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Is Water Heating Costing You Too Much Money?

Is Water Heating Costing You Too Much Money?

Businessperson with coinsHeating the hot water your business uses can account for a large portion of your monthly heating bill.  The good news is that you can reduce this cost by taking a few simple steps as outline below:

  • Check your hot water heater’s thermostat setting.  When your unit is installed, it will be preset from the factory to heat your water to 140 degrees.  Taking this setting down to 120 degrees will not only save you money on your monthly energy bill, but it will also prevent scalding from water that may be too hot for young children.
  • Limit the amount of hot water you are using.  This simple step can be accomplished by intsalling water-saving fittings on faucets around your building.  You can also advise your staff to only run dish washers or clothes washers when they are full.  This is the best utilization of both water and overall energy usage.
  • Drain your hot water heater tank on a regular basis.  Once or twice a year it is a good idea to drain a few gallons of water from the bottom of your tank.  This practice will help to remove any sediment or mineral deposits that can restrict heat transfer and thus cause an increase in water usage.
  • Insulate your hot water heater pipes.  Wherever you can reach the pipes, insulate them. This will work to reduce heat transfer and result in reduced water heating costs.
  • Insulate your hot water heater unit.  If you have an older hot water heating unit, you can consult the manufacturer’s recommendations for insulating the unit.  This practice won’t work well for new units that are already well insulated from the factory.

If you would like more recommendations for saving energy on your heating bills this winter, contact the South County area commercial heating experts at American Services today!

Radiator Heating Systems

Radiator Heating Systems

heating installation in MOAmerican Services commercial heating service near Webster Groves knows that there are two commonly used types of radiator systems for heating commercial installations; steam systems and hot water systems, or possibly a combination of the two.  The type used in your workplace may vary based on needs, structure size and materials available when the structure was built. Construction methods and practices varied greatly over the years. Regional building differences may also play a role in what type of system you have.


Steam radiator systems use a boiler to boil water to create steam, which in turn moves through a series of piping without the need for pumps.  One of the problems with this systems is you must wait for the steam to warm back up after shutting down.  This is considered an inefficient method.  Steam generally moves around the heating system at pressures of around 1 lb. per square foot, allowing radiator temperatures to reach up to 215 degrees F.


Hot water heating systems heat water in a boiler before pumping the water around the system to heat radiators within a building. Hot water heating systems are commonly used in newer built commercial installations and residential applications and the water temperature in the system is usually limited to 180 degrees.


If you’re interested in calculating the temperature of each radiator within a heating system, the equivalent direct radiation is multiplied by the amount of heat produced by a boiler per hour. The EDR is the square footage of the radiators within a home, while the heat produced by a boiler is measured in British thermal units. Steam boilers produce around 240 BTUs and hot water boilers produce about 170 BTU’s.

The Solar Heating Alternative

The Solar Heating Alternative

heating installation in MissouriAmerican Services heating repair service in University City knows that whether you own an apartment building, commercial office space, or industrial property, most property owners are continuously exploring new ways to lower overhead or operating expenses.

There are many energy saving systems today including; automated lighting, various interior building power saving devices, compact fluorescent light bulbs, or more efficient heating or cooling systems, which are all standard technology- all leaving an industrial footprint on the environment .You will still be a victim of rising energy costs.

There is a rising tide of aggressive new property owners interested in the environment who are planning to upgrade their properties with an efficient solar heating system.

Solar system technology today is far removed from the 1970’s inefficient pioneering efforts.
It is actually a commercial green energy equipment process that can provide energy for a large portion of a commercial office or residential building’s hot water requirements by utilizing the sun’s heat energy efficiently. Some solar heating systems are classified as passive and active systems and are made up of flat panels and some tubes.  Solar heating systems, on the other hand, are primarily made up of a coil of metal or plastic panel where water is pushed through and heated via radiant heating or solar radiation energy.

Green solar heating technology is so effective today that many organizations including national governments are offering landlord and commercial property owners incentives for investing in this new technology.

In the preliminary process it should be understood that the design and installation of your commercial green energy system requires the services of experts. These are not small scale systems. They are designed to provide solar heating energy to twenty to forty apartments or offices. Installation requires specialized knowledge and tools, and a high level of skill to design
the system. But by using green energy for most of your water heating needs you will dramatically decrease the operating expenses associated with the traditional electric hot water heating system.

So how much can you save using this solar heating energy option?  If you know that your utility charge for hot water services amount to 60 dollars per unit each month then you are already spending that sum of cash every month.  If you decided to invest in a solar heating system and have it installed on the roof of your office or apartment building, you would be able to get a loan for the purchase, receive a rebate from your utility company, and capitalize on a handful of state, local, and federal rebates available immediately. After two to five years you would own the solar water heating system, cashing in on the considerable reduction on your monthly electric charges and most importantly almost zero usage cost of your water heating system from that day on.

Hydronic Heating Systems

Hydronic Heating Systems

heating service in MOAmerican Services heating installation in St. Louis knows that hydronic heating systems, better known as forced hot water heating, are widely used in commercial installation structures today. These heating systems use water as a means of conveying and transmitting the heat to all locations in the structure that require heat. Hydonic systems are based either on gravity flow or forced circulation.

The source used to heat the water may include natural gas, oil, electricity or solid fuel. Basically the system works like this; the water is heated in a boiler or water heater, and then pushed through pipes to convectors or radiators located throughout the structure.

With the use of a centrally located thermostat temperature can be controlled throughout your structure rooms. When the thermostat calls for heat the boiler heats the water and sends it to the room convectors or radiant heating panels where it is released and distributed in the room by natural convection.

In a larger commercial building heat systems are supplied with individual thermostats that control temperature in each zone.

Advantages of Hydronic heating systems include:
– Easy zoning.
– Quite operation and comfortable humidity levels.
– Energy efficient.
– Hot water heating system that provides uniform and comfortable heat without problems of air     pockets or air stratification.
– Hot water heating system that is more flexible than low pressure steam systems.

Disadvantages of hydronic heating systems:
– Condensation in some hydraulic cooling systems.
– Possibility of stagnant air caused by lack of ventilation.
– Baseboard convectors may interfere with furniture placement.
– Slower heat response.

To learn more about hydronic heating, or any other type of HVAC, or heating and air conditioning system, be sure to contact American Services located in St. Louis MO today.