when you are dealing with a commercial heating and cooling system since air quality will affect not only you and your family, but the lives of others who reside or work in your commercial environment.  We already talked about filter replacement and most everyone handles this in a timely fashion because it is inexpensive and routine, plus most of us do this with our home heating and cooling system, so it is top of mind.

When it comes to cleaning, we mentioned before to clean the condenser and evaporator coils.  This, too, is rather simple, but easily overlooked because it is an “out of sight, out of mind” possibility.  The condenser cleaning in your commercial HVAC is way more important to conserve energy than air quality.  In fact, the condenser doesn’t affect the air quality at all, but your heating and cooling bill in St Louis will be super glad you kept it clean as it will make a big difference in the efficiency of your system.

If you have coils that have NOT been well maintained, you are at greater risk for really nasty stuff growing on them.   “Coils soiled with microbial growth are hard to clean. A cleaning product with an appropriate dwell time is required to eliminate the micro-organisms. Built-up fungal growth is difficult to clean from metal surfaces, but don’t use an aggressive cleaner. Keeping the coils clean from the start will cut down on the time you spend on maintenance. Antimicrobial treatments are a good option to interrupt the growth of mold.”

Belts and Bearings and Your Cooling System

Belts and Bearings and Your Cooling System

HVACToday, on behalf of your cooling experts in St Louis MO, near Maryland Heights, we are examining some of the elusive ways in which your commercial cooling in St Louis needs to be checked on a routine basis.  Here, we are examining things that are much less obvious than filter checks, replacements and coil cleanings.  You will want to, “Check to see if fan motors are running in the wrong direction. This may not be obvious because fans can still supply flow if they’re running backwards. Clear labels on the fan housing, pulleys, the motor, and wires can prevent this problem.”

Also, if you have self-lubricating bearings on fans in your heating and cooling system in St Louis, then they need the bearing cassette replaced when they fail. The signs that this is a concern would be a ton of excess noise.  A lot of vibration or heat coming from the bearing is also a sign that things need to be closer assessed by your St Louis Heating and Cooling service near Maryland Heights MO.  One article online says, “Greased ball bearings are occasionally found in packaged units; their most common problem is over-greasing, which can be as damaging as under-greasing.”  So, there is the scoop on bearings, which aren’t nearly as clean cut or obvious as your occasional filter change.  Belts are another rather inconspicuous part of your cooling system in St Louis.

Here is what the experts have to say about your HVAC system belts in St Louis MO, “Belts should be aligned to prevent wear. Maintain proper tension; loose belts slip on the pulley wheels, causing torque loss and rapid wear. Belts that are too tight put an extreme load on the motor and fan shaft bearings, causing premature failure.”

Regular HVAC to do’s

Regular HVAC to do’s

heatingIn our last article, we covered the two main reasons to stay on top of routine service of your commercial heating and cooling system in St Louis MO near St Peters.  One, it will keep your HVAC system in the best condition and operating order possible and two, it will ensure good air quality for those subjected to your HVAC system.  This is important for your employees and/or residents.  Check out some of these tips from a variety of sources online about HVAC maintenance and preservation.

Replace Filters once every one to six months, depending on your needs.
“Filters should be replaced regularly. Inspect them routinely for a few months and then decide, based on what you see, how often they should be replaced.”  You will also want to clean the evaporator and condenser coils.  This should take place once or two times a year.  If you don’t, you will likely grow and emit mold form the evaporator.  This is such a damp environment that it is almost inevitable unless you keep it clean.  The same holds true for refrigeration.  If any of the following advice is more than you want to deal with, the other thing to keep in mind, is that you can hire someone in the heating and cooling industry to handle any or all of it for you.  St Louis American Services near St Peters does offer this service to our St Louis Commercial Heating and Cooling customers as well.

The above cleaning is important for your HVAC system, not only to prevent mold, but also for overall air quality.  In addition to the dampness that we discussed, the supply side of your coils is in regular contact with contaminated outside air, so things come into the system that aren’t subjected to the filter first.

Ice Nerds Discuss Refrigeration and Ice Types

Ice Nerds Discuss Refrigeration and Ice Types

iceSummer is coming to an end, but it will be back around soon enough and even with the cooler weather, many of us still adore our ice.  That’s right, I said ice.  When it comes to commercial environments where ice is sold and or needed for consumers, the challenge, according to your Refrigeration install in St Louis near Florissant, is to find the right machine to do the work.  One article on Hoshizaki website says the following, “The challenge for operators is to accept that no single type of ice fits every application, and since having more than one type of ice maker in house is usually cost prohibitive, achieving a balance with the best ice possible becomes the goal.”

When talking about the ins and outs of ice makers and refrigeration in general, we will cover the strategies discovered in our research on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Repair near Florissant and how to choose the right machine for your business and its needs.  “The strategy for choosing the right ice maker starts not with the machine but with the beverage menu. A quick-service operation’s needs are significantly different from a fine-dining restaurant or a craft cocktail bar, meaning all require unique machinery. Fountain drinks sold at a drive-thru window must be icy cold when customers receive them, not to mention easily sipped through a straw. Smaller, softer ice cubes or pellets work best here.”

You can imagine, though, that the above facts would not hold true for refrigeration or ice machine needs at, say, a bar.  Hand cut spheres and squares may be in order for those consumers paying high dollar for a top shelf drink that they don’t want diluted in any way.   “Ice is such a crucial ingredient in a great drink, yet I think it gets overlooked way more than people think,” says Ori Geshury, director of education at the Aqua Vitae Institute in Philadelphia.

HVAC Energy Management

HVAC Energy Management

HVACWe began a series covering the subject of energy efficiency as it pertains specifically to the HVAC world on behalf of your St Louis HVAC sales near Jefferson County MO.  Previously we covered a new certification being offered for EMP.  EMP certification means that the individual has been training in energy conservation and management as it pertains to building performance.  Basically, they can help you juggle the requirements of your HVAC when it comes to capabilities with the least amount of energy possible.   The title and certification came about as a part of EMA.  “EMA is a young organization dating back to 2012, when its certification program was developed as part of the Associated Air Balance Council (AABC) Commissioning Group. EMA became a stand-alone association in 2014, and its EMP offering is among the newest credentials to hit the market.”

In order to become EMP certified, according to your St Louis HVAC near Jefferson County, you must take a seminar and an exam that lasts for 2 days with 12 hours of classroom instruction and a four hour exam.  You must also have at least 2 years or more of experience depending on your technical knowledge and experience to start with, according to research done on behalf of your St Louis HVAC near Jefferson County MO.

It cost a little over a thousand dollars with an annual fee of $250 plus $250 to renew the certification.  Edward Armstrong is EMA’s executive director and he says, “The EMP is unique in the energy management field. It’s very results-oriented with a strong element on ongoing energy management.”  Plus, he added, “It’s really catching on with major companies like Siemens, ABM Industries, and Hanson.”

Choosing Your Commercial Refrigerator

Choosing Your Commercial Refrigerator

refrigerationWe continue to cover information regarding the refrigeration choices on your list of necessary restaurant equipment.  We have been discussing the subject and know that despite everyone’s knowledge of the importance of restaurant equipment and a commercial refrigerator, specifically, may restaurant owners fail to understand the importance of a higher quality selection to keep their profit line intact.

One major critic online talks about this very subject and we came upon his opinion when researching restaurant equipment on behalf of your Restaurant Equipment sales and installation near St Louis City MO.  “He helps operators understand that fresh inventory turned into great food is the reason customers visit the restaurant — as well as how that business makes money — they tend to consider their refrigeration options more carefully.”

Let’s continue the conversation regarding new restaurant equipment sales by looking into the operating costs of the refrigeration you choose.  There are many more refrigerators, both home and commercial models that are gaining energy star certification.  Cost savings can be significant when it comes to models who have this certification.  Also true is that many cities and townships will offer rebates and extra incentives for the purchase of these energy star refrigerators and other energy star restaurant equipment.   Make sure, also, according to our research on behalf of your Restaurant Equipment maintenance near St Louis City MO, that you choose your restaurant equipment based on durability as well.  “Durability is always an issue in high-volume operations, which evokes Brown’s preference for stainless steel’s toughness and easy clean-ability.”  If it can take a beating, like stainless steel can, then you are always in better shape in a restaurant environment.  When things get moving quickly, you need to know that your refrigerator and other restaurant equipment can hold up under pressure and be easy to clean after the fact.

Professionals Can Help You Maintain Your Cooling

Professionals Can Help You Maintain Your Cooling

pipesDid you know that two times every year you should be cleaning your HVAC system?  That’s right, we are on a cleaning advice kick, and also routine maintenance recommendations from your St Louis Cooling Service near Wentzville MO.  Too often times, people who own commercial buildings neglect their commercial HVAC systems and fail to remember that they will run best if they get the routine attention that they need.  Replacing the filters, cleaning the evaporator and condenser and inspection of the fan, bearing and belts are all things that must be done with regularity if you want to prevent problems and always produce great air quality from your heating and cooling vents.

Here is some info we found online about the last point in the above paragraph on behalf of your St Louis Heating service near Wentzville MO, “Inspect Fan, Bearings, and Belts (twice annually).  Even though fan, bearing, and belt operation don’t have a direct impact on IAQ, you should still inspect these pieces as part of your preventive-maintenance plan. Cleaning the blades on a small fan can take an hour or more; cleaning larger fans, especially those with multiple wheels on a single shaft, can take quite a while.”

So, as you can see, it is sometimes all about efficiency and other times all about air quality, but really, most times, when you are talking about cleaning your system, you will gain from both the increase in quality for the air you breathe and also the ability for you system to work optimally and avoid unnecessary repairs in the long haul.  Most all that your Cooling in St Louis MO near Wentzville requires can be done by you, but if and when you wish to pull in the professionals, give American Services a call and they will be glad to help.

 

What to do Routinely With Your Commercial Heating and Cooling

What to do Routinely With Your Commercial Heating and Cooling

HVACWe have decided upon a series of care instructions and information regarding the importance of maintaining your commercial HVAC system from your heating and cooling experts in St Louis near St Charles MO.  Many people possess business HVAC systems, yet much like automobiles and other large equipment and systems, they fail to have them properly maintained and serviced on a regular basis.  This is not only incorrect to do, but it can also be a costly mistake in the long run.  You may run into service issues that could have been avoided if your heating and cooling in St Louis were simply checked out on occasion.  Then, there’s the question of air quality.

“Maintaining your HVAC systems not only protects the equipment – it also protects the people in your building from discomfort and IAQ concerns, and protects you from a lawsuit. There are many ways to make sure that indoor air is kept at appropriate levels.”  You will want to keep a close eye on the air vents of your heating and cooling in St Louis near St Charles MO.  This will alert you to mold and many other pollutants and their possibility.  You will want to watch for a musty odor and ask your tenants and employees (whomever you have in your commercial space) about the quality of the air around them.  Don’t disregard complaints, as they should be taken seriously so that you can correct any HVAC problems you may discover through their opinions and avoid a lawsuit.

Here is another big reason to have your St Louis Heating and Cooling system checked out regularly, “In addition to keeping IAQ in check, routine maintenance can also lower utility costs and reduce equipment-replacement costs.”  Read the next couple of posts where we will discuss the basics and specifics of what to do to your Heating and Cooling system near St Charles in order to ensure the best performance and air quality possible for your place of business.

Commercial Kitchen Refrigeration Ins and Outs

Commercial Kitchen Refrigeration Ins and Outs

refrigerationThere are so many choices when it is time for you to get that commercial kitchen up and running.  Just where do you begin?  Well, we have become experts in the field of refrigeration, writing on behalf of your Refrigeration Service Company near Hazelwood.  We will cover all that we know about how to go about the shopping and selection of your next commercial refrigerator.  For starters, be sure to think about the importance of the investment.  Try not to cut corners on quality when it comes to a commercial refrigerator.  After all, it will hold all of your inventory and so must be capable and high quality.  If you want to save money on the purchase, you can do so by focusing on the ones that use less energy.

You have top mounted compressor options that are generally the preferred design.  Preferred in the refrigeration world, mostly because of the way they release heat away from the cabinet and are easier to clean and for companies, such as your St Louis Refrigeration install near Hazelwood, to repair as well.  “With mechanicals placed atop the unit, evaporator coils attract far less dirt and dust than when positioned near the floor.”

You will need to put some thought into the installation of your commercial refrigeration in St Louis as well.  Have a plan that is thought out with details including from the time the refrigerator leaves the truck and all the way to the place it will sit.  You may very well need to hire someone if you are buying a refrigerator second hand, or from a source that does not provide delivery.  American Services, for whom we are writing this piece, will gladly offer you their services in the area of refrigeration sales, service, installation, the whole nine yards.  Here is what the experts say exactly about the installation of your commercial refrigeration in St Louis MO, “Formulate a well-thought-out plan to get that unit off the truck and into your facility when taking delivery from an online source. Some buyers aren’t prepared to manage the sheer weight of refrigerators or aren’t aware that most don’t come mounted on casters (HOSHIZAKI 2 & 3 Sections come with factory installed casters and roll-in under a standard doorway).”  There are plenty of brands and manufacturers that will fit your needs.  You just need to do your homework.