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Down the Halls of HVAC

Down the Halls of HVAC

hallsLooking at heating in St Louis near Sunset Hills, we realize that is has been some time since we perused the halls of an HVAC explanation, looking for new details to point out surrounding your system in St Louis.  So, today, we stumble upon the heat exchanger. “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 way it operates is to pull in cool air, then heat it and circulate it by way of your ducts and our through your vents.

The heat exchanger pulls in cool air, heats it, and circulates the resulting heated air via your ducts and out through the vents.  The evaporator coil is another important heating component to understand.  It has, basically, the opposite job of the heat exchanger and it acts to cool the air when the thermostat is set lower and cooler during the summer months.  “Located in a metal enclosure on the furnace’s exterior, to the top or side, the evaporator coil works similarly to an automobile radiator to produce cool air, which is then circulated through the ductwork.”

Now, we move onto the condensing unit of your heating and cooling system in St Louis near Sunset Hills.  Connected to the evaporator coil, the condensing unit is installed by HVAC contractors on the outside of your home and filled with refrigerant gas in order to properly operate. “When the refrigerant has been cooled to a liquid by heat exchange with the exterior air, the condensing unit pumps the liquid to the evaporator coil to be evaporated into a gas once more.”  This leads us to your refrigerant lines which carry the refrigerant substance to the condensing unit vaporized in the form of gas and return it to the evaporator coil in liquid form.  In order to be resistant to temperature, these lines are typically made of copper or aluminum.

HVAC Control and Automation

HVAC Control and Automation

control hvacYour St Louis HVAC installation and sales near Hazelwood is talking today about control and automation systems for industrial air conditioning and commercial air conditioning.  It is apparent that such a thing is responsible for delivering intelligence to HVAC systems. This intelligence helps you better manage your resources, schedule HVAC contractors and AC maintenance, and prolong overall product lifecycle—in addition to a number of other benefits according to many experts in the world of HVAC sales and service.

According to our research on behalf of your St Louis HVAC Service and Sales near Hazelwood, the benefits of utilizing control and automation systems for your industrial air conditioning and commercial air conditioning HVAC systems include: Consistency and comfort, lowering of utility bills, increase in property values, and less time spend on consumer complaints.

They overlap a bit, according to your St Louis HVAC sales near Hazelwood, with comfort and consistency also having to do with lower costs to operate.  “The computerized controls offered by automation systems can help maintain a more even temperature. This leads to lowered overall costs, without any ‘hot spots’ or cool chills.”  Costs being lesser also becomes apparent in the installation realm.  “On average, installing an automation system can decrease your utility bills by 15%. This 15% puts the savings around $.20 to $.40 per square foot. This significant savings can be used to offset the original purchase and setup costs—and then once the system is paid can be used for other HVAC-related costs like AC maintenance or repairs. The savings can also be put into a fund for future repair or replacement costs for your industrial air conditioning system. In some cases, the contractor may allow the payment of the control and automation system over time, allowing the savings to help pay for the control retrofit.”  Call your local HVAC installation and find out more.

Commercial Cooling Repair Costs – Are You Paying TOO Mach?

Commercial Cooling Repair Costs – Are You Paying TOO Mach?

Conceptual Check For Too MuchFinding out that you are paying too much for a service like commercial cooling repair is a disappointing situation.  Not only do you find out that you trusted the wrong person for the job, but you additionally loose money that could have been used for an upgrade to your system or other expense.  Today, the team at American Services will help you determine if you are paying too much for your commercial cooling repairs near Fairview Heights.

Before beginning the process of hiring the right commercial cooling contractor there are a few important questions you should consider.

  • What type of repair will you be hiring for?
  • How long will the repair last?
  • What type of warranty comes with the repair and how long are you protected?
  • Have I shopped around for the best price and quality available in the market?
  • What qualities have I liked or not liked with my current or past HVAC contractors?

Once you have answered these questions and have made your decision concerning the contractor you will use for your repairs, you will need to re-visit these points on a regular basis.  This will allow you to continue to make the most informed decision about who to hire in the future.  Before hiring your “regular” contractor for another job, ask yourself these quick questions:

  • Have I been satisfied with the work that has been provided in the past?
  • Was the price fair in relation to the market?
  • Have past quotes been on target or have you been given a price quote only to find the price goes up as the repair is being completed?
  • Have any warranty claims been filed and if so, how easily have they been handled?
  • Was the work done right the first time and on time?
  • If there are problems, how accommodating is your contractor when fixing them?

As you can see, hiring the right contractor at the right price is a continued task that shouldn’t be taken lightly.  As you consider the cost associated with your upcoming HVAC repairs, think about giving the reliable and affordable team at American Services a try!

 

What is a NATE Certified HVAC Technician?

What is a NATE Certified HVAC Technician?

Questions And AnswersThe professional HVAC technician you hire to install, service, and maintain your equipment should meet the highest of standards and for many that means having the NATE certification.  Today, the American Services HVAC team near Hazelwood will answer some common questions about this certification and tell you why it’s so important. Let’s get started!

What does NATE mean?

NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence and is a certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians.

What does the North American Technician Excellence organization do?

 

NATE was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Arlington, VA.  NATE only tests HVACR technicians, it does not train.  When taking the NATE certification test, a technician is tested on his or her real world working knowledge of HVACR systems.

Is there just one NATE certification, or can a technician have multiple certifications?

Technicians participating in NATE certifications will take a Core Competencies test that covers the fundamentals of electricity and heat transfer.  They can also choose areas of specialty in which they will be tested.  These areas can include: Air Conditioning; Air Distribution; Heat Pumps; Gas Heating; Oil Heating; Hydronics Gas (service only); Hydronics Oil (service only); Light Commercial Refrigeration (service only); Commercial Refrigeration (service only); Ground Source Heat Pump Loop Installer; and Senior HVAC Efficiency Analyst.

Why is NATE testing important?

Organizations like NATE do a number of things to regulate the HVACR industry.  Testing like that provided by NATE makes quality the norm and ensures customer satisfaction, along with contractor professionalism.

When looking for area HVACR technicians that take professional development seriously and put customer satisfaction at the forefront, look for the NATE certification.  At American Services we ensure that all of our professionally trained technicians understand the importance of on-going training and encourage then to do so.  This makes our customers happy and our work the best in the area!

 

 

Work Smarter With An American Services HVAC Maintenance Contract

Work Smarter With An American Services HVAC Maintenance Contract

Business man pointing to transparent board with text: Work SmartHave you ever considered an HVAC maintenance contract for your small business?  If so, what’s holding you back?  It may be that many HVAC contractors only have a limited number of contract styles and none of them fit your needs.  It may also be that many HVAC maintenance contracts are filled with loop holes, cost too much money, and just don’t make sense for your commercial equipment.  If any of these reasons are why you are not yet secured within an HVAC maintenance contract you need to talk to the team at American Services today!

There’s a good reason why so many commercial HVAC clients continue to make American Services their only choice for heating and cooling equipment repair, service, and maintenance needs.  This reason comes down to honest, fair, and fast service.  All of these reasons also make HVAC maintenance contract from American Services the best choice for most commerical HVAC customers in the St. Louis area.  Maintenance and service contracts from American Services area clearly written and only include the services you need.  Nothing extra and no wasted money!

So, how is the American Services team able to offer all of these valuable qualities when suggesting an HVAC maintenance contract?  Well the answer to that question is easy. American Services simply customizes every maintenance contract they offer to each specific clients.  This easy detail makes your contract affordable, yet able to take care of all the maintenance areas you need covered.  It really is the best way to make you happy with the contract you get!

What are you waiting for?  Don’t let the added expense, headache, and worry of maintaining your Chesterfield Area HVAC equipment sneak up on you any more.  Contact the professional team at American Services and customize your very own HVAC maintenance contract today!

Choosing an HVAC Contractor

Choosing an HVAC Contractor

HVAC Contractor in MOWhen it comes time to have your HVAC system installed it is important that you choose the right contractor or you will have years of regret to live with.  But how do you go about choosing the right HVAC contractor?  There are some simple steps you can follow to make sure you are making the right choice.

The first thing that you will want to do is to start making some calls to various HVAC contractors in your city.  See how they are on the phone.  Are they courteous and professional or rude and hurried?  Are they willing to discuss prices or are they secretive about it?  Now don’t be surprised if they don’t give you a quote over the phone, in all fairness they will probably have to come to your location to see the work they will have to do.  But do be hesitant if they won’t discuss anything over the phone.  They should at least give you some ballparks and possible hourly work rates.  Now, based on your phone calls make a list of companies you definitely want to have come out and then some alternates just in case.  Once you’ve compiled the list, begin to make appointments.

Now that you have the list and have made some appointments you will want to have the contractors come out to your place of business and start giving you written quotes.  This is also the time to make sure this is someone that you can work with during the installation process.  Out of this group now you will want to narrow it down either by price or by those you are willing to work with.  Once this second list is compiled, the research can now begin.  Check all the contractors against any complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau.  Also do a web search of the company and see what comes up, include the individual names of anyone you met because they might have worked for another company in the past.  You will also want to verify that they are properly licensed and insured so you know you are hiring a professional and they carry enough insurance to cover any issues.  You can check state licensing boards to check credentials.

Now that all the web checks and phone calls have been made you will want to visit their office to make sure everything looks legit. They should have a physical location, so if you have any issues you can actually visit them and you also know they aren’t going to leave in the middle of the night.  You will want to make sure that they have an office and a mobile phone so that they can be reached if you should ever need assistance.  Finally, make sure that you get a written contract and that you get a copy that you can study carefully.

If you follow all these steps you can rest assured that you did all that you can do to insure that you hired a competent technician.  If you have any problems be sure to first speak to the contractor about the issue and if necessary get legal advice on how to proceed.  Just remember that installing a commercial HVAC system can be expensive and you want to be sure that you get your money’s worth.

American Services offers top notch contractors for HVAC installation and repair in Missouri.

 

Selection an HVAC Contractor

Selection an HVAC Contractor

HVAC installation in MOWhen it comes time to have your HVAC system installed, American Services industrial HVAC installation and repair service near Fenton knows it is important that you choose the right contractor or you will have years of regret to live with.  But how do you go about choosing the right HVAC contractor?  There are some simple steps you can follow to make sure you are making the right choice. 

The first thing that you will want to do is to start making some calls to various HVAC contractors in your city.  See how they are on the phone.  Are they courteous and professional or rude and hurried?  Are they willing to discuss prices or are they secretive about it?  Now don’t be surprised if they don’t give you a quote over the phone, in all fairness they will probably have to come to your location to see the work they will have to do.  But do be hesitant if they won’t discuss anything over the phone.  They should at least give you some ballparks and possible hourly work rates.  Now, based on your phone calls make a list of companies you definitely want to have come out and then some alternates just in case.  Once you’ve compiled the list, begin to make appointments.

Now that you have the list and have made some appointments you will want to have the contractors come out to your place of business and start giving you written quotes.  This is also the time to make sure this is someone that you can work with during the installation process.  Out of this group now you will want to narrow it down either by price or by those you are willing to work with.  Once this second list is compiled, the research can now begin.  Check all the contractors against any complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau.  Also do a web search of the company and see what comes up, include the individual names of anyone you met because they might have worked for another company in the past.  You will also want to verify that they are properly licensed and insured so you know you are hiring a professional and they carry enough insurance to cover any issues.  You can check state licensing boards to check credentials.

Now that all the web checks and phone calls have been made you will want to visit their office to make sure everything looks legit. They should have a physical location, so if you have any issues you can actually visit them and you also know they aren’t going to leave in the middle of the night.  You will want to make sure that they have an office and a mobile phone so that they can be reached if you should ever need assistance.  Finally, make sure that you get a written contract and that you get a copy that you can study carefully.

If you follow all these steps you can rest assured that you did all that you can do to insure that you hired a competent technician.  If you have any problems be sure to first speak to the contractor about the issue and if necessary get legal advice on how to proceed.  Just remember that installing a commercial HVAC system can be expensive and you want to be sure that you get your money’s worth.

 

Questions to ask HVAC Contactors Part II

Questions to ask HVAC Contactors Part II

Commercial HVAC Service in ILQuestions to ask HVAC contractors Continued;

5. Does the company have a physical address?  Many fly-by-night heating and cooling companies and uninsured moon lighters rarely have a business address. On the other hand, most stable HVAC companies operate from an office or shop facility, not out of a home office.

6. What is the standard company and manufacturer guarantee?  Not only will a better guarantee give you a longer peace of mind, better guarantees are usually offered by better companies

7. Does the company offer financing?  Even though you may not need financing, you should still look for companies that offer financing because it shows their concern for affordability and whether the company can meet the financial qualifications necessary to offer financing.

8. Does your company perform Manual J design calculations?  Good companies perform engineering calculations based on the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)”Manuel J” to insure the equipment they provide is the right size. (Over sizing an HVAC system is just as bad as under sizing one). Improperly sizing HVAC systems are all too common.

9. Does the company follow proper matching of components?
When you are replacing an air conditioner or heat pump or other major components it is important to replace both the outdoor unit as well as indoor components together as a matched set, if not matched you get a reduced efficiency and increased breakdowns. Good contractors insist on properly matching to insure maximum efficiency is achieved.

10. Does the company offer you choices?  With today’s technology there’s a wide variety of options available for heating cooling and ventilation systems. Reputable companies will present you with choices in product efficiency, features, filtration, controls, and financing, as well as custom HVAC design and implementation.

11. Does the company provide customer testimonials?  Professional HVAC contractors such as American Services HVAC repair in St. Louis, should be able to willing to readily supply any number of past customer testimonials.

 

Questions to ask HVAC Contactors Part I

Questions to ask HVAC Contactors Part I

Commercial HVAC Installation in MOAmerican Services HVAC installation in Wentzville knows there are many HVAC contractors operating out there today-some certified, some not. Installing a commercial HVAC system is an expensive undertaking and it won’t due to hire a non-certified mechanic.  Be sure to educate yourself about the installation and all the components associated with the HVAC system. It will prepare you to ask smart questions and find the best contractor suited for your installation.

1. Does the company hold a heating and air conditioning license?
State licensing is the minimum requirement to operate a heating and air conditioning company. Licensing protects the public, and your business. Unlicensed companies which are operating out there with no restrictions are unaccountable to regulators and often unavailable if things go wrong. Ask for a “license number”! It is the first step indicating you’re dealing with a reputable company.

2. Does the company employ NATE certified technicians?  NATE stands for the North American Technician Excellence Program. It represents the heating and air conditioning industry certification body for technical knowledge. NATE certified technicians are the best trained and highest quality service installation providers in the industry today.

3. Is the company insured? General liability insurance protects you. Most companies will be insured but not all are, Don’t Take the Risk! Ask about insurance, companies that do not carry these two fundamental insurance policies are a danger to do business with.

4. How long has the company been in business (under the same name)?
On average 1 in every 5 heating and cooling companies goes out of business every year. The best way to predict whether a company will be around long enough to honor its warranty promise to you is whether the company has a long history. Most reputable companies are more than willing to report their business tenure.

Green HVAC Alternatives

Green HVAC Alternatives

HVAC services in MOAmerican Services HVAC installation in St. Louis knows that energy experts say saving energy with a “green HVAC system” can help reduce your overall heating and cooling costs by 30 percent or more. HVAC contractors warn the do-it-yourself enthusiast that the green HVAC system should be installed by professional Personnel such as American Services.

With heating and cooling services responsible for up to 50 percent of energy bills, the efficient green HVAC system is rapidly becoming a critical requirement in both residential and commercial buildings.

Most HVAC systems were installed before 1992 and rated at 10 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) or less. These aging HVAC units continued to drop in SEER ratings year after year. Finally in an effort to increase the efficiency of HVAC systems the Department of Energy mandated and increased minimum SEER ratings from 10 to 13 in 2006. Today manufacturers of HVAC equipment are producing green high-SEER HVAC systems with ratings of 20 SEER or greater.

Replacing the pre-1992 HVAC system with the green HVAC System technology today could reduce your heating and cooling energy costs by up to 50 percent of your total energy bill.
Industry experts recommend replacing traditional HVAC systems with similar ‘green’ high SEER units to dramatically reduce energy costs.

New HVAC industry technology has produced non-traditional HVAC techniques. These technologies are developing quickly, and may be a better suited application for your commercial installation requirements than the efficient Green HVAC system.

Some of those non-traditional solutions are:
1. Automated ducting
2. Evaporative and indirect cooling
3.Geothermal heating
4, Thermal storage
5. Radiant heating and cooling

For a quote on HVAC services, or to order installation today,  contact American Services HVAC installation and repair in Saint Louis MO today.