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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.

Geothermal Continuation and Description

Geothermal Continuation and Description

geothermalHow is geothermal energy captured?  We wanted to explore this question in our geothermal series on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Repair near Fenton.  The answer is through, Geothermal springs for power plants. Currently, the most common way of capturing the energy from geothermal sources is to tap into naturally occurring “hydrothermal convection” systems, where cooler water seeps into Earth’s crust and is then heated up, allowing it to rise to the surface.  The steam must be captured as the next step, or so we found when researching the subject on behalf of St Louis Cooling Maintenance near Fenton.

“Once this heated water is forced to the surface, it is a relatively simple matter to capture that steam and use it to drive electric generators. Geothermal power plants drill their own holes into the rock to more effectively capture the steam.”  There are three basic designs involved when it comes to the power plant itself in the geothermal world.  Each of them pull hot water and steam from the ground and then use it and return it in the form of warm water in order to lengthen the life of the heat source itself.

Dry steam is one of the three basic designs and it can be described as follows by our newfound information gathered in research on behalf of your St Louis Cooling installation and service near Fenton.  “In the simplest design, known as dry steam, the steam goes directly through the turbine, then into a condenser where the steam is condensed into water. In a second approach, very hot water is depressurized or “flashed” into steam which can then be used to drive the turbine.”  Stay tuned to further posts on the subject.

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.

 

 

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.

Types of Commercial Heating Systems

Types of Commercial Heating Systems

heating services in St. Louis American Services heating commercial heating repair in Saint Louis knows that installing commercial heating systems using sustainable resources is a great option. These systems employ energy sources such as solar and geothermal power. Heating ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) options are not only good for the environment, but over time will be more cost efficient than more traditional options such as oil and gas.

Because the installation cost of HVAC systems are relatively high, this method of commercial heating system is often reserved for larger businesses.

– Oil or gas steam heating methods.
An oil or gas steam commercial HVAC system while not the most efficient, is one of the oldest methods of heating commercial properties. The oil or gas is used to boil, condense and subsequently past steam through the pipes. This is considered by many in the industry to be one of the least efficient processes. Steam heating also takes longer than most systems to circulate heat.

– Gas or oil water systems.
Heating commercial property using water based HVAC systems is another option. Similar to the steam heating in concept, the water heating method uses a boiler to heat water which then passed through to radiators positioned throughout the property. Water systems are rated less than ideal from an efficiency  perspective. One of the primary reasons for this is that you have to clear the air in the system each time the heat is engaged causing delays in heating and efficiency.

– Heat pump alternatives
Implementing a heat pump commercial heating alternative is an efficient means of heating a building. This process is similar to the technology used in refrigerators, essentially extracting heat from cold air.  For example, consider how warm the coils on the back of your refrigerator get.  The process works by using a refrigerant and subsequently pumping the heat generated throughout the commercial property.

– Commercial heating selection tips
Many HVAC professionals suggest calculating the expense for the first several years of ownership of your new commercial heating system, not just the installation cost, to help determine those that are truly most cost effective. You can reduce these costs by using high efficiency systems. The systems have high annual fuel utilization efficiency ratings(AFUE) and an Energy Star Seal of Approval, Rebates are frequently attached to these systems from government issuing agencies. Heating systems may vary, a temperate climate may warrant a different system than one with extreme temperatures during the winter and summer months.

Natural Energy Heating Systems

Natural Energy Heating Systems

heating repair in St. LouisAmerican Services Cooling and Heating installation in Overland knows that the utilization of sustainable resources for the installation of commercial heating systems is a viable option today.

Some energy sources that power these systems are solar, and  geothermal power. HVAC options like these systems are not only eco-friendly, but in the long run will prove more energy cost efficient than the traditional oil and gas option. Some industry experts agree that initial installation costs can be an expensive investment and generally reserved for larger businesses.

Commercial heating alternatives

Gas or oil water systems:
This system is similar to steam heating in concept, there is a water heating method, usually a boiler, then  pushed through radiators throughout the property. This system is somewhat inefficient because you must clear the air in the system when  the heat is engaged causing delays in heating ,and creating unnecessary energy costs.

Heat Pump alternatives:
Another efficient alternative method of heating a commercial building is the implementation of the heat pump. The technology is similar to how a refrigerator works. The process essentially extracts heat from cold air.  Consider how warm the coils on the back of a refrigerator gets, add a refrigerant, and subsequently pump the heat that was generated throughout the commercial property.  This is an
extremely efficient system as it requires no fuel source to function.

Some commercial heating selection tips:
HVAC professionals suggest don’t just add up the installation costs to determine if your system is truly worth a sizable investment but suggests calculating the first several years of ownership of your new commercial heating system to better establish its “cost” versus energy savings.

You can also offset these costs using high efficiency systems. These superior systems are rated with high annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) ratings and possess an Energy Star seal of approval and most generally are elgible for rebates. Finally you must consider the climate, A mild climate requires a different system than one with extreme temperatures during the winter and summer months.