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Not All Furnaces Are Created Equal

Not All Furnaces Are Created Equal

efficientIn an effort to finalize and summarize our recent series of posts on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling installation and sales near Fenton MO, we are here today to say that of all the ways in which you can stay abreast of technology that will save you money in the HVAC world, the one way, besides the last money saving technology is to make sure you understand not all systems are created equally.

There are some systems that are much better than others at running efficiently.  Here is what one set of writers has to say on the subject in an article we found on behalf of our research being done for your St Louis Heating and Cooling sales near Fenton, “Not all furnaces and air conditioners are created equally. Just like different cars have different gas mileage, different HVAC systems use different amounts of energy to heat or cool a home.”

You may be interested in knowing that heating efficiency is measured by the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rating (AFUE). It measures the amount of energy that is used by your furnace that is actually turned into heat. For example, an AFUE of 80 percent means that 80 percent of the energy a furnace uses is turned into heat and 20 percent of the energy is wasted, so obviously, the higher this number, the better.  If you buy a modern day furnace, or have done so in the recent past, then you should know that for furnaces manufactured after September 2015, the Department of Energy mandated a minimum AFUE of between 80 to 84 depending on the fuel type and whether the furnace is designed for a mobile home or permanent structure.  Beyond that, the numbers have to be displayed clearly on the package.  So, you likely have a more efficient furnace if it was purchased in the recent past. If you find yourself in need of a smarter heating solution in St Louis now or in the future, come visit your St Louis heating and cooling sales experts near Fenton today.

 

HVAC Technology That Saves You Money

HVAC Technology That Saves You Money

save moneyIn writing on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling Maintenance near Creve Coeur today, we have decided to hone in on features that have come about in the recent past thanks to the advancements in technology that exist in the HVAC world as well as other areas of the heating and cooling industry.  Technology in the St Louis Heating realm is not exactly the latest and hottest topic.  “You probably know all about the latest smartphones, tablets, and TVs as well as the newest updates in your favorite holidays. But, if someone asked you to name an improvement in HVAC technology in the last ten years for heating and cooling your home, there’s a good chance you wouldn’t be able to come up with anything.”

The above is true and may have much to do with our interests and what we find fun and exciting in the world of adult activities and toys, so to speak.  Let’s face it, the latest and greatest gadget like a phone or tablet can be way more appealing than a smart HVAC in St Louis.  The thing to remember, though, is the money saving potential at your fingertips with any new technology in the St Louis Heating Sales near Creve Coeur.

“However, if someone asked you if it’s better to know about things that cost you money or save you money, you’d probably pick saving money. With that in mind, take a few minutes to learn about the latest advances in HVAC technology that can slash your energy bills and open up room in your budget for those new gadgets.”  All of this talk is an intro, so to speak, into the world of what is known as smart thermostats.  Able to keep your heating and cooling bills at a minimum, these thermostats are the way to go for many home owners, especially in the long run.  Read our next post to find out more.

Variable Speed Blowers Offer Cooling Efficiency

Variable Speed Blowers Offer Cooling Efficiency

blowerBesides smart thermostats, which we have been discussing lately on behalf of your Heating and Cooling sales and installation near Edwardsville IL, we also know of many other cost saving elements available for consideration in your HVAC systems at home and at work.  Variable speed blowers is another aspect of HVAC technology that is well worth considering that will also save you money.

“One of the most common reasons people crank up their thermostats and let their energy bills rise is because they feel hot or cold when the HVAC system shuts off between cooling or heating cycles. Variable speed blowers help eliminate these temperature swings.”  A variable speed blower can help solve this problem by running at a much slower speed in the moments when the temperature has been met, in this way helping to maintain the heating or cooling temp desired for your comfort.

Here is how one article puts it online to help describe what a variable speed blower will offer you on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Sales near Edwardsville IL, “Instead of simply turning on and off, a variable speed blower runs at high speed when the home’s temperature needs to be changed and then slows down to a holding speed once the desired temperature is reached. This allows the thermostat to be set at a lower level and saves energy even though the overall running time may be longer.”  We began our discussions covering the point that so many of us sit on the edge of our seats, waiting for the arrival of the latest technology in the toy department of our electronics stores.  If it is a gadget of some sort, then it gains all sorts of attention, we then progressed into discussions about technology that saves, rather than costs you money.  Then we transitioned on behalf of your St Louis Cooling installation near Edwardsville, to cover the specifics of smart thermostats and variable speed blowers.  We will finish our series in the next post on efficiency that has been improved in the St Louis HVAC industry.

Heating Advice For Your Home

Heating Advice For Your Home

coldDepending on who lives in your house, it is true that every home full of people has its preference in temperature.  However, if you find the ideal temp, even if it is an average that can be calculated from everyone’s personal preference, and then setting it and leaving it there, is definitely not the most efficient way to go about heating your home in the winter, according to the research we recently did on behalf of your St Louis Heating Repair near University City MO.  “Every home has its temperature preference, but setting the thermostat to that temperature and never changing it isn’t helpful to your energy bills.”

You should, however, set your thermostats at that desired high temperature.  Then, once you and your family acclimate to the colder weather, lower the temperature in the home by one degree each week, according to the expert information we found online, this will gradually bring your heating bills down.  It is amazing that this one degree reduction can make a 1% cost difference in your energy bills.  This was verified by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Lowering the temperature further and preserving these lower temperatures for longer periods of time increases those savings, and you’ll probably never notice the difference with such a slow, gradual change, unless you are someone who is extra sensitive to temperature change, and some people are.  I am the one with the lowest tolerance for temperature variation in our house.  I can actually walk in and tell you the exact temp of the house without looking.  It just so happens, that I like things cool though, so I am able to keep the Heating bill low as a result of my preference.  Depending on the dynamics of your household and how they handle the heating and cooling of your space, you may wish to read further post here, where we go into more detailed tips on how to most effectively control the temperatures in your home, on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling Sales near University City MO.

On a Commercial Range Quest

On a Commercial Range Quest

commercial kitchenWhen on your range quest, in search of the perfect commercial range for your kitchen or restaurant in St Louis near South County, you will want to look at some of the feature options, then determine which ones will best serve you before deciding upon the commercial range you will buy.  On behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Sales and Service near South County MO, we have compiled lists and descriptions to help you with that task.

For starters, we have what are referred to as “Restaurant Ranges”.  They share the following traits and features:  They are designed to stand alone, available in a variety of widths in 12″ increments from 24″ to 72″; they typically have a gas connection that is usually in back.  These commercial ranges are usually lighter duty construction than a heavy duty range would be and yet they are still designed for busy commercial kitchens, just perhaps not best suited for restaurant use.  They are the most prevalent choice in new ranges in the industry, according to stats uncovered on behalf of your St Louis refrigeration sales near South County MO.  These restaurant ranges have burners that provide plenty of BTUs for most cooking tasks, they are less expensive than heavy duty ranges on average.

Heavy Duty ranges, according to the research we have done on behalf of your Commercial Refrigeration Sales in St Louis, are designed, first and foremost, to work with other ranges at the same time.  “Designed to be banked together ‘in battery’ with other ranges or pieces of equipment; gas connection is often on front or side to facilitate this.  These types are designed for heavy, high volume use; often thicker gauges of metal and more welded components exist here too.  You will definitely see even higher energy output per burner than you will on a restaurant range, but with any luck, you will still have low BTU settings for sauces and delicate things of that nature.  These ranges are more expensive that the others, per our research on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Installation near South County.

Smart Thermostats for Your Cooling Needs

Smart Thermostats for Your Cooling Needs

smart thermostatWe mentioned earlier that the real deal about technology and those of us who seem enthralled with it, are mostly interested in the fun stuff.  The technology behind the latest gadgets seems to get us every time.  But, what about the heating and cooling technology that can serve us by saving money on the HVAC cost for our home?  Shouldn’t we take heed to these new products and consider the investment rather than the entertainment that technology has to offer?  At your St Louis Heating and Cooling sales near Sunset Hills MO, we think that would be wise and will be chatting today about the smart thermostats that are available to help you save on your heating and cooling costs.

“These days, there’s an app for everything, and your heating and cooling systems are no exceptions. The fact that you can save money by using a programmable thermostat to turn down the thermostat when you’re at work or sleeping is old news. Today, your thermostat can think for you.”  Nowadays, with heating and cooling technology, according to our recent research on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Sales near Sunset Hills, you need to, instead of programming a set schedule, spend a bit of time few telling your thermostat when you wake up, leave, come back, and go to bed. After that, it will automatically adjust the temperature best suited for you based on the day of week, time, and outside temperature.  So, a smart thermostat basically.

Even better, so as to not come home to an uncomfortable environment, or worry about inconsistent schedules that some of you likely maintain, “You also don’t need to worry about coming home early to a hot house or forgetting to cancel the programming while you’re on vacation. Simply log on to your phone app from anywhere at any time to tell your thermostat where you are.”

Thermostat Settings to Ideally Heat Your Home

Thermostat Settings to Ideally Heat Your Home

bundled upOoh, Baby, it is definitely cold these days, both inside and out.  The decline in the temp has homeowners across the country pondering the question of ideal thermostat settings all around the globe.  We set out to assist in answering where one might need to see the thermostat in these frigid months, on behalf of your Heating and Cooling Installation in St Louis near Sunset Hills, we have compiled some details that may shed some light on the question.

Answering the question, like many other queries that exist out there, is not as simple as citing one specific temperature, especially as financial and energy usage concerns differ from one family and home to the next in one climate from the next.  There are some general recommendations, however, that we will cover here, when it comes to St Louis Heating sales near Sunset Hills, we want to let you know a range for ideal settings in the heating season.   If someone is at home in the daytime, 72° F (22° C) is a good start, but aim for 68° F (20° C).  If everyone is away from home in the daytime, or you’re asleep at night, we feel 66° F (19° C) to 62° F (17° C) is best. Personally, these temps thrill me as I am a penguin at heart.  My husband, on the other hand would have earmuffs and several layers of sweats on if this were the inside temp of our house, especially at night.

Remember, though, the following is true, “But instead of focusing a perfect number, you will benefit from establishing an energy-efficient winter heating strategy that will keep your home warm and your thermostat settings reasonable so you won’t face large energy bills.  We will pick up here in the next post on behalf of your St Louis Heating Repair near Sunset Hills, where we will talk strategies to employ in order to hopefully accomplish the above goals.

Commercial Ranges and Refrigerator Sales

Commercial Ranges and Refrigerator Sales

commercial rangeSo, you have decided to open your own commercial kitchen and now you realize it has come time to stock that kitchen with appliances.  On behalf of your Commercial Refrigeration Sales in St Louis near Edwardsville, we have decided to give it a whirl in helping you make some of these decisions in the most educated fashion possible.  Today, we will focus on the range in your commercial kitchen and will talk about many of the factors to consider on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Installation near Edwardsville.

“The range is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in a commercial kitchen, with the ability to fry, grill, broil, saute, boil, braise, simmer, warm and even bake!”  We came across a pretty helpful guide online when doing research on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Install and sales and we want to pass along some of the valuable tips to you in this and a few posts to follow.  You would be wise to begin with the understanding that there are several different types of ranges and within those types, you will have configuration and features from which to choose as well.  The two basic types of ranges that exist on today’s market are called:  “Restaurant Ranges” and “Heavy Duty Ranges”, which may also be called “Master Series” or “Modular” ranges. “Restaurant Ranges are the most common type, and are designed with ease of use and durability in mind.

Heavy Duty ranges are designed for higher volume usage, and boast more durable construction, and often are available with more features and options.”  Deciding what works best to fill your needs is pretty simple once you have a clear picture of their capabilities.  If you continue to follow us here, we will do our best to illuminate these capabilities and give you a clear picture of all that you need to see in commercial ranges, on behalf of your Commercial Refrigeration Sales and Service in St Louis MO.

Furnace Ignitor Issues

Furnace Ignitor Issues

HVACThis time of year is rather frigid where we live, as is the case for many others in the middle of January and so HVAC functioning is pretty important for comfort and safety of your family and home as temps drop to the single digits and in the negative numbers some places.  There are some people brave, or experienced enough to troubleshoot and fix their furnace woes, but when our shot craps last night, we hired a professional like those at your St Louis HVAC Repair near Clayton MO.

Turns out our issue was the ignitor and so we will spend a little time in this post and the next one talking about repairing an HVAC ignitor and how much professionals may charge and what you can do to attempt to handle it yourself, if that is indeed your choice.  “Most furnaces fail to operate when the gas furnace ignitor is broken. A gas furnace ignitor is what lights the gas, which is necessary for heat supply. Most furnaces installed in buildings have a flame sensor and an ignitor. If the ignitor fails, the flame sensor will not work. Consequently, the gas supply will be automatically cut off, and the furnace will be shut down. Problems with a gas furnace ignitor can be fixed using simple techniques. However, if the ignitor does not work at all, it will have to be replaced.”

Tackling this yourself, rather than hiring someone from your St Louis HVAC maintenance and repair near Clayton, could backfire, but for those who wish to try, you will want to begin by turning the power off on the furnace. You will need to check the pilot light, and see if it lights properly. The light may go out repeatedly or may not work at all in some cases. This may indicate a problem with the thermocouple of your furnace.  At this point, it would be wise to call in a professional from someplace like your St Louis HVAC repair and sales near Clayton.  If not, you can keep on moving ahead and check out our next couple posts on what we would recommend if you so choose.

Range Options For Your Restaurant Equipment

Range Options For Your Restaurant Equipment

commercial rangeWhen it comes to buying restaurant equipment, you will have several different appliances to purchase for your new business venture and knowing just where to start can be a tad bit stressful to say the least.  It is best, probably, to seek out some professional assistance in the form of advice and product reviews before you set out on the venture of St Louis Restaurant Equipment Sales near Fenton MO.

Here is the first bit of information we found on behalf of your St Louis Restaurant Equipment near Fenton.  “The range is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in a commercial kitchen, with the ability to fry, grill, broil, saute, boil, braise, simmer, warm and even bake! Whether you are opening a new restaurant and are considering the purchase of a range, or looking to replace the one you currently have, this handy guide will walk you through the most important purchasing considerations to help you select the best product for your needs!”  We found this guide to be rather helpful and so we will use it here throughout our writing, on behalf of your St Louis Restaurant Equipment Repair near Fenton.

There are two basic types of ranges in the industry and are usually referred to as “Restaurant Ranges” and “Heavy Duty Ranges”, which may also be called “Master Series” or “Modular” ranges. Restaurant Ranges are the most common type between the two and are focused on ease of use and durability when they are being designed.  On the other end, the heavy duty ranges are more designed for higher volume uses and so, depending on your needs, you may be better off with one of these types in a restaurant environment.  “Heavy Duty ranges are designed for higher volume usage, and boast more durable construction, and often are available with more features and options.”  We will elaborate further in the next post, here, on behalf of your Restaurant equipment sales and service in St Louis MO.