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Alternate Cooling Dynamics

Alternate Cooling Dynamics

alternativeDid you know that when it comes to cooling a space, there exist many different means to an end?  “Dais Analytics in Florida, in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is developing a new membrane-based rooftop air conditioner, which would use water as a refrigerant instead of conventional chemicals.”  We are always seeking, according to the research recently done on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Sales near O’Fallon, ways in which to function sans chemicals. Not only is this technology perfect for sweltering, humid summer nights, but it could also save 30%-50% in electrical consumption compared to today’s roof top units, not to mention work to cut out the chemicals that we are always doing our best to avoid.

“United Technologies Research Center in Connecticut is exploring electrocaloric, solid-state technology to develop a heat pump that will keep a space cool without using any chemical refrigerants. This technology is ideal for residential and small commercial buildings.” It’s small and quiet, and could result in 25% system efficiency improvement, along with possessing fewer mechanical parts.  It is much improved in the Cooling Maintenance in St Louis near O’Fallon with the likelihood of increased reliability that results in a total reduction of your chances of losing A/C in the midst of a heat wave!

One of the other goals in this movement and wave of technology is based, according to our research done on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Sales and Service near O’Fallon is to develop an energy storage system that integrates with HVAC units to reduce the overall energy requirements of A/C systems by utilizing waste-heat that would otherwise be lost in traditional systems. Integrating ground-level diverse energy storage with HVAC could reach overall energy storage efficiency of 70% and improve HVAC performance by 35%.

Green Alternative Heating

Green Alternative Heating

greenWe spent the previous post discussing the measures that one randomly selected University was taking in the way of energy efficiency with green technology.  “Green heating and cooling systems fall under two distinct categories: passive and active.” Passive systems work by maximizing nature’s ability to heat and cool without furnaces or air conditioners [source: Green Technology]. “Among other things, passive technology includes constructing homes with white or light-colored roofs that reflect the sun’s energy instead of absorbing it.” As a result, the amount of energy it takes to cool a house is less. Passive designs also use windows that can keep the heat out and cool air in.  They remind me of staying safe from a sunburn by sitting in the shade as opposed to the chemical (active ways) of sunscreen.

According to our recent research on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling near O’Fallon MO, active designs use a variety of mechanical heating and cooling systems. These systems tend to run on solar power, geothermal power or other sources of green energy.  It’s a gradual one, but the increase in green-energy use, according to your St. Louis Heating Sales near O’Fallon MO, in recent years is slowly having an impact.

“For one thing, Americans saved more than $19 billion in 2008 by using various green heating and cooling systems [source: U.S. Department of Energy].”  The cost is high, though, according to your St Louis Heating installation near O’Fallon. “But these green systems are not cheap — some solar collectors cost between $30 and $80 per square foot for installation.”  There are incentive programs offered now and then by the government, but not consistent enough to really go into details here.  The next several posts will cover all of the other green heating and cooling methods we uncovered.

Passive Cooling

Passive Cooling

passiveOn behalf of your St Louis Cooling Repair near South County MO, we are on a regular search for new information and research to pass along to you, in regards to green energy and cost effective, environmentally friendly ways to handle the heating and cooling of your home or business.

Along those lines, did you know that the sun is the ultimate provider of green energy?  A couple things that make it so are the constant and renewable nature of Solar power, the fact that it is not about to run out anytime soon.  There are, according to our research on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Installation near South County, ways in which you can benefit and enjoy the power of solar energy without the effects of direct sunlight.  “Passive solar energy is simple, has little to no moving parts and requires minimal upkeep. Passive solar-energy systems are designed to use natural principals of heat transfer instead of machines such as furnaces and air conditioners [source: Passive Solar Resources].”

It turns out, according to all that we read for your St Louis Cooling Sales and Service near South County, passive solar technology uses the building’s walls, windows and floors to collect, store and release the sun’s energy. “However, passive solar homes still need mechanical equipment, such as a forced-air system or radiant flooring to keep the temperatures cool in the summer and warm in the winter [source: Arizona Solar Center].” Direct gain systems are supposed to be the easiest of them all in terms of installation of cooling capable solar panels in St Louis MO.  In such systems, sunlight passes through windows where the light is converted into thermal energy. The walls and floors directly absorb and store the heat energy. As long as the room temperature is high, the interior of the homes will hold on to the heat. “When the temperature drops at night, the stored heat radiates through the living space.”

Heating Efficiencies

Heating Efficiencies

greenWhen discussing efficiency, we know Heating and cooling in St Louis near Fairview Heights IL has much to share in the way of high end and late breaking technology.  We decided that we ought to research and share some details about efficient heating and cooling in St Louis on behalf of your Heating Installation near Fairview Heights IL.  Some of the latest news worth sharing, comes from the US coast.  “Santa Clara University is not only a pantheon of learning in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, but it’s also a temple of green technology.”

In April 2011, just seven short years ago, the university managed to install 60 rooftop solar collectors to heat and cool its student center. Engineers designed the large-scale array to run the building’s hot water and air conditioning units and to gain green status, both in name and in energy savings.  As you can imagine, the system is very efficient.

How does it work and what are the results of this heating and cooling example in California, as found in the research done for your St Louis Heating sales near Fairview Heights IL?  “The solar collectors grab the sun’s rays and concentrate their captured energy, heating the building’s water to 200 degrees. University officials expect the system to reduce the building’s natural gas consumption by 70 percent each year and eliminate 34 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.”

The fact that they did this seven years ago and that many other Universities have followed suit in the desire to gain more green efficiencies, means that things will continue to go in the direction of more efficient heating and cooling methods abroad.  The cost is a factor in gaining all that we need to “go green”, but that will eventually change, or so the experts think.  In the meantime, stay tuned to your St. Louis Heating and Cooling Sales and Service near Fairview Heights IL for more details

From Salt to Freon in Refrigeration

From Salt to Freon in Refrigeration

refrigerationWhen it comes to refrigeration, there is vast history in its making and it, like many other modern day technologies, hasn’t been around forever, nor has it always provided the same level of efficiency and function.  As we learned previously, salt was an ancient form of meat preservation and actually worked.  “Salting food was a common preservation method before the invention of refrigerators.” Bacteria cannot survive in salt, so rubbing dry salt on food or covering it in a salt solution called brine can help keep meat and other foods from spoiling. The actual earliest form of refrigeration was seen by the few people who had the advantage of an icehouse to cool their food to preserve it.

In the early 30’s, Freon came to be.  According to our research on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Repair near Clayton MO, the biggest concerns surrounding Freon were environmental.  There was definitely proof that it was not the best thing for our environment and so scientists worked to modify and help minimize the potential damaging effects.  As a result, mandates and chemical make-up of Freon has evolved over the years.

Today, just about all American households and businesses have a refrigerator. It saves a ton of time in preserving foods, making it much more practical and convenient for our modern day, demanding lifestyles.  The food being preserved, according to your St Louis Refrigeration Maintenance near Clayton, is allowed to remain safe and edible for much longer periods of time as well.  “Because of the number of refrigerators used in homes, businesses, and transporting food and supplies, there is a significant need for trained professionals who can repair and maintain this equipment. HVAC technicians are well-versed in refrigeration technologies as it cools and dehumidifies. When these systems are in need of repair, they require knowledge in the theory behind the systems and knowledge in how the equipment runs to be able to fix it.”

 

Bottoming Cycles and Recycling in HVAC

Bottoming Cycles and Recycling in HVAC

HVACAs a follow-up to our previous posts regarding St Louis HVAC service near Overland and some of the heat recycling methods out there, we are going into more detail about bottoming cycles.  “Bottoming cycles are mostly used in industrial facilities in the chemical, paper, and primary metals sectors, as these industries often have high-temperature waste streams that are favorable for waste heat recovery. As much as 20-50 percent of the energy consumed in some industrial processes is ultimately lost through waste heat contained in streams of hot exhaust gas and liquids and through heat conduction, convection, and radiation from hot equipment surfaces and heated product streams.”

The goal, so to speak, is a simple one that applies to only some processes as others may not be safe enough when it comes to the waste they produce.   The overall energy efficiency of some industrial processes can be improved by capturing and reusing the waste heat, however, in situations where it makes sense from a safety and function point of view.  In our recent research on behalf of your St Louis HVAC installation near Overland MO, we discovered many facts surrounding the process to share here and in posts to follow.

“In some cases, such as industrial furnaces, efficiency improvements resulting from waste heat recovery can improve energy efficiency 10-50 percent. A study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy office (EERE) identified research, development, and demonstration efforts to expand waste heat recovery practices in the U.S. industrial sector.”  In the aforementioned study, the waste streams analyzed showed that roughly 60 percent of unrecovered waste heat is low quality (i.e., temperatures below 450°F).  We will explore more regarding what this means as we further our research into heat recycling and HVAC in St Louis.

Induction Benefits in Your Restaurant

Induction Benefits in Your Restaurant

inductionIn the previous post here, on behalf of your Restaurant Equipment sales in St Louis, we covered the different ways in which you can cook in your commercial kitchen near Ladue.  One of the best methods of cooking when it comes to burner types is with an induction burner. Now, we want to talk about why this is the case.

Induction is more efficient.  “Because as much as 90 percent of energy used is turned into heat that cooks food, compared to less than 40 percent of gas and the 74 percent efficiency of traditional electric equipment, a commercial induction range is the most energy-efficient cooking equipment you can buy.”

Also true, and discovered in our research on behalf of your St Louis Commercial Restaurant Equipment sales near Ladue is the fact that induction cooking keeps your kitchen cool. “Because induction cookers generate heat only in the pan you’re cooking in, less ambient heat escapes into the air. Translation: your kitchen stays cooler than it would if you were using any other source of heat to cook with.”  Because of this fact about the heat distribution, induction cooking becomes safer to use as well, since the surface of the range stays relatively cool.  This is true even when it’s just been used to bring a stock pot to a boil.  Therefore, including induction cooling methods into your restaurant equipment in St Louis near Ladue, you will actually be keeping your kitchen staff safe from burns.

Also true of St Louis Restaurant Equipment near Ladue that includes induction capabilities is the following, “It offers quick response. Electronic controls let users make instant changes to pan heat levels. That precision control makes a commercial induction cooktop suitable for applications that require close control over temperatures like melting chocolate.”

Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Geothermal Heating and Cooling

geothermalWhen we are looking into different ways to cut costs both at home and in our commercial business, heating and cooling can be a great area of focus.  There are nonconventional ways to accomplish the heating and cooling that you are looking for that we researched completely on behalf of your Cooling installation in St Louis near Fairview Heights IL.

First recognize that the earth is brimming with a limitless source of energy – also known as geothermal.  The explanation of this begins deep inside our planet where you would find a lot of hot water and steam. The deeper you go, the hotter it gets, in fact. But you don’t have to dig too deep to take advantage of this energy, according to all that we read on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Sales near Fairview Heights IL. Only a few feet below the surface, actually, the temperature of the water remains constant year round, generally about 42 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (5.56 to 26.67 Celsius) depending on where you live.  A geo-exchange system can use this energy to heat and cool almost any kind of building [source: Minnesota Geothermal Solutions].

Here is further explanation based on our recent research on behalf of your Cooling Service near Fairview Heights IL in St Louis MO.  “Geothermal systems do not directly tap into the heat inside the Earth. Instead, geothermal homes use heat pumps to take advantage of the constant temperature of geothermal wells under the ground. The heat pump can cool a house in the summer and warm it during the winter. Heat pumps have a fluid inside, which could be water or a refrigerant. When it is cold outside, the fluid absorbs Earth’s heat and brings it inside to warm the air.” In the summertime, the heat exchange works in reverse, cooling the house [source: APH Geothermal].

Beating the Heat With Proper Maintenance

Beating the Heat With Proper Maintenance

bright sunWhen summer is upon us, most people get excited and look forward to enjoying the summer sun and beating the heat in a cool, air-conditioned building.  The downside to this pleasure, according to all that we read on behalf of your Heating and Cooling in St Louis near University City, are the summer energy bills.  Most of us all know that the dog days of summer can mean high energy consumption at an unfortunately high price.

In fact, on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling Sales near University City MO, we found a few stats to fill in the gap here and help illuminate the point.  “According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, space cooling will consume an estimated 1.28 quadrillion British thermal units across the United States in 2017—that’s equivalent to almost 39 million homes’ electricity use in a year. And that energy use adds up.”

We also found, when reading various articles on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling installation near University City, that in residential buildings, space cooling alone makes up 9% of a home’s total energy consumption.  There are also things that can lessen efficiency quite drastically.  “Additionally, typical air conditioning units use fluorocarbon refrigerants as a coolant, which, if leaked, can lessen the efficiency of an AC system and negatively impact the environment.” If you properly maintain your AC unit by contacting professionals, such as your St Louis Heating and Cooling Repair near University City, you will at least improve the chances of having a very efficient system.

 

History of Refrigeration

History of Refrigeration

refrigerationThe history of refrigeration is one topic we have been meaning to explore for a while now, and so, on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Repair and Sales near O’Fallon MO, we will start discussing that very subject today.  There have been many changes in the way refrigeration works over time.  Salting food was a common preservation method before the invention of refrigerators. Bacteria cannot survive in salt, so rubbing dry salt on food or covering it in a salt solution called brine can help keep meat and other foods from spoiling. “Some people had the advantage of an icehouse to cool their food to preserve it, which was the earliest form of a refrigerator.”  According to our efforts in research on behalf of St Louis Refrigeration sales near O’Fallon, we know that GE came up with the first refrigeration that not all people could necessarily take advantage of due to cost.

“After General Electric produced the first electric refrigerator in 1911, the wealthiest Americans could afford the luxury of having this new invention in their homes. Other people used an icebox to preserve their food.” An ice box was a costly alternative, according to Refrigeration sales and service in St Louis, because so much water had to be used and frozen. After freezing it, the ice had to be cut, stored and finally, delivered.  In the 1930’s is when Freon was first put to use inside refrigeration.

Progressing down the timeline on behalf of your Refrigeration sales in St Louis near O’Fallon, we find that after WWII, refrigerators were produced in mass quantities, making them affordable and widely available in the US. They popped up with new features like automatic defrosting and icemakers. “Combination refrigerator and freezer units were immensely popular. Throughout the 1970s, 1980s and into the 1990s, environmental concerns over the use of Freon were debated and studied. Because of its estimated effect on the environment, the government put tight restrictions on the use of Freon in refrigeration equipment.”