Heating sales and service in St Louis near Collinsville IL is here to look up close at the decision process of finding your own furnace. There are several factors to consider in the heating and cooling realm when looking at the HVAC options. “The efficiency of fuel-burning furnaces is rated by the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE), which indicates how much of the fuel burned goes toward providing heat compared to how much is lost in the exhaust fumes. The higher the AFUE, the more efficient the furnace.” Obviously, fuel efficiency is one of the most important aspects of consideration when looking for the best furnace solutions for your home of office.
Some older furnaces still in use have AFUEs as low as 56 percent, while today’s most efficient models reach efficiencies as high as 98.5 percent. The previous fact should serve as an example in terms of which range you will encounter in your St Louis Heating search. Much of this change is due to improvements in air handler efficiencies over the years and will also be responsible for the range of efficiencies from one St Louis Heating Service to the next. There are also three known basic types of air handlers to investigate when choosing a new HVAC system for your home or office.
The following is what we learned when researching the subject on behalf of your St Louis Heating Sales and Service near Collinsville IL: There are three different stages, all of which will be described in details in the post to follow on behalf of your Heating Sales in St Louis near Collinsville IL. There are three, single-stage, stage-two and modulating or variable speed. Each of these three will be discussed in greater detail in the next post.
So what is the best air conditioner brand? To answer this, it is important to understand the difference between price and value and so we will begin with that aspect in our current discussion on behalf of your HVAC installation in St Louis near Clayton MO. When an air conditioner has a good price, it means that it is cheaper than other comparable HVAC brands. However, if that air conditioner has a low price but also has a poor reputation, then one might say that it has a good price, but that the overall value does not necessarily match the good price. “As such, when making a list of our top 10 air conditioner brands, we will be addressing this from the aspect of the best value to our customers.” If you end up spending more money to operate or service the HVAC in St Louis, then the value becomes less, despite the low starting price.
As another example of why value is a better way to evaluate air conditioner brands, let’s take a look at brand X. Brand X is a fantastic product with a solid reputation backed by a track record of success according to all reviews found online and personal accounts. In fact, Brand X actually invented modern air conditioning, according to our research done on behalf of your St Louis HVAC service near Clayton, so why not run out and buy brand X? Well, because that brand of HVAC also happens to be quite costly. Typically this brand costs 1-3 thousand more than the average St Louis HVAC brand. For most consumers, this will lower the overall value of the HVAC system in question.
There are four factors for consideration when considering the St Louis HVAC sales value in general. Reliability, cost, customer service and features available on the HVAC in question will all play to the overall value in the unit for the consumer purchasing it.
Noises can be defined in a multitude of different ways despite the source of the noise. In general, we can categorize any noise as expected or unexpected. In the HVAC world, according to your St Louis MO HVAC install and repair, we can break these noises down into a lot of different areas and not all of it is unusual or of concern. “No matter the age or price of your HVAC unit, it’s going to make noise.” That’s right, you may have become immune to the low hum that your HVAC unit emits, but it is important to note anytime there are new, unsettling noises and sounds happening.
Of course, not all noises suggest that you’re staring down an impending road of disaster, however most St Louis HVAC systems near O’Fallon MO, make noises that signal it’s time for maintenance or repair. Below are some examples of those sounds and potential causes, as well as a few tips for eliminating said noises, according to your St Louis HVAC sales near O’Fallon.
Thumping, clanking or banging: “Other than the cheerful, big-eyed rabbit in Bambi, thumping is usually an unpleasant and ominous sound. So, if you’re hearing banging, clanking or thumping, that may be a sign of trouble brewing. If any of these bothersome sounds are coming directly from your HVAC system, this could mean there’s an issue with your HVAC’s blower assembly. We suggest turning off your HVAC system before the issue worsens, and then calling a technician to inspect the problem.” Popping: Popping sounds when you turn your system on and off you can breathe a sigh of relief. The popping sound is due to your metal ductwork expanding and isn’t a problem whatsoever, according to your St Louis HVAC repair near O’Fallon MO., For elimination of the sound, insulation such as foam or rubber can help limit the noise. Other sounds will be covered in posts to follow on behalf of your St Louis HVAC installation and repair.
In the world of HVAC, there are many things that you may run across that require the consultation and even employment of a professional, like those available at your St Louis HVAC installation near St Peters MO. However, sometimes, the repair may be manageable by you. When it comes to replacing a thermostat, you may be surprised how simple this is.
We will only look at installing digital units here because there is really no benefit to installing a mechanical unit and we want to emphasize that only you can decide if this sort of maintenance is something that you can handle. Don’t feel badly about the use of a professional when needed. If you are having problems with your furnace or air conditioner, you can and should begin by checking the thermostat for proper operation. Make sure you begin by shutting the power off to the furnace and/or ac unit and switch the fan from auto to on mode, according to your St Louis HVAC repair near St Peters. At this point, if you are having furnace problems, you can disconnect the r and w terminals at the thermostat. Twist the two wires together and then turn the power back on. If the furnace comes on, the thermostat is bad and you should continue with thermostat replacement. If the furnace does not come on, the problem is not the thermostat and you would be wise to seek a professional HVAC repair company for further assistance.
If you are having ac problems, disconnect the wires from the r and y terminals and twist them together. Turn the power back on to the furnace and/or ac unit. If the system runs the thermostat is bad and should be replaced. If the ac still does not run, the problem is not the thermostat. If you stay tuned to this blog, we will cover next, some of the questions surrounding the type of thermostat you may need when your HVAC system goes out.
Looking further into the effects of natural disasters on HVAC systems on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling Repair near Clayton MO, we found some interesting information regarding the Great East Japan Earthquake and the tsunami that resulted in March of 2011. “The aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and resulting tsunami of 11 March 2011 provided researchers an unexpected opportunity to explore the relationship between air conditioning and risk of heat-related death.” According to our research on behalf of St Louis Heating Sales near Clayton, there have been many prior studies that reported associations between access to and/or use of air conditioning and lower mortality risk. However, the new results, published in Environmental Health Perspectives online, suggest that reducing the use of AC during summer heat may not necessarily have adverse consequences for human health, depending on the age and existing health of the people being considered.
The following was reported, “The 2011 earthquake and tsunami severely damaged the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and caused severe electrical shortages in the Tokyo metropolitan area. To conserve energy, the government strongly encouraged residents served by Tokyo Electric Power Company and Tohoku Electric Power Company to reduce electricity consumption by 15% from July to September of 2011.”
The urgency was heightened to reduce energy consumptions although campaigns promoting energy conservation have long been a summertime fixture in Japan. Many residents of Japan working to reduce cooling bills and energy consumption swapped AC for fans. The end results were not troubling to their health. Interestingly enough, heat related deaths actually decreased during this time.
Looking even closer and into more detail at what happens when natural disaster strikes and your HVAC is involved, we come across information from our most recent research on behalf of your St Louis Heating Installation near Wentzville MO that we wish to share. “When a tornado strikes, it comes with high winds, but also lightening. Hail, on the other hand, could follow a tornado or severe storm. It comes with heavy pelts that could subsequently damage your HVAC system.” It is recommended in order to protect the fragile parts of the condenser coil, that one installs a hail cover over the air conditioning unit. Although it may not deflect everything since small debris can go through the guard, lodging in the equipment, it is better than nothing in terms of level of protection. If something does lodge in the equipment, however, we found through our recent research, that you ought not attempt to use your AC until you have consulted an expert.
Water damage is another big deal when it comes to the aftermath of natural disaster. In our recent studies on the subject on behalf of your St Louis Heating service near Wentzville, we also found that many people are affected by this as well. “A storm or hurricane comes with lightening and heavy rains, causing water damage. In fact, when the storm hits an area, its slow movement could cause a significant amount of water to accumulate in your yard and around your HVAC system. Debris and grass could wash into the HVAC unit as water rises.”
In light of all possible disaster damage, it is recommended that before you experience severe weather, it would be an excellent idea to contact an HVAC contractor to inspect your outside HVAC unit. The HVAC professional would make sure that the unit is elevated to a height to keep out as much standing water as possible. Call your local Heating installation in St Louis near Wentzville for more information today.
We like to bring you all the latest news in the world of HVAC on behalf of your St Louis HVAC sales and service near O’Fallon MO, but sometimes it is important to reevaluate the information you share and attempt to cover more of the basics for those in your audience who may be unaware. So, today, we will look at the basics of St Louis MO HVAC and hopefully help our readers get on the same page before we start covering more advanced details in our future posts.
Most homes are heated and cooled through a central, whole-home, Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning system (HVAC). The HVAC may well be one of the most expensive and energy hungry systems in the home, so the more you know about your HVAC, the better off you will be, especially if you act on what you know. A well-informed homeowner will save money and have a healthier, more comfortable home indeed.
When you hear people refer to St Louis HVAC near O’Fallon as split, this is a real thing and is due to the following, “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.” Furthermore, the AC (or heat pump)has a condenser/compressor involved in its functioning, according to your HVAC sales and service in St Louis and it is typically installed outside the home, while the furnace, the evaporator and the blower are installed inside the home’s St Louis HVAC near O’Fallon MO.
When it comes to the heating process that is involved within an HVAC system, and more specifically, the furnace of a St Louis heating system near Ladue MO, there are several key factors to consider and about which to learn. “This heating process is accomplished using one of four possible heat sources — combustion (burning natural gas, oil, coal, or propane), electric resistance, heat pump, or solar energy collected on site.”
We will dive, now, further into the capillaries of each of these main points beginning with the heat exchanger, on behalf of your St Louis Heating Sales near Ladue MO. “The heat exchanger is found inside your furnace unit’s housing. This component switches on when the furnace is activated by thermostat to produce warmer temperatures in winter. The heat exchanger pulls in cool air, heats it, and circulates the resulting heated air via your ducts and out through the vents.”
Next, we take a closer and more in-depth look at the evaporator coil which has an opposite role to the heat exchanger. The evaporator coil, according to the experts from your Heating and Cooling repair and sales near Ladue in St Louis MO, acts to cool the air when your thermostat is set to lower temperatures in summertime. Working in a fashion that is somewhat familiar to an automobile’s radiator in order to produce cool air that can be circulated effectively through the ductwork, an evaporator coil is located in a metal enclosure on the furnace’s exterior, to the top or side. Evaporators correspond directly to condensers both in the case of heating and cooling in St Louis and also in the area of refrigeration. Stay tuned for more information from this source in future posts on the specifics surrounding the condenser and other facets of HVAC.
“An efficient HVAC system is important to the comfort of your family throughout the seasons of the year, because this climate control device is responsible for Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning your home.” On behalf of your HVAC in St Louis near Ladue MO, we will be scrutinizing the different elements of an HVAC system to learn more about how they tie into the whole system and what each of the essential components brings to the table.
We will start with the thermostat in your St Louis HVAC near Ladue. “The thermostat is usually the most visible part of your HVAC system. Set on a prominent, easily accessible wall, it may be either programmed in advance or set manually to keep the home at a desired temperature.” When the ambient temperature becomes too cold or too hot and fails to match that which is set on the wall, the thermostat will trigger the heat exchanger or the evaporator coil-condensing unit combo to begin circulating warmed or cooled air as needed in order to bring the house up to or down to the desired temperature.
Moving on to the furnace, we discover the key component of your HVAC in St Louis MO. It’s also the largest, and therefore requires the most space. It is often times in the cellar, your finished basement, the attic, or a special closet designed for the purpose of housing your St Louis HVAC near Ladue. Its function is to heat a supply of air which is to be distributed to various rooms of your home via the HVAC. “This heating process is accomplished using one of four possible heat sources — combustion (burning natural gas, oil, coal, or propane), electric resistance, heat pump, or solar energy collected on site.” We will pick up next time, looking at the heat exchanger, along with the other components of your HVAC system in St Louis near Ladue MO.
Headed back around the bend, we are still looking closely at the HVAC systems of today, and more specifically, whether or not we need to concern ourselves with having them cleaned by heating and cooling service in St Louis near Webster Groves MO. The answer seems to lie, like so many other questions, in the details of your situation. “Some research suggests that cleaning heating and cooling system components (e.g., cooling coils, fans and heat exchangers) may improve the efficiency of your system, resulting in a longer operating life, as well as some energy and maintenance cost savings. However, little evidence exists that cleaning only the ducts will improve the efficiency of the system.” So, it could be more of a question of how much of your heating and cooling system you address in the cleaning process, or just how thorough you ask them to be when you call your St Louis heating and cooling installation near Webster Groves for your next HVAC service.
Many people will agree that the debate is pointless, in fact you may consider having your air ducts cleaned simply because it seems logical that air ducts will get dirty over time and should be occasionally cleaned. “Provided that the cleaning is done properly, no evidence suggests that such cleaning would be detrimental. EPA does not recommend that the air ducts be cleaned routinely, but only as needed.” Also true and found in our recent research on behalf of your St Louis heating service near Webster Groves, is that the EPA does, however, recommend that if you have a fuel burning furnace, stove or fireplace, they be inspected for proper functioning and serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.
If you do decide to have your air ducts cleaned, take the same consumer precautions you normally would in assessing the service provider’s competence and reliability. You may wish to only pursue those businesses highly recommended to you, such as your St Louis Heating Sales and Service near Webster Groves.