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Summary of Heating and Cooling Needs

Summary of Heating and Cooling Needs

reduce costsWe recently read all sorts of information and tips online in an effort to pass along to our readers, a compiled and well-thought out list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to effectively cooling, and/or heating your home and office space.  We are finalizing that information here, in our final post from your Cooling Repair in St Louis near Kirkwood.  We want to summarize the whole series in the next two paragraphs.

We encourage you to begin by considering air flow.  Any place or area where you know of warm air escaping (in the winter), or the opposite ( in the summer), do your best to put a stop to it.  This can be accomplished by caulking, weather stripping, plastic sheeting or even door adjustments in some cases, but this would be your first line of defense.  Take care of the equipment you are currently using.  For example, make sure that the filters are always clean and changed regularly for the furnace you are using to heat your space.  Also, have your HVAC system checked routinely for maintenance by someone such as your St Louis Cooling Maintenance near Kirkwood MO in order to help prevent problems during the regular season.

Secondly, think smarter equipment and choices with existing heating and cooling equipment in St Louis near Kirkwood.  You will want to invest in things like a programmable thermostat that allows you to minimize unnecessary heating and cooling expenses, perhaps one or more space heaters to warm areas effectively and reduce the need to increase your central heating bill in St Louis near Kirkwood.  Also, logistics are important.  If you are able to find ways to comfort individuals from a temperature perspective, then, by all means, move their desks to a more comfortable place in the room and offer warm beverages in the winter months.

Chimney Balloons and Other Heating Solutions

Chimney Balloons and Other Heating Solutions

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From your Heating Sales in St Louis near Belleville IL, we have spent the past couple post discussing some of the best practices that you may wish to follow in order to minimize heating costs for your commercial space this winter.  We already covered the importance of weather stripping and sealing areas of heat escape as best as possible, along with the potential use of space heaters in order to reduce commercial heating bills.  Now, we will move on.

It would be wise to close off unnecessary vents.  “Close vents in unoccupied rooms. If you have an office that’s not being used, shut its vents and doors. Why spend money to heat areas where no one’s working?”  Saving up to 14% on your heating bill is possible with the simple use of plastic.  That’s right, according to the research we recently conducted on behalf of your St Louis heating and cooling installation near Belleville, we found that by purchasing and using a transparent plastic film kit for covering windows and doors (obviously only those you will not need to open), you can save up to 14% on your heating costs.  According to a recent heating and cooling article found online, “The film is easy to install and adds an additional layer of insulation.”

If you haven’t yet noticed, the tone of this post and the two that precede it is mostly all about preventing air flow and heat escape.  Another way in which to accomplish this is by installing a chimney balloon.  “Maybe your office is located in a home with a chimney that doesn’t get used. Even with the flue closed, warm indoor air can escape. The solution: Install a chimney balloon to seal it.”

From Warm Tea to Clean Filters

From Warm Tea to Clean Filters

furnace filterWe come to you today, in an effort to continue an ongoing discussion about the most cost effective ways in which to heat and cool your home or office space. “Drinking hot fluids can be a great way to feel warm and cozy while keeping the thermostat a degree or two colder,” says Alex Zorach, founder of RateTea.com. “Not only does a hot beverage warm the body as a whole when drinking it, but holding it can warm up your hands, which is one of your body parts most likely to feel too cold in the winter.”

So, that is the final reason we sited in the last post, but there are others.  When it comes to heating, in the winter, you will want to do some things opposite of when it is summer and you are trying to maintain effective cooling in St Louis near Edwardsville IL.  Opening blinds on a sunny day, for example, is a great way to boost the warmth and mood of almost any office space, but if you are cooling your commercial environment, you will want the sun to go away in order to maximize cool air.

During the winter months, you will want to possibly insulate your water heater. Unless your water heater is so new that it’s already insulated, purchase an insulating kit. For about $20, you can save 4 to 9 percent on water heating costs.  Many people don’t know about this one and can actually benefit from a heating and cooling perspective at home as well.  When it comes to HVAC, you will also want to change your air filters. This is a cheap and no brainer solution to reducing the cost of heating and cooling in St Louis near Edwardsville.  “It’s cheap and easy to change the air filter on your furnace, but when things get busy, this task can easy slip your mind. Change it at least once every three months, or more frequently if you have a larger office.”

The Space Heater

The Space Heater

heaterIn the previous post, here, written on behalf of your commercial heating installation near Webster Groves, we talked about the benefits of going the extra mile in order to minimize heating costs and most effectively heat your commercial space in St Louis.  By replacing weather stripping, you can begin the process around the windows and doors of your commercial heating space, but that’s not the only place to seal.

Also, you will want to seal electrical outlets. “Outlets on exterior walls can allow outside air into your office. To stop this, fill any small gaps between the sides of the box and the wall with acrylic caulk. (Do not inject caulk into the box where the wires reside.) Next, install a rubber gasket behind each wall plate.”  Honestly, the sealing can be anywhere there is a potential air leak.  You will want to seal other holes to keep heating costs low and space effectively warm over the winter.  “Anywhere a pipe, a cable, or another fixture goes through an exterior wall, seal the space around it. Replace old, cracking caulk with expanding foam.”

Your St Louis Heating Service near Webster Groves recommends you also consider using a portable heater.  This is especially valid advice if your office has only a couple of employees.  If you consider turning down the furnace and using space heaters, there will be a definite savings to you when it comes to heating your space. Once you use the space heater, you will find that you can turn your thermostat down and for every degree below 70 that you lower your thermostat will save about 3 percent on your utility bill.  Some offices have even made the switch entirely to space heaters and stopped using their heat altogether.  This may or may not be an effective heating solution for your commercial space.  Typically, the space heater is meant for just that, heating a small “space” and as a supplement to a larger system, but depending on energy costs and the area you are attempting to heat, you may be able to pull this off effectively.

DIY Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance

DIY Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance

refrigeration repairWriting today, on behalf of your refrigeration experts in St Louis MO near Clayton, we have decided to focus on some of the things that you can do for yourself when it comes to your commercial refrigeration and restaurant equipment.  Of course, there will exist situations in which you must call on an expert, such as the ones working for your Refrigeration installation service in St Louis, however, sometimes you can get by on your own with some expert advice.

It is no doubt, firstly, that commercial refrigeration maintenance can and will almost always extend the life of your restaurant equipment by years and also will typically help you save bundles in energy usage.  Mitch Byrne, an online refrigeration expert says, “I have been working in the Refrigeration Trade for over 16 years. I know from experience that commercial refrigeration maintenance can extend equipment life by years & save big on electrical consumption.”  He proceeds to follow up this introduction with information confirming the importance of St Louis Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance on a routine basis.

The fact is that some of this routing refrigeration stuff can absolutely be done by you, while other things should be left to a commercial refrigeration expert.  “It is possible for equipment owners to perform some basic maintenance tasks between contractor visits.”  When you are talking about walk-in coolers, freezers and ice machines, routine maintenance is of the essence.  Especially with line coolers, says Mitch.  “All refrigeration needs to expel heat. The majority of units do this through an air cooled condenser coil. This is done by drawing air through the coil. This causes dust & debris to form fairly quickly on the condenser coil. Failure to clean condenser coils on a regular basis will increase electrical consumption & lead to major system component failure such as burnt wiring, a failed condenser fan motor, a restricted metering device or a failed compressor.”  In order to prevent this type of disaster with your commercial refrigeration, you should use due diligence when it comes to routine care by calling your Commercial Refrigeration Repair in St Louis near Clayton MO today.

HVAC Replacement Data

HVAC Replacement Data

HVAC repairToday, we will talk, on behalf of your HVAC repair near Ladue MO, about not really commercial HVAC systems, although that is what they specialize in servicing, but instead, we will turn our focus onto the increased efficiency that you can gain in a new home comfort system that involves replacement of your current HVAC system.  “In addition to increased energy efficiency, a new home comfort system can also make less of an environmental impact. Older heating and cooling systems not up to current SEER, HSPF or AFUE standards waste energy, create a bigger carbon footprint and ultimately, end up costing you more money.”

Lucky for you, your HVAC installation in St Louis near Ladue has information that can help and wants to pass along the steps you can take to help get the most out of your home’s efficiency while also maintaining the most in environmental friendliness.   Begin by looking at your current energy bills.  When you do buy new HVAC equipment from your St Louis HVAC sales near Ladue, make sure you are buying Energy Star labelled equipment.  “High-efficiency systems reduce your impact on the environment and can also save you money. You may also be eligible for a Federal Tax Credit.”  You can check with your local contractor to determine qualifying models.

Regardless of whom you choose to handle your HVAC service needs, you will want assistance in finding the proper size and system for your commercial HVAC system, or your home system.  We would highly recommend that you don’t settle for the existing system size, assuming that it is correct, as you could be dealing with the wrong size from the beginning.  Another piece of good advice from HVAC experts online says the following, “Compare the SEER or AFUE of your cooling or heating system with newer models. If it’s below 13, you may want to consider a new, more efficient system. Remember, the higher the rating, the less wasted energy and reduced carbon footprint.”

 

Naturally Clean Your Stainless Restaurant Equipment

Naturally Clean Your Stainless Restaurant Equipment

vinegarWe began a series on cleaning stainless steel in your commercial kitchen on behalf of your restaurant equipment sales near Chesterfield MO.  We know that stainless is the most popular material for your commercial kitchen in St Louis and so began with this material.  Already discussed was the importance of what we use and don’t use when cleaning.  Avoid steel wool, use a plastic scrubber instead.  Also, recommended for stainless steel restaurant equipment cleaning is to clean with the grain.  “Go with the grain. On stainless steel surfaces with brushed or polished finishes, always wipe and scrub in the same direction as the ‘grain’ lines in the metal.”

People who are frustrated either in their own personal kitchen, or a commercial kitchen that is full of stainless steel restaurant equipment, when it comes to fingerprints.  Not only will you want to read the dos and don’ts of cleaning, but also realize that time will make a difference here and that stainless steel becomes better with age.  Schwartz and Architecture says, “Better with age. The ESDA says in addition to the availability of an increasing number of fingerprint-proof finishes, regular stainless steel shows fewer fingerprints over time. Patience is a virtue.”

In terms of cleaning products, you will want to avoid chloride, but other than that, the key is consistency.  Don’t mix products and make sure you are using something regularly.  Also, don’t forget, says the restaurant equipment experts in St Louis, you can always clean the natural way too. “Naturally clean. For a DIY approach to cleaning using pantry items, the sustainable-living team at Eartheasy advises dampening a cloth with undiluted white vinegar or olive oil and wiping in the direction of the grain.  To clean a stainless sink, it suggests pouring club soda on an absorbent cloth to scrub, then wiping dry.”

 

 

Drink Warm Beverages in the Winter

Drink Warm Beverages in the Winter

hot chocolateFrom your St Louis heating and cooling service near Fenton, we bring you more information resulting in our recent research on how to reduce your heating and cooling bills.  The first few post regarding this subject all covered details, for the most part, surrounding the stop of air flow.  If you have a room that isn’t being used, for example, quit maintaining its temperature unnecessarily.  If you know of any spaces anywhere that allow for heat or cold to escape (ie:  windows and doors mostly), then you would be wise to replace weather strips and install plastic (provided the windows and doors in question do not need to be opened.)

We will move onto actual hardware suggestions now, from your St Louis Cooling maintenance near Fenton MO.  From a recent heating and cooling article found online in our research, came the following advice, “Install a programmable thermostat. If you’re still using an old-school thermostat, it’s time to upgrade. There’s no reason to heat your office when nobody’s there. Programmable thermostats are relatively cheap ($25 and up) and can save you 5 to 15 percent on your heating bill. Pricier models can even be controlled via smartphone.”

When it comes to keeping employees happy and comfortable in your office space or commercial environment, do your best to move people into the warmest space in the winter and coolest in the summer.  “Change your seating arrangement. If your employees don’t feel cold, you won’t need to crank up the heat. As much as possible, position desks and other work areas away from windows and outside walls, where the air tends to be colder.”  Encourage drinking warm fluids, this definitely keeps the body warmer in the winter and will allow for lower heating costs as well.

Effective Heating and Cooling

Effective Heating and Cooling

weather strippingWe are writing, today, on behalf of your Heating and Cooling installation in St Louis MO near Sunset Hills.  We are talking to anyone and everyone out there who has ever needed to warm your office space this winter without breaking the bank, or at least offering up some heating and cooling pointers in order to minimize cost and maximize efficiency for your office.  This quote sort of hits home and though it does not reflect the current year necessarily, though time will tell, it does sound familiar to most of us regarding years gone by, “Winter came early this year. Before the season officially began Dec. 21, many cities across the U.S. had already experienced frigid temperatures, crippling ice storms, and heavy snowfall. The cold weather inevitably means higher heating bills for small businesses and keeping those costs from skyrocketing isn’t easy.”

Begin by weatherproofing and replacing old weather strips in your office in order to effectively reduce heating and cooling costs in St Louis near Sunset Hills.  Over 10% of the loss you see when it comes to hot air during the winter months, takes place at the windows and door space.

Another trick you can easily check and perform on your doors is to adjust the door space between the floor and base of the door to assist in heating and cooling in St Louis near Sunset Hills.  “Get down on your hands and knees and look at the space where each of your doors meets the floor: If you can see daylight, heat is escaping. You may be able to close the gap by adjusting the screws on the door’s threshold (the metal plate that’s screwed into the floor.) Turn them counterclockwise until the gap is closed. If that doesn’t work, replace the threshold.”  Other solutions exist and will be discussed here, on behalf of your commercial heating installation in St Louis near Sunset Hills, in the posts that follow.

Polishing Your Refrigeration

Polishing Your Refrigeration

stainless refrigeratorWhen it comes to your Commercial Refrigeration near Ballwin MO, did you know that keeping the outside clean, you can go the natural approach, even with stainless steel?  That’s right.  “Naturally clean. For a DIY approach to cleaning using pantry items, the sustainable-living team at Eartheasy advises dampening a cloth with undiluted white vinegar or olive oil and wiping in the direction of the grain.”  Some other options for naturally cleaning your stainless steel commercial refrigeration and other restaurant equipment, are as follows:  Diluted vinegar (for cleaning limescale),Baking soda (to remove coffee deposits) Alcoholic solvents, such as acetone (for removing adhesives), Chloride-free glass sprays (especially efficient for polished, mirror-like surfaces).  You can also use specific pastes and sprays that may or may not be all natural, but make sure they don’t have chloride in them.

Why no chloride?  Well, this is a simple answer and it involves the not-so-stainless concept of stainless steel.  You see, if the first line of defense on your stainless steel refrigeration is breeched, which is a protective coating of sorts, then it can and will be subject to rust underneath.  For the above reason, it is also suggested that you do not clean with anything abrasive at all, no steel scrubs especially.  Also, make sure you are wiping with the grain as opposed to against it, according to your St Louis Refrigeration Maintenance near Ballwin MO.

Polishing is a great idea for a little added protection for your stainless steel commercial refrigeration as well.  “Shine on. Spray cleansers made specifically for cleaning decorative stainless steel surfaces usually contain silicone oil, and although they will remove fingerprints and smudges, they will not prevent them. The ESDA says the silicone oil can be completely removed by washing with mild soap and water.” Polishing past is another favorite in commercial kitchens to help maintain that shine on your commercial refrigeration products.