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Kitchen Ventilation Cost-Saving Tips

Kitchen Ventilation Cost-Saving Tips

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As noted by the experts at Energystar.gov, choosing the right vent hood commercial kitchen ventilation system is imperative for many reasons.  The quality of your ventilation system affects those in the kitchen and the comfort of the guest you serve. Today, let’s talk about some commercial kitchen ventilation basics and how you can save money on your ventilation costs.

There are several commercial kitchen ventilation styles.  These styles include choices like:  wall mounted canopy, single island canopy, double island canopy, eyebrow, back shelf, and pass over.  Each of these exhaust system set-ups offer a specific type and level of ventilation.  Having an expert help you choose the right style for your needs is the first step in keeping your energy efficiency top notch.

Once you have your system in place, you can make some subtle upgrades or changes to your system that can help with energy usage.  These changes include:

  • Adding inexpensive side panels to hoods to cut down on heat and smoke that escape into the kitchen area.
  • Close air gaps between your cooking equipment and the wall by moving units as close to the wall possible.  This will move your equipment so that it’s as close to the hood overhang as possible and maximize it’s use.
  • Look into a Demand-Based Exhaust Control system.  These systems monitor your cooking using sensors and will match your fan speed with the needs of your kitchen.  This type of system is something that comes as a part of some new units, but can also be retrofitted to you current ventilation system.  The addition of a Demand-Based Exhaust Control can help to reduce your ventilation costs by 30-50 percent.

Why not call the American Service team for a free estimate concerning Ladue area restaurant equipment upgrades today?  Our team can tell you what is will cost now and also help you determine how much the upgrades will help you save!  Contact our team for your appointment now!

Heating with Heat Pumps

Heating with Heat Pumps

heat pumps in MissouriAmerican Services heating repair in Saint Louis installs heat pumps, dual-fuel heat pumps, and geothermal heat pumps. The most commonly used heating system is the air source heat pump and is designed in two basic styles. The first style is the packaged heat pump which is a self-contained unit that allows the compressor and both heat exchangers to be located outside. The second style of air source heat pump is the split system heat pump which is the most common of the air source systems. With the split system, the indoor air-handling unit ad heat exchanger are separate from the compressor and the outdoor exchanger. This allows for more flexibility with where the units are installed. These units will use ductwork to distribute the conditioned air.

Dual-fuel heat pumps use an electric heat pump partnered with a gas furnace. Dual-fuel heat pumps are best suited for climates that have warm summers and cold winters. Geothermal heat pumps operate like air-to-air heat pumps, however, they move heat rather than create heat. This system will use the ground or water to absorb or dissipate heat. Geothermal systems are quickly becoming the choice of green builders and home owners that are attempting to reduce their energy bills as much as possible. These systems can be installed in new construction as well as retrofitted with existing construction.

Heating and Cooling System Tips

Heating and Cooling System Tips

commercial cooling systems in MOIf you are looking for ways to improve the efficiency of commercial heating and cooling systems, consider incorporating new control strategies to ensure systems are engaged operationally only when necessary.  Effective common control strategies include programmable thermostats, multiple zone breakdowns and CO2 demand sensors. These strategies can be specified on new heating and cooling systems and retrofitted to older systems as well.

Programmable Thermostats: These simple affordable, easy to install thermostats allow convenient night/weekend settings that generate energy savings. Models are usually available from $45 to over $200 depending on the features desired.  Most systems include manual overrides to ensure comfort for late night shift employees.

Multiple Zones: By dividing your facility up into multiple heating and cooling grids, your system can deliver more efficient heating and cooling by eliminating inaccuracies and excessive usage from a central control sensor point. In addition, building occupants in different grid areas can adjust the temperature to meet their actual needs. If your facility has many rooms or floors, multiple zone programs are recommended.

Demand or CO2 Sensors: Most heating and cooling systems are outdated and draw in ventilation air by assumed occupancy, however modern technology has side stepped this by designing systems which actually adjust the air quality of your facility by measuring the percent of CO2 present. The result is more energy-efficient operation and better air-quality.

Maintenance

Similar to your automobile, your building’s heating and cooling system needs a preventative maintenance plan to operate efficiently. To improve system efficiency and help ensure reliability and component longevity, consider the following maintenance tips.

  • Engage a qualified HVAC firm such as American Services in a maintenance contract with semi-annual tune-ups. During these tune-ups, a technician should inspect combustion efficiency, refrigerant charge, and belt tension as applicable.
  • Air filters should be changed regularly. Accumulated dirt and dust make your fans work harder. Clean or replace filters according to manufacturer’s recommended specifications.
  • Keep the evaporator and condenser coils on your heat pump, air-conditioner, or chiller. Dirty coils can cause overheating.  By keeping them clean you save energy.

To inquire about our services and get a quote for cooling sales in Jefferson County, contact us at American Services located in St. Louis MO.