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Heating System Maintenance To Do Now!

Heating System Maintenance To Do Now!

Do it Now!

The St. Louis area has already seen it’s first frost and for many, that means they have had their furnace running already.  It may not be one everyday, but even running it once without the proper maintenance check can cause costly problems.  Today, the premier St. Peters’s area commercial heating team at American Services wants to help you get your furnace in shape so that you can use it without any worries of causing costly damage.  Let’s get started with a few basics.

First and foremost, a furnace with a clean filter is going to provide the most efficient air flow and keep your energy costs down.  Be sure that you are investing in a filter that meets your specific needs.  For example, an average office space may only need a basic filter that takes care of things like mild air pollutants and dust.  If, on the other hand, you are replacing a filter with other needs you will want to address those with a filter made for those needs.  For example, a veterinarian’s office will want to address pollutants like pet hair and dander with a filter made to take care of those issues.  If you aren’t sure when choosing a filter, simply ask your American Services HVAC adviser for a recommendation.

Beyond simply changing your furnace filter on a regular basis, you will want to make sure that other possible issues are addressed before they become a larger problem.  This can be taken care of by having a professional HVAC technician do a thorough maintenance check before the normal heating season begins.  During your maintenance check, the technician will go over all components of your system to make sure there aren’t any obvious issues that should be taken care of before they become worse.  This will ensure that when you need your furnace it will serve you without delay or added problems.

Make your maintenance appointment with the American Services team today!

Ventilation Options Designed To Keep You Cool

Ventilation Options Designed To Keep You Cool

Air Ventilation DuctAs the weather begins to transition into fall, finding cooling options that utilize less energy can help your business save lots of money on utility bills.  That’s why it’s so important to consider how well your building’s ventilation systems are being used to your advantage.  Today, the team at American Services wants to give you some ideas on how to ventilate your commercial space this fall.

Your first option is natural ventilation.  Natural ventilation is accomplished by opening doors and windows that allow for fresh air to flow through your space.  To create the best air flow, be sure to open two windows across the same space.  If possible, keep windows open at night and then close them up in the morning to trap that cool nighttime air in your space.

The next option to consider is fans.  Ceiling fans work great to create a nice breeze across a room that can make it feel about 4 degrees cooler than it actually is.  Box fans are another great option and can be place in a window to draw air inside a space. Using fans in combination with your open windows will cool your space faster.

Finally, consider a whole house fan.  Whole house fans are installed in attic spaces and are designed to bring air up through your space.  The warm air is then exhausted from your roof.  When using a whole house fan it is best to run it at night with the windows open.  Then, simply turn off your fan and close the windows in the morning. Whole house fans use minimal energy and can reduce the time you need to run your air conditioning during the day.

If you feel like your commercial space could be better ventilated, feel free to contact the St. Louis city heating and cooling experts at American Services for a free estimate today!

Heating & Cooling Advice For Small Businesses

Heating & Cooling Advice For Small Businesses

grocery store employeesSaving money on energy costs by utilizing the latest efficiency standards from EnergyStar.gov is important for small business owners.  This advice can be especially helpful to those who are in the grocery or convenience store business since both of these sectors use a number of systems that can use lots of energy.  Today, let’s take a look at how grocery and convenience store owners can save money on heating and cooling costs.

Keeping your retail space comfortable for your employees and customers is an important aspect in how you do business.  If any of the equipment related to your HVAC system isn’t working, your business could suffer.  That’s why it’s important to keep up with certain tasks related to your HVAC system’s well-being.  These tasks will also reduce your energy usage and save you money on your monthly utility bills.  Here are a few tips you can use to keep your space comfortable, energy usage down, and your equipment in working order:

  • Have a programmable thermostat installed.  A programmable thermostat will allow you the ability to cool and heat only when needed.  This feature will save you money and allow your system some time off.
  • Have your equipment tuned-up on a yearly basis.  Get a professional HVAC technician to come out and give your system a thorough maintenance inspection.  This will not only save one your energy costs, but can also help to prevent catastrophic loss of usage due to a major unexpected failure in the system.
  • Have your air filter changed on a monthly basis, especially during high usage months.  This will maximize your air flow and help keep energy costs down.

The team at American Services wants to help you keep your Collinsville area heating and cooling equipment in great shape for years to come!  Contact our team today for more details on our customized preventative maintenance packages designed especially for small businesses.

 

Tips To Save On Cooling Repair Costs

Tips To Save On Cooling Repair Costs

cutting costsSummer isn’t coming to an end any time soon and that means that you will continue to see higher cooling bills for the next couple of months.  Don’t throw in the towel now!  Use these helpful, easy, and inexpensive ideas to lower your costs right now.

  • Your AC system needs the best air flow possible to work efficient and keep you cool.  This is why it is imperative that you change your air filter on a monthly basis.  Air filters are cheap and you can change them all on your own.  Plus, a clean filter makes for a happier AC unit that is less likely to cause issues.
  • Your AC unit’s duct system is nearly thee most important component of your entire system.  In fact, if you have leaky ducts you could be wasting up to 30% of your AC’s efficiency.  If you suspect that leaky ducts are an issue, here’s what you need to do.  Light a candle and hold it near the duct connections.  If the flame of your candle flickers you have a leak.
  • Are you still using an outdated thermostat?  If so, investing in an inexpensive programmable thermostat can save you a bunch of money. These are easy to install and allow you to set the temperature as needed according to the day of the week and time of the day.
  • Don’t let maintenance go undone!  Maintaining your AC unit will ensure that it is running at it’s optimal level will also save you money on repairs in the future.
  • Thinking about upgrading.  This is a quick fix way to get into a more efficient unit that should be free of repair costs for a while.  Just remember that replacing your AC unit is a big investment.  You will not only need to pick the right unit, but also the best team to install and maintain the system for years to come.

All of these tips will save you on AC repair and usage costs.  For more information on saving energy on your Ballwin area cooling system, contact the American Services team today!

Why Is My Pilot Light Out?

Why Is My Pilot Light Out?

Furnace Burner Blower IgnitedSo, you just discovered that the pilot light on your furnace has gone out.  What do you do now?  Well, the best thing you can do is troubleshoot with the understanding that there are a few major causes that could be leading to this issue.  Today, the team at American Services will explain four of these top reasons for a pilot light outage.

Before we get started, lets talk about safety.  You will find that most systems have safe guards in place that automatically shut an appliance down when there is a pilot light issue.  This is only a first line of defense in regards to your safety.   It is important to always consult the owner’s manual and safety guidelines given by the manufacturer of your specific equipment before proceeding with any troubleshooting.  When you start to feel like a task is over your head, stop and call in the professionals.

Now that you understand how to handle troubleshooting in a safe manner, let’s talk about two of the four most common reasons why your pilot light may go out.

  • Condensation – In the case of condensation, your pilot light is going out due to extra moisture dripping on the pilot light and extinguishing the flame. Look for evidence of condensation that may be causing this issue.
  • Air Supply – A draft, improper ventilation, or a lack of fresh air can all cause air supply issues that then cause your pilot light to extinguish.  Look for obstructions that are blocking air flow or drafts that could be leading to the issue.

Come back next time when we continue this discussion and reveal the last two of our top reasons why your pilot light may be out!

The team at American Services provides professional heating and cooling service in the Florissant area.  Give our team a call for a free sales, service, or maintenance estimate today!

 

Common Heating Questions Answered

Common Heating Questions Answered

Question AnswerHere at the American Services blog, answering questions presented to us by our valued commercial heating clients is something we take great pride in.  We always want you to understand all of the functions associated with the equipment we install and strive to give you the knowledge needed to use it effectively, efficiently, and for less money.  Today, our team is going to answer some of the question presented to us about heating systems.  Let’s get started!

How long does the typical heating system last?

With proper maintenance and attention, your heating unit should last anywhere from 10-20 years.

Can the installation of a new heating system lower my monthly utility bills?

Yes.  As mentioned above, your heating system should last about 10-20 years.  Yet in some cases the installation of a newer, more efficient system can save you so much on your utility costs that the upgrade makes perfect sense.

Is it necessary that I purchase a heating unit that matches the brand of my air conditioning unit?

It normally isn’t necessary to purchase a unit that matches in that way.  Just check with your installation expert to make sure all of the coil and blower sized match up properly.

There are temperature inconsistencies around my business space.  Can this be fixed?

Having temperature inconsistencies is a common problem and can be fixed by addressing the air flow problems in your space.   Air flow issues can be caused by areas of your duct work that are dirtier than others or by duct work that wasn’t designed to function optimally.  A professional can provide you with ideas on how to fix these issues and even get you set up with an advanced climate control zone-based system.

The team at American Services is proud to serve Webster Groves area commercial heating customers just like you!  Contact our team for a free estimate today!

What Happens When You Ignore Refrigeration Maintenance?

What Happens When You Ignore Refrigeration Maintenance?

Hvac Technician WorkingEvery business that relies on any type of refrigeration equipment should be securing that equipment’s use with a smart and effective regular maintenance schedule.  Regular scheduled maintenance is key in the proper function of your equipment and additionally reduces down time from unexpected issues.  Today, the Fenton area refrigeration experts at American Services will explain the most common issues that occur when regular maintenance is ignored.

Here are six of the top issues caused by lack of preventative maintenance:

  • Fan Motor Failure – This issue it caused by dirty coils that restrict air flow.
  • Thermostat Failure – This is caused by high amp draw from dirty condenser coils.
  • Burnt and Failing Wiring – This is also caused by excessive amp draw that stems from dirty condenser coils and high head pressure.
  • Compressor Failure – This is caused by a combination of dirty condenser coils and high head pressure.
  • Capillary Tubing Restriction – This is caused by the overheating and fouling of refrigerant oil.
  • Excessive Electrical Consumption and Amp Draw – This is cause by longer dirty condenser coils that cause longer run times for your unit.

As you can see, a number of issues can arise from simply ignoring the routing care that is needed by your refrigeration equipment.  Just think about how much of an investment each piece of equipment is!  Don’t waste your money and cause an inconvenience to your customers by ignoring a few simple tasks.  Maintenance service is always money well spent!

Get your refrigeration equipment on a regular maintenance schedule that will prevent these issues and save you money by calling the customer care team at American Services today!  We can give you a free estimate, get you on a monthly payment plan, and save you money.  Don’t let your equipment fail due to a simple maintenance issue. Call the American Services team now!

Furnace Filter Importance

Furnace Filter Importance

Replace Air FilterDust and debris.  Yep, we all have it floating in our air and our furnace filter is our first line of defense against these pesky contaminants.  If this is true, why do so many ignore their furnace filter and allow their system to run with one that is clogged?  Well, the best answer we have to that question is simple – out of sight, out of mind.  Many don’t even think about their furnace filter because it’s simply not something they look at every day.  It can also be attribute to the fact that the issues a filter one will cause happen slowly without many realizing until there is a major issue.  Here are a few of our top reasons why you need to make sure you are changing your furnace filter on a regular basis.

  • Keeping dust, debris, and pet hair out of your HVAC system will allow it’s parts to move more freely and heat or cool your space in the most efficient way.
  • Running your HVAC system with a dirty filer will slow air flow, cause extra ice buildup on the evaporator coil, and reduce heat transfer.
  • A dirty filter will interfere with the function of your unit’s air handler leading to extra energy usage.
  • Dirty air filters interfere with the quality of your indoor air.  If a filter isn’t changed, the dust, debris, and pet hair it is designed to help eliminate will instead be left to contaminate your air.  This can cause added issues for those with allergy or asthma issues.

The best part about making a commitment to keep your air filter clean is that it is a fairy inexpensive part.  Depending on your needs, you can simply use a basic filter or you may opt for one that has the ability to address specific concerns like dust mites, pollen, tobacco, or other contaminants.

If you have questions about your Collinsville area HVAC furnace filter needs, simply contact the team at American Services for a quote today!

Common Cooling System Issues You May Encounter This Spring

Common Cooling System Issues You May Encounter This Spring

Air Conditioning RepairIt’s that time of year when everyone starts up their air conditioning systems for the warmer weather.  But what happens if things don’t go as planned?  Today, the O’Fallon area cooling experts at American Services will answer some common questions related to cooling system start-up issues.

What if my system isn’t cooling properly?

When you start-up your air conditioner and find the cool air isn’t as cool as it should be, there are a few problems you may be encountering.  Common reasons for this issue include low refrigerant levels due to a leak, sensor issues, thermostat issues, drainage problems, or a dirty filter.  Start by making sure your filter is in good shape. If it seems to be okay, you will need to contact a professional for an inspection.

What if my unit will not turn on?

If you go to start-up your system and it will not turn on, you may be experiencing an electric control failure or a thermostat issue.  Make sure your thermostat has good batteries and is functioning normally.  If it looks good, contact a professional to check out your unit’s electrical connections.

What if I notice limited air flow issues?

Detecting limited air flow could mean that you have a ductwork issue or dirty filter. The first thing to do is to replace your air filter.  If this doesn’t fix the issue, your HVAC technician will need to check your ductwork for leaking air, a clog, or other obstruction.

If you find yourself in one of the above situations, simply call the team at American Services for a free estimate.  Our technicians will diagnose the problem and offer a reasonable solution in no time.  Don’t risk loosing customers or having uncomfortable employees!  Get any issues fixed now and you will be ready when the warm weather arrives.

HVAC Savings This Spring

HVAC Savings This Spring

Spring is ComingAs we begin to prepare for the transition into spring time weather, it becomes more and more important to take some steps that will help you save money on your heating and cooling bills.  This is because of the see-saw temperatures most of us can expect in the St.  Louis area.  Getting prepared will also help to prolong the life of your HVAC system, make your system work more efficiently, and reduce any downtime you could encounter due to an unexpected break down.  Here are our top tips for saving money related to your HVAC system this spring.

  • Before turning your AC unit on for the first time, it is important to make sure you have a clean filter installed.  A clean filter is one of the easiest and least expensive things you can do to not only maintain air purity, but to also prolong the life of your unit.  Refer to your manufacturer recommendations for the proper filter change schedule.
  • You will also want to get outside and take a look at your AC unit before starting it up this spring.  Remember to remove any leave or debris that may have piled up during the winter. This simple step will prevent anything from blocking the air flow through your unit’s coil.
  • Upon the first start-up of your AC unit, it’s also smart to listen for anything that may indicate a problem.  Just take a few minutes to make sure you don’t hear or see anything happening that is out of the ordinary.  If  you do experience something that is of concern, be sure to contact your HVAC service provider near Webster Groves as soon as possible.

There you have it!  Our tops tips to get your AC unit ready for spring and ready to save you some money too!  If you need more help with any of these steps or want more information about a free maintenance cost estimate, simple give the American Cervices team a call today!