Posts tagged air conditioner

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

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

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.

Cooling Technology and Movement Activation

motionIn the world of HVAC, we continue to have so much to report and read about.  The latest and greatest innovations continue to sift through the heating and cooling world and make our job reporting the latest news to you pretty fun and rarely ever dull.  One specific and somewhat revolutionary HVAC technologie that could change how we heat and cool our homes as we know it was found in our recent research on behalf of your heating and cooling in St Louis near Jefferson County MO. Many of these HVAC technologies are still on the drawing board, but there are some you can take advantage of now to boost your home’s comfort levels, according to all that we read.

Movement-Activated Air Conditioning was one thing we encountered in our research on behalf of your cooling specialists in St Louis and it has originated from engineers at MIT who have come up with a new air conditioning design that utilizes sensors along aluminum rods hung from the ceiling. Movement then activates these sensors. In other words, the air conditioner only kicks on when people are present.  That may be one of the most efficient cooling set-ups we have seen to date.

“A motion-activated system seems like such a simple, ingenious idea that it’s almost baffling it hasn’t been tried before now. However, this kind of prototype is just one example of how future HVAC systems are going to be more compact and portable, helping to reduce both energy and utility costs.”  Technology is amazing whether it is in the works or already in play in homes and offices and their existing cooling in St Louis near Jefferson County.  Either way, you need to stay on top of the latest in technology in order to find the best cooling system to fit your needs.

Unique HVAC Solutions and Water Technology

air conditioningWe have just recently been settled in on the subject of higher efficiency HVAC options here in the US and other places globally on behalf of your Commercial HVAC Sales and Maintenance in St Louis near Ladue.  Today, we want to look at something called an On-Demand Hot Water Recirculator.  “A U.S.-based company out of Rhode Island has designed an ‘on command’ pump for a home’s water lines, which allows cool water to be circulated back into the water heater upon activation.”  We will also examine ice-powered air conditioning and a couple other new inventions in the HVAC community.

The purpose of this design is to minimize the waste that we all tend to add to in the water world in the name of proper water temperature.  “This product was engineered to be a solution to a major problem to which all of us contribute: Each year, the average home wastes 12,000 gallons of water just waiting for that water to warm up.” Recirculating this otherwise-wasted water back into the system is an eco-friendly solution that’s bound to play a huge part in future homes.

Ice-Powered Air Conditioning is next on the agenda on behalf of your HVAC in St Louis near Ladue.  Air conditioners seem to be prime systems for gaining improvement through minor and sometimes major adjustments.  For this reason, a California-based company has created an ice-powered A/C system called the Ice Bear. “The Ice Bear essentially works by freezing water in a tank overnight, so the ice can help cool a building the next day. So far, the design has been able to provide enough cooling for a building for up to six hours, after which, a conventional commercial air conditioner takes over.”  When it comes to this particular HVAC technology, it still has a ways to go.  But for now, it can work in 6 hour increments, which is definite progress.

 

Heat Pump Particulars in HVAC

heat pumpWe enjoy the efforts we put forth on behalf of your HVAC installation and repair in St Louis near Overland MO.  One of the best aspects of this job is to learn more about interesting topics and pass along what we discover to others.  Today, we are looking closer and the H in HVAC, which as most of you probably know, stands for heating.  Heat pump seemed interesting, so we first researched the details surrounding those.

There are two main types of heat pumps used in residential and commercial applications: air-source heat pumps (by far the most common) and ground-source (or geothermal) heat pumps. Did you know that a heat pump works like an air conditioner in the cooling cycle?  Then, when it is in the heating cycle, it simply does the reverse, working to cool the outside while venting heat to the inside. A major difference in the two mentioned above, was found during our research on behalf of your HVAC sales in St Louis near Overland, as follows, “Ground-source heat pumps transfer heat through earth or water, whereas air-source heat pumps do so via air. Because heat pumps simply move heat around rather than creating heat, they can be a very efficient method of space conditioning, especially in moderate climates.”

What lets us know the efficacy of a heat pump?  Well, this would be best measured in efficiency compared to yield.  “Heat pump efficiency is rated using two metrics: SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is used to rate the performance when the unit is acting as an air conditioner; HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) is used to rate the performance when the unit is in heating mode.” In our research, we learned, on behalf of your St Louis HVAC sales, that there is much to be known about efficiency and many ways to dive deeper online.  For now, the above rating system is all we uncovered for time’s sake.  Stay tuned to this site for more posts on heat pumps and more discussion about their efficiency and other surrounding details.

Not All Furnaces Are Created Equal

efficientIn an effort to finalize and summarize our recent series of posts on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling installation and sales near Fenton MO, we are here today to say that of all the ways in which you can stay abreast of technology that will save you money in the HVAC world, the one way, besides the last money saving technology is to make sure you understand not all systems are created equally.

There are some systems that are much better than others at running efficiently.  Here is what one set of writers has to say on the subject in an article we found on behalf of our research being done for your St Louis Heating and Cooling sales near Fenton, “Not all furnaces and air conditioners are created equally. Just like different cars have different gas mileage, different HVAC systems use different amounts of energy to heat or cool a home.”

You may be interested in knowing that heating efficiency is measured by the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rating (AFUE). It measures the amount of energy that is used by your furnace that is actually turned into heat. For example, an AFUE of 80 percent means that 80 percent of the energy a furnace uses is turned into heat and 20 percent of the energy is wasted, so obviously, the higher this number, the better.  If you buy a modern day furnace, or have done so in the recent past, then you should know that for furnaces manufactured after September 2015, the Department of Energy mandated a minimum AFUE of between 80 to 84 depending on the fuel type and whether the furnace is designed for a mobile home or permanent structure.  Beyond that, the numbers have to be displayed clearly on the package.  So, you likely have a more efficient furnace if it was purchased in the recent past. If you find yourself in need of a smarter heating solution in St Louis now or in the future, come visit your St Louis heating and cooling sales experts near Fenton today.

 

SEER and the Heating and Cooling World

researchWhen it comes to heating and cooling we strive to bring you the latest news and information available to the industry on behalf of your heating installation and sales in St Louis near Bridgeton MO.  Today, we flip a coin and go from discussing St Louis Heating Sales to central air conditioners.  “Central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps operating in the cooling mode have been rated according to their seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) since 1992.”  Many people are clueless when it comes to the ratings of their systems and, mainly when they are shopping, this can be quite pertinent information to have.  So, let us describe some of the nitty gritty surrounding these numbers as they pertain to your St Louis Heating and Cooling maintenance and efficiency.

“SEER is the seasonal cooling output in BTU divided by the seasonal energy input in watt-hours for an ‘average’ U.S. climate. Before 1992, different metrics were used, but the performance of many older central air conditioners was equivalent to SEER ratings of only 6 or 7.”  This number has risen over time with the average central air conditioner sold in 1988 having a SEER-equivalent of about 9; then by 2002 it had risen to 11.1.

According to our research done recently on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling sales near Bridgeton MO, the national efficiency standard for central air conditioners and air source heat pumps now requires a minimum SEER of 13, this has been the case since 2006.  Also, you cannot just receive an ENERGY STAR rating without working for it in the heating and cooling world. This title is only awarded to systems who achieve a minimum of 14.5 SEER.  Basically, the point of our post is to recognize the efficiency differences and the fact that they do exist in the AC and heat pump world.  Also, knowing a bit about their significance can and does make you a smarter shopper in the world of HVAC.

Elaborating Further on Heat Pumps and Central AC

defineMoving onto the second phase of description we are planning on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling installation near Fenton MO, we still have much to explain about your cooling system in your home.  Your air conditioner, to be precise, and though we told you the basics when it comes to the system and how it uses energy to remove actual heat from your space, unfortunately, it isn’t quite that simple.  The process gets quite a bit more complicated with all the controls and valves involved, its effect it rather amazing.  “An air conditioner takes heat from a cooler place and dumps it in a warmer place, seemingly working against the laws of physics. What drives the process, of course, is electricity — quite a lot of it, in fact.”

Our first type of cooling system to discuss, namely because it is the most common, are the central air conditioners and heat pumps designed to cool the entire house. “In each system, a large compressor unit located outside drives the process; an indoor coil filled with refrigerant cools air that is then distributed throughout the house via ducts.”  Heat pumps are then like central air conditioners with the exception of the cycle direction variations.   “Heat pumps are like central air conditioners, except that the cycle can be reversed and used for heating during the winter months.”  We will go into more details on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling sales near Fenton, in regards to heat pumps below.

With a central air conditioner, the same duct system is used with a furnace for forced warm-air heating. In fact, the central air conditioner typically uses the furnace fan to distribute air to the ducts, so there is an overlap and therefore efficiency existent in the system by its simple nature.  Central air conditioners and air source heat pumps in their cooling mode of operation are rated according to their efficiency in the seasons.  We will break down these details in the next couple posts here, on behalf of your Heating sales in St Louis near Fenton MO.

Cooling Conjugations Begin

definitionIn the world of heating and cooling, we like to stay abreast of the latest news and information, but sometimes we need to remember to take a step back and offer some basics for those following on behalf of your Cooling Sales in St Louis near Maryland Heights MO.  After all, revisiting some of the basics can earn people’s interest for future discussions on the higher level technology and latest news.  If we don’t take the time, for example, to educate you on the different types of cooling on today’s market, then discussing the nitty gritty will likely go right over your head.  So, let us begin, today, with the different types of air conditioning.

We will begin with a basic, yet essential definition of cooling.  “Air conditioning, or cooling, is more complicated than heating. Instead of using energy to create heat, air conditioners use energy to take heat away. The most common air conditioning system uses a compressor cycle (similar to the one used by your refrigerator) to transfer heat from your house to the outdoors.”

If you imagine that your house is a refrigerator, then you can get a good idea for starters.  “Picture your house as a refrigerator. There is a compressor on the outside filled with a special fluid called a refrigerant. This fluid can change back and forth between liquid and gas. As it changes, it absorbs or releases heat, so it is used to ‘carry’ heat from one place to another, such as from the inside of the refrigerator to the outside.”  This is a rather simple way to begin in your line of thinking, but it is a bit more complex that that really.  If you follow this and the next several posts, we will attempt to dive into much more detail in an effort to explain the different St Louis Cooling systems near Maryland Heights MO.