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Commercial Refrigeration Energy Savings Checklist

Commercial Refrigeration Energy Savings Checklist

Environmental ConservationWhen looking at the world’s energy usage as a whole, refrigeration accounts for 20 percent or 1/5 of the consumption.  In order to reduce your business’ carbon footprint and reduce monthly energy costs, there are a few simple tasks you can perform.  Here are four ares to keep in check when looking to reduce you commercial refrigeration energy usage:

  • Condenser Coils – Your equipment’s condenser coils need to be clean and de-greased appropriately.  This maintenance task needs to be completed on a monthly basis.
  • Door Gasket Seals – Be sure to inspect the door gasket seals on your equipment. The gasket seals should be in good condition and working properly.  This is another maintenance task to complete on a monthly basis.
  • Automatic Door Closers – If your equipment has automatic door closers, be sure to check that they are properly operating on a regular basis.  This is something that should be checked every time the automatic door closing feature is used.
  • Ice Machines  – All commercial ice machines require regular cleaning and service. Cleaning should be performed monthly and maintenance service should be performed every six months.  If you are using well water, make sure you are performing these services more often.

By paying attention to just these four areas, you can save yourself up to 20% over those who ignore these simple tasks.  You can additionally save by investing in sustainable energy saving upgrades.  These type of upgrades are available for walk-in coolers and commercial freezers and can be performed by the American Services team today!

Contact the Kirkwood area commercial refrigeration equipment upgrade experts at American Services for more information regarding energy savings for your walk-in coolers, walk-in freezers, and ice machines today!

 

Saving on Heating Expense for Commercial and Industrial Businesses

Saving on Heating Expense for Commercial and Industrial Businesses

industrial heating in MOAmerican Services heating and cooling installation in St. Louis is committed to keeping its loyal customers updated on the latest in HVAC news.

Since 2011 when the president introduced a program to help commercial industries lower energy use, over 110 organizations have joined the “Better Buildings Challenge” initiative.

The organizations are striving to reduce energy use by as much as twenty percent by 2020, and according to Energy.gov the companies are on their way to meeting the goal. The savings on energy is equal to an astounding 8.5 trillion BTUs which equates to fifty eight million dollars in savings.

Nearly twenty percent of energy needs have been cut by thirteen hundred companies involved in the initiative.  At an additional twenty one hundred facilities as much as 10% savings was realized.

The initiative Better Buildings Challenge has partners that are exchanging information on strategies that have helped them reduce heating and cooling energy needs by duplicating other companies’ strategies.  Industries involved include; commercial retail stores, civic centers, historical buildings, hotels, fire stations and manufacturing facilities.

The United States spends approximately two hundred billion dollars each year for heating and cooling commercial buildings and an additional two hundred billion to power industrial facilities.  Commercial and industrial buildings make up nearly fifty percent of the energy use in the United States and are responsible for over 40 percent of the carbon emissions.

The Better Building Challenge is responsible for helping to reduce nationwide energy use as well as the carbon footprint in the country.  These impressive results are responsible not only for saving money, but creating more jobs and improving the competitive status of U.S. businesses.

To learn more about how your facility can reduce its heating and cooling needs, contact us today at American Services in St. Louis MO.

Commercial Toasters for your Restaurant

Commercial Toasters for your Restaurant

commercial restaurant equipment in MOAmerican Services restaurant equipment repair and maintenance in St. Louis knows that some of the smaller pieces of restaurant equipment can prove to increase your productivity the most. In many restaurants that serve breakfast, a commercial toaster is essential for ensuring your customers have a good start to their day by getting the food served just the way they like it. Commercial toasters come in all shapes, sizes, and applications.

The most common commercial toaster seen in a restaurant is the conveyor type. This type feeds bread through a heating element in a continuous loop. Manufacturers rate these toasters by slices per hour. When selecting a conveyor type toaster, think about your operation and how many slices you serve at any given time. It is not uncommon for operations to utilize machines that will handle 800 slices per hour. The other idea to consider is that you may not require 800 slices per hour but your order turn-around time may be essential. A toaster that will handle 800 slices per hour, in general, will toast twice as fast as a unit that only handles 400 slices per hour. The unit cost savings between the two could be $400, however you must consider the time it takes to toast the bread compared to the efficiency of your servers, and the patience of your customers.

Most commercial toasters will run on 240 volts but they have also been known to run on standard 120 volts. A good quality machine will easily weigh 50 to 100 pounds and require a footprint of 16 inches by 20 inches. Ensure your location can handle both the electrical and space requirements before buying.

To schedule an estimate on your restaurant equipment repair or maintenance, contact us today at American Services.