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Whole House Fans For Efficient Cooling

Whole House Fans For Efficient Cooling

fanIn the previous post here, on behalf of your Commercial Cooling Installation in St Louis near Ballwin, we talked about how there definitely exist alternative ways in which to cool your home or office space that do not require a central AC.  We began by covering a whole-house fan that is making a comeback, recalling the energy savings of upwards of 90%.  Besides the potential for monetary savings, you can typically have one installed with ease as well.  According to one article online, “With a helper and basic tools, you can install a whole-house fan in a weekend.”  There are some disadvantages as well, however.  “They can’t cool inside temps any lower than outside temps and they can’t dehumidify. They can make allergies worse. Whole-house fans draw in outdoor pollen and dust.”

You can get better results from larger style fans, according to our research on behalf of your St Louis Commercial Cooling Sales near Ballwin MO, since they will move the air more quickly.  However, you will pay  more to buy a larger one and also face greater charges in order to have it installed.  “They also require significant attic ventilation and make more noise than smaller attic fans.”

It would make the most sense, in order to get the most optimal results, that you match the fan size to your floor plan, cooling needs and available attic ventilation. Call your local utility and check energystar.gov to see which models, if any, qualify for local rebates.  Still, all and all, fans are not a bad option to cool your home, especially in the ideal environment.  In climates that are dry where distribution of air flow can actually “cool” your space, an attic, whole-house fan, can be the most effective and save you the most money over traditional ways of cooling.

Dehumidifiers Can Help You Avoid Mold Issues

Dehumidifiers Can Help You Avoid Mold Issues

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Mold is something that grows in areas where there are high moisture concentrations like basements and bathrooms.  Once an area has be exposed to a mold infestation, the spores can spread quickly and even attach to other surfaces only to begin growing there as well.  The worst part about mold is that it can cause a number of health issues and can be hard to stop.  Today, the Fenton area heating and cooling experts at American Services wants to show you how the use of dehumidifiers can help you in your fight against the many issues that are caused by mold.

Dehumidifiers work to lower moisture concentrations in the air.  This reduced moisture level deters mold growth since mold likes to live in areas with high moisture levels.  Dehumidifiers work to deter mold growth very well when used in high humidity climates, basements, or specific areas where moisture build-up is prominent.

When shopping for a dehumidifier, it’s important to consider where and how the machine will be used.  You can purchase units that cover a single room or get one that will work to lower humidity levels throughout your building or home.  These units are are often called whole-house units and require installation by an HVAC professional.

Other ways that work at keeping mold at bay include:

  • Check for and replace any damages insulation around windows, doors, and water pipes.
  • Repair leaky roofs immediately.
  • Remove any rotting wood from around your structure.
  • Avoid standing water around your space.
  • Permanently fix any plumbing problems.
  • Run your air conditioner regularly, as it works as a dehumidifier when cooling the air.
  • Have your air conditioner maintained properly to avoid water pooling.

Don’t let a mold issue become a major problem around your commercial or rental home space.  Contact the American Services team for a free estimate on a dehumidifier unit today!

 

 

Choosing the Perfect Ice Machine In 4 Easy Steps!

Choosing the Perfect Ice Machine In 4 Easy Steps!

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Step 1 – Decide what type of ice you will need your commercial ice machine to make. When most think of ice machine needs they only think of the ice applied to drink service, but there are other uses also.  In the restaurant space, ice is also used for salad bars, chilling bottled beer and wine, or for other food-related display purposes. Yet, other commercial establishments use ice including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, schools, office buildings and much more.  Be sure to think of your needs as well as your customer or employee needs when making this decision.

Step 2 – Decide how much ice you will need daily and pick the appropriate sized machine. This is probably the most important decision you will make when choosing your commercial ice machine.  You will need to be sure your machine is sized so that it can produce enough ice for your daily needs and can also keep up with any increase in demand for the near future.  The O’Fallon area refrigeration and ice machine experts at American Services are always eager to help with this part of the decision making process.

Step 3 – Decide between an air-cooled versus water-cooled condenser.  The biggest difference between these two styles of machine is this: Water-Cooled units cut down on noise and can be more reliable in hotter climates; Air-cooled units save on water costs.  Talk to your dealer about the advantages and disadvantages to both before making a final decision.

Step 4 – Decide on what options and accessories you will need for your machine. These add-on’s are important because they will allow you to get the most out of your machine on a daily basis.  Just a few of your choices include: Remote Condensing Unit (for air-cooled machines), storage or ice bins, dispensers, bin adapters, water filtration, scoops, and ice totes or carts.  These can usually be ordered upon the initial installation of your machine or even after you have your machine and find a need for them.

Commercial Cooling Energy Saving Ideas

Commercial Cooling Energy Saving Ideas

Save EnergyWhen it is estimated that 6 percent of the energy you use is created by your cooling system, it’s no wonder so many of us want new ideas on reducing usage!  That’s where the team at Enery.gov come in to play.  Today, we will explain a number of the tips they give to help reduce cooling costs.

  • Become aware of your cooling load and takes steps to reduce it.  A few of the easiest ways to do this include: adding insulation to your walls; add shades or blinds to the windows; or think about adding high-albedo (white) surfaces like a cool roof to your building.  Also take a look around for appliances that may be adding to your cooling load.  This would include a stove or cloths dryer.  In humid climates, you will also want to make sure to eliminate an excess air leaks.
  • Think about areas of your building that don’t need to be cooled.  To do this, you can simply isolate that area by shutting the register that feeds that room.  Just be mindful not to do this to too many rooms as it can reduce airflow across the entire system due to pressure build-up.
  • Get an efficiency check-up.  This can be accomplished by calling the team at American Systems.  Our St. Peters area commercial cooling experts can come to your place of business and give you a free estimate on upgrading, replacing, repairing, or maintaining your equipment so that you are getting the most from your unit.  It is also important to continue with regular maintenance check-ups to get the most from your cooling system over time.

Now that you have a few expert ideas on keeping your cooling energy costs down, get a full energy savings check-up by calling the team at American Services!  We look forward to helping you maximize your energy dollars!

Radiant Cooling

Radiant Cooling

cooling installation in ILAmerican Services heating and cooling installation in Jefferson County is committed to keeping customers updated on the latest in savings on commercial heating and cooling.

Is radiant cooling an appropriate technology to use in commercial buildings in the Northwest?

Researchers say the bottom line is that yes, radiant cooling can be a very cost effective means of cooling commercial buildings in most climates. Evidence suggests that applied properly radiant cooling could save significant energy in the commercial building sector, and may even increase occupants comfort, improve indoor air quality, and increased productivity.

A radiant cooling system works on the same principle as radiant heating, in fact in many cases the same network of piping as the heating system can be utilized. Basically the idea is that thermal comfort is determined not only by the temperature of the air around you, but a combination of the ambient air and heat being radiated to or from objects nearby.

A fairly large surface which is exposed to the building’s occupants must be cooler than the ambient air to provide radiant cooling. Occupants then radiate heat to the object causing a sense of cooling.  In practice, cooling is accomplished by chilled water circulating in an intricate network of pipes in panels or building components. Technically infrastructure can be in the floor, walls, or ceiling.

Radiant floors are popular for heating but have not been as successful for cooling because of condensation and other technical problems encountered. Walls are often not strategically located to give even heating to all occupants. Therefore the most popular choice has been ceilings thus far.The most common approach has been to use ceiling panels which makes the system modular, relatively easy to design, modify and repair.

Commercial Heat Pump Systems

Commercial Heat Pump Systems

commercial heating service in Saint LouisAmerican Services commercial heating and cooling installation service knows that business owners in geographic areas with moderate heating and cooling needs, are turning to heat pumps as an energy efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioning.

Heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space into a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer just like your refrigerator. During the heating season the pump moves heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house, during the cooling season heat pumps move heat from your cool house into the warm outdoors.

Because they move heat rather than generate heat, pumps can provide up to four times the amount of energy they consume. Many commercial  customers are choosing this option because of  energy savings.

The most common type of heat pump is the air-source heat pump, this transfers heat between the buildings and the outside air. If you’re heating with electricity a heat pump can trim the amount of energy you use for heating by as much as 30-40 percent. High-efficiency heat pumps can also  dehumidify better than standard central AC  which results in less energy usage and more cooling comfort in the summer months.

One drawback is that the efficiency of most air source heat pumps when used as a heat source drops dramatically at low outside temperatures. Most generally this makes “air source” heat pumps unsuitable for colder climates, but new technology is currently breaking ground to overcome the problem.

To learn more about new commercial heating systems in Illinois or Missouri, contact your local Missouri heating professional, American Services, located in St. Louis MO today, you won’t be disappointed!

 

 

 

Evaporative Cooling; How it Works

Evaporative Cooling; How it Works

cooling repair in MissouriAmerican Services heating and cooling installation in Edwardsville knows that evaporative cooling uses evaporated water to naturally and efficiently (energy) cool the environment. Modern technology has produced two types of evaporative coolers, direct and indirect. Direct evaporative coolers, better known as swamp coolers, operate by cooling outdoor air by passing it over water saturated padding, causing the water to evaporate into the padding. The 15-40degree Fahrenheit cooler air is then directed into the building and pushes warmer air out through windows. When direct evaporative cooling systems are used in commercial buildings they are most often roof mounted.

When operating a direct evaporative cooler, windows or vents must remain open part way
to allow warm air to escape outside, being replaced by cooled air. Unlike central air conditioning circulating the same air; evaporative coolers provide a steady stream of fresh air into the building.

Indirect evaporative coolers have a heat exchanger that prevents humidity from entering the building. Efficiency tends to be lower than that of the swamp coolers mentioned above.

Another type of evaporative cooling for commercial buildings is night sky radiant cooling. This approach works best in climates with large diurnal temperature swings, such as in the Southwestern United States.

The process begins when water is sprayed on to a low slope roof surface at night then cooled through a combination of evaporation and radiation. The water then drains to a tank in the basement or is circulated through tubing embedded in a concrete floor deck. Cooling is accomplished during daylight hours by either recycling the water that was routed to the basement tank the night before, or circulating cool water thru tubing located in the concrete floor slab.