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HVAC Components

lock and key“An efficient HVAC system is important to the comfort of your family throughout the seasons of the year, because this climate control device is responsible for Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning your home.” On behalf of your HVAC in St Louis near Ladue MO, we will be scrutinizing the different elements of an HVAC system to learn more about how they tie into the whole system and what each of the essential components brings to the table.

We will start with the thermostat in your St Louis HVAC near Ladue. “The thermostat is usually the most visible part of your HVAC system. Set on a prominent, easily accessible wall, it may be either programmed in advance or set manually to keep the home at a desired temperature.” When the ambient temperature becomes too cold or too hot and fails to match that which is set on the wall, the thermostat will trigger the heat exchanger or the evaporator coil-condensing unit combo to begin circulating warmed or cooled air as needed in order to bring the house up to or down to the desired temperature.

Moving on to the furnace, we discover the key component of your HVAC in St Louis MO. It’s also the largest, and therefore requires the most space.  It is often times in the cellar, your finished basement, the attic, or a special closet designed for the purpose of housing your St Louis HVAC near Ladue.  Its function is to heat a supply of air which is to be distributed to various rooms of your home via the HVAC. “This heating process is accomplished using one of four possible heat sources — combustion (burning natural gas, oil, coal, or propane), electric resistance, heat pump, or solar energy collected on site.”  We will pick up next time, looking at the heat exchanger, along with the other components of your HVAC system in St Louis near Ladue MO.

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.

Variable Speed Blowers Offer Cooling Efficiency

blowerBesides smart thermostats, which we have been discussing lately on behalf of your Heating and Cooling sales and installation near Edwardsville IL, we also know of many other cost saving elements available for consideration in your HVAC systems at home and at work.  Variable speed blowers is another aspect of HVAC technology that is well worth considering that will also save you money.

“One of the most common reasons people crank up their thermostats and let their energy bills rise is because they feel hot or cold when the HVAC system shuts off between cooling or heating cycles. Variable speed blowers help eliminate these temperature swings.”  A variable speed blower can help solve this problem by running at a much slower speed in the moments when the temperature has been met, in this way helping to maintain the heating or cooling temp desired for your comfort.

Here is how one article puts it online to help describe what a variable speed blower will offer you on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Sales near Edwardsville IL, “Instead of simply turning on and off, a variable speed blower runs at high speed when the home’s temperature needs to be changed and then slows down to a holding speed once the desired temperature is reached. This allows the thermostat to be set at a lower level and saves energy even though the overall running time may be longer.”  We began our discussions covering the point that so many of us sit on the edge of our seats, waiting for the arrival of the latest technology in the toy department of our electronics stores.  If it is a gadget of some sort, then it gains all sorts of attention, we then progressed into discussions about technology that saves, rather than costs you money.  Then we transitioned on behalf of your St Louis Cooling installation near Edwardsville, to cover the specifics of smart thermostats and variable speed blowers.  We will finish our series in the next post on efficiency that has been improved in the St Louis HVAC industry.

Heating Advice For Your Home

coldDepending on who lives in your house, it is true that every home full of people has its preference in temperature.  However, if you find the ideal temp, even if it is an average that can be calculated from everyone’s personal preference, and then setting it and leaving it there, is definitely not the most efficient way to go about heating your home in the winter, according to the research we recently did on behalf of your St Louis Heating Repair near University City MO.  “Every home has its temperature preference, but setting the thermostat to that temperature and never changing it isn’t helpful to your energy bills.”

You should, however, set your thermostats at that desired high temperature.  Then, once you and your family acclimate to the colder weather, lower the temperature in the home by one degree each week, according to the expert information we found online, this will gradually bring your heating bills down.  It is amazing that this one degree reduction can make a 1% cost difference in your energy bills.  This was verified by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Lowering the temperature further and preserving these lower temperatures for longer periods of time increases those savings, and you’ll probably never notice the difference with such a slow, gradual change, unless you are someone who is extra sensitive to temperature change, and some people are.  I am the one with the lowest tolerance for temperature variation in our house.  I can actually walk in and tell you the exact temp of the house without looking.  It just so happens, that I like things cool though, so I am able to keep the Heating bill low as a result of my preference.  Depending on the dynamics of your household and how they handle the heating and cooling of your space, you may wish to read further post here, where we go into more detailed tips on how to most effectively control the temperatures in your home, on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling Sales near University City MO.

Smart Thermostats for Your Cooling Needs

smart thermostatWe mentioned earlier that the real deal about technology and those of us who seem enthralled with it, are mostly interested in the fun stuff.  The technology behind the latest gadgets seems to get us every time.  But, what about the heating and cooling technology that can serve us by saving money on the HVAC cost for our home?  Shouldn’t we take heed to these new products and consider the investment rather than the entertainment that technology has to offer?  At your St Louis Heating and Cooling sales near Sunset Hills MO, we think that would be wise and will be chatting today about the smart thermostats that are available to help you save on your heating and cooling costs.

“These days, there’s an app for everything, and your heating and cooling systems are no exceptions. The fact that you can save money by using a programmable thermostat to turn down the thermostat when you’re at work or sleeping is old news. Today, your thermostat can think for you.”  Nowadays, with heating and cooling technology, according to our recent research on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Sales near Sunset Hills, you need to, instead of programming a set schedule, spend a bit of time few telling your thermostat when you wake up, leave, come back, and go to bed. After that, it will automatically adjust the temperature best suited for you based on the day of week, time, and outside temperature.  So, a smart thermostat basically.

Even better, so as to not come home to an uncomfortable environment, or worry about inconsistent schedules that some of you likely maintain, “You also don’t need to worry about coming home early to a hot house or forgetting to cancel the programming while you’re on vacation. Simply log on to your phone app from anywhere at any time to tell your thermostat where you are.”

Thermostat Settings to Ideally Heat Your Home

bundled upOoh, Baby, it is definitely cold these days, both inside and out.  The decline in the temp has homeowners across the country pondering the question of ideal thermostat settings all around the globe.  We set out to assist in answering where one might need to see the thermostat in these frigid months, on behalf of your Heating and Cooling Installation in St Louis near Sunset Hills, we have compiled some details that may shed some light on the question.

Answering the question, like many other queries that exist out there, is not as simple as citing one specific temperature, especially as financial and energy usage concerns differ from one family and home to the next in one climate from the next.  There are some general recommendations, however, that we will cover here, when it comes to St Louis Heating sales near Sunset Hills, we want to let you know a range for ideal settings in the heating season.   If someone is at home in the daytime, 72° F (22° C) is a good start, but aim for 68° F (20° C).  If everyone is away from home in the daytime, or you’re asleep at night, we feel 66° F (19° C) to 62° F (17° C) is best. Personally, these temps thrill me as I am a penguin at heart.  My husband, on the other hand would have earmuffs and several layers of sweats on if this were the inside temp of our house, especially at night.

Remember, though, the following is true, “But instead of focusing a perfect number, you will benefit from establishing an energy-efficient winter heating strategy that will keep your home warm and your thermostat settings reasonable so you won’t face large energy bills.  We will pick up here in the next post on behalf of your St Louis Heating Repair near Sunset Hills, where we will talk strategies to employ in order to hopefully accomplish the above goals.

Imperative Cooling Adjustments in St Louis MO

changesWe have been reviewing and reporting, on behalf of you St Louis Cooling service near Edwardville IL, the different accommodations that were necessary in the heating and cooling world once the higer SEER units came to fruition.  There is a weight difference at the installation stage, so more manpower was first and foremost.  Also in effect is the following considerations, “Higher SEER systems are more sensitive to errors in installation and inaccuracies during selection, installation, and service,” said Christopherson. “It is actually possible for a poorly installed, incorrectly charged 13 SEER system with incorrectly sized ducts to operate with an actual SEER of 7.”

As a result of the above facts, there is a definite need for proper load calculations and equipment sizing, more so than ever before.  In addition to that, the St Louis Cooing Installation and sales near Edwardsville IL also notes that the proper duct sizing, minimal airflow restrictions, good duct installation, and low air leakage categories are equal concerns in the new regulation world.  There have also been additional technical problems known to arise from the systems’ almost universal use of thermostatic expansion valves (TXVs), and their increased need to have a matching indoor coil.  So, the training regime expands today in the HVAC service realm, to include new TXV training for installers and service reps alike.

“According to Raymond Granderson, supervisor of training products and services for Rheem Air Conditioning, the most significant change in 13 SEER training has come from the reintroduction of TXVs into the cooling market. When 11 and 12 SEER units made up the bulk of the product, ‘Our training was focused heavily on fixed metering with a smaller emphasis on expansion valves,’ he said. ‘Now there is more of a balance between expansion valves and fixed metering.’  So, we note that the changes aren’t necessarily negative or cumbersome ones, but indeed imperative in St Louis Heating and Cooling Service near Edwardsville IL.

From Warm Tea to Clean Filters

furnace filterWe come to you today, in an effort to continue an ongoing discussion about the most cost effective ways in which to heat and cool your home or office space. “Drinking hot fluids can be a great way to feel warm and cozy while keeping the thermostat a degree or two colder,” says Alex Zorach, founder of RateTea.com. “Not only does a hot beverage warm the body as a whole when drinking it, but holding it can warm up your hands, which is one of your body parts most likely to feel too cold in the winter.”

So, that is the final reason we sited in the last post, but there are others.  When it comes to heating, in the winter, you will want to do some things opposite of when it is summer and you are trying to maintain effective cooling in St Louis near Edwardsville IL.  Opening blinds on a sunny day, for example, is a great way to boost the warmth and mood of almost any office space, but if you are cooling your commercial environment, you will want the sun to go away in order to maximize cool air.

During the winter months, you will want to possibly insulate your water heater. Unless your water heater is so new that it’s already insulated, purchase an insulating kit. For about $20, you can save 4 to 9 percent on water heating costs.  Many people don’t know about this one and can actually benefit from a heating and cooling perspective at home as well.  When it comes to HVAC, you will also want to change your air filters. This is a cheap and no brainer solution to reducing the cost of heating and cooling in St Louis near Edwardsville.  “It’s cheap and easy to change the air filter on your furnace, but when things get busy, this task can easy slip your mind. Change it at least once every three months, or more frequently if you have a larger office.”

Drink Warm Beverages in the Winter

hot chocolateFrom your St Louis heating and cooling service near Fenton, we bring you more information resulting in our recent research on how to reduce your heating and cooling bills.  The first few post regarding this subject all covered details, for the most part, surrounding the stop of air flow.  If you have a room that isn’t being used, for example, quit maintaining its temperature unnecessarily.  If you know of any spaces anywhere that allow for heat or cold to escape (ie:  windows and doors mostly), then you would be wise to replace weather strips and install plastic (provided the windows and doors in question do not need to be opened.)

We will move onto actual hardware suggestions now, from your St Louis Cooling maintenance near Fenton MO.  From a recent heating and cooling article found online in our research, came the following advice, “Install a programmable thermostat. If you’re still using an old-school thermostat, it’s time to upgrade. There’s no reason to heat your office when nobody’s there. Programmable thermostats are relatively cheap ($25 and up) and can save you 5 to 15 percent on your heating bill. Pricier models can even be controlled via smartphone.”

When it comes to keeping employees happy and comfortable in your office space or commercial environment, do your best to move people into the warmest space in the winter and coolest in the summer.  “Change your seating arrangement. If your employees don’t feel cold, you won’t need to crank up the heat. As much as possible, position desks and other work areas away from windows and outside walls, where the air tends to be colder.”  Encourage drinking warm fluids, this definitely keeps the body warmer in the winter and will allow for lower heating costs as well.

Maintain HVAC at the End of Summer

summer endThe next post is a sort of continuation of the previous article, talking about things to do when you are having issues with your St Louis Heating and Cooling system near Overland.  We have already talked about routine maintenance and how imperative that is to a healthy cooling system or A/C.  We also mentioned that with both the furnace and A/C, the filter really needs to be changed routinely.  Checking the thermostat is wise, make sure that the settings are appropriate for what you are doing and that the fan is on auto so it will correspond with whichever function you are attempting, heating or cooling.  Also make sure the batteries are fresh and functional.

You may need to also, according to your St Louis Cooling Installation near Overland, check the circuit breaker and power supply.  “If the furnace stops working or the thermostat’s screen is blank, check if the circuit breaker tripped or blew a fuse. Also, make sure the power cord is plugged into an outlet.”  When it comes to heating and cooling your home or business, if you have a pilot light, you will want to work on reducing or eliminating drafts.  “If a draft causes problems with the pilot light, you may need to close the windows or doors in the room.”

Don’t forget about maintenance!  Your Heating and Cooling Maintenance near Overland will tell you that each and every year at the end of the summer season or beginning of fall, you should call them or a furnace repair specialists that will inspect and maintain your furnace.  There are problems that can occur and may be seen and fixed before it is time to heat your space.  “Maintenance: Every year, at the end of the summer or beginning of fall, hire a furnace repair specialist to inspect and maintain the furnace. The professional will get the unit ready for the upcoming cool weather and fix problems that could cause breakdowns or expensive repairs during busy winter months.”