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Unique HVAC Solutions and Water Technology

Unique HVAC Solutions and Water Technology

air conditioningWe have just recently been settled in on the subject of higher efficiency HVAC options here in the US and other places globally on behalf of your Commercial HVAC Sales and Maintenance in St Louis near Ladue.  Today, we want to look at something called an On-Demand Hot Water Recirculator.  “A U.S.-based company out of Rhode Island has designed an ‘on command’ pump for a home’s water lines, which allows cool water to be circulated back into the water heater upon activation.”  We will also examine ice-powered air conditioning and a couple other new inventions in the HVAC community.

The purpose of this design is to minimize the waste that we all tend to add to in the water world in the name of proper water temperature.  “This product was engineered to be a solution to a major problem to which all of us contribute: Each year, the average home wastes 12,000 gallons of water just waiting for that water to warm up.” Recirculating this otherwise-wasted water back into the system is an eco-friendly solution that’s bound to play a huge part in future homes.

Ice-Powered Air Conditioning is next on the agenda on behalf of your HVAC in St Louis near Ladue.  Air conditioners seem to be prime systems for gaining improvement through minor and sometimes major adjustments.  For this reason, a California-based company has created an ice-powered A/C system called the Ice Bear. “The Ice Bear essentially works by freezing water in a tank overnight, so the ice can help cool a building the next day. So far, the design has been able to provide enough cooling for a building for up to six hours, after which, a conventional commercial air conditioner takes over.”  When it comes to this particular HVAC technology, it still has a ways to go.  But for now, it can work in 6 hour increments, which is definite progress.

 

Caring For HVAC Equipment

Caring For HVAC Equipment

cleaning HVACWe specialize in St Louis HVAC and Restaurant Equipment service and sales near Kirkwood MO.  Today, we talk about proper maintenance of your equipment, whether it be stuff that functions in your commercial restaurant or other environment, all things need to be properly maintained and when ignored, like so many are inclined to do, they will only end up performing at sub-par levels and even have the potential for avoidable repairs.  “Perform thorough cleaning on a regular basis. – Either weekly, monthly or semi-annually, depending on the piece of equipment, there are deeper cleaning procedures that need to be followed. The purpose of more thorough cleaning is to get those places that are hard to reach or to just tackle the grime that accumulates over time.”

You will also want to make sure that others are all on board with your Commercial HVAC equipment in St Louis when it comes to the things you would like done to properly maintain the commercial equipment that you have in the building.

Part of the long term care of your HVAC in St Louis near Kirkwood, also involves regular check-ups if you will.  You ought to regularly inspect your restaurant equipment and HVAC system in St Louis MO.  In fact, there is a perfect time to do this, according to our favorite site for commercial HVAC information.  They say the following, “Any time you perform a thorough cleaning on your restaurant equipment, inspect any moving parts, utility connections and other components for wear, tear and leaks. Catching and correcting small maintenance issues early (like a water leak caused by a loose hose fitting) can save you from more expensive repairs in the future. You can even set up a service contract with a local manufacturer-authorized agent and have them inspect your equipment.”

The HVAC Green Effects

The HVAC Green Effects

HVACBack in 2013, Obama said that the United States federal government must double its reliance on renewable energy by 2020, meaning that 20 percent of its energy supplies will need to come from renewable sources. Here at your St Louis HVAC Industrial Sales near Webster Groves, we are researching the benefits to this movement in the HVAC world and how it has had an impact thus far in what businesses are doing in this category of commercial needs.

“The added reliance on green energy has several benefits, including the ability to decrease the ‘environmental footprint’ on the plant, according to the U.S. EPA as well as to alleviate energy security issues while spurring economic growth within the U.S. Of course, this growing trend has resulted in many changes in HVAC technologies.” Some of the added revenue is stemming from all of the research that must go into HVAC changes for energy efficiency and renewal.  “Companies in the U.S. and worldwide are involved in research to create more energy-efficient traditional systems as well as new types of systems that run off alternative energies, such as geothermal or solar.”  Here, at your St Louis HVAC installation near Webster Groves, we continue to put effort into staying on top of the latest directives and implementing the newest policies, as well as passing them onto you.

There are seven rather new “green” technologies that have been birthed and evolved from the HVAC industry as an effect of the above government and environmental concerns.  We will begin our journey through them and continue in future posts on behalf of your Commercial HVAC installation in St Louis near Webster Groves.  The first green technology is the “on command” hot water heater and we will go into more detail in the posts that follow.

HVAC Regulations in a Positive Light

HVAC Regulations in a Positive Light

rooftop HVACOf all the latest news and information surrounding the Commercial HVAC industry, one of the most intriguing subjects as of late involves the government regulations soon-to-be in effect for HVAC systems on certain roof tops.  The commercial world in interested, namely in the savings they are forecast to experience with these regulated changes, “Additionally, the new standards would net a typical building owner $4,200-$10,100 over the life of a single rooftop air conditioner. For larger commercial buildings, the savings are significant.”

According to our research being relayed on behalf of your St Louis HVAC business near Edwardsville, “This particular standard was negotiated with relevant stakeholders, including manufacturers and commercial air conditioners, major industry organizations, utilities, and efficiency organizations to finalize this standard,” said DOE.  We also found that in order to be in compliance with the regulations, the industry will likely need to reevaluate the ways in which they are currently doing business today.

In order to get ready for the first phase of these regulation standards, according to your Industrial HVAC service near Edwardsville, manufacturers will be making significant design changes in order to comply. Most all the commercial HVAC manufacturers are actually pretty positive about the changes needed and the new regulations themselves. “We can build in value along these trend lines as part of our work to comply with these regulations,” said Jeff Moe, product business leader, unitary business, North America, Trane.  Some are even looking at going the extra mile. “One of the things we looked at is a term called ‘Beyond Compliance.’ For example, we’ll look at the new 2018 energy-efficiency minimums, modify existing products, and increase their efficiencies so they comply with new regulations. We will also incorporate additional product changes in areas of customer interest along the trends to provide value above and beyond the efficiency increases.”

HVAC Roof Standards for Energy Savings

HVAC Roof Standards for Energy Savings

rooftop HVACWriting on behalf of your St Louis HVAC Maintenance near Chesterfield, we have uncovered some very fresh and equally as interesting news to pass your way today.  “The HVACR industry has less than one year to prepare for what the government has deemed the ‘largest energy-saving standard in history’ as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE’s) energy conservation standards for commercial air conditioners and heat pumps and commercial warm-air furnaces, otherwise known as rooftop units (RTUs), are scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2018.”

When it comes to HVAC installation near Chesterfield, apparently all installers as well as sales and commercial repair companies will have to know these standards and keep them in their back pocket, so to speak, at all times.  The rooftop air conditioner standards, such as the ones on low-rise buildings, as in hospitals, schools, and big box department stores will take place in two phases, increasing minimum efficiency by about 10 percent as of Jan. 1, 2018, and by 25-30 percent as of Jan. 1, 2023. Also effective in 2023 will be the standards for new warm-air furnaces that are typically installed in conjunction with commercial air conditioners.

In our HVAC installation in St Louis near Chesterfield research project, we found that there are estimates based upon other estimates, such as the DOE saying that the new rooftop air conditioner standard will save 1.7 trillion kWh over 30 years of sales.  This is actually estimated (once again) on the amount of coal burned in the US to generate electricity for the entire country for one full year.  This is supposed to go beyond any other standard set in place by our government, or any other government for that matter.  We will pay attention to how this plays out, but for now, we simply wanted to relay the information to you, the commercial HVAC consumer.

HVAC Value Determining Factors

HVAC Value Determining Factors

HVAC installationA couple other styles of HVAC, piggybacking off of our previous  commercial HVAC post include some of the most interesting and energy efficient of the specialized systems for your St Louis Commercial HVAC near Kirkwood and your business’ heating and cooling needs.  The next up in our discussion is the CAV, or Constant Air Volume.  This, like the systems described previously on behalf of your St Louis HVAC near Kirkwood MO, is also a single duct air system with constant flow that will adjust according to thermostatic input.  The overall efficiency is somewhat based, as with other commercial systems, on the quality and precision of the thermostat itself.

Moving on, we have the VRF, or variable refrigerant airflow.  Your HVAC install in St Louis near Fenton can best describe this as follows, “A heat-pump system that uses refrigerant as the heating and cooling medium. One condensing unit can serve multiple evaporators to condition the space.”  There is also a heat recovery option that better allows for the evaporators connected to the same condensing unit to be in heating and cooling mode simultaneously. This is a necessity for some commercial settings and St Louis HVAC business needs near Fenton MO.

What do these recovery systems do?  “The heat recovery option allows the evaporators connected to the same condensing unit be in heating and cooling mode at the same time. This reduces the energy consumption required to heat and cool the spaces because less energy is wasted to the outdoors or condenser water loop.”  In the end, for most St Louis HVAC businesses, it is about form and function pitted against cost.  The more efficient and capable, the great the system and its value to the St Louis Business.

Commercial HVAC Specializations

Commercial HVAC Specializations

HVAC schematicsYour St Louis MO HVAC near Fenton would like to take some time to chat about the variety of different HVAC systems that may or may not be specialized to suit your commercial HVAC needs.  “There are many types of specialized HVAC technology used in commercial buildings and these are often much different from those terms used in common residential applications.”  We will begin here with a description of the most common ones and then proceed in future posts to cover other more obscure HVAC systems in St Louis near Fenton MO.

We will begin with the VAV, or Variable Air Volume system.  This is comprised on one single duct air system with varying airflow all throughout. “Supply air temperature can be controlled based on heating/cooling demand or reset based on outside air temperature. VAV systems may include a terminal reheat box for better humidity and temperature control. Terminal fan powered boxes may be used for better zone control.”  These may be great in an environment where humidity must be monitored and added in the heat filled months.  Residential spaces come to mind from a St Louis commercial HVAC near Fenton perspective.

Moving on, we have the Constant Air Volume, or CAV next.  This too is a single duct air system like the one above.  However, there is a constant air flow vs a varying flow of air.  The air temp will vary based on the reading and instructions given by the thermostat.  This system is less specific and sometimes more costly in energy use, but fits the bill for some, depending on your Commercial HVAC needs near Fenton. There are several other types of commercial HVAC systems that will be described in latter posts.

ZNE Homes and HVAC

ZNE Homes and HVAC

zero emisisonWhen it comes to HVAC in St Louis near Fenton, we want to do the work and research to keep the interesting and current topics covered for your reading interest on the subject of Commercial HVAC install and service in St Louis MO.  This latest story comes from our recent global need for green operations and it is reported out of California.  “The Santa Monica City Council voted to approve an ordinance requiring all new single-family construction in the city of Santa Monica to be zero net energy (ZNE), believed to be the first ordinance of its kind. Zero net energy homes generate enough of their own energy from renewable sources to equal what they take from the power utility over the course of a year.”

If this could actually become a thing as it pertains to HVAC and other energy usage in your home, can you imagine the overall effects on the environment?  That has to be good.  According to the council in Santa Monica, they are all in when it comes to taking the lead in this zero net energy building standard drive and are also anxious to put this environmental policy into action indeed.  The idea is carbon neutrality as we see it here at your HVAC maintenance in St Louis near Fenton.  Many have set an ambiguous goal of 2050 as a good year to get there.

The ordinance will now move to the California Energy Commission (CEC) for hopeful approval.  “This ordinance makes environmental and economic sense,” said Dean Kubani, Santa Monica’s chief sustainability officer. “With the price of utility power continuing to rise, ZNE homeowners will avoid those escalating costs while benefitting from local renewable power for all of their energy needs.” Here, at your HVAC sales near Fenton, we are excited to see what the future holds for these ZNE type developments.

HVAC Sensors and Ambient Air Temperature

HVAC Sensors and Ambient Air Temperature

HVACWe have recently crossed the subjects of refrigeration, restaurant equipment and now HVAC, all in covering the same topic.  The reason for this, though possibly unclear from your perspective, is that the product in question actually does apply to all three subjects above.  Here, at your HVAC installation near St Peters, we value keeping you abreast all of the latest information in the industry so that you can make the most informed HVAC decisions possible.  Today, we continue talking about oil filled temperature sensors and how they may best serve you.  We enter into the segment that discussed the actual application of such sensors and how they can possible benefit your St Louis HVAC needs near St. Peters MO.

“The common and obvious application for oil-filled temperature sensors is for food safety historical monitoring (NRM offers a variety of sensor types, including oil-filled sensors).”  If, however, you are in a temperature control type environment, such as an experimental lab refrigerator, or attempting to adjust the product temperature using the air around it based on the functioning of an oil based HVAC sensor, this is not recommended at all.

Here is a prime example of why this is not a good idea, provided by an article we found online regarding the oil based sensor subject.  “NRM does not recommend the use of oil-filled sensors for control purposes. A meat thermometer inserted in a roast is useful to tell you when the roast is done, but you would not want to use that measurement point to control the oven temperature — the oven might reach over a thousand degrees and burn the outside of your roast before the inside is cooked!”  If the need arises, you are much better off controlling the ambient temperature of your St Louis Commercial HVAC near St Peters more precisely and measure the product separately.

Home Heating and Cooling Advice in St Louis MO

Home Heating and Cooling Advice in St Louis MO

AC repairHere at your commercial heating and cooling sales and install in St Louis MO, near Ladue, we focus much of our energy on explaining different aspects of commercial HVAC since this is the business on which we are focused.  However, we realize that our readers and customers are also private home owners in almost all cases, so we have decided to mix it up a bit today and talk about the home evergy savings you can experience if you follow a few common steps to best practices in energy savings for your home heating and cooling in St Louis near Ladue.

“Energy savings is something most homeowners in St Louis, MO appreciate. Many people are looking for ways to reduce what they spend on electricity costs, often making drastic lifestyle changes. However, if you are making these changes, you’re hurting yourself in the long term.”  If you turn your system on and off too much, this is actually an energy zapper and does no good in maintaining temperature in your home or keeping costs low.  “A more efficient step to take is to choose a specific temperature you prefer in your home and keep it at that temperature throughout the season.”

Are you using your thermostat wisely?  If your commercial heating and cooling system in St Louis near Ladue has programmable features, make sure you are taking advantage of them.  “If you’ve invested in a programmable thermostat, use it routinely. A key way to save money using these devices is to avoid heating or cooling an empty home. You may wish to upgrade to a smart home device that can better regulate temperatures based on your use of the spaces.”  Also, last but not least, if you haven’t already called the experts at your St Louis Heating and Cooling Repair near Ladue, then you ought to take advantage of the services they provide in order to keep your system running as efficiently as possible.