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Elaborating Further on Heat Pumps and Central AC

Elaborating Further on Heat Pumps and Central AC

defineMoving onto the second phase of description we are planning on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling installation near Fenton MO, we still have much to explain about your cooling system in your home.  Your air conditioner, to be precise, and though we told you the basics when it comes to the system and how it uses energy to remove actual heat from your space, unfortunately, it isn’t quite that simple.  The process gets quite a bit more complicated with all the controls and valves involved, its effect it rather amazing.  “An air conditioner takes heat from a cooler place and dumps it in a warmer place, seemingly working against the laws of physics. What drives the process, of course, is electricity — quite a lot of it, in fact.”

Our first type of cooling system to discuss, namely because it is the most common, are the central air conditioners and heat pumps designed to cool the entire house. “In each system, a large compressor unit located outside drives the process; an indoor coil filled with refrigerant cools air that is then distributed throughout the house via ducts.”  Heat pumps are then like central air conditioners with the exception of the cycle direction variations.   “Heat pumps are like central air conditioners, except that the cycle can be reversed and used for heating during the winter months.”  We will go into more details on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling sales near Fenton, in regards to heat pumps below.

With a central air conditioner, the same duct system is used with a furnace for forced warm-air heating. In fact, the central air conditioner typically uses the furnace fan to distribute air to the ducts, so there is an overlap and therefore efficiency existent in the system by its simple nature.  Central air conditioners and air source heat pumps in their cooling mode of operation are rated according to their efficiency in the seasons.  We will break down these details in the next couple posts here, on behalf of your Heating sales in St Louis near Fenton MO.

Safety Measures in Portable Heating

Safety Measures in Portable Heating

combustion heaterCombustion and space heaters both do the job, but one is safe by design and the other needs very specific things in place in order to be used for heating your space, according to the reading and research we have been doing this week on behalf of your St Louis Heating Installation Company near Clayton MO.  When it comes to the least safe of the two, combustion, you can actually make it a safe way to bring warmth to your room if you vent it to the outside first.  In fact, you will likely have no other choice if this is the style you choose.  “…if they are not effectively vented to the outside. According to the DOE, most states have banned the use of kerosene heaters in the home, and a handful of states have also banned the use of unvented natural gas heaters.”

It is true, according to that which we read for the heating installation specialists in St Louis, that vented combustion heaters are safer, but since those are designed to be used in a permanent location next to an exterior wall (to allow for a vent to the outside), they are not exactly portable and don’t meet some of the needs being sought after in the heating community.

Moving, then back to space heaters, you regain portability here, but make no mistake, these devices are not inherently safe without certain considerations and actions being taken.  “However, while there’s no carbon monoxide risk, electric space heaters still can be a safety hazard if used improperly. The best space heaters are designed to minimize those risks, and we recommend only buying a space heater that carries UL (Underwriters Laboratory) or similar certification, indicating that it meets current safety standards.”  Also, according to your St Louis Heating Repair near Clayton MO, you will want to find a portable heater with an overheat sensor that will completely shut the heater down if the temp gets too high.  Also, a switch that will shut it down in the event that it falls over, is a great safety measure too.

Cooling Conjugations Begin

Cooling Conjugations Begin

definitionIn the world of heating and cooling, we like to stay abreast of the latest news and information, but sometimes we need to remember to take a step back and offer some basics for those following on behalf of your Cooling Sales in St Louis near Maryland Heights MO.  After all, revisiting some of the basics can earn people’s interest for future discussions on the higher level technology and latest news.  If we don’t take the time, for example, to educate you on the different types of cooling on today’s market, then discussing the nitty gritty will likely go right over your head.  So, let us begin, today, with the different types of air conditioning.

We will begin with a basic, yet essential definition of cooling.  “Air conditioning, or cooling, is more complicated than heating. Instead of using energy to create heat, air conditioners use energy to take heat away. The most common air conditioning system uses a compressor cycle (similar to the one used by your refrigerator) to transfer heat from your house to the outdoors.”

If you imagine that your house is a refrigerator, then you can get a good idea for starters.  “Picture your house as a refrigerator. There is a compressor on the outside filled with a special fluid called a refrigerant. This fluid can change back and forth between liquid and gas. As it changes, it absorbs or releases heat, so it is used to ‘carry’ heat from one place to another, such as from the inside of the refrigerator to the outside.”  This is a rather simple way to begin in your line of thinking, but it is a bit more complex that that really.  If you follow this and the next several posts, we will attempt to dive into much more detail in an effort to explain the different St Louis Cooling systems near Maryland Heights MO.

Safe Heating Practices

Safe Heating Practices

space heaterWriting on behalf of your heating installation in St Louis near Hazlewood MO, we find that there are plenty of hot topics upon which to focus.  One question on many people’s tongues is whether or not space heaters are safe.  They have been made to be safer over the years, of this we are sure, but we set out to get some more details surrounding the evolution of and resulting state of the space heater.

“Every winter, we hear of at least some space-heater related accidents, sometimes with tragic results. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and based on statistics compiled from 2009 to 2013, 40 percent of home heating fires and 84 percent of home heating fire deaths involve either stationary or portable space heaters.”  But, we discovered in our research on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling near Hazelwood MO, that through careful selection and proper usage, you can find several space heaters that can be used quite safely, both in your home and office environment.

The above statements can really only be applied to those heating their space with portable electric space heaters, which, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), are the only type of unvented heater that’s safe for use inside the home. When considering combustion space heaters, remember that they work by burning fuel, be it kerosene, gas, wood, etc., which results in having the byproducts of combustion, including carbon monoxide, enter your home.  Therefore this style of heat has to be vented to the outside for total safety in the home or work space.  If we swing back to the portable electric heaters about which we first began our discussion, you have to consider that there are still safe parameters under which to use these heaters as well.  We will discuss these suggestions in the next post on behalf of your St Louis Heating Maintenance near Hazelwood MO.

Programmable Thermostats and System Restrictions

Programmable Thermostats and System Restrictions

thermostatIn an attempt to bring you the latest in the area of refrigeration in St Louis MO near St Peters, we stumble, at times, upon new information that we hope you may conclude is helpful, or at least somewhat entertaining.  Today, on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Sales, we bring you information on programmable thermostats. They aren’t new themselves.  “Programmable thermostats were first certified by Energy Star in 1995; however, they were removed from the government-backed program in 2009 because, on their own without proper programming, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) disqualified them as energy-saving products.” However, the use of them is still not widespread and is actually far from it.  Only about 12% of those with a central air system in the home are using programmable thermostats.  On behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Install near St Peters, we set out to discover why.

Also interesting is the fact that of those 12%,  only approximately 1/3 are actually using the thermostat as intended, by programming temperatures.  “But, even for those households using central air conditioning that have programmable thermostats, more than two-thirds of those households control temperatures without actually programming the thermostat.”

In 2017, are contractors having success selling programmable thermostats? What are their customers’ thoughts on programmable thermostats? How are contractors making an effort to increase awareness and bolster sales?  The general consensus from experts in the field is that they programmable thermostats are a bit ahead of the industry.  Not to imply that the technology is over our heads, but the systems in place are not quite ready for what the programmable feature can do.  According to our research on St Louis Refrigeration Sales behalf, there are two major reasons that programmable thermostats haven’t taken off in popularity.  The first, and most important, is that air conditioning units are not designed to be programmed to a higher temperature when the home is not occupied.  “Air conditioning units are traditionally sized to operate essentially all of the time. If a thermostat is set up in temperature during the day and then programmed to be lower when the owners arrive home, in hot weather, the a/c unit cannot bring the temperature down to an acceptable level.”

Routine Maintenance Effects in HVAC

Routine Maintenance Effects in HVAC

routineWhen we gather our thoughts in an effort to bring you the most interesting and pertinent information in the HVAC field, we come away a little spun out at times, but not today.  The following several excerpts are covering St Louis HVAC sales near Florissant MO and the importance of efficiency in all systems alike.  Moreover, the point to drive home, is the fact that routine HVAC maintenance in St Louis is well worth the effort.

“Fewer than half of companies perform preventive or predictive maintenance on their building HVAC systems – even though studies show that good maintenance can cut HVAC energy costs while also extending equipment life, improving occupant comfort, and increasing uptime.”  Routine HVAC maintenance near Florissant MO can reduce HVAC energy costs by 5 to 40 percent depending on the system or equipment being maintained.  The heating and cooling industry has a name for the process of efficiency loss over time.  They call it energy performance degradation and routine maintenance is imperative in order to minimize this process in your St Louis HVAC system. “A variety of HVAC components need ongoing maintenance or energy performance degradation can occur.”

Regular scheduled maintenance of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can increase their efficiency, and a number of studies have quantified energy savings from maintenance, as well, so the only obvious answer, and the entire purpose of this particular post to explain, is to have your St Louis HVAC near Florissant MO routinely maintained by an expert as to minimize the energy performance degradation as much as possible.  You will see more in the way of specific suggestions in the maintenance if you read our next post on behalf of your HVAC maintenance company in St Louis MO.  Until then, understand that the facts are the facts in keeping your system working at its best.

Further Maintaining Your Commercial Restaurant Equipment

Further Maintaining Your Commercial Restaurant Equipment

cleanIn buying and later, owning, your own commercial kitchen, there are industrial pieces of restaurant equipment to handle in order to properly maintain your restaurant.  Reading the manual and filling out the warranty card are the two first recommendations to get on the road to proper routine restaurant equipment maintenance.  There are, however, other things worth considering in order to properly continue the care of your commercial kitchen in St Louis near Maryland Heights MO.

You will need to fill in all others who plan to use your Restaurant Equipment near Maryland Heights MO.  “Educate employees on the proper use of the equipment. – Misuse and abuse are among the leading causes of restaurant equipment malfunction, and most warranties will not cover repairs resulting from misuse. Teach employees how to properly use, clean and maintain your foodservice equipment to keep everything up and running and eliminate the amount of money you have to spend on non-warranty issues.”  Obviously, expecting them to treat your commercial restaurant equipment in St Louis MO with proper care would be a requirement of the job in many people’s opinions, so you may wish to consider this too.  It may be more expensive to deal with replacement equipment than it is to simply hire someone else who will comply and treat the commercial restaurant equipment in your kitchen with the respect you desire.

Keeping your St Louis Commercial Restaurant Equipment near Maryland Heights clean and passing along the importance of that to your kitchen staff as well.  “ Daily cleaning is perhaps the most important maintenance tip for restaurant equipment. Daily cleaning prevents dirt, grime and food scraps from building up and causing damage to the machine’s components. Having clean restaurant equipment is something health inspectors look for, too.”  There are a few other points that we will cover on behalf of your St Louis Restaurant Equipment sales and service near Maryland Heights in the upcoming articles.

Cooling Costs and Routine Maintenance Effects

Cooling Costs and Routine Maintenance Effects

hvac maintenanceIn sticking with our recent subject of HVAC upkeep as it relates to efficiency and overall heating and cooling system health, we are going to push forward, citing a handful of additional studies, and explaining in more detail all that it means to have a healthy HVAC system.  One particular study that we found on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Sales near Wentzville MO, had the following to offer, “The study included HVAC systems setpoints and schedules, economizer operation, ventilation controls and settings, and HVAC system efficiency and fan power (these last two variables were included as surrogates for adequate maintenance and balancing of the HVAC system).”

As a result of the above analysis, Portland Energy Conservation Inc. found that building operation and maintenance programs specifically designed to enhance the operating efficiency of HVAC and lighting systems decreased energy bills 5 to 20 percent in commercial buildings, without significant capital investment.  These findings are undeniable as energy efficiency and cost involved in heating and cooling are totally measurable, and therefore easy to study the effects had by maintenance on such results and numbers.

On behalf of your St Louis Cooling service near Wentzville MO, we bring you the conclusion that these results are real and the facts are of relative importance to anyone responsible for an HVAC system in St Louis or anywhere around the globe.  Another piece of supporting evidence is as follows:  The National Center for Energy Management and Building Technologies conducted 45 interviews with industry experts, and concluded that effective scheduled maintenance decreases energy bills 15 to 20 percent in commercial buildings.”  Found on behalf of your Heating and Cooling Maintenance near Wentzville, this tidbit reinforces that the facts are coming, not only from those in the energy realm, but also from the people in the trenches.  Take heart, if you want to fully optimize your savings and the effectiveness of your heating and cooling system in St Louis, call for routine maintenance and get on a regular schedule today.

Heating and Cooling Efficiency and Provable Facts

Heating and Cooling Efficiency and Provable Facts

factsIn your St Louis Heating and Cooling systems near Belleville IL, whether they involve your office and industrial environments, or your everyday home unit and system, the importance of routine maintenance to these heating and cooling units cannot be denied.  Plenty of studies have been conducted and research proves that the neglected system is the inefficient system.  Also true is that the neglected system is the one more prone to breakdown and future need for repairs.

The above references heating and cooling studies have been cconducted and fall into two main categories:

– Analysis of failures in individual HVAC components and the energy savings possible by correcting those failures.

– Whole-system estimates based on interviews with HVAC maintenance experts. Energy Performance and HVAC Component Maintenance

One conclusion written by a testing group goes like this, “HVAC systems have over 100 components, and many common component performance issues degrade energy performance.” They provide results in the form of information that summarizes studies of the potential energy savings from good maintenance on chiller components with the greatest energy impacts.

There exists, also, a few studies in which the whole-building energy savings from HVAC system maintenance has been analyzed.   In each instance, the validity and importance of routine Heating and Cooling maintenance in St Louis near Belleville IL, has been confirmed.  Bigger buildings are covered in the work as well.  “The New Buildings Institute found that best practices in building maintenance and operations reduce energy use 10 to 20 percent across all climate zones in the United States. In contrast, poor maintenance practices can increase energy use by 30 to 60 percent.”  The list of citations and proof is rather in depth, but we will take pause there and just let the facts be known.  If optimum efficiency in an HVAC system is the desire, then routine maintenance is a must, not really an option, but a definite requirement.  To what extent it will save you money is not precisely known, but the fact that it will create a heating and cooling environment that runs at optimal efficiency is a provable fact.

Doing It Yourself is Not Always Wise

Doing It Yourself is Not Always Wise

refrigeration serviceWhen you are working at proper maintenance and care for your commercial kitchen, then all that you do is for the greater good and attempt at keeping costs as low as possible.  You see, by properly maintaining and using your commercial Refrigeration products in St Louis near Webster Groves, you will help ensure the full life of these commercial refrigeration products is realized and therefore reduce or eliminate the need for unnecessary premature replacement.

Keeping your St Louis Commercial Refrigeration near Webster Groves clean is the first step to proper maintenance and life extension of your ice maker, ice machine, walk in cooler, walk in freezer, or any other refrigeration product in your commercial kitchen or restaurant.

Also, being aware of needed repairs as they crop up is another smart choice in refrigeration maintenance in St Louis.  “Replace broken or worn out parts. – Over time, parts just wear out and need to be replaced. If something appears worn out, better to replace the worn out part soon before it causes serious problems.”  You will want to be somewhat leery of do-it-yourself situations as well.  Often times those can backfire and cost you more time and money in hiring a professional to fix your attempt to correct the problem and also still address the original issue to begin with.  Her is how one online source puts it regarding restaurant equipment and refrigeration service near Webster Groves MO, “Be careful with do-it-yourself fixes. – One way to save money on restaurant equipment repairs is to simply fix it yourself. If the equipment is new, fixing things yourself may void the warranty, so be sure to read the warranty and know what you can and cannot do yourself. Even if the equipment is not under warranty, overly complex repairs should still be performed by an authorized service agent.”