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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%.

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.”

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].

Cooling Maintenance Needs

Cooling Maintenance Needs

cooling repairIf you are the owner of an HVAC system, and chances are good, as an adult, that you either are or will be in the near future, you need to be aware of some things related to the ventilation portion of the St Louis heating and cooling near Collinsville IL.  The ventilation portion of the gig is often times overlooked when it is one of the most important aspects of heating a cooling your space in St Louis.  In fact, the following quote was snagged from a research article and found in our reading on behalf of your St Louis Heating Repair near Collinsville, “Because HVAC systems can also contribute to problems with indoor air quality, it is important that HVAC systems be correctly maintained and checked for signs of poor ventilation. When systems go unchecked for long periods of time, they may become contaminated or clogged, reducing or eliminating the amount of airflow and circulating pollutants throughout your home or business.”

So, the name of the game, when it comes to the ventilation portion of your St Louis HVAC maintenance near Collinsville IL, is proper upkeep.  This can mean regular cleanings or inspections at the least, in order to avoid polluted, contaminated air and or to increase the airflow and save you money in the long run.

If you have a humidifier or dehumidifier attached to your St Louis Cooling system near Collinsville, then you have more to consider.  “Additionally, humidification and dehumidification systems should be kept clean to prevent the growth of damaging bacteria and fungi. If the water in the system’s cooling towers are not properly treated, harmful organisms such as mold and mildew can grow and spread into the HVAC ductwork and potentially lead to serious health issues.”  Luckily, if you have an HVAC repair place you can trust, such as your St Louis Cooling Maintenance near Collinsville, then you can always call on them for all of your heating and cooling maintenance needs.

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.

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.

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.

HVAC Breakdown

HVAC Breakdown

nitty grittyMost homes, businesses and offices are heated and cooled through a central, whole-building, Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning system (HVAC). The HVAC may well be one of the most expensive and energy hungry systems in the home or office, so the more you know about your HVAC, the better. A well-informed homeowner or business owner will save money and have a healthier, more comfortable home or office, so we are here to help fill you in on some of the HVAC details on behalf of your Heating and Cooling Maintenance in St Louis near Fenton MO.

There are several components in which to consider in your St Louis heating and cooling system. Central HVAC systems are often called “split” systems because some of the components are installed inside the home and some of the components are installed outside a home. Inside your home, usually installed in the basement, attic, or a closet, you’ll find the furnace (oil, gas, or electric) and the evaporator portion of the air-conditioner. “You’ll also find the blower (sometimes called an air handler), which serves both the furnace and the air-conditioner. Attached to the blower are ducts, which are tubes acting as pathways to deliver heated or cooled air to various rooms in the house.”  The more you know about the structure of your St Louis Heating and Cooling system, the more likely you are to handle things that come up, whether it be in a do-it-yourself fashion or through the help of a commercial HVAC company such as your St Louis Cooling sales and service near Fenton MO.

The air-conditioner’s (or heat pump’s) condenser/compressor unit is installed outside the home or office in all cases. The furnace, evaporator, and blower are installed inside the home or office in each scenario. You will not have a separate furnace for an HVAC with a heat pump, just FYI.  As we fully explain the components of HVAC in St Louis, you will want to stay tuned here for further details, both simple and complex.

 

Cooling in Details

Cooling in Details

coolingExamining, for the last time this month, the heating and cooling system that you have at home or at work, we know that the evaporator plays a large role in the St Louis Cooling near Ladue.  The evaporator coil actually works similarly to a car’s radiator to produce cool air, which is then circulated through the ductwork.

Next, we come upon the condensing unit of your cooling system in St Louis near Ladue. We know from a recent article we skimmed on HVAC, that the following is true, “The condensing unit is connected to the evaporator coil. This unit is installed by HVAC contractors on the outside of your home and filled with refrigerant gas. When the refrigerant has been cooled to a liquid by heat exchange with the exterior air, the condensing unit pumps the liquid to the evaporator coil to be evaporated into a gas once more.”

Let us not overlook the refrigerant lines in a cooling system in St Louis near Ladue MO.  These specific refrigerant lines carry a refrigerant substance to the condensing unit which has been vaporized in the form of a gas.  It then gets returned in liquid form back to the evaporator coils. These “lines” are actually narrow tubes manufactured from a durable heat- and cold-resistant metal such as copper or aluminum.  Finally, we have to glance at ductwork and vents.  The ductwork is in reference to the system of ducts whose job is to transport air warmed or cooled by the system to the various areas of your home. Ducts are commonly made of lightweight aluminum.  According to your St Louis Cooling Repair near Ladue, they may also be manufactured from steel, flexible plastic, polyurethane, fiberglass, or fabric.

 

Different Components of Your Cooling System

Different Components of Your Cooling System

heat exchangerFrom the world of heating and cooling in St Louis near Wentzville, there exist many different components, all of which are designed to serve a purpose and many of which fly under the radar of our complete understanding.  We set out to change that, one element at a time and we are now looking at the refrigerant lines in your St Louis cooling near Wentzville MO. “The refrigerant lines carry a refrigerant substance to the condensing unit vaporized in the form of a gas, and return it to the evaporator coil in liquid form. These ‘lines’ are actually narrow tubes manufactured from a durable heat- and cold-resistant metal such as copper or aluminum.”

Now we arrive at the ductwork. In an HVAC system in St Louis, the ductwork refers to the system of ducts that transports air warmed or cooled by the system to the various areas of your home. These ducts are commonly made of lightweight aluminum. However, they may also be manufactured from steel, flexible plastic, polyurethane, fiberglass, or fabric.  Then we see the vents in your heating and cooling system in St Louis MO.  These are typically rectangular outlets where heat or cool air is transferred from the duct system to the actual rooms and spaces to be heated and cooled.

Elaborating more completely on the vents, we see that the metal is “Made of high- and low-temperature safe metal, similar to the lines we discussed earlier within the HVAC system.  The vents are located on or near the ceiling and are usually fronted with angled slats (“vents”). “These vents direct the treated air downward to where people are using the room. Often they may be manually controlled or even closed, to control the amount of heating or cooling and the area of the room to which it will be directed.”