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HVAC Technology That Saves You Money

HVAC Technology That Saves You Money

save moneyIn writing on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling Maintenance near Creve Coeur today, we have decided to hone in on features that have come about in the recent past thanks to the advancements in technology that exist in the HVAC world as well as other areas of the heating and cooling industry.  Technology in the St Louis Heating realm is not exactly the latest and hottest topic.  “You probably know all about the latest smartphones, tablets, and TVs as well as the newest updates in your favorite holidays. But, if someone asked you to name an improvement in HVAC technology in the last ten years for heating and cooling your home, there’s a good chance you wouldn’t be able to come up with anything.”

The above is true and may have much to do with our interests and what we find fun and exciting in the world of adult activities and toys, so to speak.  Let’s face it, the latest and greatest gadget like a phone or tablet can be way more appealing than a smart HVAC in St Louis.  The thing to remember, though, is the money saving potential at your fingertips with any new technology in the St Louis Heating Sales near Creve Coeur.

“However, if someone asked you if it’s better to know about things that cost you money or save you money, you’d probably pick saving money. With that in mind, take a few minutes to learn about the latest advances in HVAC technology that can slash your energy bills and open up room in your budget for those new gadgets.”  All of this talk is an intro, so to speak, into the world of what is known as smart thermostats.  Able to keep your heating and cooling bills at a minimum, these thermostats are the way to go for many home owners, especially in the long run.  Read our next post to find out more.

Emerging 2015 Restaurant Equipment Tech Trends

Emerging 2015 Restaurant Equipment Tech Trends

Women EatingWith a new year comes new technology aimed at making restaurant operations run smoother.  In fact, according to B. Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of the National Restaurant Association’s research and knowledge group, “Technology will perhaps be the largest arena to see some rapid innovation in 2015. Technology is just another tool in the operator tool belt, but 2015 is poised for a much more substantial integration of the technology into the typical restaurant operation.”  Today, let’s take a look at the trends that will make your establishment stand out in 2015.

POS Upgraded – About 47% of restaurants are reporting an upgrade in their POS system for 2015. This is partially due to the new EMV standards that are being pushed thanks to the many data breach issues of the recent pas.  Establishments are also expressing interest in adopting new payment options like e-wallet.

Dynamic Pricing – The dynamic pricing model allows an establishment to base pricing upon chosen factors such as time of day or a given day of the week.  Thanks to digital menu boards and innovative POS systems, establishments can take advantage of this pricing model to drive traffic as needed.  This also allows for on-the-spot testing of new or improved menu options.

Time & Energy Savings – New technology that allows for saved time and labor costs continues to hit the market and will be popular within the restaurant industry this year.  This improved equipment can reduce cooking times by 20% and new ice machines can take care of the cleaning for you with the use of ultraviolet light oxidation.  There are even new dishwashers with technology that reduces both water usage and drying times.

Are you looking to cash in on the latest trends in the restaurant business?  If so, you can find all the latest restaurant equipment for sale near O’Fallon by contacting the team at American Services!  Call today to find out just how easy upgrading your restaurant can be!

 

Commercial Cooling Control Systems Save Money!

Commercial Cooling Control Systems Save Money!

Thermostat PanelAll small business owners are looking for easy ways to save on energy costs, especially as we approach the summer months of the year.  To help with this task, the professionals at American Services wanted to share three control system upgrades that can be utilized to do just that, save you money on your energy bills.  All of these control systems help to ensure your HVAC equipment is only being used when necessary and can be installed on both new and older units.  Let’s get started with our three examples.

  • Programmable Thermostats – Installing a programmable thermostat is the easiest, most cost-effective way to ensure the proper use of your HVAC unit.  When you switch to a programmable thermostat, you can control when your building is heated or cooled – usually by day of the week and time of day.  For example, if you are only in your office from 8 am to 5 pm, a programmable unit will allow you to keep the office at a comfortable temperature during work hours and then cool it down or warm it up when no one is there.
  • Multiple Zones – Dividing your facility into zones is a way to cool or heat only the areas of your building that are being used during specific times of the day.  This allows you to keep only the occupied areas of your building cooled or heated, while others are not.
  • Demand or CO2 Sensors – This new technology allows your system to measure the amount of CO2 present and regulates air quality based on those readings as opposed to the old assumed occupancy model.

If any of these systems are something you would like to utilize in your commercial building, contact the Fenton area commercial cooling installation experts at American Services for a free quote today!

Energy Efficient Windows Save Money on Cooling Expense

Energy Efficient Windows Save Money on Cooling Expense

cooling efficient windows in MOAmerican Services commercial cooling service near Florissant MO knows that business owners are always looking for ways to save money.  Depending on the size of your commercial building, heating and cooling expense may be one of the most significant costs in running your business.  American Services is pleased to assist business owners in learning about ways to save on heating costs; one way is to learn some tips on efficient windows to reduce heat loss particularly in very cold winter climates.

Energy Efficient Windows to Save on Cooling Costs

New and innovative energy efficient windows have low emissivity coatings and the technology is based on solar controls.  But an all-new technology was recently developed, an alternative type of window coating that allows for users to control just how much heat and light enters the interior space through the windows.  This technology lowers the need for lighting and cooling.

The new window coating utilizes an affordable “nanocoposite electrochromic” material that may help to reduce costs once this innovative product is available on the market.  Windows can cause your commercial space to lose as much as 25% of its heat in the winter while raising cooling costs in the summer months.

Window Tips for Saving on Cooling

  • Consider a light or medium colored window drapery covering with white plastic backing which could lower cooling needs by as much as 30%.
  • Install energy efficient windows such as EnergyStar windows.
  • Replace any single paned windows with double pane high performance glass with selective coating to reduce heat gain during summer months

If you choose NOT to replace your windows, there are still some ways to save money include;

  • Apply a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet to the inside of your window frames to reduce drafts
  • Install tight-fitting, insulating window shades
  • Close curtains and shades at night to protect against cold drafts; open them during the day to let in warming sunlight in cold weather months
  • Install storm windows, which can reduce heat loss by up to 50%
  • Apply  weather stripping to every  movable joint
  • Install white window shades, drapes, or blinds to reflect heat away during summer months
  • Close curtains, particularly those  south- and west-facing during the day in summer months
  • Consider installing awnings on south- and west-facing windows to shade sun in the summer
  • Apply reflective films particularly on south-facing windows to reduce solar heat gain in the summer

 

Baseboard Heaters for Commercial Heating

Baseboard Heaters for Commercial Heating

baseboard heating in PAAmerican Services heating maintenance and repair in St. Louis knows that one alternative to commercial heating is Baseboard heating systems.

A Baseboard heating system can offer efficient heating solutions and requires very little space, operates efficiently and are simple to install.

The electric type baseboard heaters usually require from 500 watts to 2000 watts in power output. This is equivalent to 50 – 200 of square feet of space that can be heated. Using a room to room calculation method, Baseboard heating systems can be designed for commercial heating for businesses requiring additional heating solutions in small spaces such as hallways.

Baseboard heating applications can now be introduced using special baseboard heaters to commercial applications with new technology that is available.  Today commercial spaces such as hotel lobbies and even restaurants can consider baseboard heating as an option that can be customized to fit the space.

Heaters such as electric baseboard varieties work as “zone heaters.”  These are units that can be installed under windows in order to counteract cool air that creeps in through and around the glass.  They can ever be controlled individually through separate thermostats.

“These heating systems are constructed with heating elements surrounded by metal sheaths that are mated together with aluminum fins to facilitate the transfer of heat. They employ a process known as convection, in which cooler air in the room is drawn into the bottom of the heater. Air within the baseboard, element and housing all dispel heat,” says Energy.gov.

If you are looking for alternatives in heating systems for your commercial space next winter, be sure to contact us at American Services located in St. Louis MO and set up a consultation for a quote to find out just how much you could potentially save.

Refrigeration Applications

Refrigeration Applications

commercial refrigeration in MOAmerican Services refrigeration repair and maintenance service near Edwardsville knows that  much of our lives rely on refrigeration, from the food that we eat to the transportation and processing of vital resources. Even our personal comfort requires effective industrial refrigeration systems. Industrial refrigeration systems bring food to your favorite supermarket by providing essential industrial cooling equipment to the food processing industry. And of course there are unique industrial refrigeration systems required to move gas through pipelines, produce energy, manufacture chemicals and nearly all of the items we use in our daily lives.

Industrial providers design and build refrigeration systems for cold storage, process cooling, water chilling, individual quick freezing or IQF systems, and have the capability to interface with flash freezing systems such as cryogenic freezing and nitrogen immersion systems. Available methods include; forced air cooling, portable and modular ice plants, stand alone industrial ice makers, hydrocoolers, and liquid ice systems.

A comprehensive range of precooling systems and services such as feasibility studies, system design, build, installation, service and maintenance, existing system analysis and recommendations for performance improvements. Great new technology and advanced refrigeration techniques to provide innovative solutions to your specific precooling and freezing needs.

Hydrocoolers are one of many precooling systems that provide fast, reliable and efficient means of cooling many water tolerant fruits and vegetables such as sweet corn and broccoli. Hydrocooling extends shelf life by precooling vegetables and fruits fast Cools crops up to 15 times faster than air. It hydrates some products, reduces moisture loss and rinses while it cools. It is a flexible means of cooling vegetables and fruits packed in bins, bulk, or palletized. Furthermore, it comes with a relatively low cost and little maintenance. For assistance with your refrigeration in Missouri reach out to American Services for assistance.

 

Refrigeration Applications

Refrigeration Applications

commercial refrigeration in MOAmerican Services refrigeration repair and maintenance service near Edwardsville knows that  much of our lives rely on refrigeration, from the food that we eat to the transportation and processing of vital resources. Even our personal comfort requires effective industrial refrigeration systems. Industrial refrigeration systems bring food to your favorite supermarket by providing essential industrial cooling equipment to the food processing industry. And of course there are unique industrial refrigeration systems required to move gas through pipelines, produce energy, manufacture chemicals and nearly all of the items we use in our daily lives.

Industrial providers design and build refrigeration systems for cold storage, process cooling, water chilling, individual quick freezing or IQF systems, and have the capability to interface with flash freezing systems such as cryogenic freezing and nitrogen immersion systems. Available methods include; forced air cooling, portable and modular ice plants, stand alone industrial ice makers, hydro-coolers, and liquid ice systems. 

A comprehensive range of precooling systems and services such as feasibility studies, system design, build, installation, service and maintenance, existing system analysis and recommendations for performance improvements. Great new technology and advanced refrigeration techniques to provide innovative solutions to your specific precooling and freezing needs.

Hydrocoolers are one of many precooling systems that provide fast, reliable and efficient means of cooling many water tolerant fruits and vegetables such as sweet corn and broccoli. Hydrocooling extends shelf life by precooling vegetables and fruits fast Cools crops up to 15 times faster than air. It hydrates some products, reduces moisture loss and rinses while it cools. It is a flexible means of cooling vegetables and fruits packed in bins, bulk, or palletized. Furthermore, it comes with a relatively low cost and little maintenance. For assistance with your refrigeration in Missouri reach out to American Services for assistance.

Commercial HVAC Air Systems

Commercial HVAC Air Systems

hvac technician in MOEnergy recovery ventilation is the energy recovery process of exchanging the energy contained in normally exhausted building air and using it to treat the incoming outdoor ventilation air in commercial HVAC systems. This process increases efficiency in commercial HVAC systems while reducing operating costs. During the summer months, the system will cool and dehumidify air entering the building with the “used” air leaving the building. Similarly, during the winter months, the HVAC system will warm and humidify the air using the same process.

The energy recovery ventilation process provides several key benefits. It allows the ability for an operation to meet the ventilation and energy standards set forth by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, as well as improving the indoor air quality and reducing the HVAC equipment requirements and the loads placed upon the components within the commercial HVAC equipment.

This process is attained through the use of an energy recovery ventilator which is a type of air-to-air heat exchanger that transfers sensible and latent heat. The efficiency of this type of system is the ratio of energy transferred between the two air streams compared with the total energy transported through the heat exchanger. As with all manufacturers, specific efficiently ratings vary amount product, as well as location and application. Some systems have been shown to have heat exchange efficiency as high as 70-80 percent, while others are as low as 50 percent. New technology is constantly being developed to increase efficiency ratings and each year new systems are introduced to the market. Check with American Services today,  your commercial HVAC service  near Fenton to see if your operation would benefit from an energy recovery ventilation system.

HVAC Chillers

HVAC Chillers

hvac chillers in PAAmerican Services commerical HVAC Service in Missouri specializes in repair and maintenance of equipment such as  Trane, a well known manufacturer of commercial HVAC systems for over 75 years routinely creates new and innovative technologies that are incorporated into their commercial HVAC systems. With the introduction of each new technology brings increased efficiency, lower emissions, and more reliable products.

One of the newest commercial HVAC units available through Trane is the CenTraVac centrifugal chiller. As with most commercial HVAC companies, the use of centrifugal chiller technology has been proven to allow for increased efficiency. This efficiency is achieved through an impeller which forces the flow of air to spin faster and faster. Following a form of Euler’s fluid dynamics pump and turbine equation, the energy input to the fluid, or in this case air, is proportional to the flow’s local spinning velocity multiplied by the local impeller tangential velocity. Manufacturers have been able to design units which cause the flow leaving the centrifugal impeller to be near the speed of sound. The capability of efficiency with the centrifugal chillers produced by Trane is at least 13.5 percent better than other manufacturers.

It is also important to develop an understanding for quality of construction. Research has indicated that with proper preventative maintenance and routine system audits, units such as the CenTraVac chiller are designed to be in operation for more than 50 years. Additionally, emission ratings of this new technology have demonstrated to be four times better than other centrifugal chillers. As new federal government and EPA regulations continue to be introduced, choosing a commercial chiller which is rated for high efficiency will reduce operating costs and decrease the potential of issues with governmental agencies.

Industrial Rotary Screw Air Cooled Chillers

Industrial Rotary Screw Air Cooled Chillers

Industrial cooling chillers in MOIndustrial cooling chillers are a necessity to ensure productivity in the workplace.  Industrial rotary screw air cooled chillers incorporate new technology to ensure the same high reliability of previous chillers but allows for lower sound levels, increased efficiency, and a reduced footprint.  Specifically, advances in compressor design and performance make rotary screw air cooled chillers a viable option when seeking replacement of old equipment or when building a new facility.

The screw compressors were initially designed to replace design flaws that are found in reciprocating compressors.  One company leading the pack with the design of rotary screw air cooled chillers is Trane.  Trane has designed a helical rotary compressor and research has demonstrated a 99% reliability rating for the compressor during a one year period.  It is important to know that screw type chillers are produced by many companies and when seeking information, ensure that the company is reputable and will stand by their product.  It is also worth asking for contact information for other clients that have had similar systems installed to ensure the equipment has operated as expected.

With the use of helical rotary compressors there is no longer a need for a lot of extra moving parts.  A reciprocating compressor can have more than 15 times the number of critical parts as a rotary screw compressor.  Any time you have a mechanical piece of equipment, any part that moves has the potential to need replacement.  One of the great benefits of the helical rotary system is the reduction in parts that will potentially break.  Additionally, helical systems will typically have more durable parts compared to the reciprocating counterpart.

We have the training and on-site experience to effectively and reasonably service your Chiller equipment. Our 24 hour emergency service provided by responsible well-trained technicians are available at American Services industrial cooling service near Wentzville.