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Install Renewable Energy Systems

Install Renewable Energy Systems

cement slab floor method in MOAmerican Services heating and cooling instillation and repair near Chesterfield knows that the heat of summer arrives, many commercial businesses start looking for ways to save money on cooling expenses.

One cost effective way to cool industrial buildings is to consider passive solar design to cool your business.   Passive solar systems can really help lower cooling costs when they are designed correctly with overhangs using reflective coatings on windows, exterior walls, and roofs.  Consider placing thermal mass, like concrete slab floors or heat absorbing walls, close to windows for another passive cooling method that can really save on cooling costs.

Solar arrays and wind turbine systems are a couple of examples of renewable energy cost effective systems.  Thinking about installing a renewable energy system at your building, like solar arrays or a wind turbine? Increasing the energy efficiency of your commercial building is a great plan if you are preparing for commercial renewable energy systems.

According to Energy.gov, “efficiency upgrades can shrink the energy load of your building by as much as 35 percent, which will allow you to maximize the proportion of clean power generated on-site at the least cost. In other words, energy efficiency gives you the most bang for your renewable energy buck.”

The Environmental Protection Agency offers the following resource sites to help businesses learn more about renewable energy products at; “EPA’s Green Power Partnership”, or “EPA Guide to Clean Energy Financing Programs”, or “Power Purchase Agreements.”

If you consider the Power Purchase Agreement program, there are actually no upfront costs because according to Energy.gov, “the end-user, don’t own the solar panels. Instead you buy solar power as a service much like you already do for grid-based energy from a utility. At the end of the month, you pay only for the solar energy produced on-site and purchase the remaining energy you need from your utility. A solar energy services firm assumes all performance and economic risks because it owns and maintains the equipment on your site.”

To learn more about renewable energy sources for your commercial building, contact us today at American Services today.

Commercial Heating Options

Commercial Heating Options

industrial boiler repair in MOInstalling industrial heating systems near Clayton MO with sustainable resources is an attractive option offered by American Services.  We utilize energy sources such as solar and geothermal power. Heating options like these systems are good for the environment and are potentially more cost efficient than other options such as oil and gas. Since they often come with high startup costs, this type of commercial heating system is often passed over by smaller businesses with less available capitol.

Selecting an oil or gas steam commercial HVAC system may not be the most efficient choice, but it is one of the oldest and most widespread methods of heating commercial properties. The oil or gas is used to boil, condense and steam flows through the pipes. Besides being relatively inefficient, steam heating also requires additional time to circulate the heat. Once the boiler is started it must run for a while before the heating process begins.

Heating by using a water-based HVAC system is another available option. Much like steam heating, the water heating method requires a boiler to operate. The water flows through the system to radiators positioned throughout the building or property. Water-based heating systems come with their own efficiency issues. First of all, it is necessary to clear the air in the system every time the heating is started which slows down the warming process.

Industrial Boilers 

American Services can maintain and service your industrial water and low pressure steam boilers with no problem. You can count on us to keep your building inhabitable and do it at a reasonable cost.

Installing a heat pump is, on the other hand, a more efficient means of heating a building.  Interestingly, this process is heats by using a refrigerant. Then the process continues by pumping the heat generated throughout the commercial property. One of the best things about this method is that it does not require a fuel source to work. The heat pump method is a very efficient system that many folks use for commercial heating in Illinois.

 

 

Forms of Radiant Heating Available

Forms of Radiant Heating Available

heating repair in MOAmerican Services heating and cooling repair in St. Louis knows that as it is stated on the website energy.gov, “Radiant heating has a number of advantages.” It is more efficient than baseboard heating and usually more efficient than forced-air heating because it eliminates duct losses. People with allergies often prefer radiant heat because it does not distribute allergens like forced air systems can. Hydronic (liquid-based) systems use little electricity, a benefit for buildings off the power grid or in areas with high electricity prices. Hydronic systems can use a wide variety of energy sources to heat the liquid, including standard gas- or oil-fired boilers, wood-fired boilers, solar water heaters, or a combination of these sources.”

One type is air-heated radiant floors. Since air can’t hold large amounts of heat, air-heated floors are not cost-effective in residential construction. Sometimes they can be combined with solar air heating systems. However in these situations, heat is only produced in the daytime. It is inefficient to attempt to heat a home with a conventional furnace by pumping air through the floors at night, even with the benefits of using solar heat during the day.

Hydronic systems can use a wide variety of energy sources to heat the liquid, including standard gas- or oil-fired boilers, wood-fired boilers, solar water heaters, or a combination of these sources.” . Electric radiant floors can also be used for home additions if it would be difficult to use the existing heating system in the new space,

Hydronic, or liquid-based, systems are the most widely used and cost-effective radiant heating systems for in cooler climates. Hydronic radiant floor systems pump heated water from a boiler through tubing laid underneath the floor. Hydronic radiant heat is certainly a topic that can be an efficient energy option for builders to use in a variety of different construction scenarios.

Types of Commercial Heating Options

Types of Commercial Heating Options

commercial heating repair in MOAmerican Services heating systems installation in Missouri knows that installation of commercial heating systems using sustainable resources are a viable option that should be considered. These systems employ energy sources such as solar and geothermal power, leaving no footprint on our environment.

Heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) these systems are not only good for the environment, but over time they will perform more efficiently, generating energy cost savings and decreasing the carbon footprint that “traditional”options such as oil and gas leave behind.  Because of the relatively high initial installation costs, this type of commercial heating system is often reserved for the larger facilities.  Fortunately these costs are becoming more affordable as tax breaks and government incentive programs become more prevalent.

Oil or Gas Steam Heating Methods

Choosing an oil or petroleum steam powered commercial HVAC system, while definitely not the most efficient, is one of the oldest methods of commercial heating installations. The oil or gas is used to boil, manufacture and subsequently pass steam through the pipes-generally considered one of the least efficient processes, and at the same time, most harmful to the environment. Steam heating methods take longer than most systems to circulate heat because of the delay between the boiler being fired up, and the heat finally circulating thru a network of pipes, ending up in the radiator unit.

Gas or Oil Water Systems

An additional method for heating commercial property is using a water-driven HVAC system. Similar to steam heating in overall concept, the water heating method uses a boiler to heat water, which is then subsequently passed through a pipe network to radiators positioned throughout the facility. These water heating systems are some of the least productive heating methods and also less than ideal from an efficiency perspective. One reason for this is that you have to clear the air in the system each time the heat is engaged, causing delays in heating which results in inefficiencies.

Heat Pump Alternatives

Implementing a heat pump commercial heating alternative is the most favorable commercial heating option and is an efficient means of heating a building. This process is similar to the technology used in refrigerators, essentially extracting heat from cold. Because these types of systems do not require a fuel source (gas or oil) to function, they are very cost effective systems.