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Refrigeration and Grills in Your Restaurant

Refrigeration and Grills in Your Restaurant

commercial restaurant equipment

Chipping away at what seems like an endless list of needs when opening a new restaurant can feel overwhelming.  We did some legwork and reading for you on behalf of your St Louis Restaurant Equipment sales and service near Bridgeton MO and found compiled a list of recommended restaurant equipment that all new commercial kitchens need.  Granted, you will want to adjust this list to fit your restaurant style and specific niche.  However, it is at least a place to begin when attempting to stock your kitchen with commercial restaurant equipment in St Louis near Bridgeton.

Refrigeration equipment hits the top of the list of required categories to consider before opening your own kitchen for quite obvious reasons.  “Refrigeration equipment is critical in a foodservice establishment because it prevents your food from spoiling or melting. While refrigerators and freezers are essential, different types of restaurants will need various features and capacities.” We found in our research on behalf of your St Louis Restaurant Equipment installation near Bridgeton MO, that there are many types of refrigerators to choose from, so you can find the perfect one for your establishment, whether you’re opening a sandwich shop, fancy Italian restaurant, or a fast-casual joint.

Moving on from refrigeration, we hit commercial grilling needs.  “Whether you’re creating delicious Cuban sandwiches in a panini press, flipping pancakes on a griddle, or adding appetizing grill marks to your steaks, commercial grills are an essential part of your kitchen.”  You will find that similar to refrigeration options in St Louis near Bridgeton, there too, are a multitude of grill options on today’s restaurant equipment sales market.  Coming in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and types, shopping fom Grills has become a relatively pain free process in which there are plenty of options from which to choose.  This gives you a taste of important restaurant equipment in St Louis near Bridgeton.  We will continue this list in the post to follow, on behalf of your St Louis Restaurant Equipment sales and service near Bridgeton MO.

Whom to Consider For Commercial Cooling Installation

Whom to Consider For Commercial Cooling Installation

confusedDid 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.

Efficient Cooling In St Louis MO

Efficient Cooling In St Louis MO

fanIn our previous post here on behalf of your St Louis heating and cooling installation and sales near Bridgeton MO, we mentioned that there exists many small pieces of advice that can really reduce your cooling costs in St Louis.  We neglected, however, to get into the nitty gritty and so we will do that here.  “Reduce the cooling load by employing cost-effective conservation measures. Provide effective shade for east and west windows. When possible, delay heat-generating activities such as dishwashing until evening on hot days.”

In addition to the above advice, our research on behalf of your Cooling Maintenance and Repair in St Louis near Bridgeton also uncovered the following pointers for maintaining the most efficient cooling methods as home:  Over most of the cooling season, keep the house closed tight during the day. Don’t let in unwanted heat and humidity. Ventilate at night either naturally or with fans.  You can usually get rid of unwanted heat by way of proper ventilation at the right times and at the proper temps (no more than 77 F).

According to our Cooling experts in St Louis near Bridgeton, you will want to consider window fans also used at the proper times and temperatures.  “Window fans for ventilation are a good option if used properly. They should be located on the downwind side of the house facing out. A window should be open in each room. Interior doors must remain open to allow air flow.”  Ceiling fans are another great tool for efficient cooling measures in your St Louis home near Bridgeton MO.  These are used at higher temp settings.  “Use ceiling fans to increase comfort levels at higher thermostat settings. The standard human comfort range for light clothing in the summer is between 72 F and 78 F. To extend the comfort range to 82 F, you need a breeze of about 2.5 ft/sec or 1.7 mph. A slow-turning ceiling-mounted paddle fan can easily provide this air flow.

Warm it Up Down There With Basement Heating

Warm it Up Down There With Basement Heating

Aheaterpparently there are so many ways to increase the heat that gets to your basement and on behalf of your St Louis HVAC installation and sales near Bridgeton, we know that there are at least five different things that can take place to boost the heat in your cool space downstairs. We mentioned all five and elaborated upon the first one that involves extra duct work and exchanges added to your current basement.   According to the experts responsible for some of the content we found in our research, you may be concerned about the added ductwork and exchanges throwing off your heating and cooling system in St Louis near Bridgeton.  This is typically not a valid concern unless you have too many added.  Read more below on this question of concern.

“If you are still having a heart attack about adding registers or just want to add like 8 or something like that – then you might have to ‘beef up your HVAC’. My advice then would be get your wallet out and call the professionals.  (I’ll try to write a separate article on the cost of a separate HVAC unit in the future)”  Your St Louis Heating and Cooling near Bridgeton MO is equipped to handle all of your HVAC installation needs should you feel compelled to involve an expert.

Another viable option for adequately heating and cooling your basement comes along in the form of a vented stand-alone system that is available for purchase at your local heating and cooling sales in St Louis MO.  According to one article we encountered in our heating research on behalf of your heating and cooling near Bridgeton MO, the following is to be considered, “Note, you have to build a ‘stone or concrete hearth’ below the stove. It cannot sit on vinyl or carpet.  What I mean by that is, don’t tap into your HVAC, instead buy something like a Pellet Stove.”  There are more details surrounding the option of a vented stand-alone heating solution and we will explore them along with entirely different solutions as well, in our next post on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling repairs near Bridgeton MO.

Chilly Basement and Heating Solutions

Chilly Basement and Heating Solutions

HVACYour St Louis Heating and Cooling installation near Bridgeton MO has some updates to research we have done with the purpose of providing you with interesting content and answers to questions about heating and cooling your space.  Today, given the average temperatures across a large part of the United States at the beginning of the New Year, we have settled on heating as our main goal of discussion, namely your basement space which is by far the most challenging area of your home to keep warm.

We managed to compile a top five list of things to do to most effectively heat your basement space in our active research on behalf of your St Louis Heating sales and service near Bridgeton MO.  First of all, you can add registers to your existing or expanded HVAC duct work. (This can be a rather costly option and labor intensive option.)   You can consider buying a vented stand alone “system” to heat your basement. (An example would be a pellet stove.)  You can buy an electric heater that stands alone, unvented.  You can buy something that will heat a small room only.  Or, you can live with it, the cold that is.

We will spend the rest of this post, in addition to other posts to follow, on behalf of your Heating installation and maintenance in St Louis MO, elaborating on the above five options for heating your basement space.  First, the duct expansion and register addition, which is a great idea if you think of it when you are actually in the process of finishing your basement, can be the best way to go.  And, although this is helpful, it may not solve the chill.  Here is what one guy had to say regarding his own basement where the added ductwork was placed.  “This helped but my basement was still “cold” on days where the outside temps dropped below freezing. By ‘cold’ I mean between 63 and 66 degrees.”

Price Range Differences in Commercial Appliances

Price Range Differences in Commercial Appliances

commercial kitchenFiguring out which type of commercial appliance your kitchen needs, whether in the oven and stove top/range category, or any other area of product, can first be decided upon what your kitchen will accommodate, according to our recent research done on behalf of your Heating Sales in Earth City near Bridgeton.  “What type of appliance does your kitchen accommodate? Do you have a built-in wall oven and separate cooktop, or do you only have space for a range? Stick with a product that will fit into your current setup, unless you’re ready for a big renovation to accompany your new appliance purchase.”

According to our Heating Installation in Earth City, another series of questions involve power source and location.  “What type of power hookup do you have? Check to see if you have a gas line or just an electric outlet.”  If you have electric, it is 110 or 220?  How much money will you spend?  Some ranges can be a ton of money and although they are really neat appliances to have, they can definitely be an overkill for some when it comes to capabilities and also breaking the bank too.

One writer said the following, “With that said, set a budget so that shiny stainless steel finishes and touchpad controls don’t blind you to the reality of what you can afford. Fortunately, our testing has shown us that you can find a good appliances at any price point.”  If you find yourself in the 500-1000 dollar price range, then you will be looking at the more basic ranges in the commercial realm especially, according to your St Louis Heating and Range Service near Bridgeton MO.  You will get the basic cooking functions without doubt.  Your options for finish are black, white and bisque, though you can find a few stainless-steel-covered models in this price range and most all are self cleaning ovens as a standard with any of them.  You may get manual controls for the oven as opposed to digital, but that isn’t always a bad thing.  Read our next post for more info on the upper price ranges.

Cooling Components

Cooling Components

cooling componentsWhen it comes to cooling your space, there is some basic knowledge that will prove helpful to you in the quest of efficiency and weighing of all the options.  We set out, on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling service near Bridgeton in order to answer some of the most common questions with mostly knowledge gap filling.

Let’s start with Air Conditioning and the cooling of your commercial, business or personal space.  This is best understood by looking first at the individual components involved in the cooling process to begin with.  There are four main components in any air conditioning unit. Each plays a significant role in cooling and maintaining the temperature in your home or office space.

The first component in your cooling system from St Louis is the evaporator.  The evaporator is fed liquid refrigerant.  The evaporator and the refrigeration coils, or cooling coils are synonymous.  The refrigerant is the liquid substance that is found in the evaporator and is typically the key ingredient for cooling the unit.  The evaporator has coils and also a fan for cooling your space.  This distributes the cool air away from the evaporator and out into the space.  The condenser is next in the cooling process according to our research done on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Repair near Bridgeton MO.  “The condenser is also referred to as the hot coils. The condenser is in charge of facilitating the heat transfer, from inside the home to the outside. There is a fan associated with this part also, similar to the evaporator’s job.”  We will move on to more parts in the next post here regarding cooling your space in St Louis.

Don’t Skimp on Your Restaurant Equipment

Don’t Skimp on Your Restaurant Equipment

restaurant equipmentWhen it comes to restaurant equipment, one of the most important pieces about which everyone is aware, is the ice maker or ice machine.  Refrigeration falls into the same category of total essentials regardless  of your style and type of restaurant.  On behalf of American Services in St Louis near Bridgeton, we have done some research on the above topic in an effort to assist you in your selection.   “Operators know refrigeration is essential to every restaurant. Yet not everyone knows how best to select coolers that balance price, performance and a restaurant’s long-term cold storage needs.”  Also, remember during your search that at your St Louis Restaurant Equipment near Bridgeton, we will gladly help you with the sales, installation and service of pretty much any and all restaurant equipment you find yourself needing.

The thing to remember is that your refrigeration is keeping your inventory viable.  If you skimp on the quality of your restaurant equipment, then it will likely reflect in the operation of your restaurant in St Louis MO.  “While many recognize its vital role in preserving valuable, perishable inventory, others view it as a budget line item where cost cutting is possible.”  It would be wise, according to your Restaurant Equipment Service in St Louis, to invest in the main areas where you hold and make your money, according to experts online.

“Holding food refrigerated until you sell it is like holding onto money. And if you buy equipment that doesn’t work well, you’re going to lose some of that inventory and your money.”  If, on the other hand, your inventory is fresh and that makes great dishes and products, then your business will flourish, so in this series written on how to best choose your refrigeration and other restaurant equipment in St Louis, we begin with the advice to invest in something worthwhile and avoid cutting corners on that which will make you money in the long run.

More Efficient HVAC Systems

More Efficient HVAC Systems

HVAC installSome of the latest technologies that will directly impact exactly how efficient your Commercial HVAC in St Louis can be, are as follows:   variable speed compressors, electronic expansion valves, advanced humidity removal, heat recycling, variable frequency drives, and thermal energy storage.  Essentially, the above list consists of things that can be done to modify your current HVAC system and add efficiency to it, according to your St Louis HVAC near Bridgeton MO.  This is the most cost effective way to improve upon an existing HVAC system in your commercial setting, in order to allow a huge gain in efficiency which will result in a savings for you and your business.

The above observation is proven through research and questioning of those in the mix, “While some builders and owners will choose to install whole new, cutting-edge HVAC systems, occupants and building managers will favor lower-cost incremental component solutions that improve efficiency of their existing systems,” said Jaideep Raje, a Lux Research senior analyst and a contributing author of the report. “Component technologies demonstrate the quickest return on investment, smoothing their path to adoption.”

The above report was done and used by evaluating current HVAC systems and separate components, scoring them individually, according to your St Louis HVAC Sales and Service near Bridgeton.  “The report evaluates HVAC systems and components separately and scores technologies on their technical value and maturity. It then plots each technology’s relative potential on a matrix comprising four quadrants: Current Winners, Future Winners, Long-Shot, and Faded Incumbents.”  Some of the specific findings will be written about here, in future posts, and they show a ton of potential in the world of HVAC efficiency.  We will concentrate, next, on heat pumps and how they can positively impact the cost of operating your commercial HVAC system in St Louis MO.

The Equipment You Need to Open a Restaurant Part Two

The Equipment You Need to Open a Restaurant Part Two

get startedThis article will help you when it comes to choosing and figuring out what you need to open a restaurant in St Louis MO near Bridgeton.  Writing on behalf of your Commercial Restaurant Equipment Company near Bridgeton, we want to help take out some of the guesswork.  This is the 2nd post in a two part series on this subject.  Don’t worry about the small stuff for your kitchen, say experts on restaurant equipment online, get the big stuff handled first.  “Later, after you’ve stocked your kitchen with the right equipment to make your recipes as dazzling as can be, then you can move on to smallwares and dining furniture.”

There are questions you have to answer first, before choosing, purchasing and installing your restaurant equipment.  Check you menu first.  “Does a hamburger house need a sushi table? What about a salad bar? Your menu is the first place to look when planning your kitchen equipment.”   You may wish to consult your chefs here and actually walk through the creation of each dish on your menu and what type of equipment will be needed for each in St Louis near Bridgeton MO.

You will, next, want to estimate how much…think volume needs and performance along with this.  For example, a restaurant that deep-fries one menu appetizer needs a small fryer with low expectations in performance, so cheap is ok here.  If your restaurant offers fries with every entrée, then this is a different scenario.   Some restaurant equipment , every single kitchen will need, like the following:  cooking equipment, refrigeration equipment, food preparation equipment and specific equipment catered to the type of restaurant you are equipping.  Reach out to experts and those knowledgeable of the food codes in your area, for this will also come into play.  In the meantime, when you are ready to install your equipment, contact your St Louis Restaurant Equipment Installers near Bridgeton for further help and information.