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Radiant Heating in Commercial Environments

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.

Unique HVAC Solutions and Water Technology

Unique HVAC Solutions and Water Technology

air conditioningWe have just recently been settled in on the subject of higher efficiency HVAC options here in the US and other places globally on behalf of your Commercial HVAC Sales and Maintenance in St Louis near Ladue.  Today, we want to look at something called an On-Demand Hot Water Recirculator.  “A U.S.-based company out of Rhode Island has designed an ‘on command’ pump for a home’s water lines, which allows cool water to be circulated back into the water heater upon activation.”  We will also examine ice-powered air conditioning and a couple other new inventions in the HVAC community.

The purpose of this design is to minimize the waste that we all tend to add to in the water world in the name of proper water temperature.  “This product was engineered to be a solution to a major problem to which all of us contribute: Each year, the average home wastes 12,000 gallons of water just waiting for that water to warm up.” Recirculating this otherwise-wasted water back into the system is an eco-friendly solution that’s bound to play a huge part in future homes.

Ice-Powered Air Conditioning is next on the agenda on behalf of your HVAC in St Louis near Ladue.  Air conditioners seem to be prime systems for gaining improvement through minor and sometimes major adjustments.  For this reason, a California-based company has created an ice-powered A/C system called the Ice Bear. “The Ice Bear essentially works by freezing water in a tank overnight, so the ice can help cool a building the next day. So far, the design has been able to provide enough cooling for a building for up to six hours, after which, a conventional commercial air conditioner takes over.”  When it comes to this particular HVAC technology, it still has a ways to go.  But for now, it can work in 6 hour increments, which is definite progress.

 

The HVAC Green Effects

The HVAC Green Effects

HVACBack in 2013, Obama said that the United States federal government must double its reliance on renewable energy by 2020, meaning that 20 percent of its energy supplies will need to come from renewable sources. Here at your St Louis HVAC Industrial Sales near Webster Groves, we are researching the benefits to this movement in the HVAC world and how it has had an impact thus far in what businesses are doing in this category of commercial needs.

“The added reliance on green energy has several benefits, including the ability to decrease the ‘environmental footprint’ on the plant, according to the U.S. EPA as well as to alleviate energy security issues while spurring economic growth within the U.S. Of course, this growing trend has resulted in many changes in HVAC technologies.” Some of the added revenue is stemming from all of the research that must go into HVAC changes for energy efficiency and renewal.  “Companies in the U.S. and worldwide are involved in research to create more energy-efficient traditional systems as well as new types of systems that run off alternative energies, such as geothermal or solar.”  Here, at your St Louis HVAC installation near Webster Groves, we continue to put effort into staying on top of the latest directives and implementing the newest policies, as well as passing them onto you.

There are seven rather new “green” technologies that have been birthed and evolved from the HVAC industry as an effect of the above government and environmental concerns.  We will begin our journey through them and continue in future posts on behalf of your Commercial HVAC installation in St Louis near Webster Groves.  The first green technology is the “on command” hot water heater and we will go into more detail in the posts that follow.

Grilling Will Help You Keep Cool

Grilling Will Help You Keep Cool

grillingIt is true that we have all become accustomed to having AC and all of the benefits that a great HVAC system can and does provide, but did you know that in some parts of the country, HVAC is beyond their ability to afford and even in the United States, some families are struggling to keep up with the cost of effectively heating or cooling their home or commercial environment?  I grew up without an AC in our house and we dealt with it in some unique ways.  I will share those things with you, along with other ideas we found in our recent research on behalf of your St Louis HVAC installation near South County.

Did you know that in attempting to keep your body temperature cool during the heat of summer, you can actually do things that will heat-proof your bed?  “Go straight to the source, and put a cool-inducing Chillow under your head while you sleep. For feet, fill a hot water bottle and put it in the freezer before placing at the foot of your bed. And it sounds strange, but slightly dampening your sheets before bedtime will majorly help you chill out.”  Also, don’t forget that the night air is typically somewhat cooler than the still of the heated daytime air.  Make sure, according to your St Louis HVAC sales and service near South County, that you are allowing this air to circulate your home at night.  “You can even create a wind tunnel by strategically setting up your fans to force the perfect cross breeze. Just be sure to close the windows (and the blinds) before things get too hot in the morning.”

Get rid of your incandescent lights.  “If you ever needed motivation to make the switch to CFLs, or compact fluorescent lamps, this is it. Incandescent bulbs waste about 90 percent of their energy in the heat they emit, so tossing them to the curb will make a small difference in cooling your home while lowering your electric bill.”  Also, when attempting to maintain a cooling environment, stop cooking indoors and start doing more with your grill.

Geothermal Continuation and Description

Geothermal Continuation and Description

geothermalHow is geothermal energy captured?  We wanted to explore this question in our geothermal series on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Repair near Fenton.  The answer is through, Geothermal springs for power plants. Currently, the most common way of capturing the energy from geothermal sources is to tap into naturally occurring “hydrothermal convection” systems, where cooler water seeps into Earth’s crust and is then heated up, allowing it to rise to the surface.  The steam must be captured as the next step, or so we found when researching the subject on behalf of St Louis Cooling Maintenance near Fenton.

“Once this heated water is forced to the surface, it is a relatively simple matter to capture that steam and use it to drive electric generators. Geothermal power plants drill their own holes into the rock to more effectively capture the steam.”  There are three basic designs involved when it comes to the power plant itself in the geothermal world.  Each of them pull hot water and steam from the ground and then use it and return it in the form of warm water in order to lengthen the life of the heat source itself.

Dry steam is one of the three basic designs and it can be described as follows by our newfound information gathered in research on behalf of your St Louis Cooling installation and service near Fenton.  “In the simplest design, known as dry steam, the steam goes directly through the turbine, then into a condenser where the steam is condensed into water. In a second approach, very hot water is depressurized or “flashed” into steam which can then be used to drive the turbine.”  Stay tuned to further posts on the subject.

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!

Hot Water Heater Expansion Tank Q&A

Hot Water Heater Expansion Tank Q&A

Electric Water HeaterThanks to the backflow prevention valves used by some municipalities, it is now a good idea to consider an expansion tank for your hot water heater.  This is a minimal addition cost-wise and prevents your hot water pipes from experiencing high pressures that can cause heater failure and leaking pipes.  Let’s answer some common questions about these units.

Are Hot Water Heater Expansion Tanks required by code?

This depends on where you are located.  In areas that use pressure regulators or backflow preventers, it is common that an expansion tank requirement will be within the code guidelines.

What will an Expansion Tank do?

Expansion tanks are designed to get rid of any pressure that can be caused by thermal expansion. Thermal expansion happens as water is heated and can cause pipes to rupture, blown 0-rings, and reduce the overall life of your hot water heater.

What about the Temperature and Pressure Relief Valves that are already on my hot water heater?

These parts are only designed to prevent an explosive failure of the hot water heater.  These valves can drip and get mineral deposit build-up.  They are not considered a replacement for an expansion tank.

Can I install an Expansion Tank on my own?

Individuals who could consider themselves moderately handy can install an expansion tank in about 30 minutes.  But, if you feel at all uncomfortable or run into issues, it is best to call a professional.

At American Services we specialize in a wide-range of heating services near Kirkwood.  Our trained professionals can help evaluate your need for updated heating and cooling equipment, refrigeration units, ice machines, water filtration, and cooking equipment.  Don’t neglect the need to keep your equipment in good health! Contact us and we will give you a free estimate the new, highly efficient equipment you need.

 

Reduce Your Commercial Heating Bills This Winter!

Reduce Your Commercial Heating Bills This Winter!

 red pen on a calculatorThe weather is already cooling off and will continue to do so as we inch closer and closer to winter.  This time of the year often brings concern about increased energy costs that can leave your business facing a budget issue.  In order to help you reduce this burden, here are some simple tips you can use to keep your energy use in check as we enter the winter season.

The first area that can not be stressed enough is the use of a programmable thermostat.  Having a programmable thermostat will allow you to set the temperature of your building according to the schedule you keep.  For example, if you are heating an office building that only hosts employees from 7 am to 7 pm, you can turn the heat down for the time when no one is there.  This will help you reduce your costs and save your equipment from being used when it is not necessary.

Another area that can not be forgotten is regularly scheduled maintenance.  In order to work properly, you will need to make sure your equipment is in proper running order by having it maintained properly on a regular bases.  These maintenance checks will include filter changes, cleaning of the blowers and burners, and other routine examinations.

Finally, make sure your hot water heater isn’t doing damage to your bills by keeping it set below 120 degrees.  This is an area that is often overlooked by many business owners, but that can make a difference in your bills.

Are you looking to keep your heating bills at bay this winter season?  The Ballwin area commercial heating experts at American Services specialize in this very subject and can get you on the road to savings now.  Give them a call for a free estimate today!  You can’t go wrong with our professional approach to your needs.

Reasons to Upgrade Your Boiler or Furnace

Reasons to Upgrade Your Boiler or Furnace

UpgradeThe spring and summer months are the best time to upgrade your heating system.  These seasons are warm and allow you the time needed to go without the use of heat.  Today, let’s talk about a few of the best reasons to upgrade your boiler or furnace right now!

  • If you switch out your older boiler or heat and hot water system for a new, high-efficiency unit, you can save thousands in fuel costs.
  • Switching to a new, high-efficiency unit will also lower your green house gas emissions and help in the effort to clean up our environment.
  • Remove the chance of your older unit either needing to be repaired or failing completely by proactively replacing it now when you are less likely to be using it.
  • Replacing your unit with a newer model will increase the comfort of your home or business thanks to the advanced technology features it will have.
  • If you have had an expansion in your unit’s usage, you may not be getting optimum results and could benefit from a unit that can handle the work-load you provide.
  • Updates to your HVAC system add value to the building they are installed in.  This will help in the event of a sale or when renting to a future tenant.

As you can see, there are a number of valid reasons associated with replacing your boiler or furnace unit this summer.  American Services can provide you with a free Jefferson County area commercial heating unit installation quote today!  Simply give our sales team a call and on of our friendly quote specialists would be happy to show you how easily our team can get you into an energy-efficient unit right now!

Using Solar Power in your overall Energy Plan

Using Solar Power in your overall Energy Plan

solor heating in MOAmerican Services HVAC heating and cooling in St. Louis knows that one of the most economical and environmentally ways to heat a building is to use solar power.  And since this green technology has advanced exponentially over the years it has become even more effective and costs less than ever before.

One of the easiest applications for solar power is to use it for the heating of all water in a commercial facility.  Hot water usage can come from showers, bathrooms or even cleaning and manufacturing.  The old fashioned way to heat water has always been by using a water heater that is either powered by propane, natural gas or some other fossil fuel.  The problem with all of these fuels is that there isn’t an endless supply of any of them and therefore the cost to a business can be daunting.  Additionally as fossil fuels become more and more rare and the techniques used to mine them become more expensive the cost is going to continue to rise.  The advantage of using solar power is that it’s a fixed cost with a onetime initial expense and then just maintenance from that point on.

The process to get this all started for a commercial application is fairly simple.  Evacuated tube collectors or a similarly designed solar panel is placed on the roof or high point near the building.  This tube design is particularly important because the solar panels are always facing the sun no matter what angle the sun is at or the time of day.  In addition the simplistic design is solid and offers years of practical use.  The energy is then captured in a solar collector and through a series of tubes and a central controller; the heat is pushed throughout the facility.  This design can be used in a variety of geographic areas and can be just as effective in the winter as it is during those dog days of summer when the sun is always around.

Using a solar panel system to heat water for a commercial building is not only smart business but is good for the earth as well.  Solar energy has been around for years, and continues to supply companies around the world with simple, fast and cheap energy.  If you’re looking to cut costs out of your business and need a simple and time tested solution then solar power might be just what you need.