3 Things to Plan for With Air Conditioning Replacement

May 18th, 2015

So you’ve decided to replace your older existing air conditioner with a new one. Congratulations! Your new system is apt to provide years or reliable service, and now is the best time to plan for an installation, with the heat of our Boynton Beach, FL summers just around the corner. But making the decision to replace your air conditioner is only the first step. In order to make the most of your investment, you’ll need to consider a number of additional details as well. Here are 3 things to plan for with air conditioning replacement. Continue Reading

What Steps Are Taken in Air Conditioning Maintenance?

May 11th, 2015

An air conditioning maintenance session differs somewhat from an air conditioning repair session. A repair takes place where there’s a specific problem in need of fixing. Maintenance on the other hand is a kind of tune-up session, designed to address a lot of little issues and perhaps spot any potentially large problems before they get out of hand. In humid cities like Boynton Beach, FL, an air conditioning maintenance session can help lower your high summer cooling bills, as well as getting the jump on any issues before the heat begins in earnest. What steps are taken in air conditioning maintenance? We’ve provided a quick breakdown below: Continue Reading

3 Types of Duct Work that Can Improve Your HVAC System

May 4th, 2015

We take our summers seriously in Boynton Beach, FL, and even the late spring can deliver high temperatures and smothering humidity on a moment’s notice. Your air conditioning system forms the first line of defense against our Florida heat, and that includes components beyond the air conditioner itself. Consider your ducts for a moment: the tubing that carries cool air from the conditioner itself to the various rooms in your home. Addressing issues with your ducts can lower stress on your system – lowering your monthly bills in the process and helping you enjoy that cool air much more readily. Here are 3 types of duct work that can improve your HVAC system. Continue Reading

Will Duct Sealing Really Improve My Air Conditioning?

April 27th, 2015

Ducts can be a bit of an eyesore in a home, which is part of the reason they are kept out of view of the people inside. But this means it is sometimes difficult to tell whether a duct system is in need of repair. As it turns out, the majority of ducts in the U.S. have some level of leaking, which can reduce the efficiency of your air conditioner by up to 30%! Find out why this is and how to tell if leaky ducts are a problem in your home in today’s guide. Continue Reading

Choose an HVAC Contractor for New Construction Early On

April 20th, 2015

Starting a new construction project is exciting, but also involves meticulous planning. The best way to make sure you have everything you need along the way is by allowing professionals to help you plan, and an HVAC contractor is vital to this planning process. You should not wait until the last minute to think about installing an air conditioning system, and you should never allow an amateur to work with your ductwork. Instead, be sure to contact an HVAC contractor before the new construction begins to make sure that all of your future cooling and heating needs (including the water heater) are met. Continue Reading

What Is the Purpose of Refrigerant in an Air Conditioning System?

April 13th, 2015

When an air conditioning system will not cool your home down properly, you may hear somebody tell you: “Maybe it just needs more refrigerant.” Refrigerant (often referred to by a brand name trademarked by Dupont—Freon) is a chemical blend used in the refrigeration process. This fluid has excellent thermodynamic properties which allow it to absorb heat with ease and go through phase transitions. Continue Reading

3 Ways to Improve the Performance of Your Air Conditioning System

April 6th, 2015

An air conditioning system is only as good as its parts, so it’s important to keep the parts in top condition if you want your unit to last for years to come. Follow the three tips in today’s guide if you want your air conditioner to run efficiently, perform better, and potentially live a little bit longer than the average unit.

Change the Air Filter Regularly

Many people associate the air filter primarily with indoor air quality control. While an air filter does help to eliminate pollutants from the air, it also filters out contaminants that could otherwise damage your air handler. And if you let the air filter become too clogged with dirt and debris, it can do more harm than good. A clogged filter blocks airflow to the air handler, which is designed to take in a certain amount of air. With an airflow shortage, the inside coil may freeze, so be sure to change this approximately every 2 months.

Add In Insulation

A common misconception about insulation is that it is most effective in cooler climates. Insulating materials slow the transfer of heat, so that heat cannot escape from the home easily in the wintertime. But here in Florida, we’re more concerned with how insulating materials help to keep heat out of the home. Adding insulation to your attic, in particular, can prevent unwanted attic heat from penetrating your living space, which means you can save money by running your air conditioner for shorter amounts of time.

Schedule Professional Maintenance

Professional maintenance includes a complete tune up of your system that can improve the quality of your air conditioning system. Adjusting and cleaning some of the most vital components improves your unit’s ability to transfer heat. This means it runs more efficiently, cooling your home faster and running into fewer problems over time. Most professionals recommend AC maintenance once every year.

Contact the friendly air conditioning technicians at Astro Air Inc. for air conditioning services in Boynton Beach, FL, including insulation, maintenance, and repairs.

3 Tips to Keep Your Air Conditioning System in Top Shape

April 2nd, 2015

An air conditioning system is a big investment, but it’s nearly a necessity here in West Palm Beach, FL. You want your investment to last as long as possible, while using up as little energy as it can, so that you can get the most bang for your buck. When your air conditioning system runs throughout the summer, however, it can run into a number of problems. The parts wear down and are more likely to need repair at some point. They also use up more energy, and you may notice your bills shoot upwards significantly in the summer.

An air conditioning breakdown is inevitable after several years of use, but you can prolong its lifespan, keep repairs at bay, and improve the efficiency of your unit by following a few simple air conditioning maintenance tips. When you do find that your air conditioner is not performing at its best, trust in the expertise of the technicians at Astro Air Inc.

  • Change Your Filter – The air filter in your air conditioning system helps to keep you from breathing in the harmful contaminants that may otherwise circulate through your ducts. When this becomes too clogged, the fan has to work harder to suck in air from your home, using more energy and leading to further repairs. Change or clean your filter every 1 to 3 months, depending on usage, or per the manufacturer’s recommendation.
  • Find an Efficient Thermostat Setting – Raising the temperature of your thermostat just a couple of degrees can lower your bills by more than you might expect. But if you’re unwilling to compromise with the temperature, try programming the thermostat to raise to a higher temperature while you’re away and lower again shortly before you arrive home.
  • Schedule AC Maintenance – Schedule maintenance with a professional contractor at least once a year if you’d like your unit to run in top condition throughout the season. An air conditioning maintenance visit includes a thorough inspection and cleaning and adjusting some of the most important components.

Call the professionals at Astro Air Inc. for a complete air conditioning maintenance checkup in West Palm Beach, FL today.

Can Insulation Keep Cool Air in?

March 25th, 2015

Despite what many have heard, insulation is not just for colder climates. It’s also perfect for our Florida weather! It is true that proper insulation keeps your home a lot warmer when it’s cold outside, especially in harsh winter climates. However, it also keeps you cooler in the summer and lets your air conditioner run more efficiently.

There are many misconceptions about how insulation keeps your home cool. We’d like to clear that up in today’s guide. When you decide it’s finally time to add in or install insulation in your home for improved efficiency and better cooling performance, speak with the Astro Air Inc. team for attic insulation in Deerfield Beach.

Insulation may be made from any number of insulating materials, all of which have varying degrees of efficiency. This includes synthetic fibers, like fiberglass, and natural fibers, like wool. What all insulating materials have in common is the ability to limit the transfer of heat. In the winter, then, heat has a harder time leaving the home.

There’s a bit of a misconception about how insulation works in warmer weather, though. Some people believe that insulation helps to trap in the cool air, just as it helps contain heat in the winter. But this is an inaccuracy. Again, insulation slows heat transfer. Instead of keeping cool air in, your insulation helps to keep warmth from penetrating the air in your home. And since the attic is often the hottest part of your home, this is the perfect place to install or add insulation.

When you have enough insulation in the home, you won’t have to run your air conditioner as frequently. Air conditioners transfer heat to the outdoors, and insulation keeps this heat from returning and overworking your AC. An air conditioning system can become worn down quickly if it has to run for too long, so prevent an early demise by calling the experts at Astro Air Inc. today. We install and evaluate attic insulation in Deerfield Beach in the surrounding area. We’re happy to talk to you about additional energy saving options as well; all you have to do is pick up the phone.

How to Tell You Need Immediate Air Conditioning Repair

March 18th, 2015

Different households run their air conditioning systems in different ways. In some homes, the air conditioner is on at most times, as people in the home prefer a chilly climate. But in other homes, families prefer to keep the thermostat at the most efficient temperature in order to save some money and reduce their environmental impact. They may even keep the AC off on most days because the air outside is cool enough to let in a soft breeze instead.

If this is the case in your home, it may be difficult to decide when an air conditioner needs repair. You turn on your air conditioner, and you may notice that performance is not at its peak. Does this mean that you need immediate air conditioning repair? Or should you wait until the temperatures become warmer and going without enough AC seems unbearable?

In general, any problem with your air conditioner that is noticeable necessitates attention. Let’s say you hear a strange hissing noise from your AC, for example. The noise continues every time you run your unit, but it’s not loud enough for you to be concerned. This noise, however, could mean that refrigerant is leaking from the system. As it continues to leak, heat exchange cannot properly take place. This means that one of the coils may freeze. This not only prevents cool air from reaching your home, it also could leak onto the unit itself, resulting in a lot of money in damages.

You can tell that your air conditioner is in need of repair by paying attention to the following signs and taking them seriously. No problem is too big or too small for a technician to visit your home and check out.

  • No Cooling
  • Limited Cooling
  • Uneven Cooling
  • Strange Noises
  • Water Leaks
  • Short Cycling (running frequently and shutting off before the cycle is complete)
  • Hard Starting (struggling to turn on)
  • AC Tripping the Circuit Breaker
  • Thermostat Inaccuracies

And many more. Any time you feel like your air conditioner could stand for an improvement, call Astro Air Inc. We offer air conditioning maintenance visits for preventive purposes as well as comprehensive air conditioning repair in Palm Beach.