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On-Command Hot Water Recirculator

On-Command Hot Water Recirculator

water recirculatorThe world has been leaning green for the past several years now and HVAC is no exception.  “As recently as December 2013, President Obama said that the U.S. 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. The 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.”

We set out, on behalf of your St Louis HVAC sales and installation near Kirkwood, to deliver more info on just what that means from an HVAC perspective.  We know that the green trend means plenty of changes to the HVAC industry, but just exactly what, we were not sure. “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.”  We found a lot of information when researching for your St Louis HVAC sales near Kirkwood, but also realized that even more improved technologies can be expected in the future as companies work toward changing this country’s reliance on fossil fuels, which in the U.S. stands at 82 percent. “Only about 9 percent of the country’s energy supplies currently make use of renewable sources, which leaves plenty of room for change in HVAC systems.”

The on-command hot water recirculator is the one product we will describe today, in the HVAC green movement.  “This product, produced by Taco, Inc., out of Cranston, Rhode Island, saves money, energy and water while delivering hot water in a timely manner.” It involves installation of the “On Command” pump that attaches to the hot and cold water lines under a kitchen or bath fixture in a home, according to our HVAC research. “When activated, it allows the cool water being drained to circulate back to the water heater through the cold water line, allowing hot water to be delivered at any time 24 hours a day.”  The energy conservation is obvious here and kicks off our series in the St Louis HVAC installation near Kirkwood on HVAC renewable energy and green movements.

HVAC and Mold

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.

How Smart Technology Impacts HVAC

How Smart Technology Impacts HVAC

smart technologyToday, we will talk about smart homes and the future that they hold in our country and globally as well.  What does a smart home do and what does that mean for the forecast business and health of industries such as your St Louis HVAC near Wentzville MO?  “Everything is getting smarter these days. From the cars we drive to the televisions we watch, just about every piece of tech you can imagine has been outfitted with smart technology. It’s only natural, then, that our homes would be next.”

We set out to research the subject on behalf of your St Louis HVAC sales and service near Wentzville both for our own curiosities and for the interests of our followers.  We know that connected systems and phone apps already give us the ability to control our home’s lighting, HVAC systmes, security systems, surveillance, and entertainment at the push of a virtual button. It is safe to assume that these “smart” technologies will continue to evolve and become integrated into our homes, allowing us to control a home’s comfort levels down to the very last detail.

How does the above realization change the way we see and experience the world of HVAC installation and maintenance in St Louis near Wentzville MO?  “Since many of these innovations are already available on the market, this movement toward a smarter home has changed how HVAC engineers and designers approach the next big thing, which is good news for those of us who appreciate high-tech solutions.”  We will dive into further details here in the next post on HVAC future in things such as fully automated homes and even 3D printed air conditioners.

Thermally Driven AC

Thermally Driven AC

thermally drivenWe like to discuss all that is new and pertinent in the area of HVAC on behalf of St Louis American Services company who deals in HVAC sales and service near Edwardsville IL.  Some of the newest designs in the industry were covered last month. Today, we pursue more information to pass along to you.  “Another design that’s recently been implemented is thermally driven air conditioning. An Australian company named Chromasun has produced a low-cost alternative to traditional A/C units.”  This is yet to be a popular, widespread idea in technology, but interesting enough to include here, nonetheless.

Since it is not well known as of yet, it is also not available in the United States at this point.  The reviews and information we read online, however, on behalf of your St Louis HVAC installation, says it should not be long before this is not the case.  “It isn’t a widespread technology yet, and it will likely be several years before this kind of design becomes widely available in the United States. However, thermally driven air conditioning is a system that uses solar energy and is supplemented by natural gas, making it a highly efficient and effective system.”

With a double chiller such as the one is has, this particular design provides more cooling capabilities than any other system out there today.  “In fact, the double-chiller design provides more cooling capabilities than any other system so far, and it eliminates electricity costs altogether.”  This is one innovation in St Louis HVAC near Edwardsville that we recommend you keep your eyes on and plan to see more of in the near future.  In our upcoming posts, we will continue to discuss interesting options in HVAC similar to this thermally driven one.

Heat Pump Particulars in HVAC

Heat Pump Particulars in HVAC

heat pumpWe enjoy the efforts we put forth on behalf of your HVAC installation and repair in St Louis near Overland MO.  One of the best aspects of this job is to learn more about interesting topics and pass along what we discover to others.  Today, we are looking closer and the H in HVAC, which as most of you probably know, stands for heating.  Heat pump seemed interesting, so we first researched the details surrounding those.

There are two main types of heat pumps used in residential and commercial applications: air-source heat pumps (by far the most common) and ground-source (or geothermal) heat pumps. Did you know that a heat pump works like an air conditioner in the cooling cycle?  Then, when it is in the heating cycle, it simply does the reverse, working to cool the outside while venting heat to the inside. A major difference in the two mentioned above, was found during our research on behalf of your HVAC sales in St Louis near Overland, as follows, “Ground-source heat pumps transfer heat through earth or water, whereas air-source heat pumps do so via air. Because heat pumps simply move heat around rather than creating heat, they can be a very efficient method of space conditioning, especially in moderate climates.”

What lets us know the efficacy of a heat pump?  Well, this would be best measured in efficiency compared to yield.  “Heat pump efficiency is rated using two metrics: SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is used to rate the performance when the unit is acting as an air conditioner; HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) is used to rate the performance when the unit is in heating mode.” In our research, we learned, on behalf of your St Louis HVAC sales, that there is much to be known about efficiency and many ways to dive deeper online.  For now, the above rating system is all we uncovered for time’s sake.  Stay tuned to this site for more posts on heat pumps and more discussion about their efficiency and other surrounding details.

Troubleshooting Advice for Your HVAC

Troubleshooting Advice for Your HVAC

HVAC installThere are several things you can do when attempting to fix the cause of your furnace woes, in addition to, and we think most intelligent of the options, being to call a professional HVAC Repair in St Louis near Overland.  “If the pilot light is working normally, but the furnace is noisy, the furnace may need minor repairs. Also check the air filter; if it is dirty, clean it. Clean the blower blades and lubricate the motor. Finally, inspect the belt attached to the motor.”

You can, when replacing the ignitor, also, inspect the electrical service panel to see if there is a tripped breaker or a fuse that is burnt out.  You will then need to relight the pilot, according to the research we found on behalf of your St Louis HVAC installation near Overland. If, at this point, the heat being generated is not enough, the you can adjust the air shutter of the burner until it reaches the level you need for effective heating with your HVAC in St Louis MO.  Make sure you clean the ports of the burner while you are in there.  You can also clean the pilot orifice with a toothpick while you are at it.

In this process to troubleshoot your furnace, with an inkling that the problem may be the ignitor, is to follow the directions here that we found in our research on behalf of your HVAC sales and service near Overland, MO, “The next step is to check the electrical service panel and see if there is a tripped breaker or a fuse that is burnt out. Relight the pilot heat and check the temperatures. If the heat is not enough, adjust the air shutter of the burner. Clean the ports of the burner. Check the temperatures again and see if the pilot light remains lit. If not, use a toothpick to clean the pilot orifice.”  Stay tuned for more troubleshooting advise for your HVAC ignitor.

Warm it Up Down There With Basement Heating

Warm it Up Down There With Basement Heating

Aheaterpparently there are so many ways to increase the heat that gets to your basement and on behalf of your St Louis HVAC installation and sales near Bridgeton, we know that there are at least five different things that can take place to boost the heat in your cool space downstairs. We mentioned all five and elaborated upon the first one that involves extra duct work and exchanges added to your current basement.   According to the experts responsible for some of the content we found in our research, you may be concerned about the added ductwork and exchanges throwing off your heating and cooling system in St Louis near Bridgeton.  This is typically not a valid concern unless you have too many added.  Read more below on this question of concern.

“If you are still having a heart attack about adding registers or just want to add like 8 or something like that – then you might have to ‘beef up your HVAC’. My advice then would be get your wallet out and call the professionals.  (I’ll try to write a separate article on the cost of a separate HVAC unit in the future)”  Your St Louis Heating and Cooling near Bridgeton MO is equipped to handle all of your HVAC installation needs should you feel compelled to involve an expert.

Another viable option for adequately heating and cooling your basement comes along in the form of a vented stand-alone system that is available for purchase at your local heating and cooling sales in St Louis MO.  According to one article we encountered in our heating research on behalf of your heating and cooling near Bridgeton MO, the following is to be considered, “Note, you have to build a ‘stone or concrete hearth’ below the stove. It cannot sit on vinyl or carpet.  What I mean by that is, don’t tap into your HVAC, instead buy something like a Pellet Stove.”  There are more details surrounding the option of a vented stand-alone heating solution and we will explore them along with entirely different solutions as well, in our next post on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling repairs near Bridgeton MO.

How Autonomous Cars and Refrigeration are Related

How Autonomous Cars and Refrigeration are Related

autonomous drivingWe write on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Sales near Kirkwood MO today and want to brush upon the subject of autonomous cars. You may be wondering what in the world autonomous cars have to do with refrigeration?   Well, we know that if and when cars drive themselves, that will likely have an impact on many people with contracting businesses.  Based on several different accounts and reports uncovered in our recent research on behalf of your Refrigeration Sales and Installation in St Louis, we know that self driving cars are close to being a reality.

“Automotive giants, like Ford Motor Co., General Motors, and Tesla Inc., are racing to see which can get their self-driving cars on the road first. Even Uber has invested in the technology. Additionally, 22 states have passed legislation related to autonomous vehicles, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.”

Despite the infancy of the self driving technology, many of us in the contracting work sector are amping up for what this could mean to the HVAC and Refrigeration industry in St Louis near Kirkwood MO.  Refrigeration and HVAC installation near Kirkwood understands that the HVACR industry and cars are two separate entities.  These subjects, however, are definitely related and will play upon one another. “This is one time our industry can look ahead four or five years, and be ready for it,” Kyle said. “We’ve oftentimes let things creep up on us, whether it was technology, industry changes, or shifting markets, but the autonomous vehicle thing is absolutely going to happen, and it’s going to change everything. It’s time to start thinking and planning so that when we get there, we have viable business models that match that marketplace.”  It is only seven or eight years away and will have a lot to do with whether or not older folks decide to stay in their homes for more years, thereby effecting nursing homes.  That is just the tip of the iceberg.  What about garage space being turned into more livable areas?  Seriously, if your car parks itself somewhere else, then this may be a real thing.  Stay tuned for how this may affect your HVAC and Refrigeration installation contract jobs in St Louis near Kirkwood by reading more posts on this blog.

Your HVAC and Refrigeration Advice

Your HVAC and Refrigeration Advice

adviceWriting for your HVAC installation in St Louis near Collinsville IL, we cover many different topics all related to HVAC, refrigeration, and restaurant equipment.  These three categories are all specialties for your St Louis HVAC service and sales near Collinsville.  We began, in our last post, a pretty in depth discussion of restaurant equipment and how to decide just what your commercial kitchen needs.  Obviously, refrigeration is at the top of the list and we want to spend more time elaborating on that now.

Before deciding between the two main types of refrigeration, and also whether or not you want one of the other (you could do both types), you will want to know that you have reach in and walk in units from which to choose.  Before making a decision, consider the size of your operation, according to your HVAC installation company in St Louis near Collinsville.  We have done plenty of research on the subject and it definitely seems like those who take careful considerations before making the refrigeration purchase plunge, end up happy with the final products in their restaurant equipment and commercial kitchen.

Smaller restaurants, according to your HVAC service near Collinsville IL, can and should consider the following facts, “Although they have larger cold storage space and can be custom built to fit any kitchen, smaller restaurants may not require a walk-in cooler. There are even outdoor refrigeration and freezing options available if interior space is an issue.”  Whichever type you end up choosing, you should understand that your refrigeration and cooling units of all types will be essential pieces to your business indeed.  It will definitely behoove you to pay for professional installation, service and routing maintenance whenever necessary in order to extend the life of your HVAC and refrigeration products in St Louis MO.

Finding a Good Fit For Your HVAC Service

Finding a Good Fit For Your HVAC Service

HVACYour HVAC service in St Louis near Chesterfield is looking at helping you find a good HVAC technician and offering up advice on the best way to get that handled.  We researched the subject recently on behalf of your St Louis HVAC sales and service near Chesterfield and managed to come up with five nuggets of advice on the subject.  These are things to look for when shopping for your next repair person in the HVAC industry.

Find someone with a decent amount of experience if you can.  While you don’t necessarily need to hire the most senior technician you can find, you do want one that has a fair amount of experience in the HVAC industry. “Most master technicians will gain experience in apprenticeships or similar programs that allow them to work alongside a seasoned technician. Make sure the crew you hire has technicians with several years of experience, and that those technicians will be assigned to your property.”

Besides experience, the presence of HVAC credentials is another biggie.  Many people proceed and glaze right over this one, assuming that to be in the St Louis HVAC service business must mean that they have the proper credentials.  That is simply not always true.  “If a license is required for HVAC repair in your city or state, make sure you check credentials before making a hiring decision. Licensure shows that the technician has been trained and tested in your state to properly install HVAC systems according to the state’s building codes. Insurance means that both you and the technician are protected in case there is an injury or damage to property. Look for technicians with both of these credentials in place.”  So, as you read, it is a liability point, not even so much capability.  The latter is determined more by their level of experience, hence, our first point.  Stay tuned to this St Louis HVAC installation site for more information and things to look for in a service tech.