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Industrial Heating Retirement Communities

Industrial Heating Retirement Communities

retirement industry heating service in MOAmerican Services serves many industries for heating maintenance and repair in MO such as the retirement industry.  One of the most expensive costs for a retirement community is the heating of water.  Residents, kitchen staff, normal staff and visitors can use large quantities of heated water on any given day and for management staff that means money is literally going down the drain. 

One option for retirement communities looking to save on water heating expenses is to install a solar heating system.  This solution may not work for every geographic location, but even in colder areas there are systems that can be weather-proofed and installed.  For regions that have sun almost all year around, solar heating can be the perfect solution and a cost effective way to maintain hot water supplies 

The concept of solar water heaters is fairly simple.  A photovoltaic cell or a series of them is placed on a roof or high area in order to collect the necessary solar energy.  The panel heats the fluid that is either pumped actively or is passively driven through the system through a convection process.  These two methods are the basic systems; active and passive, and both have there advantages and disadvantages.

The water is stored in a tank that can then send the water throughout any area of the building as it’s needed.  Passive systems require the least amount of equipment and are the easiest to set up, while active systems require an electrical pump in order to move the water through the system.  The choice will often depend on the climate and the building size and configuration.

Solar energy can be a very cost effective solution and offers an endless and consistent supply of energy.  While the expense up front can be daunting, the eventual return on your investment is often worth the initial outlay.  The best way to figure out if this system will work for you is to call a well regarded installation company and an engineer that is familiar with this type of installation.  Not only will you be saving money, but Mother Nature might just smile down on you a  little as well.

 

 

Forms of Radiant Heating Available

Forms of Radiant Heating Available

heating repair in MOAmerican Services heating and cooling repair in St. Louis knows that as it is stated on the website energy.gov, “Radiant heating has a number of advantages.” It is more efficient than baseboard heating and usually more efficient than forced-air heating because it eliminates duct losses. People with allergies often prefer radiant heat because it does not distribute allergens like forced air systems can. Hydronic (liquid-based) systems use little electricity, a benefit for buildings off the power grid or in areas with high electricity prices. Hydronic systems can use a wide variety of energy sources to heat the liquid, including standard gas- or oil-fired boilers, wood-fired boilers, solar water heaters, or a combination of these sources.”

One type is air-heated radiant floors. Since air can’t hold large amounts of heat, air-heated floors are not cost-effective in residential construction. Sometimes they can be combined with solar air heating systems. However in these situations, heat is only produced in the daytime. It is inefficient to attempt to heat a home with a conventional furnace by pumping air through the floors at night, even with the benefits of using solar heat during the day.

Hydronic systems can use a wide variety of energy sources to heat the liquid, including standard gas- or oil-fired boilers, wood-fired boilers, solar water heaters, or a combination of these sources.” . Electric radiant floors can also be used for home additions if it would be difficult to use the existing heating system in the new space,

Hydronic, or liquid-based, systems are the most widely used and cost-effective radiant heating systems for in cooler climates. Hydronic radiant floor systems pump heated water from a boiler through tubing laid underneath the floor. Hydronic radiant heat is certainly a topic that can be an efficient energy option for builders to use in a variety of different construction scenarios.

Commercial Radiant Heating

Commercial Radiant Heating

American Services heating installation in Missouri knows that radiant heating systems basically involve supplying heat directly to the floors or to panels in the wall or the ceiling of your commercial building. These systems largely depend on radiant heat transfer, the delivery or transfer of heat directly from a hot surface to the people and objects in the room this is called “infrared radiation”

There are a number of advantages associated with radiant heating. Far more efficient than baseboard heating, and generally considered more efficient than forced air heating, radiant heating has no energy lost through the ducting system. This lack of moving air can also be advantageous to people with allergies. Hydronic or liquid based systems use little energy. Ideal for those homes off the power grid or high energy rate locations.
These systems can be heated with the wide variety of energy sources including standard gas and oil, wood fired boilers, solar water heaters, or a combination of all or some of these.
There are three types of radiant floor heat:
1. Radiant air floors
2. Electric radiant floors
3. Hot water radiant floors
these three radiant heat processes can be broken down further into type of installation.
1. Wet installations
2. Sandwich installations
3. Dry installations

Air heated radiant floors;
because air is incapable of containing large amounts of heat
Radiant air floors are not cost effective in residential applications. Solar heating systems can be used to offset these inefficient methods.

Electric radiant floors;
Electric radiant floors consist of electric cables built into the floor itself. Systems that feature mats of electrically conductive plastic are also available on the market and are mounted onto the subfloor below a floor covering such as linoleum or tile.
Because electricity is involved the relatively high cost of energy should be considered before selecting this floor heating design.

Hydronic systems are by far the most popular cost effective radiant heating systems. Radiant floor systems pump heated water from a boiler thru tubing laid in a pattern underneath the floor. In some of these systems the temperature in each room is controlled by regulating the flow of hot water through each loop. This is accomplished by a network of zoning valves or pumps and thermostats.

Radiant Heating Pipe

Radiant Heating Pipe

heating service in MORadiant heat can be described as the heat you might feel from a hot stove across the room. When utilizing this type of heating system for a dwelling, radiant heat will have the same effect as the stove top, the radiant heat will be supplied by pipes directly under the floor, or in the walls this is called infrared radiation.

When this heat source is located in the floor, it is often referred to as radiant floor heating. There are a number of advantages radiant heating can provide. It is much more efficient than the baseboard heating systems, and generally considered more efficient than forced air heating. It must be said here the lack of moving air can be beneficial to people with severe allergies.

Liquid based systems or hydronic systems use very little electricity. This can be beneficial for those who live off the power grid or those who live in high rate grids.

These liquid based systems, can be heated with gas or oil fired boilers, wood fired boilers, solar water heaters or any combination of these sources.

Radiant floor systems depend on convection, that is, the natural circulation of heat within a room caused by heat naturally rising from the floor. Radiant floor heating systems are vastly different than radiant wall or ceiling panels.

The next generation of radiant heating pipe, is known as X-Pert S5. It is constructed with Dowelex 2344, a polyethylene copolymer resin. This combines the benefits of polyethylene resin and high temperature resistance. Without the need for cross linking this pipe it will deliver superior long term hydrostatic design strength. What this means is increased flexibility and installation savings.

EVOH, better known as ethylene vinyl alcohol polymer which is applied in 5 layers and placed between two layers of polyethylene copolymer resin and two layers of adhesive.

This produces the finest long term hydrostatic design platform in the industry today. The outside of this pipe also provides a protective shield for the oxygen barrier, and has the best protection available against oxidation do to oxygen permeation of the system.

To learn more about installation of radiant heating systems in Missouri, contact American Services Heating and Cooling in St. Louis today.