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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.

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.

Food Waste in Today’s Restaurants

Food Waste in Today’s Restaurants

food wasteIn the restaurant industry, according to your St Louis Restaurant Equipment sales and service near Jefferson County, we know that there exists trends to stay on top of and on behalf of your St Louis Restaurant Equipment Installation near Jefferson County, we want to bring you some of the latest.  “Just like in any art form, trends in the culinary world are constantly shifting to reflect the ever-changing interests and needs of people. Keeping up with these trends is important to restaurant owners, chefs, and really anyone working in the foodservice industry.”

The past few years have marked significant change within the foodservice industry as the food culture shifts towards higher quality food and expediency, along with one major change that correlates with overall awareness on the part of the general population and that is a way to minimize food waste in the restaurant industry.  According to your St Louis Restaurant Equipment Sales near Jefferson County, this is a true movement that most all new restaurants are taking quite seriously.

Running a foodservice operation of any sort requires a lot of thinking and planning ahead. “You have to order ingredients on time, balance your finances, and manage your staff amidst a world of other concerns. As important as it is to consider what food you’re making, it’s equally important to think about what happens to food that’s left uneaten.” According to Feeding America, America produces an estimated 70 billion tons of food waste each year.  This is such an elaborate subject on which to write that we thought it best to split the discussion into multiple posts.  Here, we identify the problem on behalf of your St Louis Restaurant Equipment maintenance near Jefferson County and in the next post we will talk about solutions to the food waste problem that faces so many restaurants today.

Furniture and Dishes in Your Restaurant Equipment List

Furniture and Dishes in Your Restaurant Equipment List

dishesAs a continuation of our previous post on behalf of your Restaurant Equipment Sales in St Louis near Jefferson County, it would be wise for us to recap that we recommend considering used restaurant equipment as a viable option in order to keep your costs down.  Also, moving on from used restaurant equipment, we also take note from our research on behalf of your St Louis restaurant equipment installation near Jefferson County, that you may also be able to lease your equipment as well.

Please take a moment to read what we found, “Many companies offer leased restaurant equipment, which can save you a lot of money as you get ready to open a new restaurant. Equipment with short life spans, like ice machines, are perfect for a monthly lease. Vendors also offer leased equipment, like coffee makers and coolers, for free, so long as you buy their products.”  I have a feeling that the above reality is a little known fact, and therefore, worth passing on to our followers who may be in the industry for new or used St Louis Restaurant Equipment now or in the near future.

When it comes to stocking the “smaller” things, they can definitely add up as well.  “Restaurant dishes aren’t cheap, compared to those you can buy at Wal-Mart or Target. But that is because they are made to withstand the rigors of a busy restaurant kitchen dishwasher.”  It makes perfect sense that your dishes have to be heavy duty considering all of the use they will be getting.  Tables and chairs have a bit of a hidden agenda that is worth covering here, too, on behalf of your St Louis Restaurant Equipment Repair near Jefferson County.  After all, the furniture is a huge part of the décor, so you are looking for form and function when you shop for these.

Buying a Commercial Oven

Buying a Commercial Oven

stoveIf you read our reviews and informational pieces on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Appliance installation, you already know that we cover a wide range of products and details therein.  Today, we have decided to focus on the commercial range purchase that many people will face either at their home (assuming they want something heavy duty), or in their commercial kitchen.  On behalf of your St Louis Heating Service near Jefferson County, we want to pass along some of the details we uncovered about today’s ovens and cooktops, combines to make ranges

We will use this post to cover the verbiage important to have in order to understand the details of our Heating and Cooling company’s post regarding this particular commercial appliance purchase.  “Oven — the appliance in which you bake or roast; this can be part of a range or separate and placed in a wall or counter; typical capacity is between 4 and 6 cubic feet.  Stovetop/cooktop — the burners on which you cook; can also be part of a range or separate and built into a counter instead. Range/stove — an appliance that has both a stovetop and an oven; standard width is 30 inches wide, unless it is a 36” which is another rather common size width when you have additional burners on top.

To determine which one of the above configuration and or products is best for you, the first question involves how much do you cook?  Also what type of home cook are you? “Do you take your cues from Top Chef challenges, or are you a frozen pizza type of cook? Do you love baking pastries, or do you stick with the stovetop? Be realistic about the features you need and will use in an oven or range to keep yourself from wasting money on upgrades you’ll never use.”

What Does a Wok Do?

What Does a Wok Do?

When it comes to restaurant equipment sales and service in and around the St Louis area, we want you to know that we are thinking of you and on behalf of your Restaurant Equipment Install near Jefferson County MO, we want to update you on all of the latest in the area of commercial and business restaurant equipment, especially if we think that something we read can be of some benefit to you.  We plan, today, to pass along a little knowledge for Asian cooking woks.

Used for many different styles of cooking, like stir frying, pan frying, deep frying, poaching, boiling, braising, searing, smoking, steaming, and roasting vegetables, there exist many different commercial kitchens that will want one on their list of necessary restaurant equipment.   Woks are described by many as essential and very unique, “They are extremely versatile and an essential cooking tool in many kitchens and can help you create delicious meals for many years with the proper care.”

They can be made of a variety of materials and though we don’t sell them at your St Louis Restaurant Equipment near Jefferson County MO, we do want to offer you some advice on how to handle them, beginning with the seasoning process.  “Most modern woks are either made from carbon steel or cast iron. Before you use a new wok you need to season it. By seasoning a new wok, you seal the cooking surface and prevent rust. As a result, you will not need much oil to cook and food will not stick to the wok’s surface. It also helps ensure your wok lasts a long time even with heavy use.”  The process will vary depending on the material from which your wok is made.  Read the next post on steps involved for seasoning one versus the other.

Don’t Forget Your Insurance When Heating Your Space

Don’t Forget Your Insurance When Heating Your Space

wood burning stoveWe talked, in the previous post, about the importance of insulation before setting out to heat a certain space.  The previous article, along with this one and the one to follow, will focus on a commercial shop environment and what we need to do in order to best heat your space.  Installation is one subject to consider, according to your St Louis Heating sales near Jefferson County.  “To choose an appropriate-size system for your climate, confer with a licensed HVAC installer. He will ask such questions as: How many walls does your shop share with a heated structure? What are the dimensions, and how high is the ceiling? Do you want to maintain a minimum temperature when you are not in the shop?”

Once you have the installation of your heating system figured out, as far as what and by whom, they you will want to speak to your local code inspector for home or business HVAC near Jefferson County.  This will help you narrow down your choices.  You will then prevent yourself from looking at and considering systems that your municipality restricts.  Also this will be a good time to ask your St Louis Heating installation near Jefferson County all about the legal installation of a system.

Insurance is important to consider as well.  “Some heat sources that pass the inspector’s muster may still be frowned upon by your insurance company.”  If you end up with something upon which your insurance company frowns, such as a wood-burning stove, for example, then you could have a mess on your hands when a claim comes through as being denied.  This is the case whether or not your heater was even involved!  So, yes, insurance checking is one of the most important  things to do before buying anything to heat your home or office.

HVAC Energy Management

HVAC Energy Management

HVACWe began a series covering the subject of energy efficiency as it pertains specifically to the HVAC world on behalf of your St Louis HVAC sales near Jefferson County MO.  Previously we covered a new certification being offered for EMP.  EMP certification means that the individual has been training in energy conservation and management as it pertains to building performance.  Basically, they can help you juggle the requirements of your HVAC when it comes to capabilities with the least amount of energy possible.   The title and certification came about as a part of EMA.  “EMA is a young organization dating back to 2012, when its certification program was developed as part of the Associated Air Balance Council (AABC) Commissioning Group. EMA became a stand-alone association in 2014, and its EMP offering is among the newest credentials to hit the market.”

In order to become EMP certified, according to your St Louis HVAC near Jefferson County, you must take a seminar and an exam that lasts for 2 days with 12 hours of classroom instruction and a four hour exam.  You must also have at least 2 years or more of experience depending on your technical knowledge and experience to start with, according to research done on behalf of your St Louis HVAC near Jefferson County MO.

It cost a little over a thousand dollars with an annual fee of $250 plus $250 to renew the certification.  Edward Armstrong is EMA’s executive director and he says, “The EMP is unique in the energy management field. It’s very results-oriented with a strong element on ongoing energy management.”  Plus, he added, “It’s really catching on with major companies like Siemens, ABM Industries, and Hanson.”

Heating and Cooling Issues

Heating and Cooling Issues

balanceWe just opened up a recent discussion regarding heating and cooling and how to do all that you can to prevent problems with your HVAC system through preventative measure such as routine filter changes and maintenance check-ups.  If, however, you have been doing all of those things and you still wind up needing professional Heating Service in St Louis near Jefferson County, then American Services has you covered.  You may not be to blame for the heating issues that you are experiences, as some of them are really not avoidable.  Here are some examples:

“Wear and tear: Normal wear and tear can cause airflow problems, heat control-related problems or even overheating.  Electric ignition or pilot control problems: A faulty ignition or pilot could make it difficult to heat a home or commercial space. Thermocouple problems, drafts or clogs in the appliance may result in an unlit pilot light.  Malfunctioning thermostat: A faulty thermostat can lead to problems with the fan or comfort levels.”  Those are to name a few of the most common St Louis Heating Service near Jefferson County issues that arise on HVAC service calls.

Sometimes your furnace that operates your heating and cooling system fails to heat at all.  When that is the case, it can be one of many different reasons.  Your furnace may have difficulties that lie in the thermostat setting, power, gas of even the power light.  If it is heating, but simply not doing so well enough or not heating the way you perceive that it should, then you may have a clogged filter, or it may simply not be enough heat due to the size and space you are expecting it to regulate and heat.  Many times people have the wrong size furnace for the space they are attempting to heat.

Selling Your Used HVAC or Restaurant Equipment

Selling Your Used HVAC or Restaurant Equipment

make moneyWe began a series here on the best way to earn back some of your restaurant, or other commercial business’s money.  According to your HVAC installation near Jefferson County, it is wise to consider buying and selling used restaurant equipment or HVAC equipment.  Basically, anything that your business no longer needs can be sold.  Chances are that someone out there needs it even if you do not.  Also, if you need something, save money and search for ways in which to purchase the restaurant or HVAC equipment used.  This may be a real money maker/saver for your business.  Then, make sure that truly qualified and reputable professionals are involved in the service and installation of your HVAC or restaurant equipment, like those available to you at American Services in Earth City near St Louis MO.

Here are a few things we discovered in our research on behalf of the HVAC install company near Jefferson County MO, “There are two ways to go about selling your equipment. The first is to sell it by yourself and target your market. For example, a Mexican restaurant might not need your deep fryer, but they might need extra ovens or refrigerator racks. Some smaller equipment might appeal to any restaurant. In this case, you might need to do your own advertising or put your items on Craigslist. The second way to sell your equipment is to sell it to a dealer.

These three easy tips can make your life a lot easier when selling your used restaurant equipment:  You will want to begin by cleaning the restaurant equipment that you wish to sell, says your HVAC sales company.  This will put it in the best selling position possible.  Locate the paperwork in the form of product manuals, warranties, service receipts and anything that shows you took great care of it.  Finally, determine a fair price for the HVAC or restaurant equipment you wish to sell.