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Life vs. Installation Costs On New A/C Systems Explained

Life vs. Installation Costs On New A/C Systems Explained

Benefit Cost

The winter months provide a great amount of time to think about replacing your ageing air conditioning system since it is no longer in use until spring.  This means that many business owners will be getting quotes and wondering how to determine what unit will be able to meet their current budget needs as well as provide reliable service at a low monthly cost.  Today, the team at American Services will help you with this decision by giving you a few quick things to consider when comparing your first and lifetime costs of a new a/c unit.

What do installation or “first” costs cover?

Your installation or “first” costs will only cover the price tag on the unit plus the cost of hiring a technician to install the unit.

What does it mean when someone mentions “lifetime” costs?

Your lifetime costs include all the costs associated with keeping the unit maintained, repaired, and for usage over the years.

What does SEER stand for?

When you see SEER it stands for the system’s Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.  When you are looking at units to purchase, you will notice that the price tag will go up as the SEER goes up.  This is because units with a higher SEER will also have the advanced technologies needed to keep energy usage down and your utility bills under control.

Now that you understand these simple terms, you will need to start doing some comparisons.  When doing so, consider the fact that a low cost unit may cost you more in utility bills and actually waste lots of money in the long run.  Also consider the quality of the unit you are buying, average maintenance costs, and the professionalism of the installation.  All of these factors will need to be looked over carefully as you make your decision.

If you are looking to replace your cooling system near Jefferson County, get all the help you need and a free estimate from American Services today!

Restaurant Equipment Leasing FAQs – Part 2

Restaurant Equipment Leasing FAQs – Part 2

FAQs

Leasing equipment is often the most practical solution for new restaurant equipment owners near St. Charles thanks to lower monthly payments and less restrictive approval terms.  But before you go jumping into a lease, it’s important to understand how they work.  Today, the American Services team will answer a few more questions about equipment leasing in hopes that you can make a more informed decision for your business.

What tax benefits are associated with leasing equipment?

Generally, business owners are able to deduct the full cost of leasing from their taxable income.  This is a nice perk because you can do that for the entire length of your lease, which varies depending on your terms.  At the same time, you cannot claim capital allowances on assets that are leased for less than 5, sometimes even 7 years.  For full tax details, consult your accoutant or review the IRS Guidelines at irs.gov.

What perks can expect from a lease as opposed to purchasing equipment?

Many leasing companies will build maintenance costs into the lease cost in order to assure the upkeep of their equipment.  This is a nice perk as it alleviates extra cost burdens for business owners.  At the same time, leasing equipment may tie you down to a monthly payment that has to be made no matter if you are still using the equipment or not.

Will leasing allow me access to better equipment that I may otherwise not be able to afford?

Yes, often times you will be able to lease equipment for a lot less than it would cost to purchase with cash or with a loan.  Leasing also allows for businesses to move up in equipment after several years without the hassle of selling off the old to make room for the new.  This aspect is especially helpful since technology continues to rapidly change.  At the same time, you never actually own your equipment when it is leased and will always be tied to a monthly payment.

 

HVAC Savings This Spring

HVAC Savings This Spring

Spring is ComingAs we begin to prepare for the transition into spring time weather, it becomes more and more important to take some steps that will help you save money on your heating and cooling bills.  This is because of the see-saw temperatures most of us can expect in the St.  Louis area.  Getting prepared will also help to prolong the life of your HVAC system, make your system work more efficiently, and reduce any downtime you could encounter due to an unexpected break down.  Here are our top tips for saving money related to your HVAC system this spring.

  • Before turning your AC unit on for the first time, it is important to make sure you have a clean filter installed.  A clean filter is one of the easiest and least expensive things you can do to not only maintain air purity, but to also prolong the life of your unit.  Refer to your manufacturer recommendations for the proper filter change schedule.
  • You will also want to get outside and take a look at your AC unit before starting it up this spring.  Remember to remove any leave or debris that may have piled up during the winter. This simple step will prevent anything from blocking the air flow through your unit’s coil.
  • Upon the first start-up of your AC unit, it’s also smart to listen for anything that may indicate a problem.  Just take a few minutes to make sure you don’t hear or see anything happening that is out of the ordinary.  If  you do experience something that is of concern, be sure to contact your HVAC service provider near Webster Groves as soon as possible.

There you have it!  Our tops tips to get your AC unit ready for spring and ready to save you some money too!  If you need more help with any of these steps or want more information about a free maintenance cost estimate, simple give the American Cervices team a call today!

Keep Your Refrigeration Maintenance Costs Low With American Services

Keep Your Refrigeration Maintenance Costs Low With American Services

Cost Cutting Concept.When you own refrigeration equipment you understand how high-maintenance and expensive it can be!  In fact, many owners who rely on refrigeration equipment avoid taking the proper precautions needed to keep it up and running smooth.  This is a huge mistake because ignoring a little issue can soon turn into a very expensive disaster.  Don’t make this mistake any longer!  Today, let our team tell you why refrigeration maintenance near St. Charles is so affordable with American Services.

At American Services, our team works together to make sure you will always get the most out of your equipment investment.  We have a specific set of standards that work and we want to offer those to you!  First, we pair all buyers with the right sized equipment for what ever job they need done.  Our technicians and sales staff work together to asses your needs to chose the most cost-effective units.  Under sizing or over sizing can waste lots of energy and make your monthly bills unnecessarily high. This is the first step.  Next, we make sure your installation is done properly, the first time, and with as little interruption in service as possible.  Every day that you are without the equipment you need, you lose money and customers.   This is something we are highly aware of and work to avoid.  Finally, we draw up a custom maintenance plan that not only keeps your new equipment warranty in place, but also takes care of the little issues as they happen.  Plus, since our contracts are all custom written, you choose the payment and interval terms that you want!  This makes this lasting plan super affordable for all clients!

Don’t waste you time with other refrigeration companies who don’t understand you needs.  Call the professionals at American Services today!  We guarantee your complete satisfaction and even offer free estimates!

Commercial Cooling System Service and Repair

Commercial Cooling System Service and Repair

cooling services in MissouriAmerican Services heating and cooling repair in St. Louis knows that today’s generation of commercial cooling systems are designed primarily to be energy efficient, but also are built so that maintenance and repairs are minimal due to new technology.

Modern cooling systems are expected to meet certain specifications in order to be installed in commercial buildings, some of the requirements are listed below:

  • Appearance-the way a cooling system looks matters a lot, much of the ductwork is exposed so a clean and orderly appearance is desired.
  • Noise-a clean and quiet functioning cooling system should ventilate the air; eliminate dust and potential allergens without a high noise level.
  • Adaptability-commercial cooling system should have a flexible ability to adapt to energy efficient sources.  More and more facilities management are interested in installing commercial cooling systems which can be adapted to efficient sources such as a solar source.
  • Energy efficiency-without a doubt the most significant aspect in the commercial cooling system is energy efficiency. This is the number one reason manufacturers are beginning to use water for the making of such systems. New technology is showing manufactures that basing their selection on the high capacity of water to transport energy will be superior compared to air.

Before actually purchasing one of the commercial cooling systems on the market today, be prepared to hire the best team for the actual installation, such as American Services, because commercial cooling systems are very complex.  These systems can be purchased as singular or modular units, roof or ground mounted. (At this point an upgraded HVAC system should be considered) which will support your new cooling system efficiently. This will also provide a proper working environment without consuming too much energy or requiring high maintenance costs.

Many commercial buildings today have learned the advantage of retrofitting energy efficient HVAC systems. These systems efficiently deliver heat and cool air wherever needed, and provide a substantial energy savings in the process.

HVAC Retrofits

HVAC Retrofits

HVAC Services in Saint LouisRegardless of how well your HVAC system is maintained, age and building expansion will eventually cause you to replace it. This critical decision needs consultation from professionals such as American Services HVAC repair in St. Charles, and a well thought out plan.

HVAC system replacements are a costly process that can disrupt building operations over an extended period of time. A well thought out plan including consultation with a certified HVAC designer helps ensure that the retrofit produces maximum benefit. This will enhance operations of the facility, and immediately generate energy cost savings. A good plan will also make sure that the retrofit process will not have to be repeated in the future secondary to poor planning and impulsive decision making.

8 steps to keep in mind for an  HVAC retrofit:

  1. The quickest and easiest way to replace older HVAC systems is to put in a new system that matches the old one. Match components by type, compatibility, voltage/amp output, and then replace with new components of exactly the same profile. This process will work if there are no changes in your building.
    2. New technologies result in tremendous progress in the last 15 years as far as HVAC technology. New DDC control systems provide a better climate while reducing energy costs. High efficiency chillers can reduce the cost of air conditioning. Variable frequency drives improve operating efficiency. These are all proven new technologies and are used widely today in modern installations.
    3. Modern buildings today are under a constant state of change. Interiors are upgraded; tenants are moving in and out, infrastructure changes increase. The one thing that doesn’t change is your HVAC system trying to support all these changes. This is why flexibility must be built into your HVAC system retrofit.
    4. Part-load performance-chillers are the single largest users of electricity improving the efficiency of chillers is what chiller manufactures strive to do. When selecting replacement chillers, pay attention to full load efficiency ratings
    5. Maintain records of maintenance performed on your building, maintenance costs, increasing maintenance requirements.  Implement a preventative maintenance checks and services checklist for your building’s maintenance staff.
    6. Seeing the big picture- most generally tunnel vision develops when planning for HVAC retrofits focusing on only specific components or portions of the entire HVAC system. Experience shows, before making retrofit decisions facility executives should step back and determine if other projects planned for the building will affect the HVAC system operation.
    7. The major goal of any HVAC retrofit program is to improve the level of service.  Facility executives should consult the occupants and be willing to receive input. Facility executives can then develop a clear understanding of what the HVAC system will be expected to do.
    8. Program approval-HVAC retrofits are costly programs.  More often than not facility executives simply submit funding requests with little or no supporting information, the outcome, “Funds Denied”. Put a band aid on components and just patch systems together, to keep things going. An HVAC retrofit is a major undertaking for the Facilities Department, the occupants, and organizations management. A certified HVAC systems designer, HVAC component manufacturer should all be brought in during the planning phase.

 


Right-Sizing Your HVAC System

Right-Sizing Your HVAC System

HVAC services in MissouriAmerican Services HVAC installation in Saint Louis MO knows that if your HVAC equipment is oversized it can result in shortened equipment life, poor humidity control, and higher operating costs. All of these issues have a direct influence on your total cost of ownership, as well as your customers’ comfort level. Oversized HVAC systems can also negatively impact employee productivity and profitability of any organization.

There are several reasons that HVAC systems are oversized:

– Reliance on old name plate data
– Relying on old school rule of thumb formulas, which should only be utilized for general rough   estimate purposes.
– Lighting efficiency upgrades that have ultimately resulted in reduced internal heat generation operations within the commercial building.
– Insulation upgrades that have compromised building energy losses.
– Use of full load nameplate data of heating load generators, (computers, office equipment) even though the environment rarely, if ever, operates at full load.

Over-sized HVAC equipment not only results in higher operating cost but also increases the initial capital cost. An oversized unit can require more frequent cycling of the compressor, which will lead to premature equipment failure, with markedly increased energy expenditure. It can also require larger fans in ductwork, which can cause variation in occupant comfort because of the larger surface area, and the greater probability of system air leakage.  More importantly the coordination between the economizer and the compressor maybe exacerbated and destroyed.

Generally maintenance costs along with comfort problems follow a pattern.   Problems increase each year until the unit is about 20 years old. Owners usually decide at this time in the systems’ life between a major reworking, rebuilding of the existing system, or a completely new HVAC system installation.

One factor that can influence business owners in upgrading HVAC systems includes negative evaluation of the quality and efficiency of the original unit in comparison with the new design by HVAC professionals.

If the decision is to replace the HVAC rooftop unit caution should be taken to properly size the unit to the current cooling load requirements of the building rather than just matching the old design. This evaluation process should be performed by either a certified HVAC consulting engineer, experienced HVAC contractor, or trusted HVAC equipment supplier. Caution: this should not be attempted by an amateur technician.

Types of Commercial Heating Installation Systems Available

Types of Commercial Heating Installation Systems Available

heating services in MOAmerican Services heating installation and repair in St. Louis knows that because commercial heating systems come in many forms, your specific commercial heating system needs will vary. Researching various types of systems can cost time and expense but will pay off in the long run. Because of the wide variety of heating systems available, maintenance costs will vary widely and may factor into your decision making process.

Here are a few commercial heating installation systems available:

1.  From a consumer’s viewpoint the number 1 system will be the natural energy systems. These systems are not only good for the environment but more efficient in the long run. Because of the high initial installation cost these types of commercial heating systems are used for the larger businesses.

One of the most tried and true methods of commercial heating is the oil and/or gas steam commercial HVAC system. This system operates when oil and gas are used to heat, then condense and eventually pass steam through pipes. Commonly known in the industry as the least effective and efficient commercial heating system, steam takes longer than most systems to circulate heat. This is because of the delay between boiler start and steam heat circulation.

The third option is the gas or oil water, this system of heating using water based HVAC,
though similar to the steam heating concept, the steam will pass through to radiators positioned throughout the commercial building site. The downside of this commercial heating system is that water systems are extremely inefficient, and an air clearing system must be initiated each time the heat is engaged.

Heat pumps are another option available to the contractor.This is an extremely efficient means of heating a commercial installation project. Explained basically, this is a technology used in refrigerators, extracting heat from cold air in this application using a refrigerant and pumping the heat generated through a commercial property. It should be noted this system does not require a fuel source.

Contractors at American Services are committed to determining the most cost effective commercial heating system installation. You can reduce these costs by using high efficiency systems, those systems with high ratings, (AFUE) and the energy star seal of approval.

Climate must be taken into consideration when determining the appropriate commercial heating system.

Why Upgrade to Commercial HVAC SYSTEMS?

Why Upgrade to Commercial HVAC SYSTEMS?

HVAC services in MissouriAmerican Services HVAC installation and repair in Missouri knows that enhanced efficiency, greater occupant comfort, and public relations which promote environmentally responsible choices-are all reasons to update your commercial HVAC system.  If that’s not reason enough to upgrade your buildings’ existing HVAC system, what about the risk of complete equipment failure?

A major university in the southwest completed a complete HVAC upgrade six months ago and is already experiencing additional system capacity, with cutbacks in lab exhaust. The systems are still being tweaked, but officials are certain they’re saving energy. A University source says” We’re  constantly engaged in energy audits in our properties, with our  HVAC upgrade installation complete, we are beginning to understand our building’s performance.”

Maintenance Staff who monitor the project monthly via real time find that the benefits are in the form of reduced energy expended in an environmentally safe process. The primary benefits
have been a reduction in energy cost, and decrease in maintenance cost.

Three separate facility managers help make the case for HVAC upgrade and retrofitting.

1. Arizona State University officials commented,” We could not obtain repair parts, so we limped along under manual control for several years.

2. Spokesman for Brookfield Properties Corporation,” we replaced the items because some of the existing drives were starting to fail, they were operating at 100 percent which is not efficient.
Implementing an HVAC upgrade we immediately began to improve reliability, and energy savings.

3. Toyota Motor Sales U.S. operations sources reports” We are in the process of replacing many self-contained, single and multi-zone package rooftop HVAC Boxcar units that have exceeded their useful life.” “ Making the decision to implement HVAC upgrade retrofit installations, results in better control and interface, with the most energy efficient units from a life cycle cross perspective.”

Regardless of the HVAC system or methodology selected, building owners or facility managers can exceed expectations during HVAC upgrades with a bit of planning, implementation, and open communication with the contractor, such as American Services in St. Louis MO.

Commercial Heating Systems

Commercial Heating Systems

heating systems in Saint LouisAmerican Services Cooling and Heating maintenance near Glen Mills knows that commercial heating systems come in many forms, your specific commercial heating system needs will require you to research the systems available. This will cost time and expense but there will be a pay-off in the long run. Because of the assortment of heating systems available to you, maintenance costs should be a factor and play into your decision making process.

Here are a few commercial heating installation systems available:

1.  From a consumer’s viewpoint the number 1 system will be the natural energy systems. These systems are not only good for the environment, they are also more efficient.

Due to the high initial installation expense of these types of commercial heating systems, they are many times used for the larger businesses.

One of the most long term methods of heating is the oil and or gas steam commercial HVAC system. This system operates when oil or gas  are used to heat, then condense and eventually pass steam through pipes. Commonly known in the industry with the least effective and efficient commercial heating system, steam takes longer than most systems to circulate heat. This is because of the delay between boiler start and steam heat circulation.

The third option is the gas or oil water system.

This commercial heating system using water based HVAC, though similar to the steam heating concept, the steam will pass through to radiators positioned throughout the commercial building site. The downside with this commercial heating system is that water systems are extremely inefficient, and an air clearing system must be initiated each time the heat is engaged.

Heat pumps are another option available.

This is an extremely efficient means of heating a commercial installation project. This is a technology used in refrigerators, extracting heat from cold air in this application using a refrigerant and pumping the heat generated through a commercial property. It should be noted this system does not require a fuel source.