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Drinks and Lighting Effect Warmth and Heat

Drinks and Lighting Effect Warmth and Heat

warm teaThis is our third and final post on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling Business near Webster Groves, regarding the creative and fun ways in which you can temporarily warm your home when the furnace decides to stop.  We have visited things like dance parties and oven usage, also closing off certain parts of the house and putting everyone in one room together.  Also useful are incandescent bulbs to light a room.  They actually generate a lot more heat than compact or LED bulbs do.

On the same subject of light, you can move to candles and realize that if you don’t have incandescent bulbs, these are also heat generating, according to our recent research on behalf of your St Louis Heating Installation near Webster Groves.  “If you don’t have incandescent bulbs, try candles. The flames can actually produce heat in the room. Of course, never leave them unattended. Candles are also a cheap alternative to purchasing bulbs or space heaters.” Though, technically, space heaters are going to be way more effective than candles and cover a larger area when they heat.

You can also drink warm drinks.  This will often warm your body and relax your brain.  You can make a cup of coffee or tea or sip some warm soup broth. When your heater goes out and you are waiting on someone to arrive to fix the problem, such as your Heating service in St Louis near Webster Groves, you may also want to bundle up, or dress the part so to speak.  “Make sure you put on some warm socks. Keep a fitted underlayer of clothes on and an insulating outer layer. Tights and leggings and of course long underwear are great options for underlayers. Wear a hat, a scarf, your slippers, and a jacket.”

Efficient Cooling In St Louis MO

Efficient Cooling In St Louis MO

fanIn our previous post here on behalf of your St Louis heating and cooling installation and sales near Bridgeton MO, we mentioned that there exists many small pieces of advice that can really reduce your cooling costs in St Louis.  We neglected, however, to get into the nitty gritty and so we will do that here.  “Reduce the cooling load by employing cost-effective conservation measures. Provide effective shade for east and west windows. When possible, delay heat-generating activities such as dishwashing until evening on hot days.”

In addition to the above advice, our research on behalf of your Cooling Maintenance and Repair in St Louis near Bridgeton also uncovered the following pointers for maintaining the most efficient cooling methods as home:  Over most of the cooling season, keep the house closed tight during the day. Don’t let in unwanted heat and humidity. Ventilate at night either naturally or with fans.  You can usually get rid of unwanted heat by way of proper ventilation at the right times and at the proper temps (no more than 77 F).

According to our Cooling experts in St Louis near Bridgeton, you will want to consider window fans also used at the proper times and temperatures.  “Window fans for ventilation are a good option if used properly. They should be located on the downwind side of the house facing out. A window should be open in each room. Interior doors must remain open to allow air flow.”  Ceiling fans are another great tool for efficient cooling measures in your St Louis home near Bridgeton MO.  These are used at higher temp settings.  “Use ceiling fans to increase comfort levels at higher thermostat settings. The standard human comfort range for light clothing in the summer is between 72 F and 78 F. To extend the comfort range to 82 F, you need a breeze of about 2.5 ft/sec or 1.7 mph. A slow-turning ceiling-mounted paddle fan can easily provide this air flow.

Dance For Heat

Dance For Heat

danceIn the previous post, here, on behalf of your Heating Sales and Service in St Louis near Chesterfield, we have been chatting about what to do if your furnace goes kaput in the middle of the winter.  Assuming you are unable to have it repaired or replaced in the immediate future, you will need some strategies to temporarily brave the cold.  Blocking off a small space, preferably a room is the best way to start.   You will want to pile all bodies in this space, human and otherwise.

One article suggested, when doing our research on behalf of your Heating Maintenance in St Louis near Chesterfield that you should have a dance party.  “This works well if you have young children. The more movement generated in the room, the more heat is given off. Be sure to put away breakable things before you jig. If dancing isn’t your thing, try some light exercises to get the blood flowing and the room warm. From yoga to jumping jacks, any movement will work.”

There are a few other small yet worthwhile ideas we came up with in researching our subject of heating a space with no furnace temporarily when composing our article on the subject on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling install near Chesterfield MO.  “Bake a pie or cook a stew. The oven and range generate a lot of heat. And the lovely smell of a tasty treat will be sure to warm hearts throughout the home. You can cook and heat at the same time, but using the oven solely as a heater is dangerous and should be avoided.”  Also, for those who have areas with no carpet, you will want to find a rug or non-slip blanket or even a towel to warm your feet with and to warm the room by preventing the escape of heat.  Ultimately, you will want to get your furnace fixed, but these are great (and in some cases, fun) ways to solve the problem in the immediate here and now.

Gain Control of Food Waste in Your Commercial Kitchen

Gain Control of Food Waste in Your Commercial Kitchen

food wasteWe have been discussing food waste lately, on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration install and repair since we represent so many commercial kitchens in the St Louis area and since it is a topic that restaurant consumers have most definitely proved passionate over.  We finished the previous post just before going into details about a food waste audit.  What is a Food Waste Audit?

“The first step to reducing waste is to find out how much you’re wasting to begin with and what kind of waste your establishment is producing. The primary goal of a waste audit is to identify where your operation’s waste comes from, so you can then find ways to reduce it.”  How does one go about counting or tracking the food waste they produce?  We set out to answer this and other questions surrounding the subject of food waste in your St Louis restaurant refrigeration near O Fallon MO. “There are two main factors to take into account as you track your food waste. You need to consider how much food is being wasted and how many people are coming through your restaurant. By gathering data for both of these variables, you can get a better sense of what your biggest source of waste is.”

Start by gathering ways to track or log your food waste.  By providing your staff with a simple sheet of paper where they can keep track of what’s being thrown out, why it’s being thrown out, and how much is wasted, you will be on the right track from the start.  We wanted to dig a little deeper, though, on behalf of your Refrigeration Sales and Service in St Louis near O’Fallon MO, so we read and researched a bit more to find that there is an alternative to what could be unrealistically cumbersome for your staff.   “As an alternative, there are waste tracking systems like LeanPath that use a specially designed scale with touch screen terminal and computer software to track how much food you’re throwing out without the hassle of a pencil and paper.”  Either road you choose, this is the beginning of a food waste audit and ultimately gaining control and making the most of food waste in your St Louis Restaurant near O’Fallon.

Tips Coming Up For Efficient Cooling

Tips Coming Up For Efficient Cooling

energy efficiencyWhen you are trying to figure out what you can do to cool your home in the least expensive ways possible, you would be wise to do a little research online for new ways to get the job done.  We, on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Installation near Maryland Heights, have done some of the research for you and will share it here and in the next couple posts to follow.  “Puzzling out how to keep your house as cool as possible during these hot summer months? Trying to remember the conventional wisdom but not quite sure how it goes? Those window fans, for example, should they be placed to draw air in or out? Upwind or downwind of the dwelling? And what about windows, shades, and awnings? Are windows on the North side of the house better left closed or open during the day? Are awnings better than shades?”

The above list are some of the questions we found tackled online and plan to report the answers to you on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Sales and Service near Maryland Heights MO.  Efficiency is definitely a goal for all and it becomes a seasonal concern as things heat up over the United States in the summer months.  I am sure that the more efficient our systems can get, the more affordable and the better the quality of life.

“Turning to Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings by Alex Wilson, Jennifer Thorne, and John Morrill of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has provided a wealth of answers to just these questions and more. I’ve compiled 23 tricks about how to keep a house cool to reduce the need for air conditioning from this book, as well as a few from The Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook. These tips are really useful.”  We want to share some of them here and will do so in the upcoming posts from your St Louis Cooling Repair near Maryland Heights MO.

Unconventional Ways to Heat Your Space

Unconventional Ways to Heat Your Space

bundled upIn the frigid outdoor temperatures that are commonplace this time of year, it is good to know that you are not the only one who worries about the possibility of your furnace going out at a moment’s notice.  “Imagine: it’s a cold winter day, you’ve been out shopping, and you’re eagerly thinking about going home to prop up your feet and enjoy a warm sofa and your favorite show. You open the door and it’s strangely cold inside.”  Or worse than that, you awake in the middle of the night with a super cold tip-of-your-nose, realizing shortly thereafter that your furnace has decided to give out in the middle of your slumber and you awake to an igloo.

On behalf of your Heating Service in St Louis MO near Kirkwood, we are visiting the nasty subject of furnace issues in the dead of winter and what to do about them.  Back to the above scenario, after a quick inspection, you see that your furnace has gone out. You decide to call an HVAC technician and are told the sad news that they won’t be available until the next day.  What will you do to stay warm in the meantime?

According to many articles we found on the subject, your St Louis Heating install near Kirkwood MO recommends shutting off your space and keeping it secluded from other areas of the house.  “Pick a room that is small and has most of what you need. Put pillows, blankets, books, and any other entertainment you might want in there. Now, shut all other doors. If there are doorways, use other blankets, sheets, towels, etc. to seal off the room and keep the heat in with you.”  When you are doing it this way, according to your St Louis Heating Sales near Kirkwood, you would be wisest to pick the smallest room with the lowest ceilings.  This will prevent the heat from drifting up or away from the small space you have created.  Once you have your space designated, fill it with people and pets.  “Family members and pets will all generate body heat and warm the room.”

Food Waste Management at Your Favorite Restaurant

Food Waste Management at Your Favorite Restaurant

food wasteWhen you hear something about being wasteful, especially with food, our ears typically perk up.  It’s true, people seem to care about the need to exhibit the proper diligence when it comes to showing good conscience by doing all they can to prevent waste.  On behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration sales and service near Collinsville IL, we are taking time to discuss this in more details, the idea of food waste in a commercial kitchen, that is.

It is good news that we report in terms of modern times.  In fact, 2017 was an especially momentous year of change, with all sorts of innovations in equipment, service, food, and technology that have reverberated all around the world, and we expect that 2018 will also bring a lot of change. After researching all the forecasted developments in restaurant equipment, service, food, and even technology, we look forward to a 2018 filled with delicious cuisines and intelligent creations!”  But, what about the waste associated with the above success?  We set out to answer this question here and in the upcoming posts to follow on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration and Restaurant Equipment sales.

As stated earlier, “This is something your customers care about, as demonstrated by food waste statistics. A study by Unilever, revealed that 72% of U.S. diners said that they care about how food waste is handled. 47% are concerned enough that they would be willing to spend more money to eat at a place that actively tries to reduce its food waste production. This makes it all the more important to find ways of reducing food waste in America.”  We read about something known as a food waste audit that could help with the issue, according to your Refrigeration installation in St Louis near Collinsville IL.  We look forward to elaborating on this subject in the next post here on your Commercial Refrigeration sales and service behalf.

Heat Pump Particulars in HVAC

Heat Pump Particulars in HVAC

heat pumpWe enjoy the efforts we put forth on behalf of your HVAC installation and repair in St Louis near Overland MO.  One of the best aspects of this job is to learn more about interesting topics and pass along what we discover to others.  Today, we are looking closer and the H in HVAC, which as most of you probably know, stands for heating.  Heat pump seemed interesting, so we first researched the details surrounding those.

There are two main types of heat pumps used in residential and commercial applications: air-source heat pumps (by far the most common) and ground-source (or geothermal) heat pumps. Did you know that a heat pump works like an air conditioner in the cooling cycle?  Then, when it is in the heating cycle, it simply does the reverse, working to cool the outside while venting heat to the inside. A major difference in the two mentioned above, was found during our research on behalf of your HVAC sales in St Louis near Overland, as follows, “Ground-source heat pumps transfer heat through earth or water, whereas air-source heat pumps do so via air. Because heat pumps simply move heat around rather than creating heat, they can be a very efficient method of space conditioning, especially in moderate climates.”

What lets us know the efficacy of a heat pump?  Well, this would be best measured in efficiency compared to yield.  “Heat pump efficiency is rated using two metrics: SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is used to rate the performance when the unit is acting as an air conditioner; HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) is used to rate the performance when the unit is in heating mode.” In our research, we learned, on behalf of your St Louis HVAC sales, that there is much to be known about efficiency and many ways to dive deeper online.  For now, the above rating system is all we uncovered for time’s sake.  Stay tuned to this site for more posts on heat pumps and more discussion about their efficiency and other surrounding details.

Food Waste in Today’s Restaurants

Food Waste in Today’s Restaurants

food wasteIn the restaurant industry, according to your St Louis Restaurant Equipment sales and service near Jefferson County, we know that there exists trends to stay on top of and on behalf of your St Louis Restaurant Equipment Installation near Jefferson County, we want to bring you some of the latest.  “Just like in any art form, trends in the culinary world are constantly shifting to reflect the ever-changing interests and needs of people. Keeping up with these trends is important to restaurant owners, chefs, and really anyone working in the foodservice industry.”

The past few years have marked significant change within the foodservice industry as the food culture shifts towards higher quality food and expediency, along with one major change that correlates with overall awareness on the part of the general population and that is a way to minimize food waste in the restaurant industry.  According to your St Louis Restaurant Equipment Sales near Jefferson County, this is a true movement that most all new restaurants are taking quite seriously.

Running a foodservice operation of any sort requires a lot of thinking and planning ahead. “You have to order ingredients on time, balance your finances, and manage your staff amidst a world of other concerns. As important as it is to consider what food you’re making, it’s equally important to think about what happens to food that’s left uneaten.” According to Feeding America, America produces an estimated 70 billion tons of food waste each year.  This is such an elaborate subject on which to write that we thought it best to split the discussion into multiple posts.  Here, we identify the problem on behalf of your St Louis Restaurant Equipment maintenance near Jefferson County and in the next post we will talk about solutions to the food waste problem that faces so many restaurants today.