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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.

Cooling Technology and Movement Activation

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

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 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.