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Why Is Your Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

Why Is Your Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

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Is there anything more frustrating?  You kick on the furnace, all ready to warm up and all you get is cold air from the ducts!  What do you do now?  Well first, don’t panic.  Second, run down our list of the most common reasons why your furnace is blowing cold air!

Ask yourself these three questions first thing when you notice that your furnace is blowing cold air:

  • Question #1 – Is the thermostat set to the ON or AUTO position?  The ON position means that your system is blowing neutral air throughout your system continuously and not the air is being warmed.  For this reason, your thermostat needs to be set to AUTO in order to kick the furnace on and blow out the warm air you are looking for.
  • Question #2 – Has the air filter been changed properly?  An air filter that had not been changed properly will cause your furnace to overheat since air cannot properly pass through it.  When your furnace overheats, your burners will shut down due to safety controls.  This will in turn cause your furnace to blow unheated air.
  • Question #3 – Is the pilot light on?  This seems like a simple fix – relight the pilot light and you’re back in business.  But before you think you are out of the woods, make sure the pilot light stays lit.  It may have gone out because of a problem in the ignition system.  If you relight and it goes back out, you’ll need to call an expert out to take a look.

If you find that you have double checked these three areas of your system and you are still getting cold air it’s time to give the Wentzville area heating and cooling team at American Services a call.  One of our professional technicians can visit you 24/7 and get your problem solved fast.  Give our customer service line a call now to set-up an appointment!

Benefits of Ductless Heating

Benefits of Ductless Heating

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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!

Heating An Inefficient Space Is Costing You Money!

Heating An Inefficient Space Is Costing You Money!

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Do you realize that heating a space that isn’t energy efficient could be costing you thousands of extra dollars each year?  Spaces that aren’t allowing for commercial heating systems to work properly cost business owners in ways they don’t even understand.  That’s why now is the time to make sure your commercial space is able to handle the upcoming winter months.  Let’s talk about how that can be achieved.

When looking at your commercial space for ways to make it more energy efficient, you will first want to consider having an official energy audit.  An energy audit is conducted by a professional who understands just how buildings waste energy.  They also understand how to address these issues with both easy, inexpensive solutions as well as more complicate, costly solutions.  An energy audit is perfect for a business owner who doesn’t mind spending a little money to address the issue of wasting energy.

If you want to audit your space on your own, there are a few things that you will want to do.

  • Look at the age and condition of your windows and doors.
  • Consider the insulation used in your building.
  • Think about open windows or doors that could be letting cold air in.
  • Examine the space for other openings that could be letting the cold air in.

And these are just a few examples.  Basically, you will want to look at all areas of your space and address any areas that are sabotaging your heating system’s ability to work properly.

At American Services, Ballwin area commercial heating customers are given all of the vital information they need to make the best decisions regarding their heating and cooling systems.  Be sure to contact the professionals at American Services today to schedule a free estimate service now.  This service will give you all of the tools you need to make an informed decision regarding your HVAC system before you end up wasting money over the coming winter months.  Call today!

Portable HVAC Units – Pros & Cons

Portable HVAC Units – Pros & Cons

Air Conditioner Blowing Cold AirSometimes a traditional HVAC unit that vents throughout your entire space isn’t possible due to structural or other limitations.  When this is the case, many individuals will look toward a portable HVAC unit to do the job.  These units have a number of pros and cons associated with them.  Today, the professional Fairview Heights commercial HVAC technicians from American Services will provide you with a few of the most common pros and cons to keep in mind when considering such a unit.  Let’s get started!

The first pro most buyers look toward when considering a portable HVAC unit is the cost. Many turn to portable HVAC units when it would otherwise cost much more money to overhaul an entire system.  In this case, yes, the portable unit is much more cost effective in regard to the upfront cost.

Another pro to having a portable unit is the portability.  These types of units can be moved from room to room allowing you to only cool or heat the space as it is needed.  This can save you money because you are utilizing the function of the unit on an as-needed basis as opposed to all the time.

Now, let’s look at a few of the cons.  Con number one is that portable units are not very efficient.  This means the unit will have to run for an extended period of time in order to cool or heat your space.  Portable units also only cool small spaces such as one office area or other contained room.  It is not reasonable to expect to purchase a portable unit and cool your entire commercial building.

If you are in a situation where you think a portable HVAC unit is the only choice you have, don’t make any purchases until you talk to the team at American Services.  Instead, let the American Services give you a professional quote that best utilizes the funds you have.  Give the team a call for your free quote today!


It’s Not Too Late To Weatherize & Save!

It’s Not Too Late To Weatherize & Save!

Caulking WindowsWhen heating and cooling bills can add up to as much as 48 percent of an average utility bill, it’s no wonder so many business owners want to cut the fluff and start saving!  This leaves us with one question.  Did you weatherize your buildings before the cold weather season began?  If so – awesome!  If not, don’t worry.  There’s still plenty of time to get in on the savings this year.  Let’s explore some ways you can do this.

During the winter, it’s vital to make sure you are not letting in the cold air from outside.  Drafty windows, doors that are left open, or areas that aren’t properly sealed all allow that cold air into your building and drive up your energy costs.  The good news is that fixing these issues is fairly simple.  If you are a business owner who likes to do things on their own, go around your building and do a quick audit of the doors, windows, and other areas that are leaking cold air.  From this point, you can visit your local hard ware store for sealing products that can be used to eliminate the drafts.  On the other hand, if you are someone who likes to leave things to the experts we would suggest having an energy audit.  An energy audit inspector will do basically the same thing as described above.  This individual will evaluate the areas that are leaking and then make suggestions on how to eliminate the leaks.   Either way, this simple weatherizing task is sure to save you dollars on your next utility bill.

The team at American Services is excited to help your commercial business save the most money this year on heating costs.  Our commercial heating experts near O’Fallon are ready to help you upgrade, repair, maintain, or replace your HVAC systems in order to do just that.  Call us for a free estimate today!

Being Mindful Of IAQ During Winter Months

Being Mindful Of IAQ During Winter Months

contact usThe IAQ or indoor air quality in your commercial building is something that can suffer during the winter months as many try to create an airtight environment to help reduce winter heating costs. Yet, the practice of sealing out the cold air needs to be in balance so that the environment you and your employees are exposed to isn’t compromised.  Use these tips that take the eliminate, isolate, and ventilate principals into account when considering your IAQ this winter.

First, you need to think of ways to eliminate contaminants from entering your indoor environment.  Some simple ways to do that include: choose cleaning agents that are not made with chemicals that can be harmful to you and your employees; be sure to outfit your building with carpeting, furniture, and other finishings that are free of harmful chemicals; and make your indoor environment a cigarette smoke-free area.

Next, you will need to think of ways to isolate your indoor environment from contaminants.  A few ways to isolate include: keeping any pollutant containing chemicals in an area separate from you and your employees; sealing any appliances in sealed combustion units; and inspecting all natural gas units for proper ventilation.

Finally, check for and ensure proper ventilation.  This can be achieved by opening windows as the weather permits or by contacting your Bridgeton Area HVAC dealer about having a mechanical ventilation unit installed in your building.  These units need to be sized and installed by a professional HVAC technician to ensure proper ventilation according to your building size.

Start taking your indoor air quality seriously and contact the team at American Services now!  Our team can help you determine your IAQ needs for the winter and get all of the proper equipment installed quickly and at an affordable price.  Contact our team at 314-733-1776 for more details about a free estimate today!

Diagnosing Defrosting Issues

Diagnosing Defrosting Issues

Freezer Needs DefrostingBack before the invention of the automatic defrost cycle, it was necessary to defrost a freezer unit every couple of months in order to eliminate the frost that builds when warm, moist air is let into a freezer.  Thanks to the invention of the automatic defrost cycle, the need to manually defrost a freezer unit is not longer needed.  At the same time, this leaves a specialized combination of components that can malfunction and make your freezer’s automatic defrost cycle not happen properly.  Let’s look at the three main components of this system and how you can diagnose a problem with your defrost cycle.

Your unit’s automatic defrost cycle has three components.  Test components include a timer, switch, and heater.  All of these component work together to tell your unit when to defrost and for how long.  The hardest part about diagnosing issues with any of these components is you can’t see that the frost is building up and only realize there is an issue once it has caused your unit to malfunction.

  • The most common reason for defrost issues is user error.  Leaving a door open or even cracked will make your unit build up frost and block it’s ability to cycle cold air properly.  The easiest way to correct this issue is to unplug the unit and allow it time to defrost the old fashioned way.
  • The next most common reason for failure is due to the failure of the unit’s thermostat.  This issue requires some voltage readings to diagnose properly.
  •  The least common issue is with the heater.  You can check the heater by unplugging it’s contacts and doing resistance test.

If you are having issues with your refrigeration and freezer units near Hazelwood, call the team at American Services for help.  We can diagnose any problems and get you back in service quickly and affordably.

What Are Your Commercial Heating Options?

What Are Your Commercial Heating Options?

Commercial Heating Sales St LouisWhen considering how you will heat your commercial space, there are a number of decisions to make.  These decisions include what type of system you will choose to perform the job.  Today, American Services Hazelwood area industrial heating team presents a quick run down of the options you will face when choosing a commercial heating unit.  Let’s get started.

One of the oldest methods of heating a commercial property is via a steam system that utilizes gas or oil to create the steam.  These units use a boiler to create steam that then passed through piping to heat your business.  While steam has it’s upsides, it is also important to note that it isn’t very efficient and can take much longer to circulate heat through your system.

Another method that uses a boiler involves units that are water-based.  With these systems a boiler heats the water that is then passed through to radiators to heat the building.  This type of system also has some efficiency issues similar to the steam method mentioned above.  These systems are powered by oil or gas.

One of the most efficient means of heating a commercial property is with a heat pump. Heat pumps function using technology similar to that utilized by refrigerators.  This process involves using a refrigerant to extract heat from cold air and then pumping the generated heat throughout the property.  A heat pump system does not require oil or gas.

If you are looking to find the perfect heating method for your commercial property, the experts at American Services would be happy to assist you!   Our professional sales team can help you with everything from picking an efficient method to choosing one that will save you the most money over time. Don’t worry with your heating source decision any longer.  Call American Services for a free estimate today!


Types of Commercial Heating Systems

Types of Commercial Heating Systems

heating services in St. Louis American Services heating commercial heating repair in Saint Louis knows that installing commercial heating systems using sustainable resources is a great option. These systems employ energy sources such as solar and geothermal power. Heating ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) options are not only good for the environment, but over time will be more cost efficient than more traditional options such as oil and gas.

Because the installation cost of HVAC systems are relatively high, this method of commercial heating system is often reserved for larger businesses.

– Oil or gas steam heating methods.
An oil or gas steam commercial HVAC system while not the most efficient, is one of the oldest methods of heating commercial properties. The oil or gas is used to boil, condense and subsequently past steam through the pipes. This is considered by many in the industry to be one of the least efficient processes. Steam heating also takes longer than most systems to circulate heat.

– Gas or oil water systems.
Heating commercial property using water based HVAC systems is another option. Similar to the steam heating in concept, the water heating method uses a boiler to heat water which then passed through to radiators positioned throughout the property. Water systems are rated less than ideal from an efficiency  perspective. One of the primary reasons for this is that you have to clear the air in the system each time the heat is engaged causing delays in heating and efficiency.

– Heat pump alternatives
Implementing a heat pump commercial heating alternative is an efficient means of heating a building. This process is similar to the technology used in refrigerators, essentially extracting heat from cold air.  For example, consider how warm the coils on the back of your refrigerator get.  The process works by using a refrigerant and subsequently pumping the heat generated throughout the commercial property.

– Commercial heating selection tips
Many HVAC professionals suggest calculating the expense for the first several years of ownership of your new commercial heating system, not just the installation cost, to help determine those that are truly most cost effective. You can reduce these costs by using high efficiency systems. The systems have high annual fuel utilization efficiency ratings(AFUE) and an Energy Star Seal of Approval, Rebates are frequently attached to these systems from government issuing agencies. Heating systems may vary, a temperate climate may warrant a different system than one with extreme temperatures during the winter and summer months.

Tips for Organizing Your Commercial Refrigerator

Tips for Organizing Your Commercial Refrigerator

refrigeration installation in MOAmerican Services commercial refrigeration installation in Saint Louis knows that  proper organizing of items in your commercial refrigerator or freezer is probably not your idea of preventative maintenance, and you may rank it way down on your list of priorities.

In fact, a poorly arranged refrigerator may be working harder than it should, leading to excessive wear on your compressor which could result in mechanical failure. This will also reflect on energy costs almost immediately.

Through plenty of research all commercial refrigerators and freezers require a systematic and organized approach to food storage organization. This applies to all sizes, shapes of commercial refrigerators and freezers. Based on the size of your refrigeration unit you may need to install additional interior shelving or dunnage racks.

With an organized approach, a few quick fixes in terms of organization you can prevent hot spots, improve cleanliness, and maintain food safety.

Space food items appropriately-when storing items in bulk, be sure there’s adequate space between food boxes so cold air can circulate properly.  Better circulation means better cooling, and fewer “hot spots” inside. Apply the same concept for prepped foods, pre-made appetizers, and soup containers as well as frozen desserts. Both in the refrigerator and in the freezer it’s important to keep 3 to 6 inches from each wall and between each food item for the best cold air circulation environment.
Keep items off the floor in your refrigerator and freezer units-storing food items at least 6 inches from the floor is a “commandment” in almost all commercial kitchens. This improves sanitation by preventive pest infestation (not to mention health inspector requirements). Setting up additional shelving units and racking systems will remedy this problem.
Store Meats on the lower shelves-store meat on the lower shelves of your refrigerator, as meat marinates or thaws, accidental spills can contaminate other foods, if your meat is placed on the bottom spills will fall through to the floor and you can easily mop it up.
Store fresh produce away from the refrigerator fan units-internal refrigerator fans can actually damage food, delicate fruits such as berries and fresh greens are susceptible to damage and should be stored as far from the fans as possible. In a freezer environment storing food too close to the fans can result in freezer burn.

Follow the rule of first in first out (FIFO)-develop a “use-by” date system, place a date sticker on every product before putting it into the refrigerator. Newest items to the rear of shelving unit, older items are moved forward. Open items should be used first as long as they’re still fresh. FIFO ensures proper product rotation.

Label the shelves-creates organization that allows everyone to identify each product properly.