Archive for January, 2013

What does SEER Mean?

Monday, January 28th, 2013

At Astro Air, we are here to answer all your air conditioning questions about home energy and efficiency ratings. We have put together some basic information about SEER ratings, but if you have more questions or would like to schedule AC service in Wellington, FL, feel free to call us any time.

All new air conditioning systems are rated by the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating.  While this number basically determines how efficiently your AC system cools your home, there are other considerations involved. In addition, if you own a heat pump, your AC is measured with the SEER rating and the heating component is measured by the HSPF (heating seasonal performance factor) rating.

If you are in the market for a new AC system, then you should pay attention to the SEER number. The seasonal energy efficiency ratio is used to rate all different types of air conditioning systems. From heat pumps, to central air conditioning systems and ductless split AC systems, you will find this number ranging from 13 to 27. Like other efficiency ratings, the higher the SEER rating, the more energy-efficient the system.

However, there are other factors involved in determining how efficient they can actually cool your home, such as location, price of fuel, and insulation in your home. Any AC system that has a SEER rating higher than 16 or is considered a high-efficiency system, but you can also look for the Energy Star label to determine whether or not you are getting an efficient system.

As you compare the different models, keep in mind that heat pumps use a SEER rating and the HSPF rating. Make sure you understand how to interpret both before you make your decision. We’re here to help you go over the different ratings and understand what they mean to you. Call the Wellington, FL air conditioning experts at Astro Air today for all your AC needs!

Benefits of Insulation

Monday, January 21st, 2013

*Astro Air Inc. no longer offers Attic Insulation services. Please visit our Indoor Air Quality service page to learn more about our services.

As you sit in your Boynton Beach home enjoying the comfort of your AC system, you’re probably not thinking about why your home stays so comfortable. One of the main reasons that your home is able to hold the cold that your air conditioning system produces is because of the insulation in your walls, floors and especially in your ceiling. At Astro Air Inc., we’ve been providing top quality attic insulation services throughout the Boynton Beach area. If you’ve never had attic insulation inspection, it might be a smart idea to call the experts at Astro Air Inc. today.

Why Attic Insulation Is So Important in Boynton Beach

During the cooling season, having good attic insulation is greatly beneficial. As your home cools, heat from your attic will try to escape into your home. If you have a two story home, this causes the top floor to be hot while the bottom floors are cool.

Benefits of Good Attic Insulation

When you have bad insulation in your home, it makes your heating and air conditioning system have to work harder to keep your home comfortable. This is obviously very inefficient and costs you more money. With good insulation, your home can reduce the amount of work that your heating or air conditioning system has to do. For example, your heating system produces hot air and flows into your home. With bad insulation, much of that heat will just escape to the outside and your heater will have to compensate for that loss. With good insulation, much of that heat will stay in your home and give your heater a break.

Call Astro Air For All Your Insulation Installation and Repair in Boynton Beach

If you suspect that the insulation in your Boynton Beach home is worn out, call Astro Air Inc.. We can come inspect your attic insulation and recommend if you should replace it or if you need to add more insulation. We have years of experience offering comprehensive insulation installation and repair in Boynton Beach. Call us today! 

How Insulation Can Save You Money Year Round

Monday, January 14th, 2013

*Astro Air Inc. no longer offers Attic Insulation services. Please visit our Indoor Air Quality service page to learn more about our services.

Being able to keep your home comfortable all year long is a great accomplishment, but sometimes the high energy costs we pay to do so can be a real deterrent. At Astro Air Inc., we believe that every single one of our customers should be able to heat or cool their home in Boynton Beach without having to worry about the cost. We may not be able to bring down energy costs, but we do have a few tricks up our sleeves to make your home more efficient. Here are some ways in which good insulation can save you money all year long.

One of the most basic concepts in heating and cooling your home is also one of the most effective. Put simply, you need to keep the heated or cooled air that you have paid for within your house. Insulation allows you to do this. You cannot fill up every crack or gap in your home envelope, nor should you. Your home needs some ventilation. That being said, you do not want to throw your money out the window. By scheduling a professional insulation installation with our team of experts, you can keep the air that you have paid to condition indoors where it belongs.

Insulation does not only belong in your walls, though. If you employ a forced air distributions system using ductwork to keep your home comfortable, then those air ducts should also be well insulated. If the air that is supposed to be circulated and dispersed throughout your home loses energy before it ever even makes it to the destination it is not really good for much. Good insulation can help you avoid this problem.

For more information about how insulation can save you money throughout the year, contact Astro Air Inc.. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have. Let us help make your home in Boynton Beach a more comfortable and efficient place to live.

Common Indoor Air Quality Problems

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Maintaining even, comfortable temperatures in your home is an important goal. However, many homeowners fail to realize the effect that other factors have on the comfort levels in their home. At Astro Air Inc. we strongly believe that the quality of the air that you breathe in your home is every bit as important as the temperature. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not understand the causes of their indoor air quality problems, and sometimes they sneak by completely undetected. If you are at all concerned about the quality of the air that you and your family members breathe in your Boynton Beach home, call us today. We have the solutions to all your indoor air quality problems.

One of the most common issues that homeowners face with their indoor air quality is the presence of airborne pollutants in their home.  There are many tools, products and services that can help eliminate the pollutants that do find their way into your home from the air that you breathe, though.

Air cleaners are one of the most straightforward ways in which you can improve indoor air quality. These devices remove particles from the air that you breathe in a variety of ways. Mechanical filters trap them on a filtering material, while electronic air cleaners use a static charge to trap the pollutants on a collector plate. Either way, your air is more clean and pure.

Another common issue that your air quality may suffer from includes biological pollutants such as allergens and even mold. UV germicidal lights use small amounts of UV radiation to target and destroy such pollutants. Keep your air and the inner surfaces of your air ducts clean with the use of these innovative devices.

Many homeowners dismiss humid air in their homes as a minor nuisance. It can be, in fact, a serious problem. Humidity can make air stuffy and uncomfortable, cause wood rot and even promotes the growth of mold in your home. Protect your property, health and home from humidity with a whole house dehumidifier.

If you have any further questions about indoor air quality and the common problems that homeowners face in Boynton Beach, call Astro Air Inc.. We have all the answers you need to improve air quality in your home. Let us help you live more comfortably.