When summer is upon us, most people get excited and look forward to enjoying the summer sun and beating the heat in a cool, air-conditioned building. The downside to this pleasure, according to all that we read on behalf of your Heating and Cooling in St Louis near University City, are the summer energy bills. Most of us all know that the dog days of summer can mean high energy consumption at an unfortunately high price.
In fact, on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling Sales near University City MO, we found a few stats to fill in the gap here and help illuminate the point. “According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, space cooling will consume an estimated 1.28 quadrillion British thermal units across the United States in 2017—that’s equivalent to almost 39 million homes’ electricity use in a year. And that energy use adds up.”
We also found, when reading various articles on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling installation near University City, that in residential buildings, space cooling alone makes up 9% of a home’s total energy consumption. There are also things that can lessen efficiency quite drastically. “Additionally, typical air conditioning units use fluorocarbon refrigerants as a coolant, which, if leaked, can lessen the efficiency of an AC system and negatively impact the environment.” If you properly maintain your AC unit by contacting professionals, such as your St Louis Heating and Cooling Repair near University City, you will at least improve the chances of having a very efficient system.
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.
From your Heating and Cooling Sales in St Louis near Ballwin MO, we bring you some of the less popular subject content along with the other more exciting discussions. Today, it is the former of the two, as we discuss disasters in the HVAC world. “Even though, you may be keenly concerned about your uprooted trees, windows, and roofing system, after you have experienced a natural disaster, your HVAC system could also be in jeopardy. Once the natural disaster passes and your electricity is restored, it is crucial that you become familiar with the ways that a storm or hurricane could damage or destroy your HVAC system.” We will go through specific disasters now and how they affect your system.
Lightening is the first thing we stumbled upon in our recent research on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling Repair near Ballwin MO. And the truth is, when lightening does strike, it can adversely affect your air conditioning or cooling system since this relies on electricity in the home to function properly. “When the electricity is disrupted, it could cause issues to your air conditioning system. The additional power resulting from a lightning strike could flood the circuit breaker in your home.” It could even damage electronics and appliances. There is something you could do, however, preventatively. It is highly recommended that you install a surge protector prior to any natural disaster. This can absorb most of the electricity before it can damage anything in your home, along with your heating and cooling system in St Louis. A surge protector is also important in saving your HVAC equipment.
We will continue this conversation in the next post as we cover the ins and outs of hail and how that, along with other natural disasters can and will take its toll on your HVAC system in ways that your St Louis heating and cooling maintenance can predict and handle.
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.
Thermally-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.”
When researching a variety of topics on behalf of your St Louis Heating Sales and Installation near St Charles, we ran across several in pursuit of more knowledge on the ventilation portion of the HVAC system. As a result, we have decided to further discuss it here. “The purpose of mechanical heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems is to provide air at comfortable temperature and humidity levels, clear of harmful pollutants such as mold, mildew, and other bacteria. Although heating and air conditioning systems are relatively standard operations, complex ventilation processes can often determine the quality of our indoor air.”
Once upon a time, ventilation was simply open windows, adding a fan would increase your ventilation’s effectiveness, but fell short in many heating and cooling scenarios, nonetheless. In today’s day and age, modern buildings typically use a combination of mechanical ventilation processes, resulting in the supply and removal of air from inside a building or home. “Ventilation processes bring in the air from outside, condition and mix the outdoor air with a portion of the indoor air, distribute the mixed air throughout your home or building, and send a portion of the indoor air back outside.
It is our experience in the St Louis Heating Repair near St Charles that when one or more of these ventilation processes fails, indoor air quality can and will deteriorate. For this reason, your ventilation is one of the most important aspects to Heating and Cooling near St Charles MO. “Proper design, operation, and maintenance of the ventilation system is critical to providing indoor air that is free of harmful pollutants.” Whole HVAC systems in place in your St Charles home can also be large contributors to issues with indoor air quality, so should be properly maintained every year as well. Your St Louis Heating Maintenance near St Charles offers these services to those in your area.
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning is what makes up the HVAC industry and is a subject on which we find ourselves focused often in order to bring you the latest information. “It’s something that you’ll find in buildings, homes, and even vehicles. We often take these needs for granted, wanting to turn on the heat when we’re cold or the A/C when we’re warm.” There are trends within the industry that relate to St Louis HVAC near Clayton and these things must be followed in order to help keep a building altogether healthy from a heating and cooling perspective.
When it comes to trends, regulations cover a wide area of ever-changing guidelines. “Regulations drive HVAC industry trends. In the northern US, furnaces must have a 90% efficiency rating, but in southern states, only an 80% efficiency rating is required.” Your St Louis HVAC installation near Clayton knows that they must stay on top of regulation requirements.
“This means HVAC industry trends tend to be fueled by local and regional data instead of an overall set of trends. To discover what is in store for this industry, we must look at emerging technologies, integration, and how local regulations are evolving to get a picture of what to expect in the days and years to come.” There is a smarter industry on the horizon when it comes to HVAC sales and repair in St Louis. “Many within the HVAC industry are beginning to automate their sales and service processes, allowing them to cut their customer acquisition costs to keep pricing competitive.” Using technology to their advantage is another way that HVAC in St Louis is trending in a way to keep up with other competitors and to maximize ability with less effort and cost.
When 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.
Did you know that the air temperature in a radiant heated space is lower than in a warm air heated space? What heats the people would be the body comfort maintained as long as these people are in direct line of sight of the heat source. This is one thing, amongst others, to bear in mind when searching for and deciding upon the best solution for heating and cooling in St Louis near Bridgeton MO. We set out to explore a couple options for HVAC and cooling is straightforward, whereas heating is a little more in depth in options.
Most companies should and will take into consideration the reliability and running costs as the most important factors in commercial heating systems. This is also true of anyone wishing to invest in St Louis Cooling Installation and Sales near Bridgeton. The contractors or heating experts that you choose to follow in your HVAC journey should be experienced and should be able to find the right system for the organization and offer the best solutions for the complete air comfort of your industrial, commercial or private space.
According to one article online regarding the subject, “They should all be well versed with most major types of boilers or heaters within all types of commercial buildings including:”
- Boilers and multi-boilers (gas, oil, LPG, wood)
- Heating controls and sensors
- Valve and pump
- Forced draft and warm air conditioning systems or hot water systems
If you happen to be looking to install heating and cooling in St Louis near Bridgeton for even bigger than average buildings, the above advice is especially worth heeding. In case you are unsure if that includes you, remember the following, “Large scale structures including factories, exhibition halls, leisure and convenience centres, museums and galleries and other open plan buildings require carefully designed heating installations.
We 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.