Archive for October, 2012

Heating and Air Conditioning Guide to HVAC Acronyms

Monday, October 29th, 2012

If you’re in the process of replacing part of your Wellington FL heating and air conditioning system then you’ve probably run into a ton of different acronyms. They can be really confusing because there are different acronyms for just about every feature, efficiency rating, and fuel type available. We decided that it would be really helpful for our customers if we put together a short guide to some of the more prevalent acronyms that you’ll encounter.

SEER – Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio

This is a cooling-only rating. The SEER measures an air conditioning system‘s cooling efficiency over an entire season. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient it is. The SEER rating is obtained by comparing the amount of electricity used to the amount of cooling it produces.

HSPF – Heating Seasonal Performance Factor

This measurement is for heat pumps only. Similar to the SEER rating, this measurement looks at how efficient a heat pump is during heating season. A heat pump with a HSPF rating over 9 is very efficient and could qualify for tax incentives from the government.

AFUE – Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency

This rating is for heating systems like furnaces. The AFUE measures how much of the fuel consumed by a system is actually turned into heat. If your current system has a 60% AFUE rating then that means it is converting 60% of the fuel it burns into heat. The other 40% is wasted. Newer systems can have an AFUE rating of up to 95% and sometimes even higher than that.

COP – Coefficient of Performance

The COP is used for heat pumps and air conditioners. It is obtained by comparing the temperature of the heat reservoir with how much energy it uses. If your air conditioner has a COP of 3 it means that it creates 3 units of heat for every Kilowatt-hour it uses.

If you have any questions about the efficiency of your heating and air conditioning systems in your home in Wellington FL, call the experts at Astro Air.

 

Commerical HVAC Gide: What You Should Know About Commercial Refrigerator Installation

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

If you’ve just opened a business in Wellington, FL and need some new refrigeration equipment or if you need to replace your current system, there are some considerations to think about to figure out which unit is right for you. We’ve put together a short list of some of the initial things you’ll have to consider when you get your new commercial refrigeration system.

Available Space

Obviously, one of the major factors that will determine which commercial refrigeration unit you can buy is the amount of available space that you have. Your contractor will measure how much room you have and figure out which unit will best fit the space available.

Available Storage

Another thing to think about is how much storage space you will need. The size of your business and the amount of food you’ll be preparing will help determine the size of refrigerator that you will need. You don’t want to get a commercial refrigerator that is too small for your needs, but you also do not want to waste energy with an unnecessarily large refrigerator.

Kitchen Layout

You and your kitchen staff are going to be using the refrigerator a lot. People will be rushing around, putting items inside the fridge and taking them out. You want to make sure that they have easy access to the fridge and that opening the doors don’t interfere with your kitchen’s operation. In some cases, a refrigerator with sliding doors might be a good option.

Drains and Electricity Source

Finally, you’ll want to discuss with your contractor where the refrigerator is going to be so that it can be connected to your electrical system. You typically want one outlet dedicated to your refrigerator so that you don’t overload it. Also, your refrigerator will need to drain condensation which will require a hose to go out the back of your appliance.

If you have any questions about your commercial refrigeration system, if you need repairs or installation services in Wellington FL or the surround area, contact Astro Air today.

Air Conditioning FAQ: What are Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Systems?

Monday, October 15th, 2012

At Astro Air, we want to help our commercial customers save energy and money. That’s why we specialize in Boca Raton commercial HVAC services, and we install and maintain variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems. If you own a commercial space, these systems are ideal. Here’s how they work.

VRF systems are more efficient than most HVAC systems on the market today. Air source VRF systems offer zone control and don’t need to use ductwork, which can cause air loss and poor indoor air quality. This makes them easy to maintain as well, which means that you don’t have as much operation cost.

They work much like any other ductless system. The “variable” part of VRF indicates that there are variable amounts of refrigerant that can be sent to each evaporator, and each evaporator is a part of a unit that is controlled by a thermostat in that zone of the building. In fact, some models include special inverters and dual compressors outdoors to maintain smooth operation and temperature levels throughout the building.

The zone control comes in with the option of shutting the units off in certain zones that are not used, which saves money and energy. Because there’s no ductwork, there’s no need to worry about affecting the pressure in the ductwork. In addition, VRF systems don’t use large fans, which means that they are quieter and even more efficient. The savings you get from that level of efficiency are significant. Not only that, but you also are helping the environment by not using as much energy.

Whether you are building a new commercial building, or remodeling an older one, VRF systems may be just the right solution for your commercial heating and cooling needs. ideal for retrofitting older buildings without destroying the original integrity.

Let Astro Air help you save energy and lower operation costs with a new variable refrigerant flow HVAC system. Call the Boca Raton commercial HVAC experts at Astro Air today!

Quality Guide: Allergens and Air Filtration

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Around the country, family members and even some pets suffer from allergies to pollen, dust, dander, mold spores and more. There is nothing explicitly dangerous about these allergens – they are perfectly natural and appear in almost any modern home in Wellington. The problem is that modern homes also happen to be closed up tightly against air loss – more so than at any time in history.

Air Filtration Can Help

Air filtration is the most effective way to reduce or remove those high levels of allergens in your home. Homes with forced air systems already have at least some form of filtration, but if you haven’t had your filters upgraded, you likely still have the MERV 4 – 6 rated filters that came with your air handler. These filters remove upwards of 50% of the allergens in your house.

Fortunately, your air filters can be upgraded fairly easily, offering a number of simple ways to improve the efficiency of your home’s air cleaning system. There are standard filters with MERV ratings of up to 16 and then there are HEPA filters that offer 99.9% removal of allergens as small as 0.3 microns. That’s essentially everything plus some bacteria.

Ensuring Optimum Efficiency

There are other ways to improve indoor air quality in your Wellington home, including the installation of humidity control devices, air cleaners that remove smoke and exhaust and UV germicidal lights, but the first and most effective step in combating allergens is to install a high efficiency air filter.

For more information about improving the air quality in your home, give Astro Air Inc. a call today!

Avoid Emergency AC Repairs with Regular Maintenance for Your Home

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

At Astro Air we highly recommend regular maintenance for your home comfort system. A regular check up helps diagnose any repairs or part replacement that may need to be done, helping to avoid emergency repair needs when you need your AC the most. Evaporator cleaning and changing your filters on a regular basis also help your air conditioning system run at peak efficiency. This can contribute to a significant reduction in your energy bills. If you are in need of emergency AC repairs Astro Air offers 24/7 emergency service in Boynton Beach, Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding areas if Wellington and Palm Beach.

AC Maintenance and Repair | Wellington | Astro Air Inc.My a/c went out abruptly in late in the afternoon on a Saturday. I called Astro Air because they were offering a discount coupon and their reviews were positive. I spoke to Daren who explained the possible causes and he also offered a possible solution saying he would call back in the morning to see if I still needed an appointment. It did not work. He called early Sunday morning and said he would be at my house in approximately 30 minutes. He was and the problem was diagnosed and repaired in less than an hour. Loosing your A/C in south Florida in the summertime is never a good experience. However, the misery was greatly reduced by the quick and competent service provided by Astro Air.
-George D. of Wellington, FL

Additional Benefits of Air Conditioning

Monday, October 1st, 2012

There are a number of reasons why you should have a good air conditioning system in your home, especially living in the greater Wellington FL area. The summers can be downright hot and without a good air conditioner it will be hard to remain comfortable, but did you know there are other benefits to having a high quality air conditioner installed in your home? Here are a few and how they can benefit you and your family.

 Air Quality

Stagnant air – the kind that results from not having any air movement in your home – can worsen the air quality in a home without air conditioning. By having an air conditioner on in your home you can not only reduce the temperature but filter the air as it is circulated through your home’s air filtration system. Another benefit here is that a dehumidifier can be combined with your air conditioner to keep the humidity levels at a healthy, comfortable 30-50%.

Safe for Everyone and Everything

An air conditioner will make you more comfortable but will also ensure that damage is not done to any components of your home’s other comfort systems. By keeping the temperature in your home at a steady 70-80 degrees, you won’t have to worry about overheating in your electronics or that issues might develop with water pipes or with any of the canned or non-perishable foods you have stored. It also reduces the workload of other compressors such as the one in your refrigerator.

An air conditioner is definitely a must for anyone in the region, but it can also offer a number of other benefits beyond simple comfort control so make sure you choose a good model that fits your needs and budget and keep in maintained with regular tune ups.

For air conditioning service in the Wellington FL area, give Astro Air a call!