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Efficiency in Heating

Efficiency in Heating

Did you know that the efficiency of your furnace in a heating and cooling environment depends upon not only the type of furnace you choose but also on correct sizing?  No matter what a furnace is rated at from an efficiency perspective, if you are incorrect in matching the size with the space, you will blow it.  In fact, finding the right St Louis Heating Installation near Ladue means you will have a better chance of getting the correct size and service you need for your St Louis Heating needs.  “Before installing your new furnace, your technician should follow the Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s Manual to determine your home’s heating and cooling load in order to accurately size your systems.”

Moving onto AC, it is also important to keep cool with the right air conditioner in the heating and cooling realm in St Louis near Ladue MO.  “Finding an efficient, high-performance cooling system is a critical part of choosing a new HVAC system in our area. To find an air conditioner like this, it helps to know the basics of how this equipment works.”  Just like the time we took to discuss heating solutions on behalf of your St Louis Heating Sales near Ladue, we will spend equal time covering the air conditioners in the cooling department.

“Air conditioners cool using a fluid called refrigerant, which circulates through the system. As the refrigerant passes through the indoor evaporator coil, it absorbs heat from the air and also removes moisture. The cool, dehumidified air is blown into the ducts. The hot refrigerant moves to the outdoor condenser coil to get rid of the heat it picked up.”  Next up is the discussion related to efficiency in cooling in the St Louis market.

Cooling Efficiency and SEER

Cooling Efficiency and SEER

acWe covered choices to be made when looking at heating options in St Louis near University City MO.  We are now in the space to move along to cooling and all that it means to be involved in finding the most efficient and adequate system for you home in St Louis MO.  As we discuss cooling service in St Louis MO, it is also important to keep cool with the right air conditioner in the heating and cooling realm in St Louis near Ladue MO.  “Finding an efficient, high-performance cooling system is a critical part of choosing a new HVAC system in our area. To find an air conditioner like this, it helps to know the basics of how this equipment works.”  Just like the time we took to discuss heating solutions on behalf of your St Louis Heating Sales near Ladue, we will spend extra time covering the air conditioners in the cooling department.

The following was found during our research on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Repair near University City MO and is pertinent in our discussion, “Air conditioners cool using a fluid called refrigerant, which circulates through the system. As the refrigerant passes through the indoor evaporator coil, it absorbs heat from the air and also removes moisture. The cool, dehumidified air is blown into the ducts. The hot refrigerant moves to the outdoor condenser coil to get rid of the heat it picked up.”

Air conditioner efficiency is listed and known to us by the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). This number tells you how much energy the system uses relative to the amount of heat it can remove when busily cooling your space. A higher SEER means greater energy efficiency. Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, upgrading to a recently manufactured model with a higher SEER could reduce your cooling bills by 20 to 40 percent.  We will discuss the ins and outs of more than the SEER and all that relates to cooling choices in the next two posts on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Sales near University City MO.

 

Value Determination of HVAC

Value Determination of HVAC

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.

HVAC Thermostat Diagnosis

HVAC Thermostat Diagnosis

thermostatIn 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.

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.

Ice and Thermal Driven AC Technology

Ice and Thermal Driven AC Technology

iceThermally-driven air conditioning is the next new technology that we wish to discuss further on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Sales near South County MO.  “Chromasun, based out of North Sydney, as in Australia, makes a thermally-driven chiller that provides a low-cost alternative to conventional air-conditioning units, which are electrically driven.”

That seems like a lot to wrap your head around, but essentially these chillers make use of solar energy that, when running short, can be supplemented by natural gas and that lends itself to a greener route and also adds significant value to our discussion about renewable energy in the St Louis Refrigeration Sales world. The company mentioned above makes it own solar panels that generate a high enough temperature to drive a double-effect chiller, which it describes as its most effective system. According to our most recent research on the subject on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Service near South County, the company’s double-chiller system is said to provide more cooling than comparative photovoltaic systems, and eliminates electricity costs.

Another cool concept is the ice powered air conditioner. “Ice Energy, based out of Glendale, Calif., uses an ice-powered air-conditioning unit called the Ice Bear to cool buildings and in most cases, reduce a building’s total net energy consumption.”  Keeping up as best we can on the latest technology, your St Louis Refrigeration Maintenance and Sales near South County found the following information worth sharing for green HVAC and Refrigeration evidence in our neck of the woods.   “In a very abbreviated description, the Ice Bear works by freezing 450 gallons of water in a tank overnight and making that available for cooling the next day. When the Ice Bear is switched from its Ice Charging to Ice Cooling mode, it provides cooling for up to six hours. After its ice has melted, the job of cooling reverts back to the building’s conventional commercial A/C unit, which is why the Ice Bear works in conjunction with a conventional unit. The company describes the product as the first effectively loss-less energy solution.”

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.

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.

How Smart Technology Impacts HVAC

How Smart Technology Impacts HVAC

smart technologyToday, we will talk about smart homes and the future that they hold in our country and globally as well.  What does a smart home do and what does that mean for the forecast business and health of industries such as your St Louis HVAC near Wentzville MO?  “Everything is getting smarter these days. From the cars we drive to the televisions we watch, just about every piece of tech you can imagine has been outfitted with smart technology. It’s only natural, then, that our homes would be next.”

We set out to research the subject on behalf of your St Louis HVAC sales and service near Wentzville both for our own curiosities and for the interests of our followers.  We know that connected systems and phone apps already give us the ability to control our home’s lighting, HVAC systmes, security systems, surveillance, and entertainment at the push of a virtual button. It is safe to assume that these “smart” technologies will continue to evolve and become integrated into our homes, allowing us to control a home’s comfort levels down to the very last detail.

How does the above realization change the way we see and experience the world of HVAC installation and maintenance in St Louis near Wentzville MO?  “Since many of these innovations are already available on the market, this movement toward a smarter home has changed how HVAC engineers and designers approach the next big thing, which is good news for those of us who appreciate high-tech solutions.”  We will dive into further details here in the next post on HVAC future in things such as fully automated homes and even 3D printed air conditioners.