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Maintaining Your Refrigeration

Maintaining Your Refrigeration

refrigerationRefrigerators are hardworking appliances that run 24/7 and deserve some TLC in order to operate at their finest for the longest.  But let’s be honest here, other than clearing out smelly food, how much time did you devote to refrigerator maintenance last year?  The fact is that if you want your appliances to last a long time, according to your St Louis Refrigeration Sales near Overland MO, their full life expectancy being about 13 years, you need to show the love they deserve and handle the routine simple maintenance tasks they need.

So, what might these routing tasks involve?  According to the research we did on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Service near Overland, you need to empty the ice.  “Ice can absorb freezer odors and form solid blocks in the bottom of bins. To keep ice loose and smelling sweet, empty ice bins monthly and start fresh; put an open box of odor-sucking baking soda in the freezer.”  Every three months, there is yet another task list that involves inspection of the door gasket, according to your St Louis Refrigeration Maintenance near Overland MO.  If you have dirty and flimsy gaskets that go unchecked, this will prevent refrigerator doors from closing tightly and put stress on motors. It would be wise to clean grimy gaskets with soapy water and dry completely. If seals are loose, their embedded magnets should be either replaced or re-magnetized as well.  “If you’re handy, re-magnetizing is a DIY job — just run a powerful magnet along each side of the gasket, in the same direction, about 50 times.”

Cleaning your refrigerator’s condenser coils is yet one other way to maintain your refrigerator and its needs in St Louis near Overland.  “Condenser coils in the back of your fridge cool and condense refrigerant, releasing heat. If they’re clogged with dust and pet hair, they stress the compressor and waste energy.”

Efficiency in Heating

Efficiency in Heating

Did you know that the efficiency of your furnace in a heating and cooling environment depends upon not only the type of furnace you choose but also on correct sizing?  No matter what a furnace is rated at from an efficiency perspective, if you are incorrect in matching the size with the space, you will blow it.  In fact, finding the right St Louis Heating Installation near Ladue means you will have a better chance of getting the correct size and service you need for your St Louis Heating needs.  “Before installing your new furnace, your technician should follow the Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s Manual to determine your home’s heating and cooling load in order to accurately size your systems.”

Moving onto AC, it is also important to keep cool with the right air conditioner in the heating and cooling realm in St Louis near Ladue MO.  “Finding an efficient, high-performance cooling system is a critical part of choosing a new HVAC system in our area. To find an air conditioner like this, it helps to know the basics of how this equipment works.”  Just like the time we took to discuss heating solutions on behalf of your St Louis Heating Sales near Ladue, we will spend equal time covering the air conditioners in the cooling department.

“Air conditioners cool using a fluid called refrigerant, which circulates through the system. As the refrigerant passes through the indoor evaporator coil, it absorbs heat from the air and also removes moisture. The cool, dehumidified air is blown into the ducts. The hot refrigerant moves to the outdoor condenser coil to get rid of the heat it picked up.”  Next up is the discussion related to efficiency in cooling in the St Louis market.

Cooling Efficiency and SEER

Cooling Efficiency and SEER

acWe covered choices to be made when looking at heating options in St Louis near University City MO.  We are now in the space to move along to cooling and all that it means to be involved in finding the most efficient and adequate system for you home in St Louis MO.  As we discuss cooling service in St Louis MO, it is also important to keep cool with the right air conditioner in the heating and cooling realm in St Louis near Ladue MO.  “Finding an efficient, high-performance cooling system is a critical part of choosing a new HVAC system in our area. To find an air conditioner like this, it helps to know the basics of how this equipment works.”  Just like the time we took to discuss heating solutions on behalf of your St Louis Heating Sales near Ladue, we will spend extra time covering the air conditioners in the cooling department.

The following was found during our research on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Repair near University City MO and is pertinent in our discussion, “Air conditioners cool using a fluid called refrigerant, which circulates through the system. As the refrigerant passes through the indoor evaporator coil, it absorbs heat from the air and also removes moisture. The cool, dehumidified air is blown into the ducts. The hot refrigerant moves to the outdoor condenser coil to get rid of the heat it picked up.”

Air conditioner efficiency is listed and known to us by the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). This number tells you how much energy the system uses relative to the amount of heat it can remove when busily cooling your space. A higher SEER means greater energy efficiency. Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, upgrading to a recently manufactured model with a higher SEER could reduce your cooling bills by 20 to 40 percent.  We will discuss the ins and outs of more than the SEER and all that relates to cooling choices in the next two posts on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Sales near University City MO.

 

Refrigeration, Ozone, and Greenhouse Gases

Refrigeration, Ozone, and Greenhouse Gases

ozoneFrom the refrigeration installation experts in St Louis near Fenton MO, we decided to bring information your way regarding synthetic refrigerants and the environmental aspect of their use, as well as natural refrigerants we have been researching out of pure interest and intrigue. First, what are they, and what are some basic facts as gathered by your Refrigeration Sales in St Louis MO near Fenton?  “Synthetic refrigerants such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) have a negative impact on the earth’s atmosphere. The CFCs and HCFCs destroy the protective ozone layer so that the sun’s aggressive ultraviolet rays can reach the surface.”  Further than that, we found in our research on behalf of your Refrigeration Installation and Repair near Fenton, that this radiation can cause genetic damage in the cells of people, plants and animals.

This would be the reason for the international Montreal Protocol starting the phase-out of ozone depleting substances in 1987. With success: According to the latest  scientific assessment by the World Meteorology Organization and UNEP the ozone layer could recover to a large extent by 2050.  This conclusion is worth passing on as we uncover the final remarks on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Maintenance near Fenton.

The ozone-friendly successors came about, and unfortunately, still have their woes.  You see, the also synthetic hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), contribute to global warming up to 4,000 times more than CO2. Even though they are specified as greenhouse gases under the Kyoto Protocol, they are still widely used in refrigeration appliances. The concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is at an all-time high and the contribution of HFCs is growing.  Stay tuned to other posts from this source where we work to uncover more details on behalf of your Refrigeration Repair in St Louis near Fenton MO, including natural refrigerants and the possible gain from their use.

Oil Free Compressors Advantage

Oil Free Compressors Advantage

advantageThere exist a variety of subjects with cooling at the center.  Besides HVAC, Refrigeration is the next biggest related category and within that, we have much to research and discuss regarding compressors, more specifically still, the efficiency and ability of one compressor to the next in the St Louis Cooling Sales and Service near St Peters MO.  Oil free compressors are today’s focus.

Labeled as a breakthrough technology, oil free compressors are truly capable of revolutionizing residential refrigeration for the household market. According to facts gathered on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Repair near St Peters, “This technology, which has been available for households since 2014, expands the possibilities of appliance and kitchen design. Because it does not use oil, it is smaller and provides the manufacturer with more freedom in terms of where within the unit the compressor is installed.” This flexibility is a big factor in cooling since it not only provides appliance designers flexibility in how the equipment is configured but can also help save valuable real estate in the home kitchen where things already tend to be tight for many.

Cooing experts report that the home sector’s first oil-free compressor uses no oil due to a special surface coating and a single bearing lubricated by the refrigerant gas itself. Running on a wider range of capacity modulations instead of switching on and off, it is able to result in minimum temperature variation and better food preservation, according to all we read on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Sales near St Peters MO.  Described by professionals in the industry as compact, flexible, quiet, energy efficient and over 90% recyclable, the oil-free compressor is poised to transform home refrigeration without a doubt.

Alternate Cooling Dynamics

Alternate Cooling Dynamics

alternativeDid you know that when it comes to cooling a space, there exist many different means to an end?  “Dais Analytics in Florida, in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is developing a new membrane-based rooftop air conditioner, which would use water as a refrigerant instead of conventional chemicals.”  We are always seeking, according to the research recently done on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Sales near O’Fallon, ways in which to function sans chemicals. Not only is this technology perfect for sweltering, humid summer nights, but it could also save 30%-50% in electrical consumption compared to today’s roof top units, not to mention work to cut out the chemicals that we are always doing our best to avoid.

“United Technologies Research Center in Connecticut is exploring electrocaloric, solid-state technology to develop a heat pump that will keep a space cool without using any chemical refrigerants. This technology is ideal for residential and small commercial buildings.” It’s small and quiet, and could result in 25% system efficiency improvement, along with possessing fewer mechanical parts.  It is much improved in the Cooling Maintenance in St Louis near O’Fallon with the likelihood of increased reliability that results in a total reduction of your chances of losing A/C in the midst of a heat wave!

One of the other goals in this movement and wave of technology is based, according to our research done on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Sales and Service near O’Fallon is to develop an energy storage system that integrates with HVAC units to reduce the overall energy requirements of A/C systems by utilizing waste-heat that would otherwise be lost in traditional systems. Integrating ground-level diverse energy storage with HVAC could reach overall energy storage efficiency of 70% and improve HVAC performance by 35%.

Beating the Heat With Proper Maintenance

Beating the Heat With Proper Maintenance

bright sunWhen summer is upon us, most people get excited and look forward to enjoying the summer sun and beating the heat in a cool, air-conditioned building.  The downside to this pleasure, according to all that we read on behalf of your Heating and Cooling in St Louis near University City, are the summer energy bills.  Most of us all know that the dog days of summer can mean high energy consumption at an unfortunately high price.

In fact, on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling Sales near University City MO, we found a few stats to fill in the gap here and help illuminate the point.  “According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, space cooling will consume an estimated 1.28 quadrillion British thermal units across the United States in 2017—that’s equivalent to almost 39 million homes’ electricity use in a year. And that energy use adds up.”

We also found, when reading various articles on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling installation near University City, that in residential buildings, space cooling alone makes up 9% of a home’s total energy consumption.  There are also things that can lessen efficiency quite drastically.  “Additionally, typical air conditioning units use fluorocarbon refrigerants as a coolant, which, if leaked, can lessen the efficiency of an AC system and negatively impact the environment.” If you properly maintain your AC unit by contacting professionals, such as your St Louis Heating and Cooling Repair near University City, you will at least improve the chances of having a very efficient system.

 

Cooling in Details

Cooling in Details

coolingExamining, for the last time this month, the heating and cooling system that you have at home or at work, we know that the evaporator plays a large role in the St Louis Cooling near Ladue.  The evaporator coil actually works similarly to a car’s radiator to produce cool air, which is then circulated through the ductwork.

Next, we come upon the condensing unit of your cooling system in St Louis near Ladue. We know from a recent article we skimmed on HVAC, that the following is true, “The condensing unit is connected to the evaporator coil. This unit is installed by HVAC contractors on the outside of your home and filled with refrigerant gas. When the refrigerant has been cooled to a liquid by heat exchange with the exterior air, the condensing unit pumps the liquid to the evaporator coil to be evaporated into a gas once more.”

Let us not overlook the refrigerant lines in a cooling system in St Louis near Ladue MO.  These specific refrigerant lines carry a refrigerant substance to the condensing unit which has been vaporized in the form of a gas.  It then gets returned in liquid form back to the evaporator coils. These “lines” are actually narrow tubes manufactured from a durable heat- and cold-resistant metal such as copper or aluminum.  Finally, we have to glance at ductwork and vents.  The ductwork is in reference to the system of ducts whose job is to transport air warmed or cooled by the system to the various areas of your home. Ducts are commonly made of lightweight aluminum.  According to your St Louis Cooling Repair near Ladue, they may also be manufactured from steel, flexible plastic, polyurethane, fiberglass, or fabric.

 

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.”

 

The Scoop on Cooling Efficiency

The Scoop on Cooling Efficiency

energy efficiencyLooking even closer at heating and cooling dynamics in our recent research on behalf of your St Louis Cooling installation near Kirkwood MO, we stumbled upon rather interesting information surrounding the air conditioning and heat pump cycles.  “Air conditioners and heat pumps use the refrigerant cycle to transfer heat between an inside unit and an outside unit.”  The only way in which heat pumps differ from air conditioners is the fact that they can reverse by way of a special valve that does not exist for the AC, but does for the heat pump.

Both must operate within specified parameters that dictate a certain maximum level of energy consumption and new efficiency standards for central air conditioners took effect in 2015.  As was true with furnaces, the newer standards differed by region, having greater stringency in the South and Southwest than in the North. According to our recent research on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Repair near Kirkwood, new central air conditioners sold for installation in the South and Southwest must meet a minimum 14 SEER; for units installed in the North, the 13 SEER minimum remains unchanged. Air-source heat pumps must meet the 14 SEER minimum regardless of where they are installed. In addition, central air conditioners installed in the hot, dry Southwest must meet a minimum 12.2 EER (or 11.7 EER for larger models).  These are all numbers found online in our recent research and collected from reliable internet HVAC sources.

It is true that the cooling performance of ground source heat pumps is measured differently.  “In contrast, cooling performance of ground source heat pumps is measured by the steady state EER instead of a seasonal measure. The ENERGY STAR program’s minimum requirements for ground-source heat pumps are 21.1 EER for open-loop systems, 17.1 EER for closed-loop systems, and 16 EER for direct expansion (DX) units.”  We will pick up here later and dive deeper on your St Louis Heating sales and install’s behalf with room air conditioners.  Stay tuned to learn more about BTUs and how to decide just what your room or rooms need in order to keep cool in the hotter months.