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Overheating Deaths

Overheating Deaths

fanLooking further into the effects of natural disasters on HVAC systems on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling Repair near Clayton MO, we found some interesting information regarding the Great East Japan Earthquake and the tsunami that resulted in March of 2011.  “The aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and resulting tsunami of 11 March 2011 provided researchers an unexpected opportunity to explore the relationship between air conditioning and risk of heat-related death.” According to our research on behalf of St Louis Heating Sales near Clayton, there have been many prior studies that reported associations between access to and/or use of air conditioning and lower mortality risk. However, the new results, published in Environmental Health Perspectives online, suggest that reducing the use of AC during summer heat may not necessarily have adverse consequences for human health, depending on the age and existing health of the people being considered.

The following was reported, “The 2011 earthquake and tsunami severely damaged the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and caused severe electrical shortages in the Tokyo metropolitan area. To conserve energy, the government strongly encouraged residents served by Tokyo Electric Power Company and Tohoku Electric Power Company to reduce electricity consumption by 15% from July to September of 2011.

The urgency was heightened to reduce energy consumptions although campaigns promoting energy conservation have long been a summertime fixture in Japan.   Many residents of Japan working to reduce cooling bills and energy consumption swapped AC for fans.  The end results were not troubling to their health.  Interestingly enough, heat related deaths actually decreased during this time.

 

Lightening and Your Heating and Cooling

Lightening and Your Heating and Cooling

lighteningFrom your Heating and Cooling Sales in St Louis near Ballwin MO, we bring you some of the less popular subject content along with the other more exciting discussions.  Today, it is the former of the two, as we discuss disasters in the HVAC world.  “Even though, you may be keenly concerned about your uprooted trees, windows, and roofing system, after you have experienced a natural disaster, your HVAC system could also be in jeopardy. Once the natural disaster passes and your electricity is restored, it is crucial that you become familiar with the ways that a storm or hurricane could damage or destroy your HVAC system.”  We will go through specific disasters now and how they affect your system.

Lightening is the first thing we stumbled upon in our recent research on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling Repair near Ballwin MO.  And the truth is, when lightening does strike, it can adversely affect your air conditioning or cooling system since this relies on electricity in the home to function properly. “When the electricity is disrupted, it could cause issues to your air conditioning system. The additional power resulting from a lightning strike could flood the circuit breaker in your home.” It could even damage electronics and appliances. There is something you could do, however, preventatively.  It is highly recommended that you install a surge protector prior to any natural disaster. This can absorb most of the electricity before it can damage anything in your home, along with your heating and cooling system in St Louis. A surge protector is also important in saving your HVAC equipment.

We will continue this conversation in the next post as we cover the ins and outs of hail and how that, along with other natural disasters can and will take its toll on your HVAC system in ways that your St Louis heating and cooling maintenance can predict and handle.

 


 

Natural Disasters in Heating and Cooling

Natural Disasters in Heating and Cooling

lighteningLooking even closer and into more detail at what happens when natural disaster strikes and your HVAC is involved, we come across information from our most recent research on behalf of your St Louis Heating Installation near Wentzville MO that we wish to share.  “When a tornado strikes, it comes with high winds, but also lightening. Hail, on the other hand, could follow a tornado or severe storm. It comes with heavy pelts that could subsequently damage your HVAC system.”  It is recommended in order to protect the fragile parts of the condenser coil, that one installs a hail cover over the air conditioning unit. Although it may not deflect everything since small debris can go through the guard, lodging in the equipment, it is better than nothing in terms of level of protection.  If something does lodge in the equipment, however, we found through our recent research, that you ought not attempt to use your AC until you have consulted an expert.

Water damage is another big deal when it comes to the aftermath of natural disaster.  In our recent studies on the subject on behalf of your St Louis Heating service near Wentzville, we also found that many people are affected by this as well.  “A storm or hurricane comes with lightening and heavy rains, causing water damage. In fact, when the storm hits an area, its slow movement could cause a significant amount of water to accumulate in your yard and around your HVAC system. Debris and grass could wash into the HVAC unit as water rises.”

In light of all possible disaster damage, it is recommended that before you experience severe weather, it would be an excellent idea to contact an HVAC contractor to inspect your outside HVAC unit. The HVAC professional would make sure that the unit is elevated to a height to keep out as much standing water as possible. Call your local Heating installation in St Louis near Wentzville for more information today.

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.

The Importance of Ventilation in HVAC

The Importance of Ventilation in HVAC

ventilationWhen researching a variety of topics on behalf of your St Louis Heating Sales and Installation near St Charles, we ran across several in pursuit of more knowledge on the ventilation portion of the HVAC system.  As a result, we have decided to further discuss it here.  “The purpose of mechanical heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems is to provide air at comfortable temperature and humidity levels, clear of harmful pollutants such as mold, mildew, and other bacteria. Although heating and air conditioning systems are relatively standard operations, complex ventilation processes can often determine the quality of our indoor air.”

Once upon a time, ventilation was simply open windows, adding a fan would increase your ventilation’s effectiveness, but fell short in many heating and cooling scenarios, nonetheless.  In today’s day and age, modern buildings typically use a combination of mechanical ventilation processes, resulting in the supply and removal of air from inside a building or home. “Ventilation processes bring in the air from outside, condition and mix the outdoor air with a portion of the indoor air, distribute the mixed air throughout your home or building, and send a portion of the indoor air back outside.

It is our experience in the St Louis Heating Repair near St Charles that when one or more of these ventilation processes fails, indoor air quality can and will deteriorate. For this reason, your ventilation is one of the most important aspects to Heating and Cooling near St Charles MO.  “Proper design, operation, and maintenance of the ventilation system is critical to providing indoor air that is free of harmful pollutants.”  Whole HVAC systems in place in your St Charles home can also be large contributors to issues with indoor air quality, so should be properly maintained every year as well.  Your St Louis Heating Maintenance near St Charles offers these services to those in your area.

Cooling Without Central Air Conditioning

Cooling Without Central Air Conditioning

attic fanWhen it comes to cooling your home or office in the summer heat or other times of year, depending upon how close you live to the equator, many would insist on the presence of a central HVAC system in order to get the job done.  However, we are here to tell you that you really don’t need that at all.  Is it nice and chill?  Yes.  Is it a requirement to beat the heat?  No.  On behalf of your Cooling Sales and Service in St Louis near Overland MO, we did some hunting and pecking online to decide some of the best, most effective ways to cool your space without central air conditioning.

Fans may be one of the keys.  “Whole-house fans may seem old fashioned, but they’re enjoying renewed popularity. The idea behind them is simple: A powerful fan draws cooler early morning and evening air through open doors and windows and forces it up through the attic and out the roof vents. This sends hot air up and out, cooling your house and your attic.”  Typically these attic fans (as they have been called in the past) are mounted in an upstairs stairwell or hallway ceiling where there’s at least 3 ft. of clearance above the fan itself, according to your St Louis Cooling maintenance near Overland.

What are the advantages to a fan that works to cool your entire house in St Louis?  Well, for starters, you will save a lot of money in energy savings.  You will use approximately 90 percent less energy with a fan than you will with an air conditioner.  When you live in a dryer climate, it is not uncommon for an attic, or whole-house fan to replace an air conditioner entirely, according to the information we gathered in our research on behalf of your Cooling Sales and Service in St Louis near Overland.  We have other cooling ideas to share and plan to do so in the next two posts that follow.

HVAC Take One

HVAC Take One

take oneWe like to bring you all the latest news in the world of HVAC on behalf of your St Louis HVAC sales and service near O’Fallon MO, but sometimes it is important to reevaluate the information you share and attempt to cover more of the basics for those in your audience who may be unaware.  So, today, we will look at the basics of St Louis MO HVAC and hopefully help our readers get on the same page before we start covering more advanced details in our future posts.

Most homes are heated and cooled through a central, whole-home, Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning system (HVAC). The HVAC may well be one of the most expensive and energy hungry systems in the home, so the more you know about your HVAC, the better off you will be, especially if you act on what you know. A well-informed homeowner will save money and have a healthier, more comfortable home indeed.

When you hear people refer to St Louis HVAC near O’Fallon as split, this is a real thing and is due to the following, “Central HVAC systems are often called ‘split’ systems because some of the components are installed inside the home and some of the components are installed outside a home. Inside your home, usually installed in the basement, attic, or a closet, you’ll find the furnace (oil, gas, or electric) and the evaporator portion of the air-conditioner. You’ll also find the blower (sometimes called an air handler), which serves both the furnace and the air-conditioner. Attached to the blower are ducts, which are tubes acting as pathways to deliver heated or cooled air to various rooms in the house.”  Furthermore, the AC (or heat pump)has a condenser/compressor involved in its functioning, according to your HVAC sales and service in St Louis and it is typically installed outside the home, while the furnace, the evaporator and the blower are installed inside the home’s St Louis HVAC near O’Fallon MO.

 

HVAC Breakdown

HVAC Breakdown

nitty grittyMost homes, businesses and offices are heated and cooled through a central, whole-building, Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning system (HVAC). The HVAC may well be one of the most expensive and energy hungry systems in the home or office, so the more you know about your HVAC, the better. A well-informed homeowner or business owner will save money and have a healthier, more comfortable home or office, so we are here to help fill you in on some of the HVAC details on behalf of your Heating and Cooling Maintenance in St Louis near Fenton MO.

There are several components in which to consider in your St Louis heating and cooling system. Central HVAC systems are often called “split” systems because some of the components are installed inside the home and some of the components are installed outside a home. Inside your home, usually installed in the basement, attic, or a closet, you’ll find the furnace (oil, gas, or electric) and the evaporator portion of the air-conditioner. “You’ll also find the blower (sometimes called an air handler), which serves both the furnace and the air-conditioner. Attached to the blower are ducts, which are tubes acting as pathways to deliver heated or cooled air to various rooms in the house.”  The more you know about the structure of your St Louis Heating and Cooling system, the more likely you are to handle things that come up, whether it be in a do-it-yourself fashion or through the help of a commercial HVAC company such as your St Louis Cooling sales and service near Fenton MO.

The air-conditioner’s (or heat pump’s) condenser/compressor unit is installed outside the home or office in all cases. The furnace, evaporator, and blower are installed inside the home or office in each scenario. You will not have a separate furnace for an HVAC with a heat pump, just FYI.  As we fully explain the components of HVAC in St Louis, you will want to stay tuned here for further details, both simple and complex.

 

HVAC Components

HVAC Components

lock and key“An efficient HVAC system is important to the comfort of your family throughout the seasons of the year, because this climate control device is responsible for Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning your home.” On behalf of your HVAC in St Louis near Ladue MO, we will be scrutinizing the different elements of an HVAC system to learn more about how they tie into the whole system and what each of the essential components brings to the table.

We will start with the thermostat in your St Louis HVAC near Ladue. “The thermostat is usually the most visible part of your HVAC system. Set on a prominent, easily accessible wall, it may be either programmed in advance or set manually to keep the home at a desired temperature.” When the ambient temperature becomes too cold or too hot and fails to match that which is set on the wall, the thermostat will trigger the heat exchanger or the evaporator coil-condensing unit combo to begin circulating warmed or cooled air as needed in order to bring the house up to or down to the desired temperature.

Moving on to the furnace, we discover the key component of your HVAC in St Louis MO. It’s also the largest, and therefore requires the most space.  It is often times in the cellar, your finished basement, the attic, or a special closet designed for the purpose of housing your St Louis HVAC near Ladue.  Its function is to heat a supply of air which is to be distributed to various rooms of your home via the HVAC. “This heating process is accomplished using one of four possible heat sources — combustion (burning natural gas, oil, coal, or propane), electric resistance, heat pump, or solar energy collected on site.”  We will pick up next time, looking at the heat exchanger, along with the other components of your HVAC system in St Louis near Ladue MO.

Different Components of Your Cooling System

Different Components of Your Cooling System

heat exchangerFrom the world of heating and cooling in St Louis near Wentzville, there exist many different components, all of which are designed to serve a purpose and many of which fly under the radar of our complete understanding.  We set out to change that, one element at a time and we are now looking at the refrigerant lines in your St Louis cooling near Wentzville MO. “The refrigerant lines carry a refrigerant substance to the condensing unit vaporized in the form of a gas, and return it to the evaporator coil in liquid form. These ‘lines’ are actually narrow tubes manufactured from a durable heat- and cold-resistant metal such as copper or aluminum.”

Now we arrive at the ductwork. In an HVAC system in St Louis, the ductwork refers to the system of ducts that transports air warmed or cooled by the system to the various areas of your home. These ducts are commonly made of lightweight aluminum. However, they may also be manufactured from steel, flexible plastic, polyurethane, fiberglass, or fabric.  Then we see the vents in your heating and cooling system in St Louis MO.  These are typically rectangular outlets where heat or cool air is transferred from the duct system to the actual rooms and spaces to be heated and cooled.

Elaborating more completely on the vents, we see that the metal is “Made of high- and low-temperature safe metal, similar to the lines we discussed earlier within the HVAC system.  The vents are located on or near the ceiling and are usually fronted with angled slats (“vents”). “These vents direct the treated air downward to where people are using the room. Often they may be manually controlled or even closed, to control the amount of heating or cooling and the area of the room to which it will be directed.”