Posts tagged heating and cooling

Many Facets of HVAC

miscWhen it comes to the heating process that is involved within an HVAC system, and more specifically, the furnace of a St Louis heating system near Ladue MO, there are several key factors to consider and about which to learn.  “This heating process is accomplished using one of four possible heat sources — combustion (burning natural gas, oil, coal, or propane), electric resistance, heat pump, or solar energy collected on site.”

We will dive, now, further into the capillaries of each of these main points beginning with the heat exchanger, on behalf of your St Louis Heating Sales near Ladue MO.  “The heat exchanger is found inside your furnace unit’s housing. This component switches on when the furnace is activated by thermostat to produce warmer temperatures in winter. The heat exchanger pulls in cool air, heats it, and circulates the resulting heated air via your ducts and out through the vents.”

Next, we take a closer and more in-depth look at the evaporator coil which has an opposite role to the heat exchanger.  The evaporator coil, according to the experts from your Heating and Cooling repair and sales near Ladue in St Louis MO, acts to cool the air when your thermostat is set to lower temperatures in summertime. Working in a fashion that is somewhat familiar to an automobile’s radiator in order to produce cool air that can be circulated effectively through the ductwork, an evaporator coil is located in a metal enclosure on the furnace’s exterior, to the top or side.  Evaporators correspond directly to condensers both in the case of heating and cooling in St Louis and also in the area of refrigeration.  Stay tuned for more information from this source in future posts on the specifics surrounding the condenser and other facets of HVAC.

Different Components of Your Cooling System

heat exchangerFrom the world of heating and cooling in St Louis near Wentzville, there exist many different components, all of which are designed to serve a purpose and many of which fly under the radar of our complete understanding.  We set out to change that, one element at a time and we are now looking at the refrigerant lines in your St Louis cooling near Wentzville MO. “The refrigerant lines carry a refrigerant substance to the condensing unit vaporized in the form of a gas, and return it to the evaporator coil in liquid form. These ‘lines’ are actually narrow tubes manufactured from a durable heat- and cold-resistant metal such as copper or aluminum.”

Now we arrive at the ductwork. In an HVAC system in St Louis, the ductwork refers to the system of ducts that transports air warmed or cooled by the system to the various areas of your home. These ducts are commonly made of lightweight aluminum. However, they may also be manufactured from steel, flexible plastic, polyurethane, fiberglass, or fabric.  Then we see the vents in your heating and cooling system in St Louis MO.  These are typically rectangular outlets where heat or cool air is transferred from the duct system to the actual rooms and spaces to be heated and cooled.

Elaborating more completely on the vents, we see that the metal is “Made of high- and low-temperature safe metal, similar to the lines we discussed earlier within the HVAC system.  The vents are located on or near the ceiling and are usually fronted with angled slats (“vents”). “These vents direct the treated air downward to where people are using the room. Often they may be manually controlled or even closed, to control the amount of heating or cooling and the area of the room to which it will be directed.”

 

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.

 

 

Some Will Clean HVAC for the Sake of Clean

HVACHeaded back around the bend, we are still looking closely at the HVAC systems of today, and more specifically, whether or not we need to concern ourselves with having them cleaned by heating and cooling service in St Louis near Webster Groves MO.  The answer seems to lie, like so many other questions, in the details of your situation. “Some research suggests that cleaning heating and cooling system components (e.g., cooling coils, fans and heat exchangers) may improve the efficiency of your system, resulting in a longer operating life, as well as some energy and maintenance cost savings. However, little evidence exists that cleaning only the ducts will improve the efficiency of the system.”  So, it could be more of a question of how much of your heating and cooling system you address in the cleaning process, or just how thorough you ask them to be when you call your St Louis heating and cooling installation near Webster Groves for your next HVAC service.

Many people will agree that the debate is pointless, in fact you may consider having your air ducts cleaned simply because it seems logical that air ducts will get dirty over time and should be occasionally cleaned. “Provided that the cleaning is done properly, no evidence suggests that such cleaning would be detrimental. EPA does not recommend that the air ducts be cleaned routinely, but only as needed.”  Also true and found in our recent research on behalf of your St Louis heating service near Webster Groves, is that the EPA does, however, recommend that if you have a fuel burning furnace, stove or fireplace, they be inspected for proper functioning and serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.

If you do decide to have your air ducts cleaned, take the same consumer precautions you normally would in assessing the service provider’s competence and reliability.  You may wish to only pursue those businesses highly recommended to you, such as your St Louis Heating Sales and Service near Webster Groves.

 

Air Pollution and HVAC Cleaning

cooling cleaningWhen it comes to your heating and cooling system in St Louis near Collinsville IL, we know that many of you are confused as to whether or not to clean you ductwork and, honestly, the answer is a bit up in the air, depending upon who you talk to.  “Air duct cleaning service providers may tell you that they need to apply chemical biocide to the inside of your ducts as a means to kill bacteria (germs) and fungi (mold) and prevent future biological growth.” They may also propose the application of a “sealant” to prevent dust and dirt particles from being released into the air or to seal air leaks. You should fully understand the pros and cons of permitting application of chemical biocides or sealants. While the targeted use of chemical biocides and sealants may be appropriate under specific circumstances, you will want to know what is best for you.

Let’s look now at exactly what constitutes air duct cleaning. Most people have been made aware that indoor air pollution is an issue of growing concern and increased visibility in the form of marketing and professional heating and cooling service in St Louis near Collinsville IL. “Many companies are marketing products and services intended to improve the quality of your indoor air. You have probably seen an advertisement, received a coupon in the mail, or been approached directly by a company offering to clean your air ducts as a means of improving your home’s indoor air quality.”  You may wish to contact your St Louis Cooling maintenance near Collinsville IL to find out more about what they and other companies are offering in the HVAC cleaning realm.

In the meantime, understand that price will vary based on things such as the size of the system to be cleaned, the accessibility of said heating and cooling sytem, the climate where your HVAC is located and operated and the level of contamination of your current heating and cooling system in St Louis MO.

Heating and Cooling Replacement vs Cleaning

heating cleaningWe are now broaching the second post within the same subject of HVAC systems and whether or not to have them cleaned.  We ended the previous post on mold scenarios and how, obviously, if you have mold in your HVAC in St Louis near Fenton, then you need to consult an HVAC service company in St Louis in order to have it cleaned or to have someone referred to you for cleaning.

A few final mold pointers for you, found online, are as follows, “If you have insulated air ducts and the insulation gets wet or moldy it cannot be effectively cleaned and should be removed and replaced.  If the conditions causing the mold growth in the first place are not corrected, mold growth will recur.”  Now, we will move onto other scenarios by which it is wise to have your heating and cooling in St Louis near Fenton cleaned by professionals.  Say, for example, your ducts are infested with rodents, insects or other vermin.  You will definitely want to consult heating and cooling services in St Louis if that describes your situation.

A third and less unusual situation will involve your St Louis Heating and Cooling Ducts being clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles (more than the average system).  This describes an HVAC that definitely needs heating and cooling service near Fenton to be cleaned thoroughly for optimum performance.  “If any of the conditions identified above exists, it usually suggests one or more underlying causes. Prior to any cleaning, retrofitting, or replacing of your ducts, the cause or causes must be corrected or else the problem will likely recur.”  So, don’t let someone talk you into full replacement from the start as this will not necessarily address the cause of your predicament and will likely get you back in the same boat.

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.

Whom to Consider For Commercial Cooling Installation

confusedDid you know that the air temperature in a radiant heated space is lower than in a warm air heated space? What heats the people would be the body comfort maintained as long as these people are in direct line of sight of the heat source.  This is one thing, amongst others, to bear in mind when searching for and deciding upon the best solution for heating and cooling in St Louis near Bridgeton MO.  We set out to explore a couple options for HVAC and cooling is straightforward, whereas heating is a little more in depth in options.

Most companies should and will take into consideration the reliability and running costs as the most important factors in commercial heating systems.  This is also true of anyone wishing to invest in St Louis Cooling Installation and Sales near Bridgeton.  The contractors or heating experts that you choose to follow in your HVAC journey should be experienced and should be able to find the right system for the organization and offer the best solutions for the complete air comfort of your industrial, commercial or private space.

According to one article online regarding the subject, “They should all be well versed with most major types of boilers or heaters within all types of commercial buildings including:”

  • Boilers and multi-boilers (gas, oil, LPG, wood)
  • Heating controls and sensors
  • Valve and pump
  • Forced draft and warm air conditioning systems or hot water systems

If you happen to be looking to install heating and cooling in St Louis near Bridgeton for even bigger than average buildings, the above advice is especially worth heeding.  In case you are unsure if that includes you, remember the following, “Large scale structures including factories, exhibition halls, leisure and convenience centres, museums and galleries and other open plan buildings require carefully designed heating installations.

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.

Radiant Heating in Commercial Environments

radiantWe recently set out to discover the types and ways in which it is best to heat a commercial space in St Louis near Belleville IL.  We found that there are two main styles of heating and that after you understand the area that you are attempting to heat or cool, you will likely be able to better decide which way works best for the space in question.

The first type, which we went into pretty good details over in the previous post here on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling installation and sales near Belleville, is referred to as warm air heating.  Ideal for areas that require a more constant temperature, these commercial heating set ups are usually started with a gas or oil fired burner as the source of heat, then hot water is typically circulated through the heat exchanger or an electric element from there.  There are floor models or those that can be suspended above the space in being heated by your St Louis Heating Service near Belleville.

“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.”  Radiant heating is yet the other type of heating in St Louis near Belleville IL and it is a popular way to heat commercial space as well.  Typically provided by radiant tubes that are placed in built-in duct work throughout the roof, the radiant plaque heaters are sometimes used there instead.  In either case though, according to our St Louis Heating sales near Belleville IL, the heat energy is emitted in the form of infrared radiation from the hot surfaces of the heaters. The infrared radiation warms the people or occupants and other objects exposed to it.