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Staying Cool During A Heatwave!

Staying Cool During A Heatwave!

Stay Cool-stampExcessive heat like that experienced during a summer heat wave can be dangerous and taking precautions to avoid serious complications due to the heat is a must! Today, the team at American Services wants to help you stay cool during those long summer heat waves with a few helpful tips and tricks.  Let’s get started!

When you or your loved ones have to be in the heat, there are a number of precautions that can be taken to help your body deal with the high temperatures. First, you need to make sure that you are wearing appropriate clothing for the weather.  Something that is light in color and looser fitting is best.  It is also helpful to wear a had with a wide brim to protect your face from the sun.  Once you are out in the elements, you will need to take frequent water breaks and, if possible, go into the air conditioning to cool down.  Applying a sunscreen of 30+ SPF will also eliminate sunburn risks.

As the weather heats up, it is also important to remember the added dangers of having small children, the elderly, and pets out in the heat for extending periods of time.  People and pets can not be left in an unattended car when temperatures are much above 60 degrees and those without air conditioning need to be checked on daily or taken to a place that is cooled with AC.

Finally, keeping up with the daily forecast and staying vigilant is your best weapon when battling the heat.

Although the team at American Services specializes in heating and cooling services near St. Charles, we still understand the importance of keeping all individuals safe during the long hot days of summer.  We hope these tips will help you, your family, and friends safe during the rising temperatures.

More Cooling Tips From Energy.gov

More Cooling Tips From Energy.gov

Helpful TipsOver at Energy.gov, their experts provide a variety of tips on how you can keep your business cool during the summer months while still being mindful to energy waste.  In a prior installment, we went over three ideas that can help you stay cool and save energy.  Today, let’s go over a few more of their tips.

  • To lower your overall cooling temperature, make sure you are setting your indoor temperature as close to the outdoor temperature as possible.  Keeping this difference as low as possible is the key to lowering your costs.  You will also want to ensure humidity control.  High humidity is what causes most of the discomfort we feel during high temperatures.
  • Don’t set your thermostat at a cooler than normal temperature in an attempt to cool your space faster.  This practice will not work and only wastes energy.  You will also experience much higher cooling costs if this is done.
  • If you use a window air conditioner unit, it is a good idea to use an interior fan that more evenly distributes the cooled air.  This practice is a great way to make your home more comfortable without using a significant amount of added energy.
  • Be mindful of where you place appliances that give off heat.  For example, placing a lamp near your thermostat will cause your unit to run more often because the thermostat will pick up the heat from the lamp.
  • Consider upgrading an older cooling unit for a newer, more efficient unit with the Energy Star label.
  • Ask your HVAC specialist about the energy saving associated with a whole-house fan or evaporative cooler.

Get ready for summer now!  Call the experts at American Services for the best deals on cooling service and installation near Florissant today!

Advantages of High Density Cooling Towers

Advantages of High Density Cooling Towers

Industrial cooling in MOAmerican Services commercial heating and cooling installation in  St. Louis, knows that there are advantages to the use of high density polyethylene based plastic cooling towers for commercial cooling.

Not only are polyethylene based plastic cooling towers becoming more popular in the U.S., but are growing in popularity in the Middle East as well. Cooling towers manufactured in the U.S. have been integrated into an advanced, solar-powered cooling project taking place in Abu Dhabi.

The Abu Dhabi project is a pilot program which was implemented in order to offer rooftop air conditioning to some of the city’s commercial buildings via concentrated solar panels that will provide clean renewable solar energy to the building during peak demand hours.

“Essentially, the project is using solar power to produce cold water that is used to provide air conditioning,” explained Mohammad Alkarmi, CEO of Limitless International Corp., Raleigh, N.C., the exporting organization that sold the plastic cooling towers to the project’s management. Limitless International is the authorized agent for Delta Cooling Towers in the Middle East

The benefits of the system include significant energy cost savings, but also peak shaving from the rooftop solar cooling technology, which will result in better grid efficiency and reduced emissions.

“We believe that this unique cooling tower technology is the ideal solution for cooling applications in the Middle Eastern countries, where very high temperatures accompanied by high humidity — especially in the gulf region — would prevent most metal cooling towers from lasting very long because they would rust and corrode easily,” Alkarmi said.

The solar powered air conditioning project was a demonstration of the option to use the sun’s energy to provide cooling even in the heat of the desert. “Essentially, they are simply using the hot water that is coming from the solar panels to get cold water from the chiller,” Alkarmi stated.

The cooling towers play a vital role in the overall cooling system performance, and the reliability of the tower reliability was an important consideration when selecting the design.

 

“The HDPE plastic cooling tower will never rust or corrode, as opposed to either stainless steel or galvanized metal clad models, which will eventually rust and corrode,” Alkarmi said. “The Delta HDPE design does not require any coating or galvanizing or other exterior protection. It simply will never rust or corrode, and will last well over 20 years.”

 

The warranty coverage period was increased from 15 to 20 years because of the products history of long term performance.

Refrigeration Safety Principals

Refrigeration Safety Principals

refrigeration installation in Jefferson CountyAmerican Services refrigeration repair service in MO,  as well as technicians  working  daily with refrigerant systems, know full well the potential hazards the refrigerants pose while installing, maintaining, and servicing the systems.  All of these operations, when  mishandled can lead to serious injury. Today’s classification system which includes toxicity rating, based on exposure of the individual during his working life without incurring ill effects.  Refrigerants in the A  class have no toxicity at concentrations at or below 400 ppm. The 1 represents flammability characteristics with the parameters being tested in there at 14.7, and 65, degrees Fahrenheit. Not all refrigerants in use today carry the safety classifications mentioned above.  This is a safety factor a technician should keep in mind when operating, with refrigerants outside the a 1 rating. Even below 20 degrees below 0, evaporation can happen, safety hazards, can still occur if abused, or handled roughly. Make sure all gaskets belonging to refrigerant hoses and other related equipment are maintained in good working order. If not split hoses can occur causing liquid refrigerant spray out, possibly resulting in severe frostbite. Technicians also need to use extreme caution with the schrader valve. Purchasing hoses with low lost fittings or adapters can reduce this hazard. Overall refrigerants are considered in the non toxic classification, however when operating in an enclosed area be careful not to inhale vapors or use a safety mask. Some symptoms of inhaling vapors include; dizziness, unconsciousness, nausea, irregular heartbeat, and even death which could occur if inhaled long enough. When refrigerants are exposed to heat and high temperatures, decomposed toxic and irritating byproducts are formed. Some of these toxic byproducts are hydrogen chloride hydrogen fluoride for c f c and h.  F c, and CFC, HCFC, HFC.

These vapors are acidic and extremely dangerous, all people should  evacuate the area and ventilate as soon as possible if vapors are released. Removal of any remaining refrigerant, prior to soldering or brazing will prevent this problem.

Another hazard is unsafe handling of cylinders.  Here are some safety handling features; never store cylinders above 130 degrees Fahrenheit, never use the torch on a refrigerant cylinder, never use a cylinder that is rusty or shows a bulge, relief valves should not be tampered with and recovery tanks tested every 5 years. Do not fill cylinders more than 80 percent capacity.

Following these safety steps will reduce injuries caused by refrigerant operation.