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Commercial Warm Air Heating

Commercial Warm Air Heating

heating equipmentIn the heating and cooling world of which we are a part, we try to bring to you some of the latest information on behalf of your Heating Installation in St Louis near O Fallon MO.  Some of the most intriguing data comes from subjects that are somewhat fundamental, yet mysterious to most, such as how heating systems actually operate. Today, we will talk about the two main types of heating systems:  warm air and radiant heating in St Louis near O Fallon.

Warm air heating is classified as the first type of heating system and makes use of fan to draw air across a heat exchanger, which increases the temperature of the air and distributes it evenly throughout an area or space. These are ideal for environments requiring constant temperature.  The process involved here is for a warm air heating commercial system in St Louis and starts from a gas or oil fired burner as the initial source of warm air.  Then, hot water circulates throughout the heat exchanger or the electric element.

How are these particular heaters in St Louis installed?  Well, they can be situated by suspending them above the space being heated or mounted on the walls or even on the floor.  For those of you heating a commercial space who need to resort to the floor installation, the following may be important to note, “The floor standing models may use outlets to direct the warm air to specific areas or they can be directed to a duct work system to distribute the warm air to a bigger area. The choice will depend on the floor area or layout of the space.”  There is more to discuss here, regarding the warm air heating process and specifics on how these particular heaters work.  Stay tuned for future posts on the subject on behalf of your St Louis Heating Installation near O Fallon MO.

Different Heating Options for Commercial Space

Different Heating Options for Commercial Space

optionsWhen we decided to write more this month on the subject of heating in St Louis, we made the choice to focus in on commercial heating in St Louis near Clayton MO.  We found, in this research, that there are two main ways to heat commercial space and we want to share some of what we learning in our research on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling Installation and sales near Clayton MO.  “There is a vital need to ensure proper heating is in place especially for large spaces like a warehouse or factory and is all boils down into two heating, warm air or radiant.”  So, apparently, not everyone knows how to go about heating their industrial or commercial space as well as they need to.

“The commercial heating systems should be properly maintained and operated effectively to ensure productivity of employees especially in cold regions or areas.”  It is important, for starters, to be aware of the space and have knowledge as to the nature of the space being heated, along with the type of business being heated and its associated requirements.  After those basic facts are established, it is time to learn the details of the two typed of commercial heating systems.

Warm air heating is the first type of heating in St Louis near Clayton that we wish to discuss.  We may have time to go over both types here, but if not, we will continue this discussion in the posts to follow, on behalf of your Heating and Cooling Service in St Louis near Clayton MO.  The warm air heating style is actually classified as the first type of heating system, making use of a fan to draw air across a heat exchanger.  This increases the temperature of the air and helps to ensure even distribution of this air throughout a specific area or space.

Warm & Cozy Thanks to Proper HVAC Maintenance

Warm & Cozy Thanks to Proper HVAC Maintenance

Staying warm

Winter time is upon us in St. Louis and no matter what type of business you may have, keeping your employees and customers warm and cozy should be a top priority.  Since this is something that rings true for nearly our entire client base, the team at American Services wants to help you understand how you can achieve this goal without much worry, hassle, or cost.  The solution to this problem simply lies in scheduled maintenance visits! Today, let’s take a look at why maintenance is so important and go over a few of the top maintenance services you should be investing in.

Maintenance is key in the overall operation of nearly any large system around your business.  This fact rings especially true when talking about your heating and cooling units.  Both needs to be checked on a regular basis as determined by the manufacturer and your expert HVAC contractor.  These regularly performed check-ups cover all of the major inner-workings of your machines, keep your HVAC system clean, catch any repairs early, and even keep your unit running at its most efficient rate.  All of these things will help your system last as long as possible and work together to keep your costs low and under control.

Now that you know why maintenance is so important, let’s talk about the services you need to be investing in.  Any good HVAC maintenance check-up will cover:  Air Filter inspections with replacement or cleaning, ; a double check of your thermostat settings; tightening of all electrical connections; condensate drain inspection; controls check; and a double check of all gas connectors, gas pressure, burner combustion, and heat exchanger equipment.

So, why not take the time to ensure to comfort of your employees and customers by investing in an HVAC maintenance service near Florissant today!  Call the American Services team to schedule your appointment now!

What To Do As the Cooling Season Comes To An End

What To Do As the Cooling Season Comes To An End

welcome fall

Fall is almost officially here and that means your cooling system will soon get a much needed break.  Don’t make the mistake that many commercial cooling system owners make by ignoring your air conditioner and moving on to your furnace without any regard for needed inspections.  Now is the time to get your cooling unit ready for next year and your heating system ready for months of use.  This is what the American Services team recommends you should do now to keep your entire HVAC system running smoothly as we transition from summer to fall.

When getting your heating and system ready for fall, the following maintenance tasks should be addressed:

  • Filter replacement.
  • Full inspection of a gas unit’s burner assembly and heat exchanger.
  • Full inspection and adjustment of the ignition switch on gas units.
  • Full inspection and sequence of electric heat and AMP draw check.
  • Full inspection and adjustment of indoor blower components.
  • Full inspection and tightening of all electrical components.
  • Full blow out service of condensate drain and pan cleaning.
  • Heating and cooling unit cycling.
  • Full inspection of outside air economizer if applicable to your unit.

Once you know that you are finished using the cooling portion of your system, there are a few additional items to take care of.  These items include:

  • Turn off the air conditioner disconnect switch to kill all power to your unit during the winter.  This will prevent the unit from accidentally turning on during the cold weather months and prevent electrocution as you perform the next few tasks.
  • Clean all debris from around your outside unit and take a hose to the unit to remove dust and dirt.  Now you need to let the unit set and dry.
  • Once the unit has completely dried, cover your air conditioner with a waterproof cover like a tarp.  This will keep the unit clean and dry during the winter months.  Just make sure to remove any snow or ice build-up form the unit as needed.

If these tasks are something you would like to hand over to a professional, the team at American Services would be glad to offer help.  Contact our customer care staff now to set-up your very own commercial heating and cooling maintenance check near Clayton today!

 

Preparing To Save On This Season’s Heating Bills

Preparing To Save On This Season’s Heating Bills

thermostat with money

The Labor Day holiday has come to pass and cooler fall days are on the horizon.  As a business owner, this change of weather should be a welcome one thanks to more manageable temperatures that help to reduce energy costs.  Today, the team at American Services wants to help your prepare for savings this fall with some energy saving tips specifically for commercial heating system owners.  Here are our top tips!

As we usher in a new season, all heating and cooling system’s should have a thorough maintenance check-up.  This check-up will go over the general function of the unit and include some other maintenance tasks designed to maintain optimal efficiency and operation.  Some of the areas covered during your maintenance check will include a filter replacement, inspection of ignition and burner assembly (gas), inspection of heat exchanger (gas), inspection of AMP draw (electric), inspection and tightening of electrical connections, and a cycling of heating and cooling units.

Once you know your system is ready for the transition into fall, you can begin to focus on ways to save money on your utility bills with some smart usage.  Saving money on your heating and cooling bill isn’t too hard during the fall season thanks to comfortable outside temperatures.  Use this time to take advantage of opening windows in your office space where available.  You can even prop open the front door of your business to both welcome new shoppers while also letting in the nice fall breeze.  When the temperatures start to cool off, use sunlight to your advantage by opening blinds or curtains.

Don’t let the change of seasons go by without having your commercial heating and cooling system near Ballwin serviced!  Call the team at American Services for a free maintenance check-up estimate now and save the hassle of unforeseen repairs later!

 

Get Your Pre-Season Heating Check-Up Now!

Get Your Pre-Season Heating Check-Up Now!

Technician Servicing Heating BoilerSummer is coming to a close and that means you will want to assure the proper function of your heating equipment before cooler weather hits.  In fact, experts with Farmer’s Almanac are predicting a cooler than normal winter season that will require your increased need for a well functioning heating unit.  Here is a quick check list of the areas covered by a typical routing maintenance visit.

  • Thermostat Check – You’ll want to make sure your technician checks your setting to ensure your comfort.  This will also allow your unit to run less while you occupants are no longer in the building – saving energy and money.
  • Inspect Electrical Connections – Having proper connections will ensure the longevity of your unit.  Make sure your technician tightens all connections, measures voltage, and measure the current on the unit’s motors.
  • Lubrication – All moving parts should be lubricated so as to avoid any friction in the motors.
  • Condensate Drain Check – Your technician will make sure the drain is clear to avoid water damage and unwanted spikes in humidity levels.
  • System Controls Check – This test will ensure the proper and safe operation of the system start, operation, and shut-off process.

During a heating specific check, your technician will also need to check the following components: gas connections; gas pressure; burner combustion; and heat exchanger. The proper operation of all of these parts is imperative due to the fire hazard and health problems they can cause when not functioning within spec.

Don’t wait until the cold weather hits to get your heating components checked for proper operation and safety.  Call the Clayton area commercial heating experts at American Services to schedule your routing heating maintenance check-up now!

Focus On – Cooling Towers

Focus On – Cooling Towers

St Louis Commercial Cooling ServiceHave you ever wondered what a cooling tower is how it can work for providing air conditioning to your commercial property?  If so, today’s focus on cooling towers is perfect for you!  Let’s get started with a quick overview regarding the actual function of this type of unit.

According to www.HowStuffWorks.com, a cooling tower works like this, “The tower creates a stream of cold water that runs through a heat exchanger, cooling the hot condenser coils. The tower blows air through a stream of water causing some of it to evaporate, and the evaporation cools the water stream.”  It is noted that a disadvantage associated with this type of system is that water has to regularly be added to make up for evaporated liquid loss and that the efficiency of this type of unit relies heavily upon the relative humidity of the air, along with the barometric pressure.  Just a few things to think about!

The team at American Services wants you to completely understand your cooling options.  Please feel free to contact our Florissant area commercial cooling sales department to get all the details regarding the cooling tower-based systems we have to offer.  Our team can additionally help you with a full range of HVACR needs.  Our list of services includes: HVAC services like rooftop packaged units, split systems, boilers and chillers; Refrigeration units like walk-ins and reach-ins; Industrial Equipment like chillers, exhausts, and make-up air; Cooking Equipment like grills, ovens, fryers, and steamers; plus Beverage Equipment like coffee, cappuccino, soda, and frozen beverages. You can count on our team to have the knowledge needed to assist you with your purchase, perform your installation, custom-design a maintenance plan, and perform all needed repairs.  There really is no other HVACR team that can do that in St. Louis!

Industries Served for Commercial Cooling and Heating Services

Industries Served for Commercial Cooling and Heating Services

cooling repair and maintenance in MOAmerican Services cooling and heating installation in Missouri is pleased to announce our list of industries served and services that we offer our commercial business owners.

For the past twenty five years, American Services has been providing refrigeration, cooling, and heating commercial installation, maintenance, and repair services in the Saint Louis geographic area. Our professional, highly trained technicians provide services to many different industries, including; chain restaurants across the country, grocery and convenience stores, food service companies, cold storage facilities, grocery stores, truck stops, supermarkets, restaurants, retirement homes,  schools, office spaces,  apartment complexes, and even large industries such as hotels and industrial buildings.

American Services has answered literally thousands of service calls with highly knowledgeable and skilled technicians who provide the highest level of experience and skill to any and every service or maintenance problem your business could possibly have. We pride ourselves on doing our work right the first time around and even back it with a guarantee.

For any of your heating, HVAC, or cooling needs such as; Portable Chillers and Drop-ins, Pumping Systems & Reservoirs, Evaporative & Fluid Coolers, Central Chillers, Heat Exchanger Skids and Temperature Control Units.

American Services even provides twenty four hour trouble shooting for emergencies to cover your HVAC, heating, refrigeration, restaurant equipment, or cooling needs. We can effectively repair any sized commercial equipment and any type of cooling application.

So if you are in need of a proven HVAC, cooling, heating, refrigeration, or restaurant equipment needs in Missouri or Illinois, be sure to contact us today at American Services and schedule an appointment, or feel free to contact our twenty four hour emergency call center and we will be happy to send out one of our highly trained professional technicians to serve you.

Maintain Heating Efficiency in Commercial Buildings

Maintain Heating Efficiency in Commercial Buildings

space heaters in MOAmerican Services heating repair service near University City knows that when it comes to commercial heating, there are many ways to save on energy costs.

When recent research was conducted by the United States Department of Energy, it was discovered that companies could potentially save up to 20 percent on heating expense with space heaters. Other types of alternative heating the research focused on include; geothermal pumps and heat exchangers.

Geothermal heat pumps can regulate the average temperature in an office or commercial space by utilizing the underground temperature to warm the room air.

Geothermal heat pumps on the other hand, “use the ground to exchange heat, allowing a building store heat for use in the winter and shed heat in the summer. Because the ground is able to maintain a fairly constant temperature, geothermal heat pumps can help building owners and operators reduce energy consumption compared to standard heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment,” according to Energy.gov.

The Department of Energy is looking into alternative heat sources such as heat pumps, in an effort to increase the public’s understanding of alternative heating sources.

Working fluids use gases or liquids in order to absorb and move energy for cooling commercial buildings.  One area the government is looking into is called “nanofluids,” which can improve efficiency in commercial chillers and refrigeration units.

Heat Exchangers are another alternative heating source available for commercial buildings by allowing buildings to move heat from one space to another and reducing overall energy use.  Heat exchangers are used in HVAC and refrigeration systems. HVAC systems are more energy efficient than ever before, but there is still room for improvement-when it comes to cost savings.  Today the Department of Energy is working on an initiative to develop new innovative heating and cooling technologies that help improve efficiency while improving performance.

Alternative Heating Sources

Alternative Heating Sources

solor heating in MOAmerican Services Heating and Cooling installation service in Missouri knows that there are many options when it comes to commercial heating systems.

One such option is for heat transfer fluids.  If you are considering solar heating heat transfer systems, be sure to consult the local authority in your area to find out what exactly is required for your geographic area.

Water is one type of substance that is effective as a heat transfer fluid, particularly with its low viscosity property which makes it easy to pump. Drawbacks are its low boiling point and high freezing point, and the fact that water can be corrosive and cause mineral deposits.

Glycol and water mixtures are made up of a 50/50 or 60/40 glycol-to-water ratio. Ethylene and propylene glycol make up the properties of antifreeze.

Hydrocarbon oils have a higher viscosity and lower specific heat than water meaning they need more energy for circulation.  With a low freezing point, these types of oils tend to be relatively less expensive than some others.     The basic categories of hydrocarbon oils are synthetic hydrocarbons, paraffin hydrocarbons, and aromatic refined mineral oils. Synthetic hydrocarbons are relatively nontoxic and require little maintenance. Paraffin hydrocarbons have a wider temperature range between freezing and boiling points than water, but they are toxic and require a double-walled, closed-loop heat exchanger. Aromatic oils are the least viscous of the hydrocarbon oils.

Refrigerants are commonly used in refrigerators, air conditioners, and heat pumps as the primary heat transfer fluid. They generally have a low boiling point and a high heat capacity which enables a small amount of the refrigerant to transfer a large amount of heat very efficiently.

If you currently own a refrigerant-charged solar system that requires maintenance, contact us today at American Services and we will sent out a qualified technician.

Active solar heating uses solar energy to heat transfer fluid or air, which then transfers the solar heat to an interior  storage system for later use. Solar heating systems can be implemented as a supplement to other heating systems such as radiant heating, boilers, heat pumps, or forced-air heating systems.

Active solar heating systems are actually most cost-effective in cold climates that have good solar resources.  Liquid and air systems are good choices for forced air supplemental heating. Note that commercial systems usually come with warranties of 10 years or more and usually last much longer.