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Heating Factors to Consider

Heating Factors to Consider

boiler roomWe are examining a variety of ways in which to heat your home, on behalf of your St Louis Heating Installation near Ladue MO.  As many would agree, air quality is often an issue that homeowners overlook when planning their heating and air conditioning systems. Comfort, fuel-efficiency, and cost are often the factors that take top priority and though they are not to be discounted, it would be wise to factor in the air quality in your St Louis Heating near Ladue as well.  When looking at differences in Heating options for your home or office, it is also overlooked by many that there are more choices than just the type of fuel that a system uses. The above are both factors for consideration when deciding upon which heating style best suites your home in St Louis near Ladue MO.

There are other things to be considered as well as energy efficiency and type of fuel being used, according to your St Louis Heating Repair near Ladue.  “There are also differences in the heating and distribution processes. The right choice in a heating system for your home will improve comfort and even help keep you and your family healthier.”  So, that leads us to deciding between different heating styles.

Let’s finish up by contemplating the differences in furnaces and boilers.  According to our research done on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling Sales near Ladue, “Both furnaces and boilers rely on gas or oil to create heat but their method of delivery varies a great deal.” A furnace heats air and then blows it into ductwork that runs throughout your home; this is the most common existing method of heating in St Louis homes. In this system, air is blown out of registers or diffusers, creating warmer areas in some spots. “The hot air rises to the ceiling and remains there once the furnace is no longer blowing.”  In the next post, we will pick up on the differences in this style and the use of boilers.

Vegetation and Solar All Save on Cooling Bill

Vegetation and Solar All Save on Cooling Bill

vegetationWe spoke, previously, to the points of energy savings in the heating and cooling of your commercial business setting.  We know, per our research done on behalf of your Cooling install and service in St Louis near Florissant, that you will use multiple different sources of energy in order to effectively operate your new business.  One way to save from an HVAC perspective is to make sure you partake in annual maintenance for your heating and cooling systems, but that isn’t the only way to save.

One thing you can, and should definitely do yourself, is to regularly change (or clean if reusable) HVAC filters every month during peak cooling or heating seasons. This is such a low expense to maintain and such an imperative energy saver in the long run that it really is a no brainer, as long as you can remember to do it.  “New filters usually only cost a few dollars. Dirty filters cost more to use, overwork the equipment and result in lower indoor air quality.”

Another cost saver when it comes to heating and cooling energy use is direct sun through windows, depending on the season and local climate. During cooling season in St Louis near Florissant, you will want to make your best effort to block direct heat gain from the sun shining through glass on the East and especially West sides of your building. You may want to check on adding things to your St Louis business near Florissant, such as solar films, screens or awnings fo vegetation.  These are all things that can enhance by adding to your place of business, vegetables and oxygen are awesome additions.  Solar energy can be used and the panels effective in blocking out the heat.  These things are all win-win examples of saving on cooling bills.

Step Up on Heating Care

Step Up on Heating Care

pleated filterBack to the subject of heating you home, office or commercial setting, we are still wishing to discuss the differences between filter choices for your home heater.  We, on behalf of your Heating maintenance near Fenton MO, have compiled some facts covering the most common five filters available and already discussed previously the absolute most common.  It is the fiberglass heater filter and it is the cheapest and least effective.  It may, however, be the only one you truly need if your family does not suffer from allergies or asthma.

If, however, you wish to remove more than just gross sized particles, you may wish to opt out of basic fiberglass and look into something a bit more effective.  It is true that now, filters you will buy for your St Louis Heating near Fenton will be much more centered around air quality than they will the health of your heating system. Technology has advanced enough so that these filters are no longer really needed to protect the moving parts of your system as they once were.  Now, it is all about the quality of the air you breathe, which some would argue is equally if not more important.

Disposable pleated filters are the next step from the fiberglass style.  “…this popular option, made from polyester or cotton paper, can remove some small particles like spores and mites, but needs to be changed frequently to avoid clogging and taxing your HVAC system.”  This is a step up without spending an arm and a leg. They are about 5 bucks each though, so can add up, but it you do one a month, then this expense for the health of your Home or Business heating system, is no big deal at all.  It will also improve your air quality drastically over the fiberglass basic.

Regular HVAC to do’s

Regular HVAC to do’s

heatingIn our last article, we covered the two main reasons to stay on top of routine service of your commercial heating and cooling system in St Louis MO near St Peters.  One, it will keep your HVAC system in the best condition and operating order possible and two, it will ensure good air quality for those subjected to your HVAC system.  This is important for your employees and/or residents.  Check out some of these tips from a variety of sources online about HVAC maintenance and preservation.

Replace Filters once every one to six months, depending on your needs.
“Filters should be replaced regularly. Inspect them routinely for a few months and then decide, based on what you see, how often they should be replaced.”  You will also want to clean the evaporator and condenser coils.  This should take place once or two times a year.  If you don’t, you will likely grow and emit mold form the evaporator.  This is such a damp environment that it is almost inevitable unless you keep it clean.  The same holds true for refrigeration.  If any of the following advice is more than you want to deal with, the other thing to keep in mind, is that you can hire someone in the heating and cooling industry to handle any or all of it for you.  St Louis American Services near St Peters does offer this service to our St Louis Commercial Heating and Cooling customers as well.

The above cleaning is important for your HVAC system, not only to prevent mold, but also for overall air quality.  In addition to the dampness that we discussed, the supply side of your coils is in regular contact with contaminated outside air, so things come into the system that aren’t subjected to the filter first.

Professionals Can Help You Maintain Your Cooling

Professionals Can Help You Maintain Your Cooling

pipesDid you know that two times every year you should be cleaning your HVAC system?  That’s right, we are on a cleaning advice kick, and also routine maintenance recommendations from your St Louis Cooling Service near Wentzville MO.  Too often times, people who own commercial buildings neglect their commercial HVAC systems and fail to remember that they will run best if they get the routine attention that they need.  Replacing the filters, cleaning the evaporator and condenser and inspection of the fan, bearing and belts are all things that must be done with regularity if you want to prevent problems and always produce great air quality from your heating and cooling vents.

Here is some info we found online about the last point in the above paragraph on behalf of your St Louis Heating service near Wentzville MO, “Inspect Fan, Bearings, and Belts (twice annually).  Even though fan, bearing, and belt operation don’t have a direct impact on IAQ, you should still inspect these pieces as part of your preventive-maintenance plan. Cleaning the blades on a small fan can take an hour or more; cleaning larger fans, especially those with multiple wheels on a single shaft, can take quite a while.”

So, as you can see, it is sometimes all about efficiency and other times all about air quality, but really, most times, when you are talking about cleaning your system, you will gain from both the increase in quality for the air you breathe and also the ability for you system to work optimally and avoid unnecessary repairs in the long haul.  Most all that your Cooling in St Louis MO near Wentzville requires can be done by you, but if and when you wish to pull in the professionals, give American Services a call and they will be glad to help.

 

What to do Routinely With Your Commercial Heating and Cooling

What to do Routinely With Your Commercial Heating and Cooling

HVACWe have decided upon a series of care instructions and information regarding the importance of maintaining your commercial HVAC system from your heating and cooling experts in St Louis near St Charles MO.  Many people possess business HVAC systems, yet much like automobiles and other large equipment and systems, they fail to have them properly maintained and serviced on a regular basis.  This is not only incorrect to do, but it can also be a costly mistake in the long run.  You may run into service issues that could have been avoided if your heating and cooling in St Louis were simply checked out on occasion.  Then, there’s the question of air quality.

“Maintaining your HVAC systems not only protects the equipment – it also protects the people in your building from discomfort and IAQ concerns, and protects you from a lawsuit. There are many ways to make sure that indoor air is kept at appropriate levels.”  You will want to keep a close eye on the air vents of your heating and cooling in St Louis near St Charles MO.  This will alert you to mold and many other pollutants and their possibility.  You will want to watch for a musty odor and ask your tenants and employees (whomever you have in your commercial space) about the quality of the air around them.  Don’t disregard complaints, as they should be taken seriously so that you can correct any HVAC problems you may discover through their opinions and avoid a lawsuit.

Here is another big reason to have your St Louis Heating and Cooling system checked out regularly, “In addition to keeping IAQ in check, routine maintenance can also lower utility costs and reduce equipment-replacement costs.”  Read the next couple of posts where we will discuss the basics and specifics of what to do to your Heating and Cooling system near St Charles in order to ensure the best performance and air quality possible for your place of business.

Indoor Air Quality Hazards – VOCs

Indoor Air Quality Hazards – VOCs

ndoor air pollution

Did you know that every time you use certain household or commercial products you are releasing potentially harmful compounds into the air?  These compounds are referred to by the EPA as VOCs or Volatile Organic Compounds and can be reeking havoc on your indoor air quality.  Today, the team at American Services wants to give you some facts about VOCs and also some ideas on how to eliminate them from your indoor environment.

Facts about Volatile Organic Compounds or VOCs:

  • VOCs can be found in cleaning products, paints, chemical strippers, waxes, pesticides, candles, and many other common products around your home and workplace.
  • VOCs can also come from floor coverings, furniture, electronic equipment, air fresheners, and dry-cleaned clothing.
  • The VOCs from these products are not just emitted into the air during use.  They are also releasing potentially harmful VOCs while simply being stored due to natural evaporation.  This makes the source of VOCs harder to pinpoint.

How to control and eliminate VOCs from your environment:

  • Adequate ventilation needs to be in place when using VOC-containing product.  This includes when you are painting, using cleaning products, or any other activity that could expose you to VOCs.  The best way to ventilate in these situations is by opening windows and/or using exhaust fans.
  • Read the manufacturer recommendations for all products to make sure you are properly using, storing, and getting rid of these products.  For example, many cleaning products can not be mixed with other chemicals.  If the chemicals are combined you can cause a reaction that will cause harm to the user.
  • Ask your Maryland Heights area heating and cooling technician about adding equipment to your system that will clean the pollutants out of your indoor air.  These units can help tremendously in eliminating odors from your space and can even help to control allergy issues that may be of concern.

Contact the American Services team today for a free quote!

Indoor Air Quality Hazard – Radon

Indoor Air Quality Hazard – Radon

chemical element radon

When most think about indoor air quality they think of cigarette smoke, chemical exposure, or other common irritants often found within indoor environments.  Yet, there is one irritant that is often undetected although it’s side effects can be deadly and that is Radon gas.  Today, the American Services team wants to give you some information regarding Radon and how you need to go about making sure you keep this gas out of your workplace and home.

Facts you need to know about Radon:

  • Radon is a radioactive gas that can cause cancer.
  • Radon is odorless, colorless, and tasteless.
  • Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the Unites States today.
  • Smoking in the presence of Radon only increases your chances of being diagnosed with lung cancer.
  • Some studies indicate that children are more susceptible to the dangers of Radon gas.
  • Radon is naturally occurring and is not a commercial product.  Radon gas is produced during the natural breakdown of uranium that is found in igneous rock and soil.  In come cases well water has also been found as a source of Radon.
  • Humans are exposed to Radon when it’s decay products enter workplace or living spaces.  It is an inhaled hazard.
  • Radon exposure is most often much higher in underground work spaces like  mines.
  • There are no symptoms associated with Radon exposure.  Most often you only know if you have been exposed after a problem arises many years later.

Since elevated Radon levels have been found in all 50 states, it is recommended that all spaces be tested for elevated Radon levels.  The test it simple and if you find that that the levels are high, it can often be fixed at very little expense.

If you feel that your indoor air quality is not up to par, contact the O’Fallon area heating and cooling experts at American Services for recommendations on how you can fix the problem today!

Benefits of Ductless Heating

Benefits of Ductless Heating

Cost benefit analysis

Since many aren’t familiar with the concept of ductless heating units, the team here at American Services wanted to get you some information about the benefits that come from choosing this heating or cooling option.  A ductless system simply works by delivering warm or cold air directly to the room in which the system is installed.  This allows for direct distribution of the warm or cold air to the places you need it most. Since these units are installed in individual areas, each is controlled separately and allows for the user to control each area on a case-by-case basis.

Now that you understand a little bit about how these systems work, let’s take a look at the benefits associated with them.

  • Benefit #1 – Since ductless systems work without the need of duct systems, you will experience cleaner air quality in the space being heated or cooled.
  • Benefit #2 – Thanks to the elimination of the duct work, these systems are often cheaper to install.
  • Benefit #3 – Since there is no air leak via a duct system, these units allow for a more efficient means of heating or cooling your space.
  • Benefit #4 – Thanks to each room having it’s own separate unit, you can totally customize how your spaces are heated or cooled.  This allows for everyone to set their unit to fit their comfort and also saves money because you dontt have to use all of the units if spaces are not being used.
  • Benefit #5 – When you invest in a ductless unit, the system will both heat and cool your space.  This means you only have one unit to maintain and eventually to replace.
  • Benefit #6 – When it does come time to replace a unit, you are only replacing the one that is broken. This allows you to split the cost of replacement into smaller, more manageable chunks.

If you have a space that could benefit from a ductless heating and cooling system near St. Peters, contact the team at American Services for a free quote today!

Controlling Sources of Poor Air Quality

Controlling Sources of Poor Air Quality

AQI

Poor indoor air quality is something that can defiantly have an adverse effect on your business.  After all, no one wants to shop or eat in space that is uncomfortable to be in or aggravates their respiratory system.  Plus, many indoor air quality irritants are harmful to ones health and that is something that customers are not going to okay with.  For this reason the Overland area heating and cooling team at American Services wants to help you avoid and remove these irritants from your commercial space with tips on controlling them.  Let’s get started!

  • Poor Indoor Air Quality Irritant #1 – Air Pollutants from Combustion Devices: These pollutants from from sources such as a natural gas-fired furnace, oil-burning furnace, gas stove, space heater, wood-burning stoves, or dryers.  All of these units produce pollution particles that are sources for poor indoor air quality especially if the unit is not installed and maintained properly.  To avoid these pollutants, be sure that they are vented properly through an exhaust system or chimney as well as maintained on a regular basis.
  • Poor Indoor Air Quality Irritant #2 – Smoke: Smoke is actually one of the easiest indoor air quality irritants to control since simply not allowing it removes any chance of it getting in.  Smoking and its second hand effects cause cancer and can be especially harmful to children.  Avoid this irritants by never allowing anyone to smoke inside of your establishment.
  • Poor Indoor Air Quality Irritant #3 – Mold & Radon: Dark, moist environments are where mold love to live.  To avoid this irritant from creeping into your space, you will need to keep those conditions under control.  Radon is a naturally occurring irritant that comes from a degradation of uranium in the soil under a building’s foundation.  Radon can be indicated with a very simple soil test and mediated easily by professionals.  To avoid Radon, simply test your soil and take proper measures from there!