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Popping and Rattling in Your Cooling System

Popping and Rattling in Your Cooling System

noisesMy cooling system is still making noises that I don’t understand.  Should I be worried?  We have been on the topic of heating and cooling noises made by your HVAC system in St Louis MO near Afton for some time now.  And, we know that some are harmful and legitimately concerning while others can be dismissed.  “Popping sounds when you turn your system on and off you can breathe a sigh of relief.” The popping sound is due to your metal ductwork expanding and isn’t a problem whatsoever, according to your St Louis heating and cooling repair near Afton MO.  “For elimination of the sound, insulation such as foam or rubber can help limit the noise.”

There exist other sounds emitted by your Cooling system in St Louis that can be of greater concern, such as the thumping and clacking we discussed in a previous post.  When you hear such things, be sure to call your heating and cooling installation specialists near Afton for a complete HVAC work up.  Other sounds will be covered in posts to follow on behalf of your St Louis cooling installation and repair.  For now, let’s move onto rattling.  Rattling sounds usually indicate loose debris blowing around within your heating and cooling system in St Louis near Afton.  This, as harmless as it may seem, can be a big problem if left unchecked.  “Even something as small as a loose screw rattling about could lead to significant issues down the line. If the debris is larger in size, the rattling noise may sound more like a scraping noise, which is also not to be ignored.”

There is a level of DIY here, if you can pinpoint the location of the rattling, unscrew the vent and see if you can remove the debris. If not, contact a professional to locate and extract the debris as soon as possible, so as to protect your heating and cooling system in St Louis from potential permanent damage.

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.

Passive Cooling

Passive Cooling

passiveOn behalf of your St Louis Cooling Repair near South County MO, we are on a regular search for new information and research to pass along to you, in regards to green energy and cost effective, environmentally friendly ways to handle the heating and cooling of your home or business.

Along those lines, did you know that the sun is the ultimate provider of green energy?  A couple things that make it so are the constant and renewable nature of Solar power, the fact that it is not about to run out anytime soon.  There are, according to our research on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Installation near South County, ways in which you can benefit and enjoy the power of solar energy without the effects of direct sunlight.  “Passive solar energy is simple, has little to no moving parts and requires minimal upkeep. Passive solar-energy systems are designed to use natural principals of heat transfer instead of machines such as furnaces and air conditioners [source: Passive Solar Resources].”

It turns out, according to all that we read for your St Louis Cooling Sales and Service near South County, passive solar technology uses the building’s walls, windows and floors to collect, store and release the sun’s energy. “However, passive solar homes still need mechanical equipment, such as a forced-air system or radiant flooring to keep the temperatures cool in the summer and warm in the winter [source: Arizona Solar Center].” Direct gain systems are supposed to be the easiest of them all in terms of installation of cooling capable solar panels in St Louis MO.  In such systems, sunlight passes through windows where the light is converted into thermal energy. The walls and floors directly absorb and store the heat energy. As long as the room temperature is high, the interior of the homes will hold on to the heat. “When the temperature drops at night, the stored heat radiates through the living space.”

Heating Efficiencies

Heating Efficiencies

greenWhen discussing efficiency, we know Heating and cooling in St Louis near Fairview Heights IL has much to share in the way of high end and late breaking technology.  We decided that we ought to research and share some details about efficient heating and cooling in St Louis on behalf of your Heating Installation near Fairview Heights IL.  Some of the latest news worth sharing, comes from the US coast.  “Santa Clara University is not only a pantheon of learning in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, but it’s also a temple of green technology.”

In April 2011, just seven short years ago, the university managed to install 60 rooftop solar collectors to heat and cool its student center. Engineers designed the large-scale array to run the building’s hot water and air conditioning units and to gain green status, both in name and in energy savings.  As you can imagine, the system is very efficient.

How does it work and what are the results of this heating and cooling example in California, as found in the research done for your St Louis Heating sales near Fairview Heights IL?  “The solar collectors grab the sun’s rays and concentrate their captured energy, heating the building’s water to 200 degrees. University officials expect the system to reduce the building’s natural gas consumption by 70 percent each year and eliminate 34 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.”

The fact that they did this seven years ago and that many other Universities have followed suit in the desire to gain more green efficiencies, means that things will continue to go in the direction of more efficient heating and cooling methods abroad.  The cost is a factor in gaining all that we need to “go green”, but that will eventually change, or so the experts think.  In the meantime, stay tuned to your St. Louis Heating and Cooling Sales and Service near Fairview Heights IL for more details

Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Geothermal Heating and Cooling

geothermalWhen we are looking into different ways to cut costs both at home and in our commercial business, heating and cooling can be a great area of focus.  There are nonconventional ways to accomplish the heating and cooling that you are looking for that we researched completely on behalf of your Cooling installation in St Louis near Fairview Heights IL.

First recognize that the earth is brimming with a limitless source of energy – also known as geothermal.  The explanation of this begins deep inside our planet where you would find a lot of hot water and steam. The deeper you go, the hotter it gets, in fact. But you don’t have to dig too deep to take advantage of this energy, according to all that we read on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Sales near Fairview Heights IL. Only a few feet below the surface, actually, the temperature of the water remains constant year round, generally about 42 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (5.56 to 26.67 Celsius) depending on where you live.  A geo-exchange system can use this energy to heat and cool almost any kind of building [source: Minnesota Geothermal Solutions].

Here is further explanation based on our recent research on behalf of your Cooling Service near Fairview Heights IL in St Louis MO.  “Geothermal systems do not directly tap into the heat inside the Earth. Instead, geothermal homes use heat pumps to take advantage of the constant temperature of geothermal wells under the ground. The heat pump can cool a house in the summer and warm it during the winter. Heat pumps have a fluid inside, which could be water or a refrigerant. When it is cold outside, the fluid absorbs Earth’s heat and brings it inside to warm the air.” In the summertime, the heat exchange works in reverse, cooling the house [source: APH Geothermal].

Beating the Heat With Proper Maintenance

Beating the Heat With Proper Maintenance

bright sunWhen summer is upon us, most people get excited and look forward to enjoying the summer sun and beating the heat in a cool, air-conditioned building.  The downside to this pleasure, according to all that we read on behalf of your Heating and Cooling in St Louis near University City, are the summer energy bills.  Most of us all know that the dog days of summer can mean high energy consumption at an unfortunately high price.

In fact, on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling Sales near University City MO, we found a few stats to fill in the gap here and help illuminate the point.  “According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, space cooling will consume an estimated 1.28 quadrillion British thermal units across the United States in 2017—that’s equivalent to almost 39 million homes’ electricity use in a year. And that energy use adds up.”

We also found, when reading various articles on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling installation near University City, that in residential buildings, space cooling alone makes up 9% of a home’s total energy consumption.  There are also things that can lessen efficiency quite drastically.  “Additionally, typical air conditioning units use fluorocarbon refrigerants as a coolant, which, if leaked, can lessen the efficiency of an AC system and negatively impact the environment.” If you properly maintain your AC unit by contacting professionals, such as your St Louis Heating and Cooling Repair near University City, you will at least improve the chances of having a very efficient system.

 

Bottoming Cycles in HVAC

Bottoming Cycles in HVAC

recycled HVACWe are moving along the HVAC train and looking for new and exciting information to share with you from your HVAC installation and service in St Louis near Chesterfield MO.  We found some interesting info on CHP or Combined heat and power systems and thought we ought to pass it alone.

“Combined heat and power (CHP) systems are being used by a wide range of applications to reduce the overall energy intensity of industrial systems. There are two types of CHP, depending on whether the system produces power first, then heat, or heat first, then power.”  According to your HVAC sales in St Louis, the topping cycles involve hot exhaust of an electricity generator.  Something like a natural gas turbine or reciprocating engine, is used to provide process heat, hot water, or space heating for the site. “According to preliminary 2015 data, topping cycles are used by 89 percent of total CHP capacity.” In bottoming cycles, also referred to as waste heat to power, wasted heat from a furnace or other high-temperature industrial processes is recovered and used for power production, which is also found to be noteworthy in our recent research as this is a form of energy recycling.

According to our HVAC sales St Louis near Chesterfield and the research recently done online, the bottoming cycles typically use waste heat boilers or steam turbine systems. “Ongoing research, development, and deployment efforts are focused on these systems as a way to reduce wasted heat and increase industrial energy efficiency.”  From an HVAC perspective, bottoming cycles are most times being applied in industrial facilities in chemical, paper, and primary metals sectors since these particular places often have high temp waste streams that are best dealt with using waste heat recovery.  All of this and more can be discussed as it applies to St Louis HVAC near Chesterfield and we will attempt to elaborate in future posts on this very subject.

Overheating Deaths

Overheating Deaths

fanLooking further into the effects of natural disasters on HVAC systems on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling Repair near Clayton MO, we found some interesting information regarding the Great East Japan Earthquake and the tsunami that resulted in March of 2011.  “The aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and resulting tsunami of 11 March 2011 provided researchers an unexpected opportunity to explore the relationship between air conditioning and risk of heat-related death.” According to our research on behalf of St Louis Heating Sales near Clayton, there have been many prior studies that reported associations between access to and/or use of air conditioning and lower mortality risk. However, the new results, published in Environmental Health Perspectives online, suggest that reducing the use of AC during summer heat may not necessarily have adverse consequences for human health, depending on the age and existing health of the people being considered.

The following was reported, “The 2011 earthquake and tsunami severely damaged the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and caused severe electrical shortages in the Tokyo metropolitan area. To conserve energy, the government strongly encouraged residents served by Tokyo Electric Power Company and Tohoku Electric Power Company to reduce electricity consumption by 15% from July to September of 2011.

The urgency was heightened to reduce energy consumptions although campaigns promoting energy conservation have long been a summertime fixture in Japan.   Many residents of Japan working to reduce cooling bills and energy consumption swapped AC for fans.  The end results were not troubling to their health.  Interestingly enough, heat related deaths actually decreased during this time.

 

Lightening and Your Heating and Cooling

Lightening and Your Heating and Cooling

lighteningFrom your Heating and Cooling Sales in St Louis near Ballwin MO, we bring you some of the less popular subject content along with the other more exciting discussions.  Today, it is the former of the two, as we discuss disasters in the HVAC world.  “Even though, you may be keenly concerned about your uprooted trees, windows, and roofing system, after you have experienced a natural disaster, your HVAC system could also be in jeopardy. Once the natural disaster passes and your electricity is restored, it is crucial that you become familiar with the ways that a storm or hurricane could damage or destroy your HVAC system.”  We will go through specific disasters now and how they affect your system.

Lightening is the first thing we stumbled upon in our recent research on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling Repair near Ballwin MO.  And the truth is, when lightening does strike, it can adversely affect your air conditioning or cooling system since this relies on electricity in the home to function properly. “When the electricity is disrupted, it could cause issues to your air conditioning system. The additional power resulting from a lightning strike could flood the circuit breaker in your home.” It could even damage electronics and appliances. There is something you could do, however, preventatively.  It is highly recommended that you install a surge protector prior to any natural disaster. This can absorb most of the electricity before it can damage anything in your home, along with your heating and cooling system in St Louis. A surge protector is also important in saving your HVAC equipment.

We will continue this conversation in the next post as we cover the ins and outs of hail and how that, along with other natural disasters can and will take its toll on your HVAC system in ways that your St Louis heating and cooling maintenance can predict and handle.

 


 

Natural Disasters in Heating and Cooling

Natural Disasters in Heating and Cooling

lighteningLooking even closer and into more detail at what happens when natural disaster strikes and your HVAC is involved, we come across information from our most recent research on behalf of your St Louis Heating Installation near Wentzville MO that we wish to share.  “When a tornado strikes, it comes with high winds, but also lightening. Hail, on the other hand, could follow a tornado or severe storm. It comes with heavy pelts that could subsequently damage your HVAC system.”  It is recommended in order to protect the fragile parts of the condenser coil, that one installs a hail cover over the air conditioning unit. Although it may not deflect everything since small debris can go through the guard, lodging in the equipment, it is better than nothing in terms of level of protection.  If something does lodge in the equipment, however, we found through our recent research, that you ought not attempt to use your AC until you have consulted an expert.

Water damage is another big deal when it comes to the aftermath of natural disaster.  In our recent studies on the subject on behalf of your St Louis Heating service near Wentzville, we also found that many people are affected by this as well.  “A storm or hurricane comes with lightening and heavy rains, causing water damage. In fact, when the storm hits an area, its slow movement could cause a significant amount of water to accumulate in your yard and around your HVAC system. Debris and grass could wash into the HVAC unit as water rises.”

In light of all possible disaster damage, it is recommended that before you experience severe weather, it would be an excellent idea to contact an HVAC contractor to inspect your outside HVAC unit. The HVAC professional would make sure that the unit is elevated to a height to keep out as much standing water as possible. Call your local Heating installation in St Louis near Wentzville for more information today.