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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.

Alternative Commercial Heating Solutions

Alternative Commercial Heating Solutions

Commercial Heating Repair in MOAmerican Services Cooling and Heating Installation in St. Louis County knows that no one can predict how high heating oil prices climb. As fuel expenses rise there has been a tremendous increase in interest for alternative heating methods.

The time to find cleaner energy efficient alternatives for  commercial heating installations is now. With increasingly new technology in the solar heating field; geo-thermal heating field, and the new alternative stove systems are becoming more affordable and available. There has been an increasing shift away from fossil fuels, and gaining momentum toward healthier, more eco-friendly energy sources.

Solar Heating Systems are classified passive or active.  Passive solar systems rely on building designs to collect and hold sunlight. Building orientation is critical, large south facing windows incorporating thermal mass surfaces capture and hold  sunlight storing it for future use.
Active solar heating systems employ several units that work together they are: solar collectors, heat pumps, exchangers ,storage tanks ,and controls that gather, transfer, and disperse heat throughout the installation site. One distinctive difference between active and passive solar heating is active solar systems which rely on electricity to move the gathered heat from the solar collector and then distributes heat throughout the commercial insulation.

Geothermal residential heating systems require the use of the earth’s heat as a source.  As the temperature of the earth remains constant just below the surface, underground piping can then be installed with a fluid to absorb the heat. The fluid is then pumped into the home where a heat exchanger collects the heat then engages a fan that distributes the heat  throughout the structure.  Existing ductwork and infrastructure can be used making this heating system cost efficient. Like the Solar heating system, the Geothermal heating system will never run out of its heat source.

Alternative Stoves
Using fuels such as corn, wood or wood pellets have seen a huge  increase in sales. People are searching for alternative heating methods that are affordable, eco-friendly, and are purchased domestically. Wood and corn which are easily obtained can be locally grown and are much more affordable than heating oil or even natural gas.  These stoves in many scenarios are used to supplement existing conventional heating systems. One major advantage that these alternative heating systems offer is convenience. In addition there is no costly rebuild or upgrade needed in order to implement these alternative heating stoves.

In today’s market there is a thriving  competition among alternative heating companies to satisfy customers thus driving price down, so there has never been a better time to implement new energy efficient heating systems.