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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.

HVAC and Mold

HVAC and Mold

HVACWriting today on behalf of your HVAC installation service in St Louis near Jefferson County, we run straight into the in depth subject that begins with a simple question, “Should I have my air ducts cleaned?”  Knowledge about air duct cleaning is actually in its early stages, so a blanket recommendation cannot be offered as to whether you should have your air ducts in your home cleaned, believe it or not. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urges you to read this document in it’s entirety as it provides important information on the subject and all came from reputable sources online.

According to a recent article found online, “Duct cleaning has never been shown to actually prevent health problems. Neither do studies conclusively demonstrate that particle (e.g., dust) levels in homes increase because of dirty air ducts. This is because much of the dirt in air ducts adheres to duct surfaces and does not necessarily enter the living space. It is important to keep in mind that dirty air ducts are only one of many possible sources of particles that are present in homes. Pollutants that enter the home both from outdoors and indoor activities such as cooking, cleaning, smoking, or just moving around can cause greater exposure to contaminants than dirty air ducts.”  However, there are definitely times when having your St Louis HVAC near Jefferson County cleaned, is highly recommended.  These are specific circumstances that are listed below.

There is substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface (e.g., sheet metal) ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system. There are several important points to understand concerning mold detection in heating and cooling systems, also, so we have relayed below, on behalf of your St Louis HVAC sales near Jefferson County, what we learned in our research therein.  Many sections of your heating and cooling system may not be accessible for a visible inspection, so ask the service provider to show you any mold they say exists.  It is also recommended that you are aware that although a substance may look like mold, a positive determination of whether it is mold or not can be made only by an expert and may require laboratory analysis for final confirmation.  For about $50, some microbiology laboratories can tell you whether a sample sent to them on a clear strip of sticky household tape is mold or simply a substance that resembles it.

Heating and Cooling Efficiency and Provable Facts

Heating and Cooling Efficiency and Provable Facts

factsIn your St Louis Heating and Cooling systems near Belleville IL, whether they involve your office and industrial environments, or your everyday home unit and system, the importance of routine maintenance to these heating and cooling units cannot be denied.  Plenty of studies have been conducted and research proves that the neglected system is the inefficient system.  Also true is that the neglected system is the one more prone to breakdown and future need for repairs.

The above references heating and cooling studies have been cconducted and fall into two main categories:

– Analysis of failures in individual HVAC components and the energy savings possible by correcting those failures.

– Whole-system estimates based on interviews with HVAC maintenance experts. Energy Performance and HVAC Component Maintenance

One conclusion written by a testing group goes like this, “HVAC systems have over 100 components, and many common component performance issues degrade energy performance.” They provide results in the form of information that summarizes studies of the potential energy savings from good maintenance on chiller components with the greatest energy impacts.

There exists, also, a few studies in which the whole-building energy savings from HVAC system maintenance has been analyzed.   In each instance, the validity and importance of routine Heating and Cooling maintenance in St Louis near Belleville IL, has been confirmed.  Bigger buildings are covered in the work as well.  “The New Buildings Institute found that best practices in building maintenance and operations reduce energy use 10 to 20 percent across all climate zones in the United States. In contrast, poor maintenance practices can increase energy use by 30 to 60 percent.”  The list of citations and proof is rather in depth, but we will take pause there and just let the facts be known.  If optimum efficiency in an HVAC system is the desire, then routine maintenance is a must, not really an option, but a definite requirement.  To what extent it will save you money is not precisely known, but the fact that it will create a heating and cooling environment that runs at optimal efficiency is a provable fact.

Passive Green Cooling

Passive Green Cooling

light roofWe recently passed along the installation of solar panels in an effort to achieve more green cooling systems in St Louis Cooling Repair near Hazelwood.  “Santa Clara University is not alone in installing green heating and cooling systems. Other universities, businesses and homeowners are taking advantages of this green technology.”  We pretty much all know that going green is imperative for the environment.  Even climate change deniers get that point.  “Compared to standard heating and cooling systems, going green is better for the environment because it helps eliminate greenhouse gasses.”

For the individual in St Louis Cooling Sales near Hazelwood, we want you to know that the environment isn’t the only thing that stands something to gain.   “In addition, the efficiency of these green systems allows people to save money on their energy bills, which has the potential to make a huge difference.” According to the U.S. Department of Energy, costs that are associated with heating and cooling your home make up at least 56 percent of a home’s energy use.

Green heating and cooling systems fall under two distinct categories: there is passive and then there is active. Passive systems maximize nature’s ability to heat and cool without furnaces or air conditioners or any man made interference or sources.  According to our most recent research on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Installation near Hazelwood, it can be achieved in the construction of the home itself.  “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.”  Another passive cooling design might be the windows used.  It they keep heat out and cool air in, then they would count as passive cooling.  Read more next time on active cooling in the green ways we found in our research.

Heating Options in Your Space

Heating Options in Your Space

furnaceIn our research on behalf of your St Louis Industrial Heating near Bridgeton, we have found that there are indeed more than one ways to skin a cat, I mean, heat your space.  Beginning with central heat, we plan to take you through the variety of ways both here and in posts to follow.  Central heating in St Louis involves a furnace.  “The majority of North American households depend on a central furnace to provide heat. A furnace works by blowing heated air through ducts that deliver the warm air to rooms throughout the house via air registers or grills. This type of heating system is called a ducted warm-air or forced warm-air distribution system. It can be powered by electricity, natural gas, or fuel oil.”

Looking inside the gas or oil fueled furnace, we see a sight of fuel being mixed and burned. The flames then heat a metal heat exchanger where the heat is transferred to the surrounding air in an effort to heat the space effectively.  According to your St Louis Heating installation near Bridgeton, the air is then pushed through the heat exchanger by the “air handler’s” furnace fan and then forced into the ductwork which is located downstream of the heat exchanger.

According to experts on HVAC news, “At the furnace, combustion products are vented out of the building through a flue pipe. Older ‘atmospheric’ furnaces vented directly to the atmosphere, and wasted about 30% of the fuel energy just to keep the exhaust hot enough to safely rise through the chimney. Current minimum-efficiency furnaces reduce this waste substantially by using an “inducer” fan to pull the exhaust gases through the heat exchanger and induce draft in the chimney.  If you are looking for service or installation on your heating and cooling systems in St Louis, call your Bridgeton Heating Sales today.

Vegetation and Solar All Save on Cooling Bill

Vegetation and Solar All Save on Cooling Bill

vegetationWe spoke, previously, to the points of energy savings in the heating and cooling of your commercial business setting.  We know, per our research done on behalf of your Cooling install and service in St Louis near Florissant, that you will use multiple different sources of energy in order to effectively operate your new business.  One way to save from an HVAC perspective is to make sure you partake in annual maintenance for your heating and cooling systems, but that isn’t the only way to save.

One thing you can, and should definitely do yourself, is to regularly change (or clean if reusable) HVAC filters every month during peak cooling or heating seasons. This is such a low expense to maintain and such an imperative energy saver in the long run that it really is a no brainer, as long as you can remember to do it.  “New filters usually only cost a few dollars. Dirty filters cost more to use, overwork the equipment and result in lower indoor air quality.”

Another cost saver when it comes to heating and cooling energy use is direct sun through windows, depending on the season and local climate. During cooling season in St Louis near Florissant, you will want to make your best effort to block direct heat gain from the sun shining through glass on the East and especially West sides of your building. You may want to check on adding things to your St Louis business near Florissant, such as solar films, screens or awnings fo vegetation.  These are all things that can enhance by adding to your place of business, vegetables and oxygen are awesome additions.  Solar energy can be used and the panels effective in blocking out the heat.  These things are all win-win examples of saving on cooling bills.

Allergens and Your HVAC

Allergens and Your HVAC

allergiesWhen it comes to industrial heating and cooling systems in St Louis near Sunset Hills, American Service has your commercial needs covered.  We also like to take some time to hit on subjects that may be of interest to the average homeowner in their own personal HVAC systems and life surrounding them.  Today, we will talk briefly on the subject of Heating and Cooling your home near Sunset Hills with allergies. We will begin with what is NOT true.

“There are nearly as many myths floating around regarding the hazards of HVAC systems on allergy sufferers, as there are allergens in the air. We are paying far more attention to indoor air quality than ever before, so now is as good a time as any to dispel the myths associated with the HVAC in your home and how it affects your allergies. The fact remains that your properly maintained HVAC system can help lessen the effects the ‘sneezing season’ has on your allergies.”

There are definitely things you can do to help prevent the cycling of allergens throughout your home via your St Louis Heating and Cooling Service near Sunset Hills MO.  “Prevent allergens from cycling in your home by doing the following:  Use high quality filters with a MERV 8 rating as a first line of defense in the protection of your indoor air quality.”  You will want to inspect or have your drains, ducts and drip pans inspected by the experts for mold.  You will want to do this every few weeks believe it or not.  This is the best way to get on top of it should you have a mold spore issue in your heating and cooling system at home.  Also, clean the area and keep it clean outside the unit so that extra dust and dirt are not sucked into your heating and cooling unit.  When it comes to allergies, keeping things clean is your absolute best defense.

Heating and Cooling Repairs

Heating and Cooling Repairs

HVACWe are on a kick of talking about your heating and cooling system at home or in your business and what to do when things are just not right.  Some of the most common problems with heating and cooling systems have already been discussed.  You may have trouble with your system not running properly, either not working at all, or not heating enough for the space that you are in.  We have already covered many potential issues and how they can be handled in previous posts.  There are a few more potential heating service issues that your HVAC Service in St Louis wants you to know about and are being listed below:

“Frequent cycling: Cycling between the “On” and “Off” modes may indicate a clogged filter, improper airflow or a bad thermostat setting.  The blower continuously runs: Blower issues may indicate a problem with the limit switch, which a professional may need to replace.”  Many people call heating service and install near Florissant because their furnace is too noisy.  If your home or commercial heating system is rumbling, squeaking or rattling then that is likely not normal.  If you are experiences abnormal sounds from your HVAC system in St Louis, then you may have a mechanical problems, or at the very least, you may be dealing with airflow reductions for some reason or a clogged burner.

There are tips that exist for St Louis Heating repairs near Florissant.  First of all, you need to change the air filters in your furnace or heating and cooling systems regularly and as often as you feel necessary, even if it is more often than suggested.  “Dirty air filters lead to a multitude of furnace problems. Clean or replace the filter one a month, according to the manufacturer’s directions. A furnace repair professional can show you how to do this.”  Read the next post for more suggestions on how to handle heating and cooling service.

Gas Prices Affect Heating and Cooling

Gas Prices Affect Heating and Cooling

heatingWe are still discussing the factors surrounding energy and the cost of energy as it pertains to heating and cooling in St Louis County near Hazelwood.  Heating and Cooling magazine writers discuss the fact that heating oil, though lower in price than ever before, is less of a factor, “We’re one of a handful [of contractors] left doing heating oil, and there is no effect anymore,” said D. Brian Baker, president, Custom Vac Limited, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. “Oil is gone, for the most part, unless it’s in a remote location, and the price is what it is. We just continue to offer services in all energy sectors and let customers know we have the ability to help them operate efficiently and problem-free, no matter what.”

So, still, the energy cost reduction is a good thing for sale, service and installation of heating and cooling systems.  If you need to purchase, install and operate a heating system, for example, then now is the time in terms of cost associated with all of those things.  Some markets with natural gas will definitely see a drop in cost associated with the actual heating of their home or office and the reduction isn’t temporary, according to the experts, it is officially a trend.

Gas prices stay pretty steady in metro St Louis, though, so having them forecast to drop is a significant thing, say area experts.  This, after the opposite was discussed really is unusual.  “We’ve seen a slow, continuous uptick in price over the years, but some of the bigger increases that have been forecasted have never occurred. Typically, we see a push after folks have gotten the big utility bill versus all the hype or talk of rising rates.”  Come see us, or call American Services heating and cooling sales and service experts in St Louis County near Hazelwood today.

Routine Maintenance for Your Cooling System

Routine Maintenance for Your Cooling System

Front View Of A Man Assembling The Word MaintenanceWhen it comes to your cooling system at home or at work, it is highly recommended that you do what it takes to provide the routine maintenance recommended.  Nothing works to its fullest ability forever, especially systems that are in need of cleaning and checking on a routine basis.  When it comes to your heating and cooling systems in business, commercial and home environments, you will want to consult the owner’s manual for routing requirements.  We will talk about some of those here, on behalf of your Cooling Service and Sales near Wentzville MO.

With routine checks, your cooling system will be less likely to have future problems with unwanted costs attached to them.  Also, routine cooling service will allow your industrial or home HVAC system near Wentzville to always work at its peak performance level.  A little more advice that is specifically from experts who know is as follows, “Contractors get busy once summer and winter come, so it’s best to check the cooling system in the spring and the heating system in the fall. To remember, you might plan the check-ups around the time changes in the spring and fall.”

Here are some things to expect during a routine heating and cooling system check-up near Wentzville MO:  a check of the thermostat’s ability to cool or heat when you are home to a level of comfort, but save you money when you are not home.  All electrical connections should be tightened and voltage and current should be measured on the HVAC motors.  Any type of system with moving parts, HVAC included, should have all the moving parts lubricated.  When things are insufficiently lubricated they cause friction to take place in the motor which will increase the amount of electricity needed to get the job done, thereby making a less efficient system.  Stay tuned for further information regarding your home or office heating and cooling system near Wentzville MO.