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Least Expensive Cooling Installation

window unitBesides the portable options for cooling in St Louis near Clayton, there are several other shapes and therefore styles and strengths of AC units to consider.  This is especially necessary since we know that portable AC units, though efficient, inexpensive and convenient, are not always the best option for you depending on the amount of space you wish to cool and the extreme temps from which you need to cool down.  In other words, they only work in a limited number of situations and for a select few of your cooling needs.

Then, next up are window and through the wall units.  “Today’s window units aren’t the rattle-and-roar contraptions you remember from decades ago. Quiet-running and efficient, modern window units often feature remote controls and can even heat on chilly days.”  They are also called PTAC, or packaged terminal air conditioners and are used in today’s hotel rooms often times.  They can be used, according to the research done on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Sales and Service near Clayton MO, in your home or office and are made in a very wide range of cooling capacities for many different sized rooms or spaces.

The, perhaps obvious and best factor for these window units, as it relates to cost, is the lack of a complicated installation.  You may choose to have a professional do the install to simply not have to bother, though many will likely DIY the whole deal without any difficulty or lack of success.  If, however, you do opt for a professional installation, it will be the simplest and least expensive of any other heating and cooling units available today.

Don’t Forget Your Insurance When Heating Your Space

wood burning stoveWe talked, in the previous post, about the importance of insulation before setting out to heat a certain space.  The previous article, along with this one and the one to follow, will focus on a commercial shop environment and what we need to do in order to best heat your space.  Installation is one subject to consider, according to your St Louis Heating sales near Jefferson County.  “To choose an appropriate-size system for your climate, confer with a licensed HVAC installer. He will ask such questions as: How many walls does your shop share with a heated structure? What are the dimensions, and how high is the ceiling? Do you want to maintain a minimum temperature when you are not in the shop?”

Once you have the installation of your heating system figured out, as far as what and by whom, they you will want to speak to your local code inspector for home or business HVAC near Jefferson County.  This will help you narrow down your choices.  You will then prevent yourself from looking at and considering systems that your municipality restricts.  Also this will be a good time to ask your St Louis Heating installation near Jefferson County all about the legal installation of a system.

Insurance is important to consider as well.  “Some heat sources that pass the inspector’s muster may still be frowned upon by your insurance company.”  If you end up with something upon which your insurance company frowns, such as a wood-burning stove, for example, then you could have a mess on your hands when a claim comes through as being denied.  This is the case whether or not your heater was even involved!  So, yes, insurance checking is one of the most important  things to do before buying anything to heat your home or office.

Portable Cooling Solution

Business strategy businessman planning and finding a solution thLooking at the cooling side of things from your American Services Cooling Installation Service in St Louis near Fenton, we find that all air conditioners work in basically the same way, unlike heating units.  “All air conditioners work basically in the same way: A cycle of evaporating and condensing refrigerant cools the air on the inside of the room and releases heat to the outside. As an added benefit, cooler air holds less moisture, so an air conditioner removes humidity naturally: great for your comfort and your cast iron.”

So, then, what if any differences exist amongst the large number of St Louis Cooling sales options?  BTU capacity and shape will be the main two things that vary from one cooling unit to the next.  There are different types of cooling systems that are named and retain differences based on shape which also pertains directly to their style and function.  Portable units for example, where the name speaks for itself, may be a preferred choice depending on your heating and cooling situation in St Louis near Fenton MO.  These are usually smallish and are rollaway, portable AC units that are often times on the lower end of the price range scale also.  “But don’t expect one to counter triple-digit heat, or cool large or uninsulated spaces. It’s more useful in mild climates requiring only occasional cooling. And it needs only a 110-volt outlet and a door, window, or cut-out to accommodate its vent hose, which exhausts the hot air and humidity to the outside.”

One more note to make for those of you cooling your smaller home or office space in a not-so-extreme climate situation, is that if you end up deciding on a portable AC unit of some sort, you will want to strongly consider a more efficient dual-vented unit.  These will be able to effectively isolate the hot outside air without venting the room you are trying to cool and losing the already cooled air.  They end up being, what experts online consider, the best option for people in the portable cooling solution market.

Enhance Your Starting Point Before Heating Your Shop

woodshopWhen you are looking at either heating or cooling solutions for your space, we have ideas for you here, on behalf of your Heating Installation in St Louis near Overland MO.  For today’s write up, we researched many different articles online regarding shop space.  This can be particularly tricky to heat and cool based solely on their typical location.  “If your shop feels uncomfortably cold in the winter or unbearably hot in the summer (or both), your smartest “tool” purchase might be a shop heater or air conditioner.”

When it comes to the heating side of a shop, most people in the business agree that wintertime is a great time for woodworking.  “With the summer chores done, it’s time to make sawdust. But if you live in a cold climate, toughing out a frigid shop can have a chilling effect on your hobby.”  You are just one example of why, on behalf of your St Louis Heating Sales near Overland, we decided to research and write the following information.

Some things to consider before you set out to buy your system, are as follows:  Insulation, Installation, Inspection and Insurance.  We will begin discussing these now and will continue our write up in subsequent articles on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling maintenance near Overland MO.  First, let’s look at the importance of insulation, shall we?  “Bare building materials, such as wood studs, sheathing, and siding, readily conduct heat and cold.”  Getting this under control means considering the use of weather stripping to doors and windows, the use of expanding foam insulation to fill holes and cracks and fortify the insulation of heat-loss-prone garage doors.  Also, insulate walls and ceilings to a value of at least R-13. If you work out of a basement, you may wish to add cut-to-fit rigid foam insulation to the rim joists there and stick it in place with expanding-foam insulation. Whatever you choose to do, you will be better off if you enhance your starting point, so that heating and cooling your space is more efficiently done from the start.

Oil Sensors in Refrigeration

oilWhen it comes to refrigeration, the subject is near and dear to our heart here at your refrigeration installation company in St Louis near O’Fallon MO.  We like to report to our readers and consumers, all of the latest news out there in order to do three things.  We wish to help you make better informed decision in the event you need commercial refrigeration service.  We want you to know what to do the next time you are in the market for an additional or a replacement commercial refrigerator and finally, we hope to help keep you informed of anything interesting that the St Louis Commercial Refrigeration industry happens to uncover for the simple sake of being in the know.

For the above reasons, today, we talk about oil-filled temperature sensors.  Being that they are one of three, general sensor options along with electronic or gas-filled, we may discuss all three over the next several posts, but today, we start with oil-filled and take a little of our information in the form of research done on a site known as nrminc.

In the commercial world, an oil-filled sensor becomes especially beneficial for those who need to track the internal temperature of a stored product.  According to nrminc, “In refrigeration applications, most temperature sensors, of any design type, electronic or gas-filled, are intended to respond very quickly to changes in ambient air temperature. This allows for precise measurement and control of temperature fluctuations. However, in some cases it is desirable to measure temperatures with a slower-responding sensor.”  This is exactly the case when wishing to track something like the internal temp of a stored product.  This will likely change much more slowly than the air of the space around it.  “This can be easily accomplished by putting an insulating material around the temperature-sensing bulb. That material could be rubber, or expanding foam, or anything that will provide additional thermal mass around the sensing element. But the industry standard for this type of sensor is to suspend the sensing element in an oil bath, typically in a cube-shaped enclosure somewhat smaller than a deck of playing cards.”

HVAC Sensors and Ambient Air Temperature

HVACWe have recently crossed the subjects of refrigeration, restaurant equipment and now HVAC, all in covering the same topic.  The reason for this, though possibly unclear from your perspective, is that the product in question actually does apply to all three subjects above.  Here, at your HVAC installation near St Peters, we value keeping you abreast all of the latest information in the industry so that you can make the most informed HVAC decisions possible.  Today, we continue talking about oil filled temperature sensors and how they may best serve you.  We enter into the segment that discussed the actual application of such sensors and how they can possible benefit your St Louis HVAC needs near St. Peters MO.

“The common and obvious application for oil-filled temperature sensors is for food safety historical monitoring (NRM offers a variety of sensor types, including oil-filled sensors).”  If, however, you are in a temperature control type environment, such as an experimental lab refrigerator, or attempting to adjust the product temperature using the air around it based on the functioning of an oil based HVAC sensor, this is not recommended at all.

Here is a prime example of why this is not a good idea, provided by an article we found online regarding the oil based sensor subject.  “NRM does not recommend the use of oil-filled sensors for control purposes. A meat thermometer inserted in a roast is useful to tell you when the roast is done, but you would not want to use that measurement point to control the oven temperature — the oven might reach over a thousand degrees and burn the outside of your roast before the inside is cooked!”  If the need arises, you are much better off controlling the ambient temperature of your St Louis Commercial HVAC near St Peters more precisely and measure the product separately.

Restaurant Equipment Air Temp vs Product Temp

refrigeratorWe brushed on the subject of oil-filled temperature sensors in restaurant equipment, namely in the commercial refrigeration unit used by most any commercial company who needs to refrigerate their product.  They can be very advantageous to the right business, given their accuracy in measure for your commercial restaurant equipment when it comes to product temperature.  “These Oil-Filled Temperature Sensors are most commonly used in situations where the monitoring point is intended to mimic internal product temperature, rather than to precisely measure the surrounding air.”

Our research on behalf of your Commercial Restaurant Equipment sales in St Louis sites a few examples in the form of experiments.  One, was rather simple, yet does a stellar job at demonstrating the difference that an oil-filled sensor in your St Louis Restaurant Equipment can make for you in terms of functions.  The experiment is described below.

“…if you put two room-temperature thermometers in your home refrigerator, but have one sitting in a small cup or vial of cooking oil, you will notice that the non-oil-suspended thermometer very quickly shows the correct temperature inside the fridge (usually about 35ºF). The one suspended in oil will typically take significantly longer to reflect the temperature change. Same thing when you take them out of the fridge and put them on a countertop. The bare thermometer quickly reflects the actual air temperature, while the oil-filled sensor shows a slower change that resembles the internal temperature of food.”  There are many different scenarios in which this oil filled temperature sensor can present itself as beneficial.  In the next post we will cover the application of this restaurant equipment device and how it can work for you and your commercial business needs.

Heating and Cooling Efficiently

puzzleWe have been discussing heating and cooling your space in St. Louis near Wentzville MO and so far have covered many different facets of such.  Our most recent point covered insurance and really pertains much more to heating since some heat sources can be high risk for disasters and dangerous situation, such as a wood burning stove or a space heater.  Insulation is the next thing to discuss and it definitely pertains to both the heating and cooling of your home, office or commercial space in St Louis MO.  “Insulation pays for itself quickly in heat retention, cutting your heating bill by as much as 50%.”  This is also true when working to cool a space.  The more cool air you can keep in your space, the less your system will have to work and the more money you will save.

When it comes to different furnace types, the forced-air system is the most applicable to home workshops, according to your St Louis Cooling Service research.  “Specifically targeting home workshops, manufacturers have recently introduced more and more forced-air furnaces onto the market — both gas and electric — making it easier to find an affordable model for nearly any shop size. Fan-circulated, heated air raises a room’s temperature quickly, making a forced-air unit an economical choice if you heat only intermittently.”

When you are considering the electric forced-air furnace, specifically, you are getting a 100% efficient furnace since all of the power sent through the element is converted to heat.  There is nothing lost along the way so this is a great system.  Electric furnaces are also on the lower end of the price range.  “Installation is inexpensive and simple — often little more than plugging or hard-wiring into your existing electrical service.”  The downside then?  Well, in most parts of the country, electricity is the most expensive of all the utilities we pay to use.  Therefore, if you live in a moderate enough climate, then it will likely be a good choice.  Otherwise, however, you may want to explore other options, such as gas.

Heating Efficiency With the Right Sensor

Heat efficiencyWhen it comes to heating and cooling, there is simply no shortage on talking points.  Some may interest you, others may not.  Here, from your St Louis HVAC installation near Ladue, we like to cover the wide variety of subjects in hopes that we will hit on one or more of interest to you.  We recently ran across some new and interesting feedback and info regarding oil filled sensors and their place in the industry.  From a heating and cooling perspective, their function mostly lies in the refrigeration realm.

The final question to pose here is as follows, “Can Oil-Filled Sensors save energy, when used for control purposes?”  That’s right, we will turn the talk to an environmental angle which seems to appeal to most anyone in the Heating business in St Louis.  It is actually a complicated question to answer, though seemingly simple from its face.  It is the lack of precision that makes this question a difficult one to answer for you St Louis HVAC service near Ladue.  When you use an oil filled sensor as your control point, the operation of the controlled equipment changes.  Let us look at a more technical explanation below.

“Refrigeration is typically run with a small ‘dead-band’. For example, in a cooler with a 35º set-point and a 5º ‘dead-band’, the refrigeration would turn on when the air temperature exceeds 40º (35º+5º=40º), and then would shut off when the temperature comes back down to 35º. The temperature range in between is the ‘dead-band.’”  When using a typical fast response temp sensor, these fluctuations in air temp would be sensed immediately and would maintain very consistent temperatures.  However, with oil filled sensors, that is not the case.  Broadening the dead-band, or margin of error may indeed save energy when running your commercial refrigeration.

 

Built In Refrigeration Scoops

built in frig

We know, at your refrigeration installation in St Louis near O Fallon, that a built-in refrigerator is a serious investment, costing between $7,000 and $10,000.  For this reason, we though you might appreciate a little research and review on the subject of these refrigerators, used often commercially and for the home.  There’s a lot happening in the category that is built-in refrigeration in St Louis near O Fallon, including improvements in design, performance, and efficiency. We also found through the research done by Consumer Reports that you can spend all that money and end up with less-than-impressive results.

Miele is one German manufacturer that only recently threw their hat in the ring for commercial refrigeration for sale in St Louis near O Fallon MO.  They are well known for vacuums, dishwasher and ovens, but new to the refrigeration category of product.  However, they soared to the top of the list relatively quickly, according to Consumer Reports. “The Miele MasterCool KF1903SF, $8,600, combines superb temperature control with whisper-quiet operation. The 36-inch-wide bottom-freezer also has some nice features, including spillproof shelves, touchpad controls, and a smudge-proof stainless steel finish. If you’re dealing with a smaller space, say an urban kitchen, the 30-inch-wide Miele MasterCool KF1803SF also earned solid marks in our tests…”

Also, there is KitchenAid…owned by Whirlpool, this built in Refrigeration option that we read about on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Installation Company near O Fallon, is quite a nice choice, as are the Jenn –Air models.  Consumer Reports says that they are really worth looking at if you are a French door style connoisseur.  There are plenty of options these days and many of them come out great in the ratings.  You may wish to subscribe to Consumer Reports to stay on top of all the latest ratings for these built in refrigerators, both for home and commercial settings.