Monthly archives for July, 2017

Need a New Air Conditioner?

air conditionerWe all have air conditioning in our homes, for the most part.  Unless it breaks, or we are trying to save money, or we live in an area of temperate surroundings that doesn’t really call for air conditioning I suppose.  If you are in St Louis MO, you will likely have one and on behalf of our Cooling Service and Sales near Hazelwood, we are here to announce to you that you will eventually need to replace your air conditioning unit.

Air conditioning is crucial for comfort in your daily life here in St Louis MO. A well maintained AC unit, with yearly inspections and monthly filter changes, can last up to 10 or 15 years.  “So how do you know if you need repairs for your unit or if you need a replacement?”  Part is based on age.  Most times if your AC goes out it will be because of its age.  It loses energy efficiency over time.  If it needs repairs more than once a year, this is a definite sign of time to replace soon according to your Cooling Sales in St Louis near Hazelwood MO.  Buying a new cooling unit can actually save you money in the long run on energy costs and repairs. Replacing an old unit can also have unseen benefits, including improved air quality and reduced carbon emissions, so don’t rule this out in terms of a disaster waiting to happen.

Also, according to your St Louis Cooling Maintenance near Hazelwood, you will want to figure out stable your unit is keeping the temperatures in your home? This isn’t always directly related to needing a new AC unit, but combine this with the age of your unit and you could be looking for a new one soon, assuming that the fluctuation in temperatures is vast.And finally, we uncovered one more fact in researching the subject on behalf of your St Louis Cooing Sales, “When a unit gets older it performs less and less efficiently. One thing to pay attention to is the humidity level in your home. A unit that is aging won’t dehumidify as well as it should.”

 

Heating Sales Brings You Air Handlers

air handlersWe are writing here to answer a question that many of us were unaware of the answer to regarding air handlers.  On behalf of your Heating Service Company in Earth City near Wentzville we are here to say that the air handler unit it unbeknownst to most and in researching we discovered that very few know what it was in the heating and cooling world.  “An air handler unit may resemble a furnace in appearance, but its purpose is very different. It conditions and circulates both cool and hot air, depending on what time of year it is. An air handler works in tandem with your air conditioner or heat pump to help get the most efficiency from your HVAC system.”

We can talk here about what, exactly, this air handler is on behalf of your Earth City Heating service near Wentzville MO.  “The air handler is the inside component of your HVAC system, working with your split-system air conditioner or heat pump. Air handlers connect to existing ductwork, distributing the conditioned air through your home and returning it to the air handler. The air handler blows the air (where the heat’s been removed by the evaporator coil) through the ducts in your home.”

Air handlers come in a variety of different sizes. The smaller ones are known for having only an air filter, blower, and coil. According to your Heating Install in St Louis, these are called terminal units, blower coils, or fan coil units.  When you look closely at the larger handler, known as a makeup air unit, you will see that it conditions 100 percent outside air; no recirculated air in this situation and the air handler that is only made for outside usage and will usually be found on the roof is called a rooftop unit.  These are almost always strictly for commercial use alone, according to your St Louis Heating and Cooling Repair near Wentzville.

Your AC Can Prevent Mold During Cooling

moldDiscussing in greater length, the topic of mold in your cooling system in St Louis near St Charles MO, we are looking for the latest in news and information to pass along to you, our heating and cooling consumer in St Louis MO.  What causes the mold in the first place when it comes to your St Louis Cooling?  Typically, it is conducive to the environment and the more moisture that is present, the more likely the mold. “This mold-ideal environment can be introduced because of an unknown or ignored leak somewhere in your home or high humidity. Air with over 70 percent humidity is a definite breeding ground for mold.”

Once you have mold in motion it is literally just that…in motion.  According to our recent research done on behalf of your St Louis Cooling near St Charles we now know that once the mold begins to grow, the spores can travel through your home’s air causing allergen issues for some or most people.  A small leak in your HVAC system or ignored air conditioner drains and pans, evaporator coils, or air handlers could very well be an origin of mold, so make sure you address things like this as soon as you are made aware of them to minimize any effect or excess damages.

AC can actually help to prevent mold. This is something we uncovered in our recent writing and research on behalf of your St Louis Cooling near St Charles MO.  “As already mentioned, mold thrives in damp, humid environments. Your air conditioner is designed to help dehumidify your home, removing excess moisture and preventing mold’s growth.”  Therefore, keeping your air conditioner running in humid weather and situations is a proactive step to take and is very helpful in the preventative side of things where mold is concerned.  Mold also likes stale air. Running your air conditioner provides proper ventilation and airflow in your home, thereby preventing mold’s growth again.  This is especially important in areas that don’t get much use and are therefore sometimes ignored, such as garages.

 

 

Mold and Your Air Conditioner

moldWhen it comes to the heating and cooling of your home, we write here on a weekly basis in order to bring you the latest news about the St Louis Heating and Cooling market from your Heating and Cooling Installation and sales in Earth City.  Today, we are broaching the subject of mold and how it is affected, or not, by your air conditioner. “Your air conditioners can do several things––keep your home’s indoor air cooler than outdoor temperatures, help to keep indoor airborne allergens at bay, and help keep your home’s humidity low.

But one thing it cannot do is kill mold. It can help prevent mold, but once it exists, your air conditioner cannot kill it.”  If you think that your heating and cooling system in St Louis is being infiltrated by mold, you need to call a professional who deals in such a disaster.

We can bring you tips on behalf of our research done for your St Louis Heating and Cooling Repair in Earth City on how to prevent such an occurrence. This is best done by first examining how it forms in the first place.  It is no secret that mold needs a damp, humid environment to breed. That means water is part of mold’s necessity. When you remove the water, and mold cannot thrive or survive. “According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), mold already exists in all homes, even in the driest of environments.”  In most cases, however, it exists on such a small scale that it’s not noticeable nor does it pose any sort of health risks.   It can and will grow into a bigger problem, quite literally, when you add moisture to the equation in your St Louis Heating and Cooling system in Earth City.  Sometimes leaks can be a total culprit in this arena.

 

Energy Conservation For Refrigeration and Other Products

energy conservationAt your St Louis Refrigeration Maintenance and Install near St Charles, we like to find and deliver some of the latest news to our consumers and readers in St Louis MO.  Today, we stumbled upon a great article on a top refrigeration manufacturing company and wanted to pass along what we found.  “Diversification is the force that has propelled US manufacturer Ingersoll Rand from the early days of the industrial age to the 21st century. The company once held the patent for a rock drill credited with replacing the pick axe and revolutionizing the mining industry — but in recent years it has been broadly concerned with creating sustainable environments. In practice, this means devising operational-level strategies for reducing energy use at home, in the workplace and in-transit.”

These are all hot topics to any modern day product or field.  The concept of energy conservation has been on most everyone’s mind for over a generation and the more to focus on such a common goal, the higher likelihood of maintaining the integrity of the earth and her resources.  Your Refrigeration Sales company in St Louis relays the following from our research, “Ingersoll Rand works to create efficiency behind-the-scenes, helping businesses and consumers to save money while controlling their surroundings.  The company’s family of brands includes Thermo King, a transport temperature control system manufacturer, and Trane, a supplier of air conditioning systems.”

At your St Louis Refrigeration Sales Company near St Charles, we know that manufacturers such as these are imperative behind the scenes workers who will make all of the difference to our energy consumptive future when it comes to making products that work smart instead of hard.  More refrigeration, HVAC and pretty much all other categories of energy spending products, need to employ conservation methods in order to function at their best with as little resource and cost as possible.  We will only accomplish this with ongoing efforts like the ones described here.

 

Product Advertising Leans Further Digitally

youtubeWe are looking at a wide variety of topics to report to our consumers who follow the HVAC industry in St Louis near Ladue.  The truth is, there are so few details to offer, yet so many subjects worth discussing that pertain to our business, that sometimes it can be tricky to narrow things down and find new information, all at the same time.  Since our St Louis HVAC install company also handles much to do about restaurants, we have decided to search hot food topics.   We stumbled upon cereal.  So, there you have it.

On behalf of our latest research working for your St Louis HVAC installation near Ladue, we found the following quote to open up our discussion for the day, “When General Mills launched Tiny Toast in June, its first new cereal brand in more than 15 years, the company also launched its first completely digital marketing campaign. Because General Mills was targeting millennials, it stayed away from traditional TV and instead placed short video clips across YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram. In the two months since its launch, the campaign has only racked up about a million YouTube views. But because these videos were organically shared across social platforms, the campaign saw 700 million earned impressions within the first week.”

Did you know, that of all of the TV watched by young adults, only 25% is watched on an actual TV?  That is such important information for anyone marketing a product to young people.  Everything from food and restaurant equipment, consumables, all the way to HVAC systems, ought to be broadcast in the ways most likely received by their target groups.  According to Alan Cunningham, senior marketing manager of cereal innovation at General Mills. “Everything else is on a mobile device or computer. So that really struck us and we said we have to diversify our approach and our content to speak to them where they are.”

The Impact of Higher Minimum Wage on Restaurants

robot restaurantBack to the subject to restaurant automation in St Louis near Ladue, we are discussing many different aspects.  Mainly, where is it and when will we see fewer minimum wage workers and more automated activity in our restaurant industry?  Previously we covered the fact that most St Louis Restaurants near Ladue don’t bother with automation due to its cost and the labor being less expensive than the machine price and upkeep.  We know, however, that as minimum wages rise, this reality may very well change.

An article from a local St Louis Restaurant Equipment Sales Company near Ladue, elaborates with the following, “A consensus could lead to restaurants taking a more proactive stance with respect to automation since business leaders will have more of an incentive to prepare for the future better. In the meantime, the opinions on how these wage increases will impact the restaurant industry remain mixed.”

From where we sit, no matter how you slice it, the rising costs alone provide reason for restaurants to continue their quest to improve efficiency in whatever ways feasible. Moreover, it really doesn’t matter at all whether the rising costs take the form of labor or food or any other expenses. Anything that helps restaurants operate more efficiently is a good thing and automation may or may not be the key to this, according to the St Louis Restaurant Equipment Installation Company near Ladue.  The main question is just that, can technology offset rising costs in labor?  That same article sited above, found in our research on behalf of your St Louis Restaurant Equipment Maintenance near Ladue, answers that question with a question.  “Like most everyone else in the industry, though, I would like to have a better idea about the impact a higher minimum wage will have on restaurants over the long-term.”

Cold Adult Beverages at Home With Keurig

hot and coldYour St Louis Heating and Cooling near Edwardsville IL is a multifaceted service company that handles the sales, service and installation of a multitude of products in a wide range of categories.  Beverage Systems in St Louis is one category of products in which they are greatly involved.  So, as your St Louis Cooling Company writers, and on their behalf, we are covering this topic today.  In the news, we found one of the latest pieces of information regarding these beverage systems and it is the evolution of something totally new.

“Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., a business unit of JAB Holding Co., and Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) have entered into a joint venture to research and develop an in-home alcohol drink system, AB InBev said. The partnership will focus on North America.”  The idea is to deliver alcoholic beverages through the Keurig method at home.  “The new system will utilize AB InBev’s brewing and packaging technology, the company said, as well as build on Keurig Green Mountain’s Keurig Kold technology. The Keurig Kold system, an in-home, single-serve cold beverage platform, was launched in fall 2015 and discontinued last June. The company alluded to repurposing its Keurig Kold technology when it announced the system’s discontinuation.”  It is often true, as we know at your St Louis Cooling Installation near Edwardsville, that things may flop for one application and then succeed as another.

They will combine forces, we learned in our research on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Sales near Edwardsville and the joint venture employees will come from the current AB InBev and Keurig teams and will be located in facilities in Massachusetts and Vermont. “We are excited to partner with AB InBev to develop a new system for the adult beverage category,” said Bob Gamgort, chief executive officer of Keurig. “We look forward to combining our capabilities and technologies to deliver innovation for consumers.”

New Yogurt Developments

yogurtWe write several times a month on behalf of your St Louis heating and cooling company near Wentzville and we strive to find the hottest topics that may be of interest to our readers.  Given that we do much in the way of service, installation and sales of restaurant equipment as well as HVAC maintenance and such, we are always looking most closely at subjects in one or more of these fields.  Today, we spun the wheel and landed on yogurt.

A press release out of Kansas City, MO says the following, “The growing popularity of yogurt as a better-for-you snack option has cultured innovation in the space, from clean label options to decadent flavors to topped varieties.”  Clean ingredients are the primary focus for all of us these days, and so, it is in our St Louis Heating near Wentzville MO research that we find this to be the case in DanoneWave’s latest release of product.”Clean ingredients are the highlight of DanoneWave’s new yogurt offerings: Dannon Light & Fit Greek Nonfat Yogurt with Zero Artificial Sweeteners and Dannon Light & Fit Regular Nonfat Yogurt with Zero Artificial Sweeteners. The yogurts are sweetened with stevia leaf extract and cane sugar and contain no artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors or preservatives.”

We are told that these new offerings from Light & Fit are another way the company is helping to provide consumers with the nutritious food choices they are asking for, according to Flavia Galvao, senior marketing director for Light & Fit. “We’re now offering yogurt fans the same nonfat, creamy, smooth and flavorful products they’ve come to know and seek out, minus the artificial ingredients, so those looking for a smart-calorie solution with a lot of nutrition and no artificial sweeteners can snack mindfully and deliciously.”  Try them out and see what you think.

Automation in Refrigeration and Restaurant Held Up

robot waiterYour Refrigeration Sales and Service in St Louis is continuing the conversation that was started on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Installation near O Fallon MO regarding the potential automation of the restaurant industry.  In a world where restaurant staff is getting paid more and more with minimum wage increases, it is forecast to be just a matter of time before it is less expensive to stock the St Louis Restaurants with automation rather than human workers.  So, what else, besides cost, is a factor in the delay of such a movement?  We set out to answer this and other questions surrounding the subject on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Sales near O Fallon MO.

“Technology, in this case automation, represents a very alluring option to help offset rising labor costs for a variety of reasons. It’s new. It’s different. It helps create that wow factor that guests love and positions a business as being leading edge. But it’s also important to realize that developing and implementing automation comes with a cost.”  Although running such an environment may indeed be more cost effective over time, the initial set up expenses are likely extreme and may be out of the restaurant’s budget as initial costs.

Also, other customer-driven forces continue to work against automation. Chief among these factors is providing guests the ability to customize their orders.  This would be impossible in a machine driven environment, unless controlled by some human touch, either employee or consumer one.  On behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Sales, we found one other point worth mentioning, “Oftentimes, automation favors repeating the same task time and again with very little variation. This remains in stark contrast to what today’s food service customer expects. So, for automation to be successful in a food service application it must be elastic enough to provide flexibility and variety to guests.”  This may still be on the eventual horizon, but could also be one reason for the hold up.