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The Original Heating Installation Matter Down the Road

The Original Heating Installation Matter Down the Road

install of HVACTo clean or not to clean is the first question we delved into rather deeply in the previous handful of posts here, on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Service near Belleville IL.  We have determined that much of the answer lies in personal preference and mostly in individual heating and cooling system circumstances.  Let us assume that you do plan to pursue professional cleaning of your St Louis HVAC near Belleville IL.  “If you decide to have your heating and cooling system cleaned, it important to make sure the service provider agrees to clean all components of the system and is qualified to do so.”  We have found in our recent research that cleaning only some of the system is a waste of time as is replacing a full system without determining the source of the issue, assuming you are dealing with something bigger than dirt, such as unwanted creatures or mold.

In your heating and cooling system in St Louis, as it pertains to cleaning ducts, we find that this will refer to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.

Also, sometimes the need for an HVAC clean lies in the inappropriate installation and maintenance of your heating and cooling system in St Louis near Belleville IL.  “If not properly installed, maintained and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth (e.g., mold) is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the home’s living space.”  Therefore, often times the aftercare of your system is directly related to the quality of the installation of your HVAC in the first place.  Look for someone recommended and qualified, such as your St Louis Cooling Service and Sales near Belleville IL when it comes time to purchase and install the original system or address a replacement HVAC.



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

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.

Hotel Cooling Retrofits

Hotel Cooling Retrofits

American Services cooling installation in Saint Louis knows that ensuring environmental comfort present a unique situation for ensuring the cooling of hotels is efficient and can keep up with the demand of the guests, especially if you are located in a warm climate. Even more challenging, if your hotel has aged over the years, you may be battling a building envelope that that is nowhere near air tight which makes cooling of hotels extremely difficult.

Old municipal water supply systems may be loaded with rust and sediment and old HVAC systems are prone to the challenges facing cooling towers. Being open to the sky, water in the tower constantly collects dirt, pollen, tree remnants, insects, as well as the ambient heat. Over the years, evaporated water leaves behind scale which form a substrate for bacteria colonies. Maintaining these types of hotel cooling systems opens up even more problems.

New technologies allows for old system retrofits which replace traditional outdoor evaporation tanks with systems that directs water from the heat exchangers back into the building, where it is filtered and recirculated through the cooling loop. Continually recycling clean, cool water dramatically reduces the energy consumption, and water and chemical waste.

As with any retrofit, it is important to consult with a professional who holds a license or certification for such applications. Additionally, the company should be able to provide you with reference of previous work they have completed. Many companies will provide multiple solutions to your hotel cooling needs and often the most common solution is to perform basic system maintenance to ensure the system is running at peak efficiency.

To get a quote for your hotel cooling or heating system in Missouri, contact American Services today.

Heating with Heat Pumps

Heating with Heat Pumps

heat pumps in MissouriAmerican Services heating repair in Saint Louis installs heat pumps, dual-fuel heat pumps, and geothermal heat pumps. The most commonly used heating system is the air source heat pump and is designed in two basic styles. The first style is the packaged heat pump which is a self-contained unit that allows the compressor and both heat exchangers to be located outside. The second style of air source heat pump is the split system heat pump which is the most common of the air source systems. With the split system, the indoor air-handling unit ad heat exchanger are separate from the compressor and the outdoor exchanger. This allows for more flexibility with where the units are installed. These units will use ductwork to distribute the conditioned air.

Dual-fuel heat pumps use an electric heat pump partnered with a gas furnace. Dual-fuel heat pumps are best suited for climates that have warm summers and cold winters. Geothermal heat pumps operate like air-to-air heat pumps, however, they move heat rather than create heat. This system will use the ground or water to absorb or dissipate heat. Geothermal systems are quickly becoming the choice of green builders and home owners that are attempting to reduce their energy bills as much as possible. These systems can be installed in new construction as well as retrofitted with existing construction.

Customizable Heating Maintenance on Heat Exchangers

Customizable Heating Maintenance on Heat Exchangers

heat exchangersAmerican Services industrial heating maintenance near Sunset Hills knows that your heat exchanger requires routine maintenance to ensure proper and efficient heating. Having a customizable preventable heating maintenance plan will ensure your system stays online with little downtime, reducing the number of repair calls increases productivity in your operation. Heating is a necessity in most operations and system malfunctions just cause headaches.

Many heat exchangers are identified as CIP, clean in place. CIP cleaning is a condition that the scaling on the plates is soluble. All materials in the entire circulation system of course have to be resistant to the cleaning detergent. You don’t want to use an improper cleaning agent and risk damaging your heating system. If the solution requires recirculation, select a flow that is as high as possible, and no less than the service or product flows. Most detergent suppliers and cleaning specialists will provide instructions for their products. Typical circulation time of cleaning agents should be no less than 30 minutes. Always rinse away the cleaning agent thoroughly with fresh water and circulate fresh water for at least 10 minutes.

If the plates require a physical cleaning, use nylon or other types of “soft” scrubbing brushes with detergent. Never use a metal brush, steel wool or sand/glass paper as it will damage the passivation film of the plates. Typically acetone or other types of solvents which do not contain chlorine are used to remove old gasket glue. When using detergents, they should be compatible with the plate and gasket material before use. It is always wise to consult a cleaning specialist for information and recommendations specific to your application.

Industrial Cooling Needs

Industrial Cooling Needs

industrial cooling in MissouriAmerican Services Industrial Cooling Service near Ballwin knows that with industrial cooling there are many options. Some of the most common systems are air cooled water chillers, industrial process chillers, closed-loop systems, and dry-type.

Air cooled water cooled chillers are typically compact units with an integral tank and pump that is designed to in temperatures up to around 110 degrees. New technologies with water cooled chillers allow for easy inspection and service as well as complete and easy monitoring of its operations.

Industrial process chillers are designed to be an all-in-one system to maximize productivity and minimize cost. These systems are easy-to-use and are flexible enough to be adjusted to meet individual requirements while accepting a wide range of water temperatures and fluctuating water flows.

Closed-loop water-cooling systems are designed for the most demanding equipment cooling requirements as well as severe environmental conditions. When the ambient temperature is extreme, these systems will consistently supply a water/glycol coolant mixture ranging between 20-90 degrees.

Another closed-loop system is the evaporative type cooling system. This type of system is a cost-efficient way to maintain consistent equipment cooling temperature with varying heat loads and environmental conditions. This system has improved cooling capacities that can be combined with dry-type and evaporative type cooling systems.

The dry-type cooling unit is also another type of closed-loop system. It is designed to prevent corrosion and provide high efficiency heat transfer. New technology in these systems allow for complete automatic operation. With the design to prevent corrosion, the service life is increased because scaling, liming and corrosion on coils, water jackets and heat exchangers is prevented.

Each system provides differing benefits. Make sure you check with an expert to determine the best solution for your application.