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Green Alternative Heating

Green Alternative Heating

greenWe spent the previous post discussing the measures that one randomly selected University was taking in the way of energy efficiency with green technology.  “Green heating and cooling systems fall under two distinct categories: passive and active.” Passive systems work by maximizing nature’s ability to heat and cool without furnaces or air conditioners [source: Green Technology]. “Among other things, passive technology includes constructing homes with white or light-colored roofs that reflect the sun’s energy instead of absorbing it.” As a result, the amount of energy it takes to cool a house is less. Passive designs also use windows that can keep the heat out and cool air in.  They remind me of staying safe from a sunburn by sitting in the shade as opposed to the chemical (active ways) of sunscreen.

According to our recent research on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling near O’Fallon MO, active designs use a variety of mechanical heating and cooling systems. These systems tend to run on solar power, geothermal power or other sources of green energy.  It’s a gradual one, but the increase in green-energy use, according to your St. Louis Heating Sales near O’Fallon MO, in recent years is slowly having an impact.

“For one thing, Americans saved more than $19 billion in 2008 by using various green heating and cooling systems [source: U.S. Department of Energy].”  The cost is high, though, according to your St Louis Heating installation near O’Fallon. “But these green systems are not cheap — some solar collectors cost between $30 and $80 per square foot for installation.”  There are incentive programs offered now and then by the government, but not consistent enough to really go into details here.  The next several posts will cover all of the other green heating and cooling methods we uncovered.

Heat Pump Particulars in HVAC

Heat Pump Particulars in HVAC

heat pumpWe enjoy the efforts we put forth on behalf of your HVAC installation and repair in St Louis near Overland MO.  One of the best aspects of this job is to learn more about interesting topics and pass along what we discover to others.  Today, we are looking closer and the H in HVAC, which as most of you probably know, stands for heating.  Heat pump seemed interesting, so we first researched the details surrounding those.

There are two main types of heat pumps used in residential and commercial applications: air-source heat pumps (by far the most common) and ground-source (or geothermal) heat pumps. Did you know that a heat pump works like an air conditioner in the cooling cycle?  Then, when it is in the heating cycle, it simply does the reverse, working to cool the outside while venting heat to the inside. A major difference in the two mentioned above, was found during our research on behalf of your HVAC sales in St Louis near Overland, as follows, “Ground-source heat pumps transfer heat through earth or water, whereas air-source heat pumps do so via air. Because heat pumps simply move heat around rather than creating heat, they can be a very efficient method of space conditioning, especially in moderate climates.”

What lets us know the efficacy of a heat pump?  Well, this would be best measured in efficiency compared to yield.  “Heat pump efficiency is rated using two metrics: SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is used to rate the performance when the unit is acting as an air conditioner; HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) is used to rate the performance when the unit is in heating mode.” In our research, we learned, on behalf of your St Louis HVAC sales, that there is much to be known about efficiency and many ways to dive deeper online.  For now, the above rating system is all we uncovered for time’s sake.  Stay tuned to this site for more posts on heat pumps and more discussion about their efficiency and other surrounding details.

The Feeding of Facts for Heating and Cooling Efficiency

The Feeding of Facts for Heating and Cooling Efficiency

efficiencyWhen it comes to keeping things efficient and energy smart, there are many industries that need to focus on the subject. Your heating and cooling installation in St Louis near Sunset Hills know that the updated technologies can only help them when it comes to more ecofriendly developments.  Here is how one writer puts it online, “As technologies like the ‘Internet of Things’ continue to move into our built environments, Ingersoll Rand has acknowledged that its existing expertise could give it an edge in innovation.”

“We’ve been inside industries, improving the efficiency of processes inside those industries,” says Scott Tew ‎Executive Director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand. “We have been in the commercial and the home-building space as long as any company. With that you gain a certain amount of unique knowledge on how buildings perform, and how they should perform.”  This is an important facet in energy efficiency for all sorts of things, heating and cooling in St Louis is just one example of how to save money and maintain an ecofriendly business environment.

It is also true that with the invention of ‘smart’ technologies, buildings can virtually monitor their own operations. Ingersoll Rand’s range of systems allow owners and occupants to manage their environments based upon information provided to them by the structures themselves and so it is no longer up to human interpretation and communication.  These things can be done with facts alone and heating and cooling in St Louis near Sunset Hills can be as efficient as possible, given controls that are put in place and mandated by actual feeding of facts from the building itself.

Replace What You Use From an HVAC Energy Perspective

Replace What You Use From an HVAC Energy Perspective

zero emissionsAs we previously discussed here on this HVAC subject thread, from your HVAC install in St Louis near Overland, in California, they are playing around with the idea of housing where energy usage equals energy creation.  This is massive news for the quality of the environment and it will be really interesting to see how this unfolds.  It will likely require that all thing energy-consuming use as little as possible in order to make the energy creation end seem more plausible.

“There are various definitions for ZNE buildings but Santa Monica is adopting the definition used in the 2016 California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen). According to CALGreen, a ZNE building is one where the value of energy produced on-site by renewable energy resources is equal to the value of the energy consumed annually by the building.”

These plans have been in the works since 2008 when the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted California’s first Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, presenting guidelines for all California buildings to be ZNE. This roadmap of sorts insisted that all California residential construction achieve ZNE by 2020 and all new commercial construction achieve ZNE by 2030.  This is a brand new thing to actually mandate it, but from an environmental perspective, we at your HVAC install and sales near Overland MO can think of nothing better for this earth.  Not to mention, depending upon the cost of energy creation in your home, it has to be more economical over time than buying someone else’s energy for use.  It will be interesting, also, to discover how far these ideas may spread and whether or not we will hear of these ZNE homes and commercial buildings in other places around the country and world.

HVAC Energy Management

HVAC Energy Management

HVACWe began a series covering the subject of energy efficiency as it pertains specifically to the HVAC world on behalf of your St Louis HVAC sales near Jefferson County MO.  Previously we covered a new certification being offered for EMP.  EMP certification means that the individual has been training in energy conservation and management as it pertains to building performance.  Basically, they can help you juggle the requirements of your HVAC when it comes to capabilities with the least amount of energy possible.   The title and certification came about as a part of EMA.  “EMA is a young organization dating back to 2012, when its certification program was developed as part of the Associated Air Balance Council (AABC) Commissioning Group. EMA became a stand-alone association in 2014, and its EMP offering is among the newest credentials to hit the market.”

In order to become EMP certified, according to your St Louis HVAC near Jefferson County, you must take a seminar and an exam that lasts for 2 days with 12 hours of classroom instruction and a four hour exam.  You must also have at least 2 years or more of experience depending on your technical knowledge and experience to start with, according to research done on behalf of your St Louis HVAC near Jefferson County MO.

It cost a little over a thousand dollars with an annual fee of $250 plus $250 to renew the certification.  Edward Armstrong is EMA’s executive director and he says, “The EMP is unique in the energy management field. It’s very results-oriented with a strong element on ongoing energy management.”  Plus, he added, “It’s really catching on with major companies like Siemens, ABM Industries, and Hanson.”

The HVAC Energy Specialists

The HVAC Energy Specialists

hvac savingsThere’s a new certification in the world of HVAC, according to our recent research done on behalf of your HVAC Service near South County.  “While it’s easy to explain the benefits of energy efficiency to building owners, it’s much more difficult to ensure their facilities continue to perform at peak performance while you’re working to reduce their energy consumption.”  Given the multitude of HVAC and other options for the commercial world, it is good to know that there will now be people out there that are specialists in the field of finding the best combinations for our energy usage needs as well.

Customers will likely be best served in the HVAC St Louis market if someone in this new field can help them juggle budget, energy conservation and building performance needs to the best of their ability.   “Since its introduction, the EMP is attracting the attention of building owners, he explained, because professionals with this training are focused not just on energy but also on performance.”

There are many avenues to discuss when it comes to this new field, according to your St Louis HVAC near South County, but some of what we found is best summed up here, “A bedrock principle of the EMP program is to assimilate energy management principles with commissioning and retrocommissioning methodologies,” said Heitman, who is certified as an EMP and also administers the credential.  ACHR news says,  “EMPs have the knowledge and ability to implement commission-based energy management. This appeals to building and facility owners and operators because they realize additional operational savings due to complementary improvements in building performance.”  The fact that they are commission based, according to our research on behalf  of your HVAC installation near South County, only helps the cause since they stand to gain if you gain as well.

Life vs. Installation Costs On New A/C Systems Explained

Life vs. Installation Costs On New A/C Systems Explained

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The winter months provide a great amount of time to think about replacing your ageing air conditioning system since it is no longer in use until spring.  This means that many business owners will be getting quotes and wondering how to determine what unit will be able to meet their current budget needs as well as provide reliable service at a low monthly cost.  Today, the team at American Services will help you with this decision by giving you a few quick things to consider when comparing your first and lifetime costs of a new a/c unit.

What do installation or “first” costs cover?

Your installation or “first” costs will only cover the price tag on the unit plus the cost of hiring a technician to install the unit.

What does it mean when someone mentions “lifetime” costs?

Your lifetime costs include all the costs associated with keeping the unit maintained, repaired, and for usage over the years.

What does SEER stand for?

When you see SEER it stands for the system’s Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.  When you are looking at units to purchase, you will notice that the price tag will go up as the SEER goes up.  This is because units with a higher SEER will also have the advanced technologies needed to keep energy usage down and your utility bills under control.

Now that you understand these simple terms, you will need to start doing some comparisons.  When doing so, consider the fact that a low cost unit may cost you more in utility bills and actually waste lots of money in the long run.  Also consider the quality of the unit you are buying, average maintenance costs, and the professionalism of the installation.  All of these factors will need to be looked over carefully as you make your decision.

If you are looking to replace your cooling system near Jefferson County, get all the help you need and a free estimate from American Services today!

Kitchen Ventilation Cost-Saving Tips

Kitchen Ventilation Cost-Saving Tips

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As noted by the experts at Energystar.gov, choosing the right vent hood commercial kitchen ventilation system is imperative for many reasons.  The quality of your ventilation system affects those in the kitchen and the comfort of the guest you serve. Today, let’s talk about some commercial kitchen ventilation basics and how you can save money on your ventilation costs.

There are several commercial kitchen ventilation styles.  These styles include choices like:  wall mounted canopy, single island canopy, double island canopy, eyebrow, back shelf, and pass over.  Each of these exhaust system set-ups offer a specific type and level of ventilation.  Having an expert help you choose the right style for your needs is the first step in keeping your energy efficiency top notch.

Once you have your system in place, you can make some subtle upgrades or changes to your system that can help with energy usage.  These changes include:

  • Adding inexpensive side panels to hoods to cut down on heat and smoke that escape into the kitchen area.
  • Close air gaps between your cooking equipment and the wall by moving units as close to the wall possible.  This will move your equipment so that it’s as close to the hood overhang as possible and maximize it’s use.
  • Look into a Demand-Based Exhaust Control system.  These systems monitor your cooking using sensors and will match your fan speed with the needs of your kitchen.  This type of system is something that comes as a part of some new units, but can also be retrofitted to you current ventilation system.  The addition of a Demand-Based Exhaust Control can help to reduce your ventilation costs by 30-50 percent.

Why not call the American Service team for a free estimate concerning Ladue area restaurant equipment upgrades today?  Our team can tell you what is will cost now and also help you determine how much the upgrades will help you save!  Contact our team for your appointment now!

Energy Efficiency – How Does Your Restaurant Rate?

Energy Efficiency – How Does Your Restaurant Rate?

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As a restaurant owner, you obviously understand the burden of energy costs on your business.  But have you ever taken the time to audit your usage and make changes that can help you save hundreds, or even thousands in utility costs over the course of a year?  If you are answering no to this question, it’s time to say yes!  The team at American Services understands how to make your space as energy efficient as possible.  And thanks to the help of new innovative equipment, our team could help make your restaurant the most energy efficient facility in town.

Here is an example of what the average restaurant’s energy consumption breakdown looks like:

  • In the area of sanitation, about 18 percent of total consumption.
  • In the area of refrigeration, about 6 percent of total consumption.
  • In the area of lighting, about 13 percent of total consumption.
  • In the area of HVAC, about 28 percent of total consumption.
  • In the area of food preparation, about 35 percent of total consumption.

When you call American Services, our team can help you with the majority of these areas all in one service call.  Our technicians are skilled in the areas of HVAC, refrigeration, restaurant equipment, ice machines, industrial equipment, beverage systems, and cooling equipment.  For you, this means that you will have one dedicated company to back all of your needs in one, simple visit.

So, what are you waiting for?  Don’t continue to waste energy by overlooking the key areas where you can start saving today!  Contact our customer care specialists right now and ask about how you can save on your monthly bills by upgrading to the most-energy efficient options available on the market.  Our customer care specialists will schedule you for a free estimate appointment and answer all of your questions.  As American Services you can rely on our expert care and knowledge regarding all of your Overland Area Restaurant Equipment

Check Your Attic – Cool More Efficiently

Check Your Attic – Cool More Efficiently

Measuring Attic Energy EfficiencyAs a commercial business owner, you may be overlooking one of the biggest factors in the efficiency of your heating and cooling system – your attic space.  It’s true!  If your building has an attic it could be sabotaging all of your efforts to keep your space cool in the summer and warm in the winter.  Today, let’s take a look at the three key factors affecting the efficiency of your HVAC system – insulation, ventilation, and air sealing.

The insulation you need in your attic will effectively assist your HVAC system in keeping your space properly heated and cooled.  If the insulation in your attic isn’t doing it’s job, you will have higher A/C and heating bills, your system will incur unnecessary use, and your space will not be comfortable.

Ventilation of your attic is needed to ensure the effective exchange of inside air with fresh outdoor air.  If your attic’s system of passive and active ventilation is not working properly, you will feel it in the summer.  This is because without this air pass through your attic can easily get above 150 degrees.  At this temperature your cooling system will not be able to keep up with cooling your space in an efficient manner and the comfort level inside will be diminished.

Sealing air out of your attic is the only way to keep drafts from working your heating system overtime.  This is a tricky area because, as we learned above, you also need to have your attic ventilated properly.  Getting the right balance of these two areas can be accomplished with the help of your local HVAC technician.

If you feel like your attic space is compromising the integrity of your HVAC system, give the team at American Services a call.  Our Clayton area heating and cooling experts will assist you with an energy audit and get your system working in the most efficient manner in now time!