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Web Resources Designed To Help You Save On Heating & Cooling Costs

Web Resources Designed To Help You Save On Heating & Cooling Costs

Web AddressIf you have ever searched for ideas on the internet related to heating and cooling cost savings, there is no doubt that you have been overwhelmed with the number of “expert” opinions out there.  To help you dis-spell some of the myths or incorrect information you may find, the O’Fallon area heating and cooling experts at American Services have compiled their favorite resources for you here in this post!  All of these sites are filled with common sense tips and tricks that will help you save money all year long.

The ENERGY STAR Guide for Energy Management 

This comprehensive ENERGY STAR guide is designed to help business and commercial building owners create and implement strategies that will not only save them money, but that will also help to preserve the environment.

RESNET Residential Energy Services Network

If you are a business owner who either operates out of a residential-style building or who owns and manages residential units, the RESNET Residential Energy Services Network is a valuable source when looking to save on energy costs.

Ameren Missouri

Ameren Missouri provides Missouri business owners with a number of resources that help them save on energy across their commercial buildings.  A few of the ares they cover on their site include a fuel cost calculator, energy glossary, and commercial energy efficiency recommendations.  Ameren Illinois customers can find the similar resources here.

At American Services our goal is to provide you will all the tools you need to make your business a comfortable environment for your employees and customers.  We can provide you with comprehensive heating and cooling service along with maintenance, repairs, installation, and contract work.  Our team is additionally trained in restaurant equipment repair, water filtration, ice machines, beverage systems, cooking equipment, refrigeration, and industrial equipment.  Make us your one-stop-shop next time you are in need of any of these services!



Reasons to Upgrade Your Boiler or Furnace

Reasons to Upgrade Your Boiler or Furnace

UpgradeThe spring and summer months are the best time to upgrade your heating system.  These seasons are warm and allow you the time needed to go without the use of heat.  Today, let’s talk about a few of the best reasons to upgrade your boiler or furnace right now!

  • If you switch out your older boiler or heat and hot water system for a new, high-efficiency unit, you can save thousands in fuel costs.
  • Switching to a new, high-efficiency unit will also lower your green house gas emissions and help in the effort to clean up our environment.
  • Remove the chance of your older unit either needing to be repaired or failing completely by proactively replacing it now when you are less likely to be using it.
  • Replacing your unit with a newer model will increase the comfort of your home or business thanks to the advanced technology features it will have.
  • If you have had an expansion in your unit’s usage, you may not be getting optimum results and could benefit from a unit that can handle the work-load you provide.
  • Updates to your HVAC system add value to the building they are installed in.  This will help in the event of a sale or when renting to a future tenant.

As you can see, there are a number of valid reasons associated with replacing your boiler or furnace unit this summer.  American Services can provide you with a free Jefferson County area commercial heating unit installation quote today!  Simply give our sales team a call and on of our friendly quote specialists would be happy to show you how easily our team can get you into an energy-efficient unit right now!

Managing Energy Costs for HVAC Systems

Managing Energy Costs for HVAC Systems

HVAC in MOAccording to the website, “Energy Star qualified HVAC products can save your business approximately $1.70 per square foot over the like of the equipment. For example, a 12,000 square foot building using an Energy Star qualified HVAC product could save more than $21,000 over its lifetime and prevent more than 40,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions”. Maximizing profitability is the primary goal for many. Energy costs are often some of the biggest variable expenses for businesses. It only makes sense to ensure that you are not throwing away good money by paying too much for energy.

They also state that, “according to the Consortium of Energy Efficiency, at least 25% of all rooftop HVAC units are oversized, resulting in increased energy costs and equipment wear. Properly sized equipment dramatically cuts energy costs, increases the life of the equipment, and reduces pollution”. Builders, business owners and other decision-makers should carefully select equipment before installing or replacing HVAC units. It is important to this about lifetime expenditures as opposed to initial equipment costs.

New and more efficient equipment isn’t the only way to save money on energy costs. Consider that pipe insulation can usually reduce energy loss by 90% and also that replacing or installing insulation on existing pipes can result in sizable rebates from some energy providers. If boilers are being utilized, installing turbulators increase heat transfer and boiler efficiency and can cut fuel costs by up to 4%.

The design and construction phase of new building presents the best opportunity to optimize energy efficiency, especially now that there are ever increasing options available that result in efficient building. However, for many moving operations into new structures isn’t a realistic option. For those who must to the best that they can with the space that they have, it is reassuring to know that there are many resources available to them too. For HVAC maintenance near University City, American Services can help.

Alternate Heating Sources for Commercial Greenhouses

Alternate Heating Sources for Commercial Greenhouses

industrial heating system in MOAmerican Services industrial heating equipment repair in St. Louis knows that the type of fuel that is best for commercial greenhouse heating depends on many factors such as; price, convenience and availability.

Some fuel sources put out a higher heating value than others.   A good method for comparing the cost of fuel is by utilizing the million Btu basis. In other words what is the cost of one million Btu’s of heat? By definition, one Btu equals the amount of energy required to raise a pound of water 1ºF. It takes 8.3 Btu’s to raise 1 gallon of water 1ºF.

Gas Vapor Fuels

Natural gas is one of the most economical and clean fuel sources available today, although it is not always available to industrial greenhouse owners in all geographic areas of the country.  Natural gas requires no on-site expensive storage equipment as it is piped directly from transmission lines. Natural gas burns cleanly, requires little equipment maintenance, and may be used in central boilers or remote unit heaters. Some suppliers include an “interruptible clause” which allows them to interrupt the supply in time of extreme need, usually during cold spells when fuel is needed to heat homes. Locating and securing a backup fuel supply and equipment to burn it is essential under these conditions.

For larger volume users, it is best to buy “direct purchase” from one of the large suppliers. Adding the transmission cost through the pipelines will give you a total fuel cost.

Propane (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) is a clean, gaseous fuel similar to natural gas. It is derived from a byproduct of oil refinery manufacturing or by stripping natural gas. It is liquefied by a moderate pressure process at normal temperatures. Even though propane is more expensive than natural gas it can be readily obtained where natural gas in not available. Maintenance is minimal, but a storage tank, preheater, and pumping network costs must be considered.

Propane is best purchased by the transport load which requires a 30,000 gallon tank.

Fuel Oil #2 #4  #6

No. 2 oil is usually comparably priced with natural gas but may be more expensive in some locations especially where it has to be transported a long distance from the supply point. It is a relatively clean fuel that demands slightly more burner maintenance than gas. Oil requires on-site infrastructure; above ground storage tanks that must have a containment in event of a leak or spill. Oil stored in outdoor, above-ground tanks may become difficult to pump in environments where temperatures can hover near 0ºF. Insulated tanks or additives to the fuel protect against this hazard.

No. 4 and 6 oils possess a higher heating value than No. 2 but because of low sulfur emission restrictions, they are usually similar in price. These oils require a preheating and greater attention to equipment operation. They are subject to the same storage and temperature limitations as No. 2 oil