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Alternates to Central AC Cooling That Actually Work

Alternates to Central AC Cooling That Actually Work

portable acMoving past the whole house fan option that we discussed in details in our previous two posts, we are going to look closer at other cooling options, on behalf of your St Louis Cooling sales near Collinsville IL, for those who either cannot get or do not choose to have a central air conditioner.

Portable air conditioners are what we will glance at first and they are actually similar to window units in operation. They sit on the floor (usually on casters) and use an adapter kit to vent the hot air through a hose running through a window, a wall, or a sliding glass door.  Some of the advantages we found in using these units to cool your space are as follows:  They’re easy to install and use and you can move them from room to room.  They come plagued with costly disadvantages, however, that we were able to uncover in our research on behalf of your Commercial Cooling Repair in St Louis near Collinsville.  The disadvantage list is as follows:  They’re almost twice as expensive and use more energy than a similar-size window unit with the same cooling capacity.  At this time, there are no Energy Star–qualified portable room air conditioners.  Portable air conditioners usually range in price from $300 to $1,500 depending on the size, features, and efficiency.

There are mini-split systems to consider according to our findings on behalf of your St Louis Industrial Cooling Sales near Collinsville.  “Long popular in Europe and Japan, a mini-split system air conditioner (sometimes called ductless AC), is a hybrid of central air and a window unit. A small condenser sits outside and connects through a conduit to an inside evaporator mounted high on the wall or ceiling.”  The advantages here are the silent operation they provide.  The condenser is outside, so you won’t hear the noisy portion at all.  The indoor fan is ultra-quiet.  Also, this system can be mounted virtually anywhere since its components are so small.  We have more details we could share, that we uncovered in our St Louis Cooling Service research, but this will at least give you some of the basics and a clear understanding that there are definitely alternate ways to cooling your space, aside from the central AC we all know and love.

Heating Timeline Throughout History

Heating Timeline Throughout History

heatingNow we jump into AD times in our recap of heating history on behalf of your St Louis Heating installation and service near Chesterfield MO.  AD 400: After the fall of the Roman Empire, heating methods reverted to more primitive-style fireplaces, according to research online.  Then, in AD 800, stoves made of clay made their first appearance which definitely added to the heating ability inside of homes, according to our St Louis Heating Repair near Chesterfield MO.

Now we jump into Europe in AD 1200, when Cistercian monks in Christian Europe revive central heating using river diversion and wood-burning furnaces. The first chimneys also appear at this time which is a huge historical development since they would go on to be used in homes up to modern day residences.  Two hundred years later, in AD 1400, masonry stoves appear and become common by the 1500s, which is also when chimneys become more refined.

We jump to France in our research on heating history on behalf of your St Louis Heating Sales near Chesterfield and land in AD 1624 when Louis Savot of France invents the circulating fireplace with the creation of a raised grate that promoted airflow.  This becomes strikingly similar in some ways to today’s ventilation portion of HVAC in St Louis near Chesterfield MO.  In the early 1700s, individuals in England use combustion air from an outside duct. “Around the same time, Russia’s Peter the Great enjoyed the earliest hot water, air-heating systems in his Summer Palace.”  Jumping to the US, Benjamin Franklin plays a role with the Franklin Stove which added an element of efficiency where it was lacking before.  We will turn our sights to cooling going forward, on behalf of your Heating Sales in St Louis MO.

Whole House Fans For Efficient Cooling

Whole House Fans For Efficient Cooling

fanIn the previous post here, on behalf of your Commercial Cooling Installation in St Louis near Ballwin, we talked about how there definitely exist alternative ways in which to cool your home or office space that do not require a central AC.  We began by covering a whole-house fan that is making a comeback, recalling the energy savings of upwards of 90%.  Besides the potential for monetary savings, you can typically have one installed with ease as well.  According to one article online, “With a helper and basic tools, you can install a whole-house fan in a weekend.”  There are some disadvantages as well, however.  “They can’t cool inside temps any lower than outside temps and they can’t dehumidify. They can make allergies worse. Whole-house fans draw in outdoor pollen and dust.”

You can get better results from larger style fans, according to our research on behalf of your St Louis Commercial Cooling Sales near Ballwin MO, since they will move the air more quickly.  However, you will pay  more to buy a larger one and also face greater charges in order to have it installed.  “They also require significant attic ventilation and make more noise than smaller attic fans.”

It would make the most sense, in order to get the most optimal results, that you match the fan size to your floor plan, cooling needs and available attic ventilation. Call your local utility and check energystar.gov to see which models, if any, qualify for local rebates.  Still, all and all, fans are not a bad option to cool your home, especially in the ideal environment.  In climates that are dry where distribution of air flow can actually “cool” your space, an attic, whole-house fan, can be the most effective and save you the most money over traditional ways of cooling.

Heating in Primitive Homes

Heating in Primitive Homes

cavemanIn an effort to bring you the latest and most interesting information regarding historical data and techniques surrounding heating in the world, long before we had the modern day technology, we are starting at 1,900,000 BC when humans began using fire to cook food. According to our St Louis Heating sales and repair research, the following is true, “Archaeologists believe that humans may have used fire in a controlled fashion around this time, but evidence of such only dates back to about 100,000 years ago. In the oldest arrangements discovered, humans created central fires in homes that had openings in the roof for smoke to escape.”

We now look on behalf of your St Louis Heating Sales near Wentzville MO, that around 42000 BC, the following is true, “Neanderthals in the modern day Ukraine build hearths using mammoth bones.”  Then in 7500 to 5700 BC: Neolithic Çatalhöyük settlements in Turkey use open hearths in homes and buildings, according to the St Louis Heating sales near Wentzville MO.  Then, Romanian settlers use braziers to heat homes and this is a huge stride in the world of heating in St Louis near Wentzville and also a very interesting turn in history.

Moving right along, in 2500 BC, we find the Greeks in ancient Rome developing central heating using radiant heat. “In the excavated Temple of Ephesus, archaeologists discovered flues in the ground that circulated heat produced by a fire.” There is also evidence that the Roman Empire used central heating systems, believe it or not, as some buildings, baths, and upper-class homes had hypocaust furnaces that heated empty spaces under floors that connected to pipes in the walls—the first form of radiant heating. Different cultures also developed similar furnaces, which became more efficient with time as we read in our history research for the St Louis Heating Repair near Wentzville.  Stay tuned for more information regarding the timeline of Heating in St Louis.

HVAC Take Two

HVAC Take Two

take twoIs your HVAC system a heat pump?  If so, we have information to share with you, on behalf of your St Louis HVAC Sales and Repair near Fenton MO.  The deal is that if your HVAC system is a heat pump, it won’t have a separate furnace. Dave Moody, an HVAC industry pro with Service Experts, explains, “A heat pump works like a regular air-conditioner in the summer, then essentially works in reverse in the winter, serving both cooling and heating purposes.” A heat-pump system will still have indoor and outdoor components.  You may wonder what they are, so read what we found out below in our St Louis HVAC sales research.

Outside the house you’ll find the compressor and condenser components of the central air-conditioner (or heat pump), which are mounted in a metal cabinet with a large fan, that is the typical set up for anyone with a St Louis HVAC near Fenton who possesses a heat pump in their home.  Also, there is a possibility for a slight variation of the above description. “One alternative to a split-system is called a ‘packaged’ system, in which all components are installed in a single unit outside the home, with ducts entering through the wall of the home. These units may be preferable for a homeowner who doesn’t want to waste space on the interior of their home with heating and cooling equipment.”

Many people learning, along with those of us researching to teach more, tend to overlook the V portion of HVAC installation in St Louis near Fenton MO.  Here is what one online expert says about it, “Not often addressed in most HVAC installations is the ‘V’ – ventilation. Most homes rely on infiltration, or air that seeps in through gaps and cracks in the home’s shell, for limited fresh air. Service Experts’ Moody says, ‘As indoor air quality (IAQ) is increasingly implicated as a big factor in human health problems, mechanical ventilation systems are becoming more commonplace.’  We plan to elaborate more on the ventilation portion of our HVAC itinerary in the near future here on behalf of your HVAC installation in St Louis MO near Fenton.

Restaurant Equipment Take Two

Restaurant Equipment Take Two

Take twoToday, we plan to look closer at your St Louis Restaurant Equipment needs and hone in on some of the less obvious things you will need that are not all actual appliances per say, some are smaller thing, too, that may go by the wayside if you are opening your first restaurant in St Louis near St Charles MO.

Prep tables, counters, and cutting surfaces are essential to any commercial kitchen and come in various sizes so we thought we would elaborate to some extent here. It is recommended that you choose preparation surfaces made of stainless steel. According to experts’ advice we read in our research on behalf of your St Louis Restaurant Equipment Service near St Charles, “Stainless steel is sturdy against corrosion, resists attack from food and meat juices, and can withstand the harsh cleaning products used in commercial kitchens.”  When it comes to cutting, you will want to have plenty of either plastic or wooden cutting boards at your fingertips. Plastic boards are easier to sanitize but can develop deep grooves that can hide bacteria. Wooden boards are generally tougher than plastic ones and don’t develop grooves as easily, but can be slightly trickier to sanitize fully.

Let’s move on to slicers for your St Louis Restaurant Equipment near St Charles, shall we?  “Slicers are often tasked with cutting meat, cheese, or other foods with speed and precision. If you need to purchase a slicer, consider how often you’ll need to use it. If your slicing is low volume or infrequent, a manual food slicer is a better, less expensive option. However, for larger amounts of food or foods that need to be cut to specific proportions, choose an electric slicer instead. Electric slicers are automatic, which can save you time and labor. Moreover, most electric slicers allow you to turn off the automatic function and operate the machine manually.”

Refrigeration History Elaboration

Refrigeration History Elaboration

historyDid you know that the Chinese harvested ice from rivers and lakes as early as 1.000 BC in the name of primitive refrigeration?  They even had religious ceremonies for filling and emptying ice cellars. That’s not all.  Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans placed large amounts of snow into storage pits and covered it, insulating material like grass, chaff, or branches of trees. They actually used these pits as well as snow to cool beverages, according to our recent research on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Maintenance near Sunset Hills MO. “Egyptians and ancient people of India would moisten the outside of the jars and the resulting evaporation would cool the water that was inside of the jars. The first group of people to use cold storage to preserve food was Persians. They invented Yakhchal, a type of an ice pit.”  The history of refrigeration is a very interesting subject with vast effects from one end of the world to the other.

According to our studies done on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Sales, we learned that ice harvesting was the only method of food refrigeration for centuries.  In fact, in 18th century England, servants collected ice in the winter and were putting it into icehouses. “Icehouses were places where the sheets of ice were packed in salt, wrapped in flannel, and stored underground to keep them frozen until summer. In the 19th century, the first ice boxes started appearing in England. At that time, the first commercial ice started appearing with spreading of ice-storehouses and iceboxes. Frederic Tudor started harvesting ice in New England and shipping it to the Caribbean islands and to the southern states. At first he had ice wastage of 66% but with better insulated ships he reduced the waste to 8%. He expanded ice market and by the early 1830s ice became a mass-market commodity.”

We hope you have enjoyed this lesson on the history of refrigeration brought to you by your St Louis Refrigeration sales and repair near Sunset Hills.

 

Cooling Without Central Air Conditioning

Cooling Without Central Air Conditioning

attic fanWhen it comes to cooling your home or office in the summer heat or other times of year, depending upon how close you live to the equator, many would insist on the presence of a central HVAC system in order to get the job done.  However, we are here to tell you that you really don’t need that at all.  Is it nice and chill?  Yes.  Is it a requirement to beat the heat?  No.  On behalf of your Cooling Sales and Service in St Louis near Overland MO, we did some hunting and pecking online to decide some of the best, most effective ways to cool your space without central air conditioning.

Fans may be one of the keys.  “Whole-house fans may seem old fashioned, but they’re enjoying renewed popularity. The idea behind them is simple: A powerful fan draws cooler early morning and evening air through open doors and windows and forces it up through the attic and out the roof vents. This sends hot air up and out, cooling your house and your attic.”  Typically these attic fans (as they have been called in the past) are mounted in an upstairs stairwell or hallway ceiling where there’s at least 3 ft. of clearance above the fan itself, according to your St Louis Cooling maintenance near Overland.

What are the advantages to a fan that works to cool your entire house in St Louis?  Well, for starters, you will save a lot of money in energy savings.  You will use approximately 90 percent less energy with a fan than you will with an air conditioner.  When you live in a dryer climate, it is not uncommon for an attic, or whole-house fan to replace an air conditioner entirely, according to the information we gathered in our research on behalf of your Cooling Sales and Service in St Louis near Overland.  We have other cooling ideas to share and plan to do so in the next two posts that follow.

The History of Primitive Heating Techniques

The History of Primitive Heating Techniques

fireIn the next three posts, on behalf of your St Louis Heating Installation near Edwardsville IL, we plan to cover some of the old school methods of heating, as well as travel you into the modern day options that currently exist on the Heating and Cooling market in St Louis near Edwardsville.  We all know that one of the most basic human needs is warmth. Without it, bodies cannot thrive.  In today’s day and age, thanks to advances in technology and home heating systems, achieving comfortable temperatures is as simple as flipping a switch. Turn back the clock with us at your St Louis Heating Sales near Edwardsville, and we can see what things were like back in the old days.

For starters, it is totally true that ancient civilizations didn’t have it as simple. Some of how you were warmed was based on where you ended up living, according to our research on behalf of your St Louis Heating Sales.  “For those who migrated to the world’s cooler regions, the sun did not provide enough warmth to live.”

Humans, historically have a very strong intellect when it comes to doing what they need instinctively.  “Through sheer ingenuity, humankind’s early ancestors learned how to harness the power of fire, as well as use the Earth and sun to heat their homes and kingdoms. Using the principles that these forefathers established, humans have developed heating systems that keep families comfortable through even the most frigid winters.”  In the next two posts on behalf of your Heating sales and service near Edwardsville, we will cover the timeline of home heating systems.

The History of Refrigeration

The History of Refrigeration

historyToday, on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration sales and install near Maryland Heights, we have decided to explore the history of the subject at hand.  First, we ought to define it as much as we can from the start.  In its most basic form, refrigeration is a method in which work is done to remove heat from one location to another. Refrigerators, then, are machines, sometimes household appliances, sometimes commercial, which are used for such a purpose and are generally used to keep food fresh longer. Although they are a relatively modern invention, people have been attempting to extend the life of food via freshness by keeping it at lower temperatures for thousands of years.

“History of refrigeration is long and refrigeration changed along the way from the pretty primitive yet ingenious to modern technology which allowed people to have refrigerators in their house and not depend on nature.”   Some of the basic, yet pertinent facts to cover on behalf of your refrigeration sales and service in St Louis are as follows, “…may look like mundane machines that everyone has in their home and that work on simple physical laws that work since the beginning of time but that is not all that can be said about them.”

The invention of the refrigerator is a good place to land and wrap up for now, only to pursue the topic of refrigeration history in the next post as well, in more details.  “One showed how with simple apparatus temperature can be lowered artificially; the other held the first patent for a refrigerator. Both are part of the history of artificial refrigeration and without them who knows how the world would look.”  For a more complete discussion about refrigeration and its history, please feel free to look up and read our next post on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Install near Maryland Heights MO.