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Alternates to Central AC Cooling That Actually Work

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.

HVAC Take One

HVAC Take One

take oneWe like to bring you all the latest news in the world of HVAC on behalf of your St Louis HVAC sales and service near O’Fallon MO, but sometimes it is important to reevaluate the information you share and attempt to cover more of the basics for those in your audience who may be unaware.  So, today, we will look at the basics of St Louis MO HVAC and hopefully help our readers get on the same page before we start covering more advanced details in our future posts.

Most homes are heated and cooled through a central, whole-home, Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning system (HVAC). The HVAC may well be one of the most expensive and energy hungry systems in the home, so the more you know about your HVAC, the better off you will be, especially if you act on what you know. A well-informed homeowner will save money and have a healthier, more comfortable home indeed.

When you hear people refer to St Louis HVAC near O’Fallon as split, this is a real thing and is due to the following, “Central HVAC systems are often called ‘split’ systems because some of the components are installed inside the home and some of the components are installed outside a home. Inside your home, usually installed in the basement, attic, or a closet, you’ll find the furnace (oil, gas, or electric) and the evaporator portion of the air-conditioner. You’ll also find the blower (sometimes called an air handler), which serves both the furnace and the air-conditioner. Attached to the blower are ducts, which are tubes acting as pathways to deliver heated or cooled air to various rooms in the house.”  Furthermore, the AC (or heat pump)has a condenser/compressor involved in its functioning, according to your HVAC sales and service in St Louis and it is typically installed outside the home, while the furnace, the evaporator and the blower are installed inside the home’s St Louis HVAC near O’Fallon MO.

 

HVAC Breakdown

HVAC Breakdown

nitty grittyMost homes, businesses and offices are heated and cooled through a central, whole-building, Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning system (HVAC). The HVAC may well be one of the most expensive and energy hungry systems in the home or office, so the more you know about your HVAC, the better. A well-informed homeowner or business owner will save money and have a healthier, more comfortable home or office, so we are here to help fill you in on some of the HVAC details on behalf of your Heating and Cooling Maintenance in St Louis near Fenton MO.

There are several components in which to consider in your St Louis heating and cooling system. Central HVAC systems are often called “split” systems because some of the components are installed inside the home and some of the components are installed outside a home. Inside your home, usually installed in the basement, attic, or a closet, you’ll find the furnace (oil, gas, or electric) and the evaporator portion of the air-conditioner. “You’ll also find the blower (sometimes called an air handler), which serves both the furnace and the air-conditioner. Attached to the blower are ducts, which are tubes acting as pathways to deliver heated or cooled air to various rooms in the house.”  The more you know about the structure of your St Louis Heating and Cooling system, the more likely you are to handle things that come up, whether it be in a do-it-yourself fashion or through the help of a commercial HVAC company such as your St Louis Cooling sales and service near Fenton MO.

The air-conditioner’s (or heat pump’s) condenser/compressor unit is installed outside the home or office in all cases. The furnace, evaporator, and blower are installed inside the home or office in each scenario. You will not have a separate furnace for an HVAC with a heat pump, just FYI.  As we fully explain the components of HVAC in St Louis, you will want to stay tuned here for further details, both simple and complex.

 

Cooling in Details

Cooling in Details

coolingExamining, for the last time this month, the heating and cooling system that you have at home or at work, we know that the evaporator plays a large role in the St Louis Cooling near Ladue.  The evaporator coil actually works similarly to a car’s radiator to produce cool air, which is then circulated through the ductwork.

Next, we come upon the condensing unit of your cooling system in St Louis near Ladue. We know from a recent article we skimmed on HVAC, that the following is true, “The condensing unit is connected to the evaporator coil. This unit is installed by HVAC contractors on the outside of your home and filled with refrigerant gas. When the refrigerant has been cooled to a liquid by heat exchange with the exterior air, the condensing unit pumps the liquid to the evaporator coil to be evaporated into a gas once more.”

Let us not overlook the refrigerant lines in a cooling system in St Louis near Ladue MO.  These specific refrigerant lines carry a refrigerant substance to the condensing unit which has been vaporized in the form of a gas.  It then gets returned in liquid form back to the evaporator coils. These “lines” are actually narrow tubes manufactured from a durable heat- and cold-resistant metal such as copper or aluminum.  Finally, we have to glance at ductwork and vents.  The ductwork is in reference to the system of ducts whose job is to transport air warmed or cooled by the system to the various areas of your home. Ducts are commonly made of lightweight aluminum.  According to your St Louis Cooling Repair near Ladue, they may also be manufactured from steel, flexible plastic, polyurethane, fiberglass, or fabric.

 

Down the Halls of HVAC

Down the Halls of HVAC

hallsLooking at heating in St Louis near Sunset Hills, we realize that is has been some time since we perused the halls of an HVAC explanation, looking for new details to point out surrounding your system in St Louis.  So, today, we stumble upon the heat exchanger. “The heat exchanger is found inside your furnace unit’s housing. This component switches on when the furnace is activated by thermostat to produce warmer temperatures in winter.” The way it operates is to pull in cool air, then heat it and circulate it by way of your ducts and our through your vents.

The heat exchanger pulls in cool air, heats it, and circulates the resulting heated air via your ducts and out through the vents.  The evaporator coil is another important heating component to understand.  It has, basically, the opposite job of the heat exchanger and it acts to cool the air when the thermostat is set lower and cooler during the summer months.  “Located in a metal enclosure on the furnace’s exterior, to the top or side, the evaporator coil works similarly to an automobile radiator to produce cool air, which is then circulated through the ductwork.”

Now, we move onto the condensing unit of your heating and cooling system in St Louis near Sunset Hills.  Connected to the evaporator coil, the condensing unit is installed by HVAC contractors on the outside of your home and filled with refrigerant gas in order to properly operate. “When the refrigerant has been cooled to a liquid by heat exchange with the exterior air, the condensing unit pumps the liquid to the evaporator coil to be evaporated into a gas once more.”  This leads us to your refrigerant lines which carry the refrigerant substance to the condensing unit vaporized in the form of gas and return it to the evaporator coil in liquid form.  In order to be resistant to temperature, these lines are typically made of copper or aluminum.

Different Components of Your Cooling System

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.”

 

Your AC Can Prevent Mold During Cooling

Your AC Can Prevent Mold During Cooling

moldDiscussing in greater length, the topic of mold in your cooling system in St Louis near St Charles MO, we are looking for the latest in news and information to pass along to you, our heating and cooling consumer in St Louis MO.  What causes the mold in the first place when it comes to your St Louis Cooling?  Typically, it is conducive to the environment and the more moisture that is present, the more likely the mold. “This mold-ideal environment can be introduced because of an unknown or ignored leak somewhere in your home or high humidity. Air with over 70 percent humidity is a definite breeding ground for mold.”

Once you have mold in motion it is literally just that…in motion.  According to our recent research done on behalf of your St Louis Cooling near St Charles we now know that once the mold begins to grow, the spores can travel through your home’s air causing allergen issues for some or most people.  A small leak in your HVAC system or ignored air conditioner drains and pans, evaporator coils, or air handlers could very well be an origin of mold, so make sure you address things like this as soon as you are made aware of them to minimize any effect or excess damages.

AC can actually help to prevent mold. This is something we uncovered in our recent writing and research on behalf of your St Louis Cooling near St Charles MO.  “As already mentioned, mold thrives in damp, humid environments. Your air conditioner is designed to help dehumidify your home, removing excess moisture and preventing mold’s growth.”  Therefore, keeping your air conditioner running in humid weather and situations is a proactive step to take and is very helpful in the preventative side of things where mold is concerned.  Mold also likes stale air. Running your air conditioner provides proper ventilation and airflow in your home, thereby preventing mold’s growth again.  This is especially important in areas that don’t get much use and are therefore sometimes ignored, such as garages.

 

 

The Chemistry of Cooling

The Chemistry of Cooling

hot coldWhen looking at the cooling components of an HVAC system, we spent the last two posts diving into the actual breakdown of parts and what they do in their functioning to contribute to the cooling cause, on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Sales and Service near Hazelwood MO.  We covered the evaporator and the fan and coils therein, we also talked about the condenser and the fan it has to distribute cooling air into your space.  There is more to it and we will wrap up the other parts and functions here in the next two paragraphs on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Maintenance near Hazelwood MO.

All processes must have a starting point.  Here is how the cooling of your space will begin, “In between the evaporator and the condenser, is an expansion valve. The expansion valve has a crucial but simple job. It simply regulates the flow of the compressed refrigerant to the evaporator, for the cooling process to begin.”

Liquid changes over to gas.  Not sure if you realized there was chemistry involved in the process of heating and cooling your home, but where there is temperature change, there is typically chemistry and in this case, it comes in the form of phase change.  “Once the refrigerant is in the evaporator, the liquid changes states of matter. It changes into a gas. That’s where the next part of the cycle comes into play. The compressor is a pump that does just that. It compresses the refrigerant back into a liquid to start the process all over again.”  And, there you have it. That is the second part in a series regarding cooling your commercial, business and personal space and how it happens from start to finish, on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Installation near Hazelwood MO.

Evaporator Refrigeration Maintenance

Evaporator Refrigeration Maintenance

routine maintenanceIf you are doing all that you can to keep your refrigerator running at the best level with which it is able, then make sure you do all that routine maintenance that we have been discussing on behalf of your Refrigeration Service in St Louis near Ladue.  Evaporators, for example, need to be checked.  “Check the evaporators monthly for proper defrosting. Ice accumulation on the evaporator coil can cause inefficiencies in the operation of the system, and can be detrimental to the coil surface itself.”

You will want to tighten the connections in the electrical panel, says your St Louis Refrigeration Service near Ladue. Also, make sure to watch for and correct any frayed wiring insulation and corroded terminals, and make sure that all spade connections are made tight again with any of your refrigeration evaporators.  You will also want to check your fan motors and blades as you would need to with any refrigeration in St Louis near Ladue for service longevity and performance.

Ask yourself the following, according to the research we did on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Maintenance near Ladue MO, “Do the blades turn freely? Check the blades for unusual wear patterns or stress fractures. Clean the surface of each fan blade. Replace any worn blades and tighten the fan set screws.”  You will want to replace any motor that is hard to rotate or has worn bearings. And, anything that is supposed to have lubrication needs to be lubricated such as fittings or anything else requiring lubrication.  One last piece of advice with refrigeration routine service is to check over all defrost heaters in your system, this will allow for maximum heat transfer to the evaporator coil.

Cooling Components

Cooling Components

cooling componentsWhen it comes to cooling your space, there is some basic knowledge that will prove helpful to you in the quest of efficiency and weighing of all the options.  We set out, on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling service near Bridgeton in order to answer some of the most common questions with mostly knowledge gap filling.

Let’s start with Air Conditioning and the cooling of your commercial, business or personal space.  This is best understood by looking first at the individual components involved in the cooling process to begin with.  There are four main components in any air conditioning unit. Each plays a significant role in cooling and maintaining the temperature in your home or office space.

The first component in your cooling system from St Louis is the evaporator.  The evaporator is fed liquid refrigerant.  The evaporator and the refrigeration coils, or cooling coils are synonymous.  The refrigerant is the liquid substance that is found in the evaporator and is typically the key ingredient for cooling the unit.  The evaporator has coils and also a fan for cooling your space.  This distributes the cool air away from the evaporator and out into the space.  The condenser is next in the cooling process according to our research done on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Repair near Bridgeton MO.  “The condenser is also referred to as the hot coils. The condenser is in charge of facilitating the heat transfer, from inside the home to the outside. There is a fan associated with this part also, similar to the evaporator’s job.”  We will move on to more parts in the next post here regarding cooling your space in St Louis.