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HVAC Certification in Today’s World

HVAC Certification in Today’s World

certifiedLooking to become certified in a growing field of high demand?  Have you ever stopped to think about pursuing a career in HVAC service near University City MO?  The schooling can be overwhelming these days given everyone’s busy life and schedule.  Some of the old methods of attending night classes or going back to school to receive an HVAC certificate might have seemed out of the question in the past and especially in today’s busy world. When researching the subject on behalf of your St Louis HVAC installation and sales, we recognized that the good news is: now you can study online to get certified. In some cases, it’s true that you can even take your exams online. We will discuss the ins and outs of getting certified in HVAC from the comfort of your own home, but for starters, it’s pretty amazing to know that you can.

“It is usually not required that technicians attend a trade school to receive a diploma in HVAC.”  Although often times a strong option for getting your HVAC education, there are also online options in today’s industry that will allow you to accomplish the same thing.  One reputable source online confirms, “While a local trade school is a strong option for getting your HVAC education there are also online classes and state HVAC certifications you can earn through a combination of hands-on experience and an examination process. At the end of these, you may receive a certificate or a diploma.”

The term “certification” can be confusing and mean different things, according to your HVAC installation in St Louis MO near University City.  It is sometimes used in regard to state requirements, depending upon where you live. When getting certified through your state you are getting a license to work and perform HVAC installations, maintenance, and repairs in the field, according to all we read on behalf of your St Louis HVAC sales and service.  Read our next post here for more details on how to proceed online.

Bottoming Cycles and Recycling in HVAC

Bottoming Cycles and Recycling in HVAC

HVACAs a follow-up to our previous posts regarding St Louis HVAC service near Overland and some of the heat recycling methods out there, we are going into more detail about bottoming cycles.  “Bottoming cycles are mostly used in industrial facilities in the chemical, paper, and primary metals sectors, as these industries often have high-temperature waste streams that are favorable for waste heat recovery. As much as 20-50 percent of the energy consumed in some industrial processes is ultimately lost through waste heat contained in streams of hot exhaust gas and liquids and through heat conduction, convection, and radiation from hot equipment surfaces and heated product streams.”

The goal, so to speak, is a simple one that applies to only some processes as others may not be safe enough when it comes to the waste they produce.   The overall energy efficiency of some industrial processes can be improved by capturing and reusing the waste heat, however, in situations where it makes sense from a safety and function point of view.  In our recent research on behalf of your St Louis HVAC installation near Overland MO, we discovered many facts surrounding the process to share here and in posts to follow.

“In some cases, such as industrial furnaces, efficiency improvements resulting from waste heat recovery can improve energy efficiency 10-50 percent. A study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy office (EERE) identified research, development, and demonstration efforts to expand waste heat recovery practices in the U.S. industrial sector.”  In the aforementioned study, the waste streams analyzed showed that roughly 60 percent of unrecovered waste heat is low quality (i.e., temperatures below 450°F).  We will explore more regarding what this means as we further our research into heat recycling and HVAC in St Louis.

Some Will Clean HVAC for the Sake of Clean

Some Will Clean HVAC for the Sake of Clean

HVACHeaded back around the bend, we are still looking closely at the HVAC systems of today, and more specifically, whether or not we need to concern ourselves with having them cleaned by heating and cooling service in St Louis near Webster Groves MO.  The answer seems to lie, like so many other questions, in the details of your situation. “Some research suggests that cleaning heating and cooling system components (e.g., cooling coils, fans and heat exchangers) may improve the efficiency of your system, resulting in a longer operating life, as well as some energy and maintenance cost savings. However, little evidence exists that cleaning only the ducts will improve the efficiency of the system.”  So, it could be more of a question of how much of your heating and cooling system you address in the cleaning process, or just how thorough you ask them to be when you call your St Louis heating and cooling installation near Webster Groves for your next HVAC service.

Many people will agree that the debate is pointless, in fact you may consider having your air ducts cleaned simply because it seems logical that air ducts will get dirty over time and should be occasionally cleaned. “Provided that the cleaning is done properly, no evidence suggests that such cleaning would be detrimental. EPA does not recommend that the air ducts be cleaned routinely, but only as needed.”  Also true and found in our recent research on behalf of your St Louis heating service near Webster Groves, is that the EPA does, however, recommend that if you have a fuel burning furnace, stove or fireplace, they be inspected for proper functioning and serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.

If you do decide to have your air ducts cleaned, take the same consumer precautions you normally would in assessing the service provider’s competence and reliability.  You may wish to only pursue those businesses highly recommended to you, such as your St Louis Heating Sales and Service near Webster Groves.

 

Heating and Cooling Replacement vs Cleaning

Heating and Cooling Replacement vs Cleaning

heating cleaningWe are now broaching the second post within the same subject of HVAC systems and whether or not to have them cleaned.  We ended the previous post on mold scenarios and how, obviously, if you have mold in your HVAC in St Louis near Fenton, then you need to consult an HVAC service company in St Louis in order to have it cleaned or to have someone referred to you for cleaning.

A few final mold pointers for you, found online, are as follows, “If you have insulated air ducts and the insulation gets wet or moldy it cannot be effectively cleaned and should be removed and replaced.  If the conditions causing the mold growth in the first place are not corrected, mold growth will recur.”  Now, we will move onto other scenarios by which it is wise to have your heating and cooling in St Louis near Fenton cleaned by professionals.  Say, for example, your ducts are infested with rodents, insects or other vermin.  You will definitely want to consult heating and cooling services in St Louis if that describes your situation.

A third and less unusual situation will involve your St Louis Heating and Cooling Ducts being clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles (more than the average system).  This describes an HVAC that definitely needs heating and cooling service near Fenton to be cleaned thoroughly for optimum performance.  “If any of the conditions identified above exists, it usually suggests one or more underlying causes. Prior to any cleaning, retrofitting, or replacing of your ducts, the cause or causes must be corrected or else the problem will likely recur.”  So, don’t let someone talk you into full replacement from the start as this will not necessarily address the cause of your predicament and will likely get you back in the same boat.

Cooling Technology and Movement Activation

Cooling Technology and Movement Activation

motionIn the world of HVAC, we continue to have so much to report and read about.  The latest and greatest innovations continue to sift through the heating and cooling world and make our job reporting the latest news to you pretty fun and rarely ever dull.  One specific and somewhat revolutionary HVAC technologie that could change how we heat and cool our homes as we know it was found in our recent research on behalf of your heating and cooling in St Louis near Jefferson County MO. Many of these HVAC technologies are still on the drawing board, but there are some you can take advantage of now to boost your home’s comfort levels, according to all that we read.

Movement-Activated Air Conditioning was one thing we encountered in our research on behalf of your cooling specialists in St Louis and it has originated from engineers at MIT who have come up with a new air conditioning design that utilizes sensors along aluminum rods hung from the ceiling. Movement then activates these sensors. In other words, the air conditioner only kicks on when people are present.  That may be one of the most efficient cooling set-ups we have seen to date.

“A motion-activated system seems like such a simple, ingenious idea that it’s almost baffling it hasn’t been tried before now. However, this kind of prototype is just one example of how future HVAC systems are going to be more compact and portable, helping to reduce both energy and utility costs.”  Technology is amazing whether it is in the works or already in play in homes and offices and their existing cooling in St Louis near Jefferson County.  Either way, you need to stay on top of the latest in technology in order to find the best cooling system to fit your needs.

Cooling Technology Advancements

Cooling Technology Advancements

technologyOn behalf of your Cooling Sales in St Louis near Kirkwood, we want to continue a discussion that we began when analyzing HVAC service and sales.  It is focused on the latest technology in the industry and it brings us to the next in line, sensor enhanced ventilation in the world of St Louis heating and cooling near Kirkwood MO.

“Each year, several products debut at technology expos all across the country, and 2015 was the year of the Ecovent. This ingenious product consists of sensor-driven vents that replace a home’s existing ceiling, wall, or floor vents.”  One of the coolest aspect of this Ecovent is how it can be controlled.   A smartphone app can control the Ecovent, by offering precise temperature control from one room to the next.  This particular system in St Louis heating and cooling sales also uses sensors to keep track of your home’s temp, air pressure, and other indoor air quality factors as well. “Even though this system design is brand new, it’s been well tested and has already hit the market. Therefore, this is one piece of technology you can take advantage of today.”

Dual-Fuel Heat Pumps are yet another segway into discussions centered around the newest technology that you will find in the St Louis Industrial Cooling business near Kirkwood.  It was a US company that came up with this concept.  And, the premise for their use comes from the argument that heat pumps tend to be more efficient and provide the maximum amount of comfort when using a combination of fuel. In this case, the system is a combination of an electric heat pump and a gas furnace.  “At low temperatures, the pump draws on gas heat to maximize efficiency. When the temperature rises above 35 degrees, electricity takes over. The initial costs associated with a dual-fuel heat pump are more than a conventional system, but the amount of money you can potentially save over the next several years more than makes up for the costs.”

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.

Heat Pumps and Efficiency in HVAC

Heat Pumps and Efficiency in HVAC

HVACAre you in the market for a new heat pump for your St Louis HVAC system near Fenton MO?  Well, there may be a few things you need to research before you handle that.  We did some research recently on behalf of your HVAC sales near Fenton in order to help you find the heat pump that best suits your needs and to become more knowledgeable overall on the subject.

“New heat pumps work efficiently in many parts of the country, but especially in places without wide temperature swings and moderate heating and cooling needs. But if you live in an area with extremely cold temperatures, below 10 degrees F to 25 degrees F depending on system size, you will need an auxiliary heating system.”  So, this is important to realize from an HVAC perspective, not all systems will benefit from or work best with heat pumps.  Before you shop your St Louis HVAC sales near Fenton, analyze your current HVAC needs.

How efficient can you expect a heat pump to be?  “The cooling efficiency for air-source and ductless-split systems is measured by SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). The federal minimum standard is 13 SEER for new units for homes in the Northeast, Midwest, Mountain States and Pacific Northwest; for the rest of the country, the minimum is 14 SEER.”  The heating efficiency of different systems vary from one type system to the next and that of air source and ductless split systems is accurately measured by HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor). The minimum federal HSPF rating for all units is 7.7.  The warmer the climate, the more important that the SEER be higher, however, in the colder climates, HSPF being higher is more important.

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.

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.