Why Are Rooftop Units Such a Good Fit for Commercial Air Conditioners?

June 27th, 2016

We have our share of business spaces here in Boynton Beach, FL, and they need proper air conditioning just like residential spaces. Commercial HVAC systems need to function at a higher level since they’re supporting a larger space and since even a few hours without one can be devastating to your company. You may have noticed that many business us modular rooftop units to facilitate this, and at first glance, the very notion may seem like folly. Why put an air conditioner on the roof, where it will bake in the Florida sun? In point of fact, however, it provides a number of key benefits to your business, that you would do well to consider if you’re an owner or an office manager. Continue Reading

When Do You Need Emergency AC Repair?

June 20th, 2016

When your air conditioner breaks down, it can be more than just an inconvenience. The summer in Boca Raton, FL can get absolutely stifling, and without some measure of protection from your home, it can come to resemble a hothouse very quickly. That’s more than just an inconvenience. It can pose an active danger to your health and the health of your family. Unfortunately, not every air conditioning breakdown comes during normal office hours, and if it happens at night or on the weekends, an emergency repair call may be in order. But how can you tell if an emergency call is warranted? Only you can decide, but there are a few simple guidelines to help you make that choice.  Continue Reading

Easy Ways to Lower Your Air Conditioning Bills

June 13th, 2016

There are professional services here in Wellington, FL to help your air conditioner perform at its best, and to install upgrades or even replacement systems that improve efficiency considerably. We can also perform maintenance at the beginning of summer to tighten loose bolts and perform those other little tasks that can leech efficiency from your system. But those aren’t the only things you can do to lower your bills this summer. We know that high temperatures can pinch your cooling budget. A few simple adjustments to your normal habits can end up saving you a great deal. What kind of adjustments? We’ve included a quick list below. Continue Reading

How Thermostats Can Cause Problems with Your AC

June 6th, 2016

Your thermostat is a fairly anonymous part of your Ft. Lauderdale, FL home, and yet its importance cannot be underestimated. It serves as the control board for your entire air conditioning system, allowing you to determine when and where they system turns on and off, and how cool the air needs to be to suit your needs. When problems arise with your air conditioner, many people don’t think that the thermostat could be the source of it. They’re reliable pieces of hardware, after all, but they encounter problems too. When they do, it affect the entire system in detrimental ways. Here’s a short list of how thermostats can cause problems with your AC. Continue Reading

What Does Frost on the Coils Mean to My AC?

May 30th, 2016

At first glance, the sight of frost on the evaporator coils of your air conditioner shouldn’t be a caused for alarm. After all, isn’t your AC supposed to be cold? In point of fact, however, the presence of frost on your air conditioner is a significant problem, and considering how how our summers can get in Boynton Beach, FL, you need to get it addressed as quickly as possible. What does frost on the coils mean? It can indicate a number of problems, but the most common involves a loss of refrigerant. Continue Reading

Keep a Handle on High Humidity This Summer

May 23rd, 2016

High humidity is part and parcel of life here in Boca Raton, FL: the price we pay for our warm winters and beautiful coastline. The humidity can get quite brutal in the summer, making for a nasty one-two punch with the heat. Your air conditioner can deal with the humidity, at least in part, but doing so puts a great deal of strain on it, and can lead to higher bills and even repair calls in some circumstances. A whole-house dehumidifier provides a reliable answer to the problem and can bring a lot of other benefits to your household as well. Let’s break it down. Continue Reading

Benefits of Ductless Mini Split Systems

May 16th, 2016

Centralized air conditioning is par for the course here in Wellington, FL, due to its ease of use and comparatively inexpensive operating costs. But some houses are too old to support the ducts needed for a centralized air conditioner, or possess some architectural quirks that make ducts impractical. Other homes are too large for a centralized system to comfortable cool, resulting in drafts, cold spot and other issues (as well as very high monthly bills in the summer.

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3 Common Myths about Air Conditioners

May 9th, 2016

Air conditioning is a regular part of our lives, especially here in Ft. Lauderdale, FL where the heat can be unrelenting during the spring and summer months. But even though it’s present in almost every home in the area, it’s not something that very many people understand. That can give rise to some damaging myths about how you use it, which can end up costing you a great deal in monthly bills and unnecessary strain. The more you understand how air conditioning works, the better you’ll be able to shrug off these misconceptions instead of letting them cost you more than you should be paying. We’ve laid out a trio of them below. Continue Reading

3 Ways to Tell You Need a New Air Conditioner

May 2nd, 2016

Air conditioning is nothing to be taken lightly, especially in a town like West Palm Beach where the heat gets intense during the summer. If you have an older air conditioner, you may be rolling the dice letting it go another season: risking a breakdown right when you need the system to function at its peak. Replacing an air conditioner now may be the best option: sparing you the trouble of having to scramble to get it repaired or replaced when it breaks down in the middle of the summer. But when are repairs the best option and when should you replace your old air conditioner with a new one? Here are three pointers to guide your way.

1. Efficiency is Dropping

Air conditioners don’t need to break down to let you know their race is run. As time goes on, parts will become worn and the system itself will struggle to do the job. That means your monthly energy bills will steadily climb until your wallet cries uncle. If those bills get high enough, then replacing your old system with a newer, more efficient one may be the best option for your.

2. Repairs are Increasing

Air conditioning repairs are never fun, and as your system grows older, you’re going to find yourself paying for them more and more often. Alternatively, you may only be facing one repair job, but it’sexpensive enough to merit replacing thee entire system instead of pussyfooting around with a repair effort that will only delaying the inevitable.

3. It’s Just Too Old

An older machine might not necessarily be at the end of its run, especially if you’ve kept it maintained over the years. But once the warranty expires, you need to keep careful track of its efficiency, and if those bills get too high or repairs start to mount,  it’s probably time to put it to rest.

Call Astro Air Inc. today for all of your air conditioning replacement needs in West Palm Beach, FL. 

 

What is a Variable Refrigerant Flow System?

April 25th, 2016

Summers in Boynton Beach, FL are as hot as they come, and with spring already here, those high temperatures will be back before you know it. If you’re looking at installing a new air conditioning system in your home, now is the time to do it. If you’re worried about high cooling bills this summer – and who isn’t in our neck of the woods? – then you may want to look into a system that maximizes efficiency. Variant refrigerant flow systems or VRF systems may be just what the doctor orders on that front. We’ve broken the specifics of the system down below. Continue Reading