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Some Will Clean HVAC for the Sake of Clean

Some Will Clean HVAC for the Sake of Clean

HVACHeaded back around the bend, we are still looking closely at the HVAC systems of today, and more specifically, whether or not we need to concern ourselves with having them cleaned by heating and cooling service in St Louis near Webster Groves MO.  The answer seems to lie, like so many other questions, in the details of your situation. “Some research suggests that cleaning heating and cooling system components (e.g., cooling coils, fans and heat exchangers) may improve the efficiency of your system, resulting in a longer operating life, as well as some energy and maintenance cost savings. However, little evidence exists that cleaning only the ducts will improve the efficiency of the system.”  So, it could be more of a question of how much of your heating and cooling system you address in the cleaning process, or just how thorough you ask them to be when you call your St Louis heating and cooling installation near Webster Groves for your next HVAC service.

Many people will agree that the debate is pointless, in fact you may consider having your air ducts cleaned simply because it seems logical that air ducts will get dirty over time and should be occasionally cleaned. “Provided that the cleaning is done properly, no evidence suggests that such cleaning would be detrimental. EPA does not recommend that the air ducts be cleaned routinely, but only as needed.”  Also true and found in our recent research on behalf of your St Louis heating service near Webster Groves, is that the EPA does, however, recommend that if you have a fuel burning furnace, stove or fireplace, they be inspected for proper functioning and serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.

If you do decide to have your air ducts cleaned, take the same consumer precautions you normally would in assessing the service provider’s competence and reliability.  You may wish to only pursue those businesses highly recommended to you, such as your St Louis Heating Sales and Service near Webster Groves.

 

Drinks and Lighting Effect Warmth and Heat

Drinks and Lighting Effect Warmth and Heat

warm teaThis is our third and final post on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling Business near Webster Groves, regarding the creative and fun ways in which you can temporarily warm your home when the furnace decides to stop.  We have visited things like dance parties and oven usage, also closing off certain parts of the house and putting everyone in one room together.  Also useful are incandescent bulbs to light a room.  They actually generate a lot more heat than compact or LED bulbs do.

On the same subject of light, you can move to candles and realize that if you don’t have incandescent bulbs, these are also heat generating, according to our recent research on behalf of your St Louis Heating Installation near Webster Groves.  “If you don’t have incandescent bulbs, try candles. The flames can actually produce heat in the room. Of course, never leave them unattended. Candles are also a cheap alternative to purchasing bulbs or space heaters.” Though, technically, space heaters are going to be way more effective than candles and cover a larger area when they heat.

You can also drink warm drinks.  This will often warm your body and relax your brain.  You can make a cup of coffee or tea or sip some warm soup broth. When your heater goes out and you are waiting on someone to arrive to fix the problem, such as your Heating service in St Louis near Webster Groves, you may also want to bundle up, or dress the part so to speak.  “Make sure you put on some warm socks. Keep a fitted underlayer of clothes on and an insulating outer layer. Tights and leggings and of course long underwear are great options for underlayers. Wear a hat, a scarf, your slippers, and a jacket.”

Cooling and Heating in the Nontraditional Ways

Cooling and Heating in the Nontraditional Ways

portable heaterOn behalf of your heating and cooling sales in St Louis near Webster Groves, we are moving right along with new and alternate ways to heat your space, from the heating and cooling experts in the industry.  We have already discussed the option of adding ductwork and exchanges to your existing system and though that can be a viable option for some people, other people won’t gain what they need this way, all depending upon their existing HVAC in St Louis MO.

We moved from the above solution, to discuss the possibility of vented stand-alone heaters and pellet burning stoves.  To discover all that we found in our research on behalf of your Cooling installation in St Louis near Webster Groves, check out our previous two posts on the subject. Today, we are exploring yet another possibility that is available to you in the heating and cooling world, the wood burning stove.  This seems like a nice, rustic option, provided you are not inhibited by the fact that loading the wood is a continual need for the effectiveness of the beast.

Another quite popular solution would be to buy a large room electric heater.  According to your heating and cooling install and sales in St Louis near Webster Groves, this is a pretty popular solution for hard to heat areas, such as finished basements.  There are several types, makes and models from which to choose, you will want to determine the wattage you need and also research the subject before you buy one that doesn’t fit your requirements.  For help with questions surrounding the subject, consult experts in the St Louis Heating and Cooling Repair and Sales industry and I am sure you will get just what you need.

Doing It Yourself is Not Always Wise

Doing It Yourself is Not Always Wise

refrigeration serviceWhen you are working at proper maintenance and care for your commercial kitchen, then all that you do is for the greater good and attempt at keeping costs as low as possible.  You see, by properly maintaining and using your commercial Refrigeration products in St Louis near Webster Groves, you will help ensure the full life of these commercial refrigeration products is realized and therefore reduce or eliminate the need for unnecessary premature replacement.

Keeping your St Louis Commercial Refrigeration near Webster Groves clean is the first step to proper maintenance and life extension of your ice maker, ice machine, walk in cooler, walk in freezer, or any other refrigeration product in your commercial kitchen or restaurant.

Also, being aware of needed repairs as they crop up is another smart choice in refrigeration maintenance in St Louis.  “Replace broken or worn out parts. – Over time, parts just wear out and need to be replaced. If something appears worn out, better to replace the worn out part soon before it causes serious problems.”  You will want to be somewhat leery of do-it-yourself situations as well.  Often times those can backfire and cost you more time and money in hiring a professional to fix your attempt to correct the problem and also still address the original issue to begin with.  Her is how one online source puts it regarding restaurant equipment and refrigeration service near Webster Groves MO, “Be careful with do-it-yourself fixes. – One way to save money on restaurant equipment repairs is to simply fix it yourself. If the equipment is new, fixing things yourself may void the warranty, so be sure to read the warranty and know what you can and cannot do yourself. Even if the equipment is not under warranty, overly complex repairs should still be performed by an authorized service agent.”

The HVAC Green Effects

The HVAC Green Effects

HVACBack in 2013, Obama said that the United States federal government must double its reliance on renewable energy by 2020, meaning that 20 percent of its energy supplies will need to come from renewable sources. Here at your St Louis HVAC Industrial Sales near Webster Groves, we are researching the benefits to this movement in the HVAC world and how it has had an impact thus far in what businesses are doing in this category of commercial needs.

“The added reliance on green energy has several benefits, including the ability to decrease the ‘environmental footprint’ on the plant, according to the U.S. EPA as well as to alleviate energy security issues while spurring economic growth within the U.S. Of course, this growing trend has resulted in many changes in HVAC technologies.” Some of the added revenue is stemming from all of the research that must go into HVAC changes for energy efficiency and renewal.  “Companies in the U.S. and worldwide are involved in research to create more energy-efficient traditional systems as well as new types of systems that run off alternative energies, such as geothermal or solar.”  Here, at your St Louis HVAC installation near Webster Groves, we continue to put effort into staying on top of the latest directives and implementing the newest policies, as well as passing them onto you.

There are seven rather new “green” technologies that have been birthed and evolved from the HVAC industry as an effect of the above government and environmental concerns.  We will begin our journey through them and continue in future posts on behalf of your Commercial HVAC installation in St Louis near Webster Groves.  The first green technology is the “on command” hot water heater and we will go into more detail in the posts that follow.

Cooling With Fans

Cooling With Fans

fanWhen it comes to cooling your place of business, the one thing we found in our research on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Install near Webster Groves is that fans can really help do the trick.  “You invest a lot of time, money and energy into your business, but hot temperatures can easily burn up your profits. One way to add value to your business and thus strengthen your bottom line is to set up an industrial cooling fan.”

The systems we are going to discuss here can help control odor as well as maintain the cooling of your home or commercial environment. Industrial cooling fans are almost always considered an efficient, low-tech and portable option for controlling temperature in the business setting.  In terms of cooling maintenance, there is next to none and they require little or no installation either.  They are also much more economical than most any humidifier or air conditioner.

One article elaborates to the point that, in St Louis near Webster Groves, considering the summer climate, there really is no reason NOT to consider an industrial fan as an addition to your St Louis Cooling needs.  “In fact, this type of fan is the only option that is reasonable when it comes to controlling temperatures in extremely hot locations. The benefits of these fans are most noticeable when the temperature is over 80 degrees Fahrenheit and when the humidity level is low – below 50 percent.”  There are outdoor systems as well and many people use them for St Louis Cooling near Webster Groves in their patio seating at restaurants or other outdoor style businesses.  Comfortable seating can be expanded to the outdoors almost any time of the year with these cooling solutions in place.

The Space Heater

The Space Heater

heaterIn the previous post, here, written on behalf of your commercial heating installation near Webster Groves, we talked about the benefits of going the extra mile in order to minimize heating costs and most effectively heat your commercial space in St Louis.  By replacing weather stripping, you can begin the process around the windows and doors of your commercial heating space, but that’s not the only place to seal.

Also, you will want to seal electrical outlets. “Outlets on exterior walls can allow outside air into your office. To stop this, fill any small gaps between the sides of the box and the wall with acrylic caulk. (Do not inject caulk into the box where the wires reside.) Next, install a rubber gasket behind each wall plate.”  Honestly, the sealing can be anywhere there is a potential air leak.  You will want to seal other holes to keep heating costs low and space effectively warm over the winter.  “Anywhere a pipe, a cable, or another fixture goes through an exterior wall, seal the space around it. Replace old, cracking caulk with expanding foam.”

Your St Louis Heating Service near Webster Groves recommends you also consider using a portable heater.  This is especially valid advice if your office has only a couple of employees.  If you consider turning down the furnace and using space heaters, there will be a definite savings to you when it comes to heating your space. Once you use the space heater, you will find that you can turn your thermostat down and for every degree below 70 that you lower your thermostat will save about 3 percent on your utility bill.  Some offices have even made the switch entirely to space heaters and stopped using their heat altogether.  This may or may not be an effective heating solution for your commercial space.  Typically, the space heater is meant for just that, heating a small “space” and as a supplement to a larger system, but depending on energy costs and the area you are attempting to heat, you may be able to pull this off effectively.

Dimensions and Space for Your Commercial Refrigeration

Dimensions and Space for Your Commercial Refrigeration

freezerWe began a very pertinent discussion in the last post here, on behalf of your refrigeration sales in St Louis near Webster Groves, regarding some of the important factors surrounding you choice in a commercial refrigeration unit for your St Louis MO business.  We already covered the first two points, but will briefly revisit them here.

You will want to research and know your commercial refrigeration brands before deciding upon one.  You will also want to research and make sure you are getting a proper and all-inclusive warranty for you commercial refrigeration unit or units.  Most of us will not be ready for an expensive repair on our commercial refrigeration, especially if it happens early on in the life of our machine or machines.

In addition to the brand and warranty advice, you will next want to guarantee that the commercial refrigeration near Webster Groves upon which you decide is going to fit properly in the space you have available.  Going right along with this piece of advice is making sure you have the size that you need to accommodate your St Louis Commercial Refrigeration storage needs.  “Refrigerators and freezers come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. One of the most common ways to measure size is the number of doors; reach-ins are generally available in 1, 2, and 3 door configurations. To find the right unit for your kitchen, start with what you know: measure the space in your kitchen so you have the exterior dimensions nailed down. Don’t forget about the doorways; your fridge or freezer will need to fit through those, too.”  Once you know what will fit on the outside, you can begin looking at how much interior space is available for that much exterior room and at that point you can either get the biggest refrigerator that your space will allow, or you can be more practical and only buy what you expect to need in your commercial kitchen.

HVAC Details: Beyond the Basics

HVAC Details:  Beyond the Basics

basic infoIn our recent quest to describe all things basic about HVAC from heating and cooling experts at American Services near Webster Groves, we have already discussed central systems as well as room based ductless options.  Now we will move onto Geothermal Systems.  This is another option which actually taps the earth surface in the process of heating and cooling your home or commercial space.  This also saves quite a bit of energy and money in the long run.  Both quiet and energy efficient, the only real downside to a geothermal system is the up front cost involved.  Keep your eyes on rebates that are often times offered on these particular systems.  You can unmask some pretty major savings this way and make the system very affordable.

We have arrived at the part of our HVAC discussion where we isolate heating and talk about that alone as it pertains to central heating systems.  Here is what we found online regarding the subject, “Most central heating systems are forced air systems, which means they send air through ductwork for distribution.”  According to your HVAC sales and service near Webster Groves, there are also radiant systems, however, that create heat from other sources such as boilers, delivering it through a radiator in your home.  The following includes a list of different products that pertain to heating in the commercial and private HVAC community:   Heat pumps, Gas furnaces, Oil furnaces, Fan coils and Boilers.
Air conditioning would be the next pertinent topic for discussion here and in order to cover the basics on behalf of your St Louis HVAC near Webster Groves, we would need an entire article devoted to AC alone.  We will tell you that there are obviously, central systems that rely on ductwork, but did you know you can also cool a home using a heat pump?  Stay tuned for more information on that subject from your American Services HVAC company in St Louis MO.

Check Out These St. Louis Area 4th of July Celebrations!

Check Out These St. Louis Area 4th of July Celebrations!

Happy 4th of July Although keeping you cool during the hot summer months is our business, the team at American Services wants you to get outside and enjoy the 4th of July weekend!  In celebration of this holiday, here is our top list of events happening around St. Louis this holiday weekend.

  • Fair St. Louis – Check out Fair St. Louis at Art Hill in Forest Part on the 4th and enjoy the VP Parade at 10 am, music from Kool and that Gang at 8:45 pm, and a grand Fireworks display at 10 pm.
  • Head over to St. Charles’ Frontier Park for the Riverfest celebration.  Be there 10 am as the festival opens with a parade and ends with Fireworks at 9:20 pm.
  • The O’Fallon, MO Heritage and Freedom Fest takes place at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex.  On the 4th, festivities start with a parade at 9:30 am, followed by concerts from Tonic, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and Smash Mouth. Fireworks will end the night at 9:30 pm.
  • Webster Groves Community Days in Memorial Park opens at 11 am on the 4th with food, carnival rides, and a Fireworks display at 9:30 pm.
  • Ellisville Fourth of July Celebration at Bluebird Park.  Come by for food vendors, music, and Fireworks all starting at 6 pm.
  • Kirkwood Freedom Festival takes place at Kirkwood Park starting at 7 pm on the 4th with live music and Fireworks at dusk.
  • Chesterfield residents can head over to Chesterfield Mall for food, music, and Fireworks beginning at 7 pm on the 4th.  Look for the festivities happening on the northwest side of the parking lot between Macy’s and Dillard’s.
  • Ferguson Family Fun Festival at January Wabash Park begins at 10 am on the 4th with a parade and offers fireworks starting at 9:15 pm.  Look for kids activities, food, and music as the highlights of this event.

Happy 4th of July from the St. Louis City area HVAC team at American Services!