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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.

Safety Measures in Portable Heating

Safety Measures in Portable Heating

combustion heaterCombustion and space heaters both do the job, but one is safe by design and the other needs very specific things in place in order to be used for heating your space, according to the reading and research we have been doing this week on behalf of your St Louis Heating Installation Company near Clayton MO.  When it comes to the least safe of the two, combustion, you can actually make it a safe way to bring warmth to your room if you vent it to the outside first.  In fact, you will likely have no other choice if this is the style you choose.  “…if they are not effectively vented to the outside. According to the DOE, most states have banned the use of kerosene heaters in the home, and a handful of states have also banned the use of unvented natural gas heaters.”

It is true, according to that which we read for the heating installation specialists in St Louis, that vented combustion heaters are safer, but since those are designed to be used in a permanent location next to an exterior wall (to allow for a vent to the outside), they are not exactly portable and don’t meet some of the needs being sought after in the heating community.

Moving, then back to space heaters, you regain portability here, but make no mistake, these devices are not inherently safe without certain considerations and actions being taken.  “However, while there’s no carbon monoxide risk, electric space heaters still can be a safety hazard if used improperly. The best space heaters are designed to minimize those risks, and we recommend only buying a space heater that carries UL (Underwriters Laboratory) or similar certification, indicating that it meets current safety standards.”  Also, according to your St Louis Heating Repair near Clayton MO, you will want to find a portable heater with an overheat sensor that will completely shut the heater down if the temp gets too high.  Also, a switch that will shut it down in the event that it falls over, is a great safety measure too.

Heating Options in Your Space

Heating Options in Your Space

furnaceIn our research on behalf of your St Louis Industrial Heating near Bridgeton, we have found that there are indeed more than one ways to skin a cat, I mean, heat your space.  Beginning with central heat, we plan to take you through the variety of ways both here and in posts to follow.  Central heating in St Louis involves a furnace.  “The majority of North American households depend on a central furnace to provide heat. A furnace works by blowing heated air through ducts that deliver the warm air to rooms throughout the house via air registers or grills. This type of heating system is called a ducted warm-air or forced warm-air distribution system. It can be powered by electricity, natural gas, or fuel oil.”

Looking inside the gas or oil fueled furnace, we see a sight of fuel being mixed and burned. The flames then heat a metal heat exchanger where the heat is transferred to the surrounding air in an effort to heat the space effectively.  According to your St Louis Heating installation near Bridgeton, the air is then pushed through the heat exchanger by the “air handler’s” furnace fan and then forced into the ductwork which is located downstream of the heat exchanger.

According to experts on HVAC news, “At the furnace, combustion products are vented out of the building through a flue pipe. Older ‘atmospheric’ furnaces vented directly to the atmosphere, and wasted about 30% of the fuel energy just to keep the exhaust hot enough to safely rise through the chimney. Current minimum-efficiency furnaces reduce this waste substantially by using an “inducer” fan to pull the exhaust gases through the heat exchanger and induce draft in the chimney.  If you are looking for service or installation on your heating and cooling systems in St Louis, call your Bridgeton Heating Sales today.

Space Heating Safety

Space Heating Safety

space heaterWe have been writing on behalf of your commercial heating installation in St Louis near Wentzville MO for some time now.  We want to do our best to stay on top of subjects that matter most to you both in a commercial heating environment and also things you may run into at home with your heating and cooling needs.  With the latter in mind, we are looking at portable heaters, or space heaters that have been around for years now.  They have also evolved drastically over the years and many of us want to know if they are safe to use and under what conditions?

“Every winter, we hear of at least some space-heater related accidents, sometimes with tragic results. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and based on statistics compiled from 2009 to 2013, 40 percent of home heating fires and 84 percent of home heating fire deaths involve either stationary or portable space heaters. However, when selected wisely and used correctly, space heaters can be quite safe to use.”  When we set out to research this subject and found the above report, we noticed it only covers and comments on the safety of portable electric space heaters, which are now considered the only ones safe to use at home or in your office, according to our research on behalf of St Louis Heating and Cooling sales near Wentzville.

What is not considered safe, then?  “Combustion space heaters work by burning fuel, be it kerosene, gas, wood, etc., which results in having the byproducts of combustion, including carbon monoxide, enter your home if they are not effectively vented to the outside. According to the DOE, most states have banned the use of kerosene heaters in the home, and some states have banned the use of unvented natural gas heaters. Vented combustion heaters are safer, but since those are designed to be used in a permanent location next to an exterior wall (to allow for a vent to the outside), they are not exactly portable.”  Stay tuned to the next St Louis Heating Company near Wentzville’s post for further heating information regarding the safety of portable heaters in your home or business setting.

Gas Prices Affect Heating and Cooling

Gas Prices Affect Heating and Cooling

heatingWe are still discussing the factors surrounding energy and the cost of energy as it pertains to heating and cooling in St Louis County near Hazelwood.  Heating and Cooling magazine writers discuss the fact that heating oil, though lower in price than ever before, is less of a factor, “We’re one of a handful [of contractors] left doing heating oil, and there is no effect anymore,” said D. Brian Baker, president, Custom Vac Limited, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. “Oil is gone, for the most part, unless it’s in a remote location, and the price is what it is. We just continue to offer services in all energy sectors and let customers know we have the ability to help them operate efficiently and problem-free, no matter what.”

So, still, the energy cost reduction is a good thing for sale, service and installation of heating and cooling systems.  If you need to purchase, install and operate a heating system, for example, then now is the time in terms of cost associated with all of those things.  Some markets with natural gas will definitely see a drop in cost associated with the actual heating of their home or office and the reduction isn’t temporary, according to the experts, it is officially a trend.

Gas prices stay pretty steady in metro St Louis, though, so having them forecast to drop is a significant thing, say area experts.  This, after the opposite was discussed really is unusual.  “We’ve seen a slow, continuous uptick in price over the years, but some of the bigger increases that have been forecasted have never occurred. Typically, we see a push after folks have gotten the big utility bill versus all the hype or talk of rising rates.”  Come see us, or call American Services heating and cooling sales and service experts in St Louis County near Hazelwood today.

Controlling Sources of Poor Air Quality

Controlling Sources of Poor Air Quality

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Poor indoor air quality is something that can defiantly have an adverse effect on your business.  After all, no one wants to shop or eat in space that is uncomfortable to be in or aggravates their respiratory system.  Plus, many indoor air quality irritants are harmful to ones health and that is something that customers are not going to okay with.  For this reason the Overland area heating and cooling team at American Services wants to help you avoid and remove these irritants from your commercial space with tips on controlling them.  Let’s get started!

  • Poor Indoor Air Quality Irritant #1 – Air Pollutants from Combustion Devices: These pollutants from from sources such as a natural gas-fired furnace, oil-burning furnace, gas stove, space heater, wood-burning stoves, or dryers.  All of these units produce pollution particles that are sources for poor indoor air quality especially if the unit is not installed and maintained properly.  To avoid these pollutants, be sure that they are vented properly through an exhaust system or chimney as well as maintained on a regular basis.
  • Poor Indoor Air Quality Irritant #2 – Smoke: Smoke is actually one of the easiest indoor air quality irritants to control since simply not allowing it removes any chance of it getting in.  Smoking and its second hand effects cause cancer and can be especially harmful to children.  Avoid this irritants by never allowing anyone to smoke inside of your establishment.
  • Poor Indoor Air Quality Irritant #3 – Mold & Radon: Dark, moist environments are where mold love to live.  To avoid this irritant from creeping into your space, you will need to keep those conditions under control.  Radon is a naturally occurring irritant that comes from a degradation of uranium in the soil under a building’s foundation.  Radon can be indicated with a very simple soil test and mediated easily by professionals.  To avoid Radon, simply test your soil and take proper measures from there!

How Americans Are Heating Their Homes

How Americans Are Heating Their Homes

question marksEver wonder how everyone else is heating their homes and businesses across the country? If so, the following information from Energy.gov will fill your curiosity. According to the  Buildings Energy Data Book 2011, Americans heat their homes in the following manner:

  • 49% of Americans use Natural Gas as a heating source.
  • 34 % of Americans use Electricity as a heating source.
  • 6% of Americans use Fuel Oil as a heating source.
  • 5% of Americans use Propane/LPG as a heating source.
  • 3% of Americans do not have or use any heating equipment.
  • 2% of Americans use Wood as a heating source.
  • 1% of Americans list “Other” as their heating source.

No matter which of these heating sources your family utilizes, it is important to take a look at your whole-house approach to heating and cooling.  This is especially true because heating and cooling bills average out to be 48% of your total spend on energy for the year.

While the weather is warm and your heating system is taking some time off, be sure to contact a professionally trained HVAC technicians to inspect and perform routine maintenance on your equipment.  This small step will not only ensure that your system is up and running when the weather gets cooler, but it will also add years of quality life to your investment.

At American Services, our commercial HVAC technicians can help you get all of your business systems up to date and ready for cooler temps too!  This is just as important as keeping your personal system in check and has benefits including less downtime, confidence in keeping your customers comfortable, and reduced monthly utility costs!

The team at American Services specializes in commercial heating and cooling services near Hazelwood, MO.  With a focus on complete customer care, American Services continues to serve the St. Louis area with professional technicians, quality workmanship, and affordable pricing.  If you have a commercial heating, cooling, or refrigeration related repair need, please feel free to give American Services a call for a FREE estimate today!

Furnace, Heat Pump, or Hybrid? Which Is Best For You?

Furnace, Heat Pump, or Hybrid?  Which Is Best For You?

Three People Holding Question MarkWhen making a decision about how you will heat your commercial building space, there are three popular options.  These options include a furnace, heat pump, or hybrid unit.  All three systems offer benefits for specific customers and today the American Services team will help you make the right choice for your needs.

  • Furnace – When choosing to heat with a furnace, you will have the best luck with the latest models as they are the most economical and energy efficient.  Oil and natural gas units are the most-popular choice, but many also choose to heat with an all-electric furnace that doesn’t utilize any fossil fuels for energy.  You will find that fossil fuel units are less costly to operate, yet pose a risk because of the harmful gases they can create.  Electric units cost more, but eliminate the risk.
  • Heat Pump – A heat pump unit will cost you more up-front, but will then operate at a very efficient level.  You will have to choose from an air-source pump or a geothermal model when installing, but the one unit will do both your heating and cooling.  It is also important to remember that heat pumps loose a lot of their efficiency in colder weather.  This means that a heat pump is not the best choice if you live in a climate that fall below freezing very often.
  • Hybrid – Hybrid units are for those who want the efficiency and low cost benefits of a heat pump, but still need a furnace to warm their space in colder weather.  Both units would be utilized when appropriate, but there is an added cost due to the installation of both units.

If you are trying to decide on the best heating unit for your commercial space, the team at American Services can help.  We understand your commercial heating needs near Maryland Heights and can get you into the most cost-effective choice quickly!  Give us a call for a free estimate now!

 

Being Mindful Of IAQ During Winter Months

Being Mindful Of IAQ During Winter Months

contact usThe IAQ or indoor air quality in your commercial building is something that can suffer during the winter months as many try to create an airtight environment to help reduce winter heating costs. Yet, the practice of sealing out the cold air needs to be in balance so that the environment you and your employees are exposed to isn’t compromised.  Use these tips that take the eliminate, isolate, and ventilate principals into account when considering your IAQ this winter.

First, you need to think of ways to eliminate contaminants from entering your indoor environment.  Some simple ways to do that include: choose cleaning agents that are not made with chemicals that can be harmful to you and your employees; be sure to outfit your building with carpeting, furniture, and other finishings that are free of harmful chemicals; and make your indoor environment a cigarette smoke-free area.

Next, you will need to think of ways to isolate your indoor environment from contaminants.  A few ways to isolate include: keeping any pollutant containing chemicals in an area separate from you and your employees; sealing any appliances in sealed combustion units; and inspecting all natural gas units for proper ventilation.

Finally, check for and ensure proper ventilation.  This can be achieved by opening windows as the weather permits or by contacting your Bridgeton Area HVAC dealer about having a mechanical ventilation unit installed in your building.  These units need to be sized and installed by a professional HVAC technician to ensure proper ventilation according to your building size.

Start taking your indoor air quality seriously and contact the team at American Services now!  Our team can help you determine your IAQ needs for the winter and get all of the proper equipment installed quickly and at an affordable price.  Contact our team at 314-733-1776 for more details about a free estimate today!

Using Solar Power in your overall Energy Plan

Using Solar Power in your overall Energy Plan

solor heating in MOAmerican Services HVAC heating and cooling in St. Louis knows that one of the most economical and environmentally ways to heat a building is to use solar power.  And since this green technology has advanced exponentially over the years it has become even more effective and costs less than ever before.

One of the easiest applications for solar power is to use it for the heating of all water in a commercial facility.  Hot water usage can come from showers, bathrooms or even cleaning and manufacturing.  The old fashioned way to heat water has always been by using a water heater that is either powered by propane, natural gas or some other fossil fuel.  The problem with all of these fuels is that there isn’t an endless supply of any of them and therefore the cost to a business can be daunting.  Additionally as fossil fuels become more and more rare and the techniques used to mine them become more expensive the cost is going to continue to rise.  The advantage of using solar power is that it’s a fixed cost with a onetime initial expense and then just maintenance from that point on.

The process to get this all started for a commercial application is fairly simple.  Evacuated tube collectors or a similarly designed solar panel is placed on the roof or high point near the building.  This tube design is particularly important because the solar panels are always facing the sun no matter what angle the sun is at or the time of day.  In addition the simplistic design is solid and offers years of practical use.  The energy is then captured in a solar collector and through a series of tubes and a central controller; the heat is pushed throughout the facility.  This design can be used in a variety of geographic areas and can be just as effective in the winter as it is during those dog days of summer when the sun is always around.

Using a solar panel system to heat water for a commercial building is not only smart business but is good for the earth as well.  Solar energy has been around for years, and continues to supply companies around the world with simple, fast and cheap energy.  If you’re looking to cut costs out of your business and need a simple and time tested solution then solar power might be just what you need.