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Alternates to Central AC Cooling That Actually Work

portable acMoving past the whole house fan option that we discussed in details in our previous two posts, we are going to look closer at other cooling options, on behalf of your St Louis Cooling sales near Collinsville IL, for those who either cannot get or do not choose to have a central air conditioner.

Portable air conditioners are what we will glance at first and they are actually similar to window units in operation. They sit on the floor (usually on casters) and use an adapter kit to vent the hot air through a hose running through a window, a wall, or a sliding glass door.  Some of the advantages we found in using these units to cool your space are as follows:  They’re easy to install and use and you can move them from room to room.  They come plagued with costly disadvantages, however, that we were able to uncover in our research on behalf of your Commercial Cooling Repair in St Louis near Collinsville.  The disadvantage list is as follows:  They’re almost twice as expensive and use more energy than a similar-size window unit with the same cooling capacity.  At this time, there are no Energy Star–qualified portable room air conditioners.  Portable air conditioners usually range in price from $300 to $1,500 depending on the size, features, and efficiency.

There are mini-split systems to consider according to our findings on behalf of your St Louis Industrial Cooling Sales near Collinsville.  “Long popular in Europe and Japan, a mini-split system air conditioner (sometimes called ductless AC), is a hybrid of central air and a window unit. A small condenser sits outside and connects through a conduit to an inside evaporator mounted high on the wall or ceiling.”  The advantages here are the silent operation they provide.  The condenser is outside, so you won’t hear the noisy portion at all.  The indoor fan is ultra-quiet.  Also, this system can be mounted virtually anywhere since its components are so small.  We have more details we could share, that we uncovered in our St Louis Cooling Service research, but this will at least give you some of the basics and a clear understanding that there are definitely alternate ways to cooling your space, aside from the central AC we all know and love.

Heating Timeline Throughout History

heatingNow we jump into AD times in our recap of heating history on behalf of your St Louis Heating installation and service near Chesterfield MO.  AD 400: After the fall of the Roman Empire, heating methods reverted to more primitive-style fireplaces, according to research online.  Then, in AD 800, stoves made of clay made their first appearance which definitely added to the heating ability inside of homes, according to our St Louis Heating Repair near Chesterfield MO.

Now we jump into Europe in AD 1200, when Cistercian monks in Christian Europe revive central heating using river diversion and wood-burning furnaces. The first chimneys also appear at this time which is a huge historical development since they would go on to be used in homes up to modern day residences.  Two hundred years later, in AD 1400, masonry stoves appear and become common by the 1500s, which is also when chimneys become more refined.

We jump to France in our research on heating history on behalf of your St Louis Heating Sales near Chesterfield and land in AD 1624 when Louis Savot of France invents the circulating fireplace with the creation of a raised grate that promoted airflow.  This becomes strikingly similar in some ways to today’s ventilation portion of HVAC in St Louis near Chesterfield MO.  In the early 1700s, individuals in England use combustion air from an outside duct. “Around the same time, Russia’s Peter the Great enjoyed the earliest hot water, air-heating systems in his Summer Palace.”  Jumping to the US, Benjamin Franklin plays a role with the Franklin Stove which added an element of efficiency where it was lacking before.  We will turn our sights to cooling going forward, on behalf of your Heating Sales in St Louis MO.

The Refrigeration System in Your Walk-In Freezer

freezerWhen we are looking at walk-in freezers for your commercial restaurant equipment list, we need to focus, also, on the most advanced portion of the animal, the refrigeration system itself.  “The most complex part of the unit is the refrigeration system. To bring it down to basics, you’ll want to know how much power the system will need in order to operate, where that power will be coming from, and how much clearance and ventilation the system will need. All of these are things that could affect the configuration that you choose.”

The size you decide upon will have something to do with what the Commercial Refrigeration in St Louis near Maryland Heights requires.  “Smaller walk-in coolers typically require a 1/2 hp compressor to hold temperatures at or below 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Walk-in freezers often need a larger compressor—around 1 hp—to maintain those colder temperatures.”  Size and efficiency are a toss up and balancing act as they are in so many other industries as well.  So, it is safe to assume that the larger the walk-in freezer, the more powerful the refrigeration system will need to be.  This will discourage you from buying a freezer that is more space than you really need since you will give up not only physical real estate for it, but also more money, a larger refrigeration system and a higher cost to operate.

While shopping around, also keep in mind that your space may limit your options when it comes to the location of the refrigeration system, as it is not only the space of the freezer you need to consider, but that the refrigeration system increases in size as well. If you have a very low ceiling, or can’t install the proper ventilation, you may need to go with a side-mounted or remote configuration.  Don’t forget that the ventilation takes up room too.  Either way, if you call on experts, such as your St Louis Refrigeration Installation near Maryland Heights, what seems a bit overwhelming in terms of content and vastness of information, can be cleared up in a jiffy.

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.


Tips Coming Up For Efficient Cooling

energy efficiencyWhen you are trying to figure out what you can do to cool your home in the least expensive ways possible, you would be wise to do a little research online for new ways to get the job done.  We, on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Installation near Maryland Heights, have done some of the research for you and will share it here and in the next couple posts to follow.  “Puzzling out how to keep your house as cool as possible during these hot summer months? Trying to remember the conventional wisdom but not quite sure how it goes? Those window fans, for example, should they be placed to draw air in or out? Upwind or downwind of the dwelling? And what about windows, shades, and awnings? Are windows on the North side of the house better left closed or open during the day? Are awnings better than shades?”

The above list are some of the questions we found tackled online and plan to report the answers to you on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Sales and Service near Maryland Heights MO.  Efficiency is definitely a goal for all and it becomes a seasonal concern as things heat up over the United States in the summer months.  I am sure that the more efficient our systems can get, the more affordable and the better the quality of life.

“Turning to Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings by Alex Wilson, Jennifer Thorne, and John Morrill of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has provided a wealth of answers to just these questions and more. I’ve compiled 23 tricks about how to keep a house cool to reduce the need for air conditioning from this book, as well as a few from The Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook. These tips are really useful.”  We want to share some of them here and will do so in the upcoming posts from your St Louis Cooling Repair near Maryland Heights MO.

Not All Furnaces Are Created Equal

efficientIn an effort to finalize and summarize our recent series of posts on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling installation and sales near Fenton MO, we are here today to say that of all the ways in which you can stay abreast of technology that will save you money in the HVAC world, the one way, besides the last money saving technology is to make sure you understand not all systems are created equally.

There are some systems that are much better than others at running efficiently.  Here is what one set of writers has to say on the subject in an article we found on behalf of our research being done for your St Louis Heating and Cooling sales near Fenton, “Not all furnaces and air conditioners are created equally. Just like different cars have different gas mileage, different HVAC systems use different amounts of energy to heat or cool a home.”

You may be interested in knowing that heating efficiency is measured by the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rating (AFUE). It measures the amount of energy that is used by your furnace that is actually turned into heat. For example, an AFUE of 80 percent means that 80 percent of the energy a furnace uses is turned into heat and 20 percent of the energy is wasted, so obviously, the higher this number, the better.  If you buy a modern day furnace, or have done so in the recent past, then you should know that for furnaces manufactured after September 2015, the Department of Energy mandated a minimum AFUE of between 80 to 84 depending on the fuel type and whether the furnace is designed for a mobile home or permanent structure.  Beyond that, the numbers have to be displayed clearly on the package.  So, you likely have a more efficient furnace if it was purchased in the recent past. If you find yourself in need of a smarter heating solution in St Louis now or in the future, come visit your St Louis heating and cooling sales experts near Fenton today.


Ductless Is Not Only Great For Cooling

wall HVACWe are here now to continue our conversation regarding ductless systems.  We began research and discovery on the subject as it pertains to efficiency and the latest in technology and options for those of you looking for St Louis Cooling sales near St Peters, but we are here to continue the analysis on heating solutions as well.  According to experts in the field, the following is true, “But it’s time to stop thinking about ductless systems primarily as a cooling solution. With new advancements, ductless systems are an energy efficient source for heating as well. In fact, at least one manufacturer now offers both 9,000 and 12,000 Btu models that deliver 28.0 SEER, with low ambient heat pump performance down to -13 degrees F.”

Ductless systems are an incredible option for anyone who wants exceptional heating and cooling performance and efficiency.  Quite frankly, anyone and everyone should consider making this their way to go in the St Louis heating and cooling realm.  The flexibility you will experience in the cooling installation near St Peters is unbridled and the comfort hits maximum peeks with minimum cost and the most savings throughout the year.

Why are these ductless systems the way to go?  I mean, how do they manage to accomplish all of the things we mention above.  Basically, this is accomplished through great design.  “Ductless systems are designed to be as sleek, slim and unobtrusive as possible, while still delivering extreme efficiency. Homeowners can choose from single-zone cooling models, single-zone heat pumps that cool and heat, and multi-zone heat pumps that cool and heat up to as many as eight rooms on one system. Options include wall mounted units, slim ceiling cassettes and concealed duct units.”  Truly, based on our rather extensive reading and research on the subject on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Installation near St Peters, there is no better way to heat or cool your space than with ductless systems.

Elaborating Further on Heat Pumps and Central AC

defineMoving onto the second phase of description we are planning on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling installation near Fenton MO, we still have much to explain about your cooling system in your home.  Your air conditioner, to be precise, and though we told you the basics when it comes to the system and how it uses energy to remove actual heat from your space, unfortunately, it isn’t quite that simple.  The process gets quite a bit more complicated with all the controls and valves involved, its effect it rather amazing.  “An air conditioner takes heat from a cooler place and dumps it in a warmer place, seemingly working against the laws of physics. What drives the process, of course, is electricity — quite a lot of it, in fact.”

Our first type of cooling system to discuss, namely because it is the most common, are the central air conditioners and heat pumps designed to cool the entire house. “In each system, a large compressor unit located outside drives the process; an indoor coil filled with refrigerant cools air that is then distributed throughout the house via ducts.”  Heat pumps are then like central air conditioners with the exception of the cycle direction variations.   “Heat pumps are like central air conditioners, except that the cycle can be reversed and used for heating during the winter months.”  We will go into more details on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling sales near Fenton, in regards to heat pumps below.

With a central air conditioner, the same duct system is used with a furnace for forced warm-air heating. In fact, the central air conditioner typically uses the furnace fan to distribute air to the ducts, so there is an overlap and therefore efficiency existent in the system by its simple nature.  Central air conditioners and air source heat pumps in their cooling mode of operation are rated according to their efficiency in the seasons.  We will break down these details in the next couple posts here, on behalf of your Heating sales in St Louis near Fenton MO.

Stop the Heat Leak

stopWe discussed weatherstripping in our last post here on behalf of your heating and cooling service in St Louis near Fenton and the ways in which you can minimize excess cost and heat your space most efficiently by making sure you have this in place and that you swap it out for new stripping every few years.  There are other things that pertain to the efficiency of heating and cooling your home.

You can and should adjust your door thresholds, according to the research we did recently on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling service near Fenton MO.  “If you can see daylight under your front door, then you’re losing the indoor air you’ve paid to heat. ‘If the door is not in contact with the threshold, the air is going right under the door,’ Rogers said.”  There are adjustable thresholds that can do the trick, with screws that allow for you to change the height of the actual threshold, thereby eliminating or reducing gaps that are allowing for air to escape.  “A little light in the corners is okay, but don’t raise the threshold so high that it interferes with opening and closing the door. And the door shouldn’t drag on the threshold or it’ll wear out the weatherstripping.”

Electrical boxes in your exterior walls are also known for being drafty because insulation isn’t always placed behind and around them in the correct fashion. “You want to try to stop air from flowing around the box and through the box,” Rogers says.  Removing the cover plates and filling the small gaps around the boxes with acrylic latex caulk, will typically do the trick according to the information gathered on behalf of your Heating Sales in St Louis MO.

Efficient Heating of Your Space

efficientSt Louis Heating and Cooling Service near Wentzville works to deliver all of the latest helpful information to apply to the seasons and the heating and cooling of your commercial or home environment.  Today, we bring you efficiency tips for heating your space.  The information was gathered in our recent research done on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling company near Wentzville MO.

“Winter is coming, but it doesn’t have to bring outsized heating bills with it. Take a tour of your home and check out these problem areas; fixing them up could dramatically reduce how much you need to spend to keep the place warm and toasty. Worn and torn weatherstripping around doors and windows creates drafts and lets in cold air.”  It is true, according to our research done on behalf of your Heating Service near Wentzville MO, that 7 to 12 percent of a home’s heat loss occurs around windows and doors, according to Black Hills Energy, and these leaks often prompt homeowners to turn up their furnace to keep comfy as a result, costing us much more money than would be necessary otherwise.  Then, those who choose not to turn it up and deal in cooler conditions are still at a disadvantage since their furnace is made to work harder as a result of heated air being lost.

“Weatherstripping around doors, and caulking around doors and windows, can cut down on drafts,” says Jeff Rogers, president of the Energy Audit Institute, an energy audit training and certification company in Springfield, N.J. You will likely need to replace the weatherstripping at some point as well.  According to our research on part of your St Louis Heating Installation and Repair near Wentzville, we found that experts say every few years due to wear and tear.  Stay tuned for more information on how to most efficiently heat and cool your space.