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Cooling Options in St Louis

Cooling Options in St Louis

central coolingIn the quest to cool your space, you will have many different AC units from which to choose in your cooling selection, according to the recent research we have been doing on behalf of your St Louis Cooling install near Kirkwood MO.  The different options are as follows: Central air conditioning, Ductless mini splits, Geothermal, Window units, Portable air conditioners, Evaporative (swamp) coolers and Packaged terminal air conditioners (PTAC).

Interestingly enough, it isn’t as if only one solution will work for one setting as there are many different types of air conditioners that will work for many types of homes and business and commercial spaces. Which air conditioner you choose for your family or company is dependent on the area or space to cool, budget, eco-friendly options as well as energy efficiency…these are typically all considering factors in your selection and we will look at some of the common factors to consider in the following list below, from your St Louis Cooling Installation near Kirkwood MO.

You will want to determine how much space you are trying to cool in your home or commercial environment.  You will need to look at the climate outside in order to best choose your St Louis Cooling near Kirkwood, you will want to look at the home structure.  Central air conditioning is obviously the most popular cooling unit for home or businesses.  “Two thirds of homes in the United States have central air conditioning. When selecting a Central Air Conditioning option, you want to consider the space to cool in the home. Central air conditioning is going to cool the home or business through ducts.  Central air conditioning systems use ducts to distribute cooled air throughout your home or business.  It will cool the entire space, not isolated to one room, like other types of air conditioners.”

Water Flow With Tankless Heating

Water Flow With Tankless Heating

heatingA final note on the whole water heater discussion that we have been having here lately, on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling installation near Florissant MO, is whether or not to consider this heating, tankless mechanism in the gas or electric variety.  The following information was discovered in our research on usnews.com, “Most whole-house tankless water heaters are gas-fired (both natural gas and liquid propane) because gas units heat more hot water faster than electric models. Electric tankless water heaters are popular for serving single fixtures or bathrooms that are located away from the main water heater – when placed closer to fixtures, the heater can eliminate the long wait for hot water that wastes both energy and water itself.”  If, however, you live in a home where gas isn’t practical, they make an electric whole house water heater that is tankless as well.

Also note that in order to maximize efficiency, you will want to go with  a gas model that starts with an intermittent ignition device, similar to spark ignition, instead of a pilot light, used by other units we found in our St Louis Heating and Cooling near Florissant research.

You can run short on hot water, even with tankless heating.  How can that happen?  Well, “While a tankless water heater never runs out of hot water, its flow of hot water can fall short. In other words, if you turn on too many hot-water showers or appliances simultaneously, you’ll get lukewarm water. To avoid this problem, buy a tankless water heater that produces enough flow to handle your household’s needs.”  If you need service or maintenance on heating or cooling devices, be sure to reach out to St Louis Heating Services near Florissant MO.

The Chemistry of Cooling

The Chemistry of Cooling

hot coldWhen looking at the cooling components of an HVAC system, we spent the last two posts diving into the actual breakdown of parts and what they do in their functioning to contribute to the cooling cause, on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Sales and Service near Hazelwood MO.  We covered the evaporator and the fan and coils therein, we also talked about the condenser and the fan it has to distribute cooling air into your space.  There is more to it and we will wrap up the other parts and functions here in the next two paragraphs on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Maintenance near Hazelwood MO.

All processes must have a starting point.  Here is how the cooling of your space will begin, “In between the evaporator and the condenser, is an expansion valve. The expansion valve has a crucial but simple job. It simply regulates the flow of the compressed refrigerant to the evaporator, for the cooling process to begin.”

Liquid changes over to gas.  Not sure if you realized there was chemistry involved in the process of heating and cooling your home, but where there is temperature change, there is typically chemistry and in this case, it comes in the form of phase change.  “Once the refrigerant is in the evaporator, the liquid changes states of matter. It changes into a gas. That’s where the next part of the cycle comes into play. The compressor is a pump that does just that. It compresses the refrigerant back into a liquid to start the process all over again.”  And, there you have it. That is the second part in a series regarding cooling your commercial, business and personal space and how it happens from start to finish, on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Installation near Hazelwood MO.

The Best Way for Heating Water

The Best Way for Heating Water

heatingWe began a series on tankless water heaters last post on behalf of your heating and cooling service in St Louis since it is one of the latest offerings in the industry.  If you are bothered by the fact that so much heating energy is wasted keeping water warm that you may never actually use, at least not in the moment, then a tankless heater is likely right up your alley.  “As its name suggests, a tankless water heater doesn’t have a tank because it doesn’t store hot water like a conventional water heater does. Instead, when you turn on a hot-water faucet or appliance, cold water circulates through a heat exchanger, where powerful gas burners or electrically heated coils warm the water in route to the fixture or appliance. It only uses energy when you turn on the hot water.”

In our research on behalf of your Heating and Cooling service in St Louis we found that the Department of Energy estimates that because a tankless water heater doesn’t store hot water, it can save up to 34 percent of a home’s water-heating energy, equating to $100 or more per year in reduced utility bills.  Who wouldn’t want to save that much money per year?

They will also last longer in the quest of heating your water, tankless water heaters, that is.  This is because they don’t store mineral-laden water that, over time, becomes corrosive. As a result, according to our research done on behalf of your heating and cooling sales near Clayton MO, we know that they have a life expectancy of 20 years or more, compared to 10 to 13 years for conventional water heaters.

Evaporator Refrigeration Maintenance

Evaporator Refrigeration Maintenance

routine maintenanceIf you are doing all that you can to keep your refrigerator running at the best level with which it is able, then make sure you do all that routine maintenance that we have been discussing on behalf of your Refrigeration Service in St Louis near Ladue.  Evaporators, for example, need to be checked.  “Check the evaporators monthly for proper defrosting. Ice accumulation on the evaporator coil can cause inefficiencies in the operation of the system, and can be detrimental to the coil surface itself.”

You will want to tighten the connections in the electrical panel, says your St Louis Refrigeration Service near Ladue. Also, make sure to watch for and correct any frayed wiring insulation and corroded terminals, and make sure that all spade connections are made tight again with any of your refrigeration evaporators.  You will also want to check your fan motors and blades as you would need to with any refrigeration in St Louis near Ladue for service longevity and performance.

Ask yourself the following, according to the research we did on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Maintenance near Ladue MO, “Do the blades turn freely? Check the blades for unusual wear patterns or stress fractures. Clean the surface of each fan blade. Replace any worn blades and tighten the fan set screws.”  You will want to replace any motor that is hard to rotate or has worn bearings. And, anything that is supposed to have lubrication needs to be lubricated such as fittings or anything else requiring lubrication.  One last piece of advice with refrigeration routine service is to check over all defrost heaters in your system, this will allow for maximum heat transfer to the evaporator coil.

HVAC Regulations in a Positive Light

HVAC Regulations in a Positive Light

rooftop HVACOf all the latest news and information surrounding the Commercial HVAC industry, one of the most intriguing subjects as of late involves the government regulations soon-to-be in effect for HVAC systems on certain roof tops.  The commercial world in interested, namely in the savings they are forecast to experience with these regulated changes, “Additionally, the new standards would net a typical building owner $4,200-$10,100 over the life of a single rooftop air conditioner. For larger commercial buildings, the savings are significant.”

According to our research being relayed on behalf of your St Louis HVAC business near Edwardsville, “This particular standard was negotiated with relevant stakeholders, including manufacturers and commercial air conditioners, major industry organizations, utilities, and efficiency organizations to finalize this standard,” said DOE.  We also found that in order to be in compliance with the regulations, the industry will likely need to reevaluate the ways in which they are currently doing business today.

In order to get ready for the first phase of these regulation standards, according to your Industrial HVAC service near Edwardsville, manufacturers will be making significant design changes in order to comply. Most all the commercial HVAC manufacturers are actually pretty positive about the changes needed and the new regulations themselves. “We can build in value along these trend lines as part of our work to comply with these regulations,” said Jeff Moe, product business leader, unitary business, North America, Trane.  Some are even looking at going the extra mile. “One of the things we looked at is a term called ‘Beyond Compliance.’ For example, we’ll look at the new 2018 energy-efficiency minimums, modify existing products, and increase their efficiencies so they comply with new regulations. We will also incorporate additional product changes in areas of customer interest along the trends to provide value above and beyond the efficiency increases.”

Further Convection Oven Details for Your Restaurant Equipment Needs

Further Convection Oven Details for Your Restaurant Equipment Needs

wall ovenWe know, based on our recent research on behalf of your St Louis Restaurant Equipment Service near St Louis City, that there are multiple choices in commercial convection ovens on the market today.  The trick to finding the best one for you and your restaurant equipment list is to figure out first just what you feel you will need in functions and features.  Then, it is always best to read the reviews and narrow your search to as few models as possible.  Some of the deciding factors for your oven selection may need to be space and internal capacity needs.

In the article prior to this from your Restaurant Equipment Sales near St Louis City, we discussed the Waring Commercial Convection oven, model number WCO500X.  It is a high rated, affordable convection oven that you will see in many small commercial kitchens.  This over is loaded with features and the next ones have slightly fewer by design.  The Wisco 620 is another commercial oven worth consideration for your list of restaurant equipment needs.  This oven is known for its wide range of temperature capabilities and can take the internal temp all the way down to 100 and up to 450.  This is amazingly flexible and all-encompassing when it comes to handling things like proofing bread.

The above commercial convection oven is also unique and favorable for its insulated double walls and cool-touch tempered glass door that ensure that nothing can get burnt from touching the exterior of the oven. The removable door and racks make it easy to clean, and three custom baking trays are included with the product.  Either this Wisco or the Waring discussed before would both make for excellent convection oven choices, but you will want to compare the capacities to that of others on the restaurant equipment market in St Louis City MO.  You will have success with ratings information on sites such as Appliance Magazine and Consumer Reports.

 

Cooling Components

Cooling Components

cooling componentsWhen it comes to cooling your space, there is some basic knowledge that will prove helpful to you in the quest of efficiency and weighing of all the options.  We set out, on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling service near Bridgeton in order to answer some of the most common questions with mostly knowledge gap filling.

Let’s start with Air Conditioning and the cooling of your commercial, business or personal space.  This is best understood by looking first at the individual components involved in the cooling process to begin with.  There are four main components in any air conditioning unit. Each plays a significant role in cooling and maintaining the temperature in your home or office space.

The first component in your cooling system from St Louis is the evaporator.  The evaporator is fed liquid refrigerant.  The evaporator and the refrigeration coils, or cooling coils are synonymous.  The refrigerant is the liquid substance that is found in the evaporator and is typically the key ingredient for cooling the unit.  The evaporator has coils and also a fan for cooling your space.  This distributes the cool air away from the evaporator and out into the space.  The condenser is next in the cooling process according to our research done on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Repair near Bridgeton MO.  “The condenser is also referred to as the hot coils. The condenser is in charge of facilitating the heat transfer, from inside the home to the outside. There is a fan associated with this part also, similar to the evaporator’s job.”  We will move on to more parts in the next post here regarding cooling your space in St Louis.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless Water Heaters

heatingWe are here talking about heating and cooling, of water today.  That’s right, we are switching gears in our daily research on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling service near Wentzville, moving from HVAC to heating discussions.  This one is on water.  “Someday in the not-too-distant future, the familiar water heater tank may become a relic of the past, ushered out by a technology that makes a lot more sense for today’s homes – the tankless water heater.”

In order to keep water on reserve and heating appropriately throughout the day and into the night, you must use a lot of wasted energy.  This holding tank is busy heating water that you aren’t even using.  “The problem with a conventional water heater is that it keeps a large tank of water at about 120 degrees Fahrenheit around the clock, 24/7. Heating water that you don’t use – especially in the wee hours of the morning or when you’re at work – wastes a lot of energy.”

Another common problem of heating water in a tank is that this water can be used up without your family having all that they need in the moment, or throughout the day.  “Furthermore, the hot water in the tank can get used up. When somebody takes a long shower or runs the washing machine right before you bathe, you wind up with a cold shower.”  We like to bring you all the latest news on behalf of your Commercial Heating and Cooling in St Louis, so we are talking about tankless water heaters…a thing of the not-so-distant future. The benefits are that the water is heated on the spot as opposed to heated and stored with the potential problems mentioned above.

Refrigeration Longevity

Refrigeration Longevity

routine serviceDid you know that St Louis Refrigeration near St Peters offers maintenance for all of your commercial refrigeration needs?  Did you know that your refrigeration products had routine maintenance needs?  Well, it does and similar to your vehicle, it will extend the life of your St Louis Commercial refrigeration if you comply with the needs of the product before something screams for help in the form of a breakdown.

Here is what ACHR News has to say on the subject, “When equipment constantly breaks down or doesn’t perform to expectations, it’s often because there has never been any preventive maintenance — only emergency service. Remember, equipment is only as good as the service performed on it.”  There exist no piece of mechanical equipment that does not need periodic service in order to keep it in the best operating condition possible.  Commercial Refrigeration near St Peters is no exception to the rule.  The better the service and regularity therein, the better the product performance.

“To properly maintain a system, all the major components should be included in the maintenance schedule. These include the evaporator(s), compressor unit, and condenser.”  Writing on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Sales and Service near St Peters, we will address in the following two posts, all of the details of what each refrigeration component requires in order to properly keep the unit running well, but we can tell you, for starters, that every major component should be and will be addressed in order to keep your commercial refrigeration running at its best at all times.  Also, it is important to know that the routing maintenance that goes into air cooled condensing units is what we will focus on.  The refrigeration units in St Louis that have towers or water cooled condensers are done using other specific means.