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Different Components of Your Cooling System

heat exchangerFrom the world of heating and cooling in St Louis near Wentzville, there exist many different components, all of which are designed to serve a purpose and many of which fly under the radar of our complete understanding.  We set out to change that, one element at a time and we are now looking at the refrigerant lines in your St Louis cooling near Wentzville MO. “The refrigerant lines carry a refrigerant substance to the condensing unit vaporized in the form of a gas, and return it to the evaporator coil in liquid form. These ‘lines’ are actually narrow tubes manufactured from a durable heat- and cold-resistant metal such as copper or aluminum.”

Now we arrive at the ductwork. In an HVAC system in St Louis, the ductwork refers to the system of ducts that transports air warmed or cooled by the system to the various areas of your home. These ducts are commonly made of lightweight aluminum. However, they may also be manufactured from steel, flexible plastic, polyurethane, fiberglass, or fabric.  Then we see the vents in your heating and cooling system in St Louis MO.  These are typically rectangular outlets where heat or cool air is transferred from the duct system to the actual rooms and spaces to be heated and cooled.

Elaborating more completely on the vents, we see that the metal is “Made of high- and low-temperature safe metal, similar to the lines we discussed earlier within the HVAC system.  The vents are located on or near the ceiling and are usually fronted with angled slats (“vents”). “These vents direct the treated air downward to where people are using the room. Often they may be manually controlled or even closed, to control the amount of heating or cooling and the area of the room to which it will be directed.”

 

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.”

Heating Options in Your Space

furnaceIn our research on behalf of your St Louis Industrial Heating near Bridgeton, we have found that there are indeed more than one ways to skin a cat, I mean, heat your space.  Beginning with central heat, we plan to take you through the variety of ways both here and in posts to follow.  Central heating in St Louis involves a furnace.  “The majority of North American households depend on a central furnace to provide heat. A furnace works by blowing heated air through ducts that deliver the warm air to rooms throughout the house via air registers or grills. This type of heating system is called a ducted warm-air or forced warm-air distribution system. It can be powered by electricity, natural gas, or fuel oil.”

Looking inside the gas or oil fueled furnace, we see a sight of fuel being mixed and burned. The flames then heat a metal heat exchanger where the heat is transferred to the surrounding air in an effort to heat the space effectively.  According to your St Louis Heating installation near Bridgeton, the air is then pushed through the heat exchanger by the “air handler’s” furnace fan and then forced into the ductwork which is located downstream of the heat exchanger.

According to experts on HVAC news, “At the furnace, combustion products are vented out of the building through a flue pipe. Older ‘atmospheric’ furnaces vented directly to the atmosphere, and wasted about 30% of the fuel energy just to keep the exhaust hot enough to safely rise through the chimney. Current minimum-efficiency furnaces reduce this waste substantially by using an “inducer” fan to pull the exhaust gases through the heat exchanger and induce draft in the chimney.  If you are looking for service or installation on your heating and cooling systems in St Louis, call your Bridgeton Heating Sales today.

Comprehensive Commerical Indoor Heating Unit Maintenance List

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Keeping up with the your commercial HVAC unit near Florissant is an important part of your winter to-do list.  Preventative maintenance will save you money on your monthly utility bills, keep your place of business warmed properly, and help to keep your equipment running longer.  When hiring an HVAC contractor to do such work, be sure that the following points are covered by the work they perform:

  • Inspect and clean the blower housing, blower wheel, and motor
  • Lubricate motor, inspect and replace fan belt on older model units
  • Clean any lint and debris from the combustion blower housing
  • Drain evaporator coil pan and condensate drain lines, clean as needed
  • Inspect gas units for gas leaks
  • Clean, adjust, and inspect burner assembly
  • Clean, adjust, and inspect ignition system and safety controls
  • Perform an inspection on the heat exchanger and heating elements
  • Check fuel system for signs of corrosion, proper attachment to the furnace, and for any dislocated sections.
  • Inspect control box along with it’s wiring, connections, and associated controls.
  • Replace air filter
  • Check ductwork for leaks
  • When starting the unit up, monitor the system for any uncharacteristic behavior, listen for abnormal noises, and be aware of any unusual odors.
  • In gas furnace units, monitor for correct line and manifold gas pressures and make any needed adjustments.
  • Inspect vent system to ensure proper operation

Once these maintenance tasks have been performed by a professional HVAC technician, you should receive a full report detailing all of the components that were checked, how they performed, and any adjustments/repairs that had to be made.  This is an important part of your maintenance service that will help you understand the current functionality of your unit and any changes that were made.

Contact the team at American Services to have your very own maintenance service completed today!

Common Cooling System Issues You May Encounter This Spring

Air Conditioning RepairIt’s that time of year when everyone starts up their air conditioning systems for the warmer weather.  But what happens if things don’t go as planned?  Today, the O’Fallon area cooling experts at American Services will answer some common questions related to cooling system start-up issues.

What if my system isn’t cooling properly?

When you start-up your air conditioner and find the cool air isn’t as cool as it should be, there are a few problems you may be encountering.  Common reasons for this issue include low refrigerant levels due to a leak, sensor issues, thermostat issues, drainage problems, or a dirty filter.  Start by making sure your filter is in good shape. If it seems to be okay, you will need to contact a professional for an inspection.

What if my unit will not turn on?

If you go to start-up your system and it will not turn on, you may be experiencing an electric control failure or a thermostat issue.  Make sure your thermostat has good batteries and is functioning normally.  If it looks good, contact a professional to check out your unit’s electrical connections.

What if I notice limited air flow issues?

Detecting limited air flow could mean that you have a ductwork issue or dirty filter. The first thing to do is to replace your air filter.  If this doesn’t fix the issue, your HVAC technician will need to check your ductwork for leaking air, a clog, or other obstruction.

If you find yourself in one of the above situations, simply call the team at American Services for a free estimate.  Our technicians will diagnose the problem and offer a reasonable solution in no time.  Don’t risk loosing customers or having uncomfortable employees!  Get any issues fixed now and you will be ready when the warm weather arrives.

Get Your Heating System Ready For Spring!

St Louis City Area Business Heating Maintenance It may not seem like it, but Spring is right around the corner.  That means right now is a great time to get your commercial, business, or industrial heating system near St Louis City ready for the change in temperatures.  Now that may sound silly because this is the time of the year that most people begin to think about their cooling system, but we need to remember that preparing your heating unit now will save you from trouble next fall!  Let’s address this topic with three simple steps.

  1. First, take a look at your outdoor heat pump unit.  This doesn’t apply to all units, but if your do rely on a heat pump, you will need to get it ready for cooling.  Consulting a professional about the proper adjusting of the reverse valve will be needed and is always recommended.  You should also take a look at your outdoor compressor/condenser at this time.  Make sure to clear any debris build-up to allow the unit to properly function.
  2. Next, consider replacing your air filter.  This is a must for those who utilize a forced air distribution system because the air filter is what keeps pollutants and other contaminants out of your ductwork.  Many skip this step because they already regularly change their filter, but it’s a good idea to double check in preparation for next season.
  3. Finally, schedule some routine maintenance.  Routing maintenance on your heating system is the best way to avoid costly expenses related to your unit and ensures you will be ready come next winter.

Be sure to properly prepare your heating system for it’s upcoming “off season” by utilizing these tips as we continue to get closer to the spring season!

 

Upgrade to a High Velocity Cooling System

cooling efficiency in MOWhile, the traditional HVAC systems may seem to be the preferred choice for some, savvy business owners should still consider a high velocity system to completely replace their existing  air conditioning systems. Many think that they can reuse their existing ductwork however the duct work used in high velocity systems is very different than the conventional duct work. A high velocity HVAC system becomes a far better alternative, in terms of installation and operating costs.

For those who need a more convenient cooling solution, a high velocity HVAC setup may well be the smart choice. These types of HVAC systems force air into buildings at a high rate of speed. This force creates a multitude of air currents that evenly distribute the cooled air in a much shorter period of time. 

High velocity HVAC systems also offer other benefits to users. The ductwork necessary for a high velocity system is considerably less intrusive and installed far more affordably. Due to their smaller size, the ducts can be placed far more advantageously and exactly to a customer’s specifications. Lastly, they take up a much smaller profile in a room and blend in with décor to a far greater degree.

It only takes two visits a year from your local Sears technician to help keep your system running at its best and save you energy. Our heating and cooling 10-point checks can make sure your unit is ready to tackle any harsh temperatures. Make preventive maintenance your new routine today and help safeguard against costly breakdowns in the future. For industrial cooling solutions in Missouri, American 

If you’re looking for an HVAC provider of cooling, heating, refrigeration or restaurant equipment, American Services  Cooling installation and repair in Missouri can meet your needs. We offer 24 hour emergency service, licensed professionals to handle your service requests and we guarantee you’ll be happy with your American Services experience!

American Services proudly serves the following industries;

National Chain Restaurants

Convenience Stores

Food Service Industry

National Chain Food Stores

Cold Storage Facilities

Retail Grocery Industry

Truck Stops/Travel Centers

Independent Supermarkets and Restaurants

Retirement Communities

Schools

Office Complex

Apartment Complex

Hotels

Commercial Cooling System Service and Repair

cooling services in MissouriAmerican Services heating and cooling repair in St. Louis knows that today’s generation of commercial cooling systems are designed primarily to be energy efficient, but also are built so that maintenance and repairs are minimal due to new technology.

Modern cooling systems are expected to meet certain specifications in order to be installed in commercial buildings, some of the requirements are listed below:

  • Appearance-the way a cooling system looks matters a lot, much of the ductwork is exposed so a clean and orderly appearance is desired.
  • Noise-a clean and quiet functioning cooling system should ventilate the air; eliminate dust and potential allergens without a high noise level.
  • Adaptability-commercial cooling system should have a flexible ability to adapt to energy efficient sources.  More and more facilities management are interested in installing commercial cooling systems which can be adapted to efficient sources such as a solar source.
  • Energy efficiency-without a doubt the most significant aspect in the commercial cooling system is energy efficiency. This is the number one reason manufacturers are beginning to use water for the making of such systems. New technology is showing manufactures that basing their selection on the high capacity of water to transport energy will be superior compared to air.

Before actually purchasing one of the commercial cooling systems on the market today, be prepared to hire the best team for the actual installation, such as American Services, because commercial cooling systems are very complex.  These systems can be purchased as singular or modular units, roof or ground mounted. (At this point an upgraded HVAC system should be considered) which will support your new cooling system efficiently. This will also provide a proper working environment without consuming too much energy or requiring high maintenance costs.

Many commercial buildings today have learned the advantage of retrofitting energy efficient HVAC systems. These systems efficiently deliver heat and cool air wherever needed, and provide a substantial energy savings in the process.

Commercial Heating Efficiency Options

heating service in MissouriIn order to maintain a comfortable climate, most commercial buildings must pay out a significant amount in energy expenses each year. Reducing those expenses can be challenging for most commercial businesses, although the use of solar heating systems can offset some of this energy expense. There are some methods available for “reducing” the energy used by this system, helping recovery of some energy costs.

Air Filters Need Regular changing
the number one way to keep heating and air systems operating at peak.  A monthly changing of the air filters is recommended particularly during winter and summer months. These filters effectively prevent dust and other materials from building up throughout the duct system.

Give your commercial heating system a tune up annually. Professionals recommend that both commercial and residential structures have a certified HVAC technician such as American Services HVAC maintenance in Florissant give your heating system a complete physical tune up. This should include ductwork. These annual physical checkups by professional HVAC technicians will insure that commercial systems run smoothly and efficiently. These complete heating system evaluations will also help identify any potential hazards, or mechanical breakdowns, resulting in prevention of major repair costs down road.
Seal Ducting-Seal the furnace and cooling ducts in your building, this will prevent the treated air from escaping. Ducts move the warm air throughout your building; if cracks, holes, or deterioration are present warm air will escape leaving cold spots throughout your building. Sealing and insulating your ductwork can save as much as 20 percent of your monthly energy costs.
Install a programmable thermostat-controlling the temperature in your building on a consistent basis, even when no one is present is accomplished by the use of a programmable thermostat. In commercial settings keep the building cooler at night and warmer during the day.

In summary; your commercial heating and air systems need a regularly planned maintenance plan. Systems over 10 years of age should be evaluated for upgrades or installation of newer models. Your American Services technician can provide information and guidance in these maintenance matters. Remember newer models or system upgrades operate much more efficiently than systems built 10 years ago.

Commercial HVAC inspection checklist-What to look for

HVAC repair in MOWhether your company outsources maintenance through a company such as American Services,  or you have staff in place to service your HVAC, It is critical to have a preventive maintenance check and services matrix in place. By scheduling regular inspections you can guarantee the health and safety of your employees and clientele.  Insuring that your HVAC system operates efficiently with air systems and ventilation operating at peak levels throughout the year.

Sometimes changes in maintenance staff or changes in maintenance companies outsourced to handle your building’s HVAC maintenance operations. Here’s a checklist you can use to inspect your HVAC operations. While responsibility for long term HVAC operations is designated permanently.

  1. Filters and Belts- both employees and customers need to function in a clean clear air environment. When air filters and belts start to wear out the ‘atmosphere’ in your commercial building can become contaminated. Regular inspection can prevent these components from becoming damaged to function.
    2. Coils- A buildup of dust and particles overtime will impair your equipment causing mechanical failure down the road.
    3. Calibration of components- Make sure all calibration requirements are conducted on time using your preventive maintenance and construction services list.
    4. Wiring Inspection- Wiring and connections should be checked during regular maintenance to insure proper connections.
    5. Ducting work- The enemy here is dust, particles, and mold. Inspecting your ductwork regularly and checking for infestation and clogs will prevent this.
    6. Thermostats- most generally thermostats are placed throughout the building. These components are used extremely often; chances are your maintenance staff will be notified
    of an inoperable thermostat. Nevertheless a periodic check of your thermostat and its function should be conducted according to your preventative maintenance checks and services list.

To get a quote on a new commercial HVAC system in St. Louis for your business, contact American Services today.