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Commercial Refrigeration Shopping

Commercial Refrigeration Shopping

refrigerationAbout 15 years ago, before writing on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration sales and service near St Charles MO, I used to sell appliances, namely a variety of different refrigeration options.  Some of the things to remember when you are selling someone a commercial refrigeration system for their home or office is to remind them of the dimensions for the unit for which they are shopping.  Also, check on the warranty and make sure what comes with it is sufficient.  There are times that you can seek out an extended warranty on your new refrigeration and other times when you cannot, depending on the brand, the retailer and the refrigeration use.  (If the application is a commercial one, then extra coverage may not be available at all).

Which brand of St Louis Refrigeration near St Charles will you consider and which one will you finally land on and take home?  Well, you can look at reviews online, but like anything else, you must consider the source of information to determine whether or not the details are accurate and valid.  Many people are “in bed with” certain manufacturers in order to cash in on some sort of personal gain and will thereby say anything.

You can find much in the way of valid appliance and St Louis Refrigeration near St Charles information and expert opinions by talking to refrigeration service technicians who are calling on the various makes and models on a daily basis.  In my day, the Subzero Commercial line as well as True Refrigeration were both considered top of the line for actual commercial grade refrigeration.  Other brands, such as Kitchenaid and Maytag will offer and make built in refrigeration, but not to the same commercial specifications as others on the market.

HVAC Service Training

HVAC Service Training
elaborateWhen it comes to all things HVAC and service related, training is everything.  No one wants an uneducated service technician attempting to handle their St Louis HVAC Service near Chesterfield.  When you are on the service end of things and you have a business specializing in HVAC service, then the training becomes that much more important.  “Training employees is an important part of every successful small business owner’s agenda.
Training helps employees perfect their craft. In HVAC contracting terms, this means better installations, more comprehensive service, and more thorough maintenance, which results in a more successful business.”
There is a shortage of well trained technicians in the HVAC industry.  “With the entire industry suffering through a technician shortage, contractors are challenged with maintaining their current employees’ knowledge levels while attempting to keep up with technological and government-created changes.”
The evolution of the St Louis HVAC service near Chesterfield in terms of the training that the techs are receiving is vast in order to compensate for the shortage in a way.  The types of training and the amount of hours that they are trained are all part of the gig and these things are increasing in amount and intensity.  When you hire a new technician, most HVAC service companies are gauging the amount and starting point for training on where they are already.  In other words, if they are experienced more than the average beginner, then training will be adjusted accordingly.  The evolution is alive though, and aspects of St Louis HVAC service near Chesterfield is changing for sure.

A Little Appliance Advice

A Little Appliance Advice

adviceBack in the day, before writing on behalf of your Restaurant Equipment sales in St Louis MO near Florissant, we used to actually sell high end home appliances as well as everyday appliances to the general public.  Much of the kitchen and refrigeration appliances sold to the higher income homes were actually the same as the commercial grade kinds used in local restaurants.  For this reason, I can speak with some authority on the subject and would like to share my opinion, derived from 15 years in the business with you here.

First of all, understand that extended warranties can sometimes work for you, other times they work against you.  Depending on the product, mostly, you can determine the worth.  If you have a retailer of St Louis Restaurant Equipment near Florissant who is fair and want to promote good customer service, then you will be less likely to need an additional warranty.  However, some items, such as refrigeration with ice makers or ice makers themselves, are getting a lot of wear and tear and therefore can really reap the rewards of an additional coverage.  One additional thing as it pertains to coverage is that many extended warranty companies will not cover commercially used restaurant equipment at all, so you have to ask if this is something you want.

Another point to mention before you set out to buy your restaurant equipment is that many people forget to measure.  All appliances will be available in a variety of sizes and thought there are typically standard, or common dimensions, you will also need to double check your space.  Some restaurant equipment in St Louis can be special ordered in different dimensions, but they are still limited to an extent and you do not want to take delivery only to find out your new restaurant equipment near Florissant MO won’ t fit.

The Latest in Energy Savings With HVAC

The Latest in Energy Savings With HVAC

heating coolingHVAC energy efficiency is based on so many different factors and many of them are in the hands of the owner of the cooling system in St Louis near Overland.  Design plays a partial role and is not in the commercial owners hands, other than having a say in which one you choose.  Let’s look at this subject for a minute.  “Materials for Heat Exchangers: The design of heat exchangers for air-conditioning, refrigeration, and energy-recovery systems has a significant impact on HVAC energy efficiency, capacity, cost, and size.”

There are traditional designs, according to your cooling installation in St Louis near Overland and they include the following:  fin-and-tube, shell-and-tube, or plate-type heat exchangers that use copper and/or aluminum for tube-and-fin construction.  Recent developments, however, were learned through our research on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Service and Sales near Overland MO.  They involve the advancement in material science that have yielded new ways of material use such as lattice frame metals and alloys and foams made from carbon and graphite.

When it comes to HVAC install in St Louis and overall heating and cooling future abilities and technological advances, all of the above mentioned research will eventually pertain.  Some will lend itself to much more in the way of efficiency and that is what the industry is most heavily focused on for obvious cost advantages.  For heat exchangers, for example, the ones that may increase heat transfer, reduceheat-exchanger size, or reduce heat-exchanger cost, are in the spotlight currently and for really good reason.  For more info and insight into the world of commercial heating and cooling, read the latest news here, where we publish info of interest to the field and anyone with a commercial HVAC system they wish to stay informed about.

Routine Heating and Cooling Advice

Routine Heating and Cooling Advice

HVACDid you know that the condenser coil in your heating and cooling commercial system will degrade quickly because of dirt?  We are on our third article covering the importance of routine maintenance of your HVAC in St Louis near O Fallon.  This is important for optimum performance, but even more so when you are dealing with a commercial heating and cooling system since air quality will affect not only you and your family, but the lives of others who reside or work in your commercial environment.  We already talked about filter replacement and most everyone handles this in a timely fashion because it is inexpensive and routine, plus most of us do this with our home heating and cooling system, so it is top of mind.

When it comes to cleaning, we mentioned before to clean the condenser and evaporator coils.  This, too, is rather simple, but easily overlooked because it is an “out of sight, out of mind” possibility.  The condenser cleaning in your commercial HVAC is way more important to conserve energy than air quality.  In fact, the condenser doesn’t affect the air quality at all, but your heating and cooling bill in St Louis will be super glad you kept it clean as it will make a big difference in the efficiency of your system.

If you have coils that have NOT been well maintained, you are at greater risk for really nasty stuff growing on them.   “Coils soiled with microbial growth are hard to clean. A cleaning product with an appropriate dwell time is required to eliminate the micro-organisms. Built-up fungal growth is difficult to clean from metal surfaces, but don’t use an aggressive cleaner. Keeping the coils clean from the start will cut down on the time you spend on maintenance. Antimicrobial treatments are a good option to interrupt the growth of mold.”

Belts and Bearings and Your Cooling System

Belts and Bearings and Your Cooling System

HVACToday, on behalf of your cooling experts in St Louis MO, near Maryland Heights, we are examining some of the elusive ways in which your commercial cooling in St Louis needs to be checked on a routine basis.  Here, we are examining things that are much less obvious than filter checks, replacements and coil cleanings.  You will want to, “Check to see if fan motors are running in the wrong direction. This may not be obvious because fans can still supply flow if they’re running backwards. Clear labels on the fan housing, pulleys, the motor, and wires can prevent this problem.”

Also, if you have self-lubricating bearings on fans in your heating and cooling system in St Louis, then they need the bearing cassette replaced when they fail. The signs that this is a concern would be a ton of excess noise.  A lot of vibration or heat coming from the bearing is also a sign that things need to be closer assessed by your St Louis Heating and Cooling service near Maryland Heights MO.  One article online says, “Greased ball bearings are occasionally found in packaged units; their most common problem is over-greasing, which can be as damaging as under-greasing.”  So, there is the scoop on bearings, which aren’t nearly as clean cut or obvious as your occasional filter change.  Belts are another rather inconspicuous part of your cooling system in St Louis.

Here is what the experts have to say about your HVAC system belts in St Louis MO, “Belts should be aligned to prevent wear. Maintain proper tension; loose belts slip on the pulley wheels, causing torque loss and rapid wear. Belts that are too tight put an extreme load on the motor and fan shaft bearings, causing premature failure.”

Regular HVAC to do’s

Regular HVAC to do’s

heatingIn our last article, we covered the two main reasons to stay on top of routine service of your commercial heating and cooling system in St Louis MO near St Peters.  One, it will keep your HVAC system in the best condition and operating order possible and two, it will ensure good air quality for those subjected to your HVAC system.  This is important for your employees and/or residents.  Check out some of these tips from a variety of sources online about HVAC maintenance and preservation.

Replace Filters once every one to six months, depending on your needs.
“Filters should be replaced regularly. Inspect them routinely for a few months and then decide, based on what you see, how often they should be replaced.”  You will also want to clean the evaporator and condenser coils.  This should take place once or two times a year.  If you don’t, you will likely grow and emit mold form the evaporator.  This is such a damp environment that it is almost inevitable unless you keep it clean.  The same holds true for refrigeration.  If any of the following advice is more than you want to deal with, the other thing to keep in mind, is that you can hire someone in the heating and cooling industry to handle any or all of it for you.  St Louis American Services near St Peters does offer this service to our St Louis Commercial Heating and Cooling customers as well.

The above cleaning is important for your HVAC system, not only to prevent mold, but also for overall air quality.  In addition to the dampness that we discussed, the supply side of your coils is in regular contact with contaminated outside air, so things come into the system that aren’t subjected to the filter first.

Professionals Can Help You Maintain Your Cooling

Professionals Can Help You Maintain Your Cooling

pipesDid you know that two times every year you should be cleaning your HVAC system?  That’s right, we are on a cleaning advice kick, and also routine maintenance recommendations from your St Louis Cooling Service near Wentzville MO.  Too often times, people who own commercial buildings neglect their commercial HVAC systems and fail to remember that they will run best if they get the routine attention that they need.  Replacing the filters, cleaning the evaporator and condenser and inspection of the fan, bearing and belts are all things that must be done with regularity if you want to prevent problems and always produce great air quality from your heating and cooling vents.

Here is some info we found online about the last point in the above paragraph on behalf of your St Louis Heating service near Wentzville MO, “Inspect Fan, Bearings, and Belts (twice annually).  Even though fan, bearing, and belt operation don’t have a direct impact on IAQ, you should still inspect these pieces as part of your preventive-maintenance plan. Cleaning the blades on a small fan can take an hour or more; cleaning larger fans, especially those with multiple wheels on a single shaft, can take quite a while.”

So, as you can see, it is sometimes all about efficiency and other times all about air quality, but really, most times, when you are talking about cleaning your system, you will gain from both the increase in quality for the air you breathe and also the ability for you system to work optimally and avoid unnecessary repairs in the long haul.  Most all that your Cooling in St Louis MO near Wentzville requires can be done by you, but if and when you wish to pull in the professionals, give American Services a call and they will be glad to help.

 

What to do Routinely With Your Commercial Heating and Cooling

What to do Routinely With Your Commercial Heating and Cooling

HVACWe have decided upon a series of care instructions and information regarding the importance of maintaining your commercial HVAC system from your heating and cooling experts in St Louis near St Charles MO.  Many people possess business HVAC systems, yet much like automobiles and other large equipment and systems, they fail to have them properly maintained and serviced on a regular basis.  This is not only incorrect to do, but it can also be a costly mistake in the long run.  You may run into service issues that could have been avoided if your heating and cooling in St Louis were simply checked out on occasion.  Then, there’s the question of air quality.

“Maintaining your HVAC systems not only protects the equipment – it also protects the people in your building from discomfort and IAQ concerns, and protects you from a lawsuit. There are many ways to make sure that indoor air is kept at appropriate levels.”  You will want to keep a close eye on the air vents of your heating and cooling in St Louis near St Charles MO.  This will alert you to mold and many other pollutants and their possibility.  You will want to watch for a musty odor and ask your tenants and employees (whomever you have in your commercial space) about the quality of the air around them.  Don’t disregard complaints, as they should be taken seriously so that you can correct any HVAC problems you may discover through their opinions and avoid a lawsuit.

Here is another big reason to have your St Louis Heating and Cooling system checked out regularly, “In addition to keeping IAQ in check, routine maintenance can also lower utility costs and reduce equipment-replacement costs.”  Read the next couple of posts where we will discuss the basics and specifics of what to do to your Heating and Cooling system near St Charles in order to ensure the best performance and air quality possible for your place of business.

Indoor Air Quality Hazards – VOCs

Indoor Air Quality Hazards – VOCs

ndoor air pollution

Did you know that every time you use certain household or commercial products you are releasing potentially harmful compounds into the air?  These compounds are referred to by the EPA as VOCs or Volatile Organic Compounds and can be reeking havoc on your indoor air quality.  Today, the team at American Services wants to give you some facts about VOCs and also some ideas on how to eliminate them from your indoor environment.

Facts about Volatile Organic Compounds or VOCs:

  • VOCs can be found in cleaning products, paints, chemical strippers, waxes, pesticides, candles, and many other common products around your home and workplace.
  • VOCs can also come from floor coverings, furniture, electronic equipment, air fresheners, and dry-cleaned clothing.
  • The VOCs from these products are not just emitted into the air during use.  They are also releasing potentially harmful VOCs while simply being stored due to natural evaporation.  This makes the source of VOCs harder to pinpoint.

How to control and eliminate VOCs from your environment:

  • Adequate ventilation needs to be in place when using VOC-containing product.  This includes when you are painting, using cleaning products, or any other activity that could expose you to VOCs.  The best way to ventilate in these situations is by opening windows and/or using exhaust fans.
  • Read the manufacturer recommendations for all products to make sure you are properly using, storing, and getting rid of these products.  For example, many cleaning products can not be mixed with other chemicals.  If the chemicals are combined you can cause a reaction that will cause harm to the user.
  • Ask your Maryland Heights area heating and cooling technician about adding equipment to your system that will clean the pollutants out of your indoor air.  These units can help tremendously in eliminating odors from your space and can even help to control allergy issues that may be of concern.

Contact the American Services team today for a free quote!