Archive for March, 2013

Common Air Conditioning Repairs

Monday, March 25th, 2013

As the temperature begins to rise in Boca Raton, FL, homeowners throughout the area are beginning to start up their air conditioning systems to make sure that they are primed for the summer heat. Because of all the use that your AC gets down here, it may eventually require repair. If you have enrolled in a routine maintenance program, then repair needs may certainly be reduced, but they can’t be removed entirely. In this post, we’ve compiled a list of some common air conditioning repairs in Boca Raton, FL. Remember that superior service is just a phone call away. Astro Air Inc. provides comprehensive air conditioning repair in your area. Call us today!

Here are a few common AC repairs:

  • Uneven cooling. This is typically a balance problem, which can involve your ductwork and thermostat. If suddenly notice hot spots in your room, where that cool air is not distributed, then there is something wrong with your air distribution, either the ducts or the fans. If you have a zone control system, then there may be a problem with one of the electric dampers.
  • Inadequate cooling. This is one of the most common problems. If your air conditioner was improperly sized, then it may require major modification. But this can also be a problem with one of the components in the air handler, a dirty or clogged air filter, or even a thermostat fault. Professional diagnosis can pinpoint the problem quickly and accurately
  • Frozen coils. If your air filter is clogged or air handler broken, then you may see frost on the inside of your unit’s coils. To produce cool air, fresh outside air is brought through the evaporator coils to be cooled by the low-temperature refrigerant inside. If these coils freeze, then your system may frequently shut itself off in order to defrost, or it can lead to serious damages.

Air conditioning repairs happen to even the best systems. But if you’re looking for a way to reduce your repair needs as well as improve your system life, consider enrolling in a maintenance plan. This entitles you to a biannual 19-point precision tune-up, as well as inspection and cleaning services. For air conditioning repair in Boca Raton, FL, call Astro Air Inc. today! 

How Insulation Affects Air Conditioning Performance

Monday, March 18th, 2013

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

When you think of keeping your home cool during the hottest days of the summer, you don’t often think of insulation. After all, isn’t insulation supposed to keep hot air in? And don’t we want to keep the hot air outside? But knowing more about how insulation affects air conditioning performance in your Palm Beach area home, can help improve your energy-efficiency and reduce your utility costs. While it may seem counter-intuitive, installing new insulation in certain parts of your home can actually keep your home that much more cool. For more information about air conditioning performance, call the experts at Astro Air today!

While many homeowners know that insulation helps to keep their hot air indoors on cold winter nights, insulation also prevents hot air from entering your home. When professionally installed, insulation acts as a thermal barrier, controlling the flow both ways. Let’s take a look at some of the ways insulation affects performance:

  • Hot attic. If you’ve ever had to fetch a box from the attic during August, you probably know how unpleasant it can. While attics serve a function, if they are not properly insulated, they can cause your cooling system to work harder in trying to cool spaces that are not meant to be cooled, and they can also let that precious cool air escape through your roof.
  • R-Value. If you’re in the market for insulation, whether for your attic, or anywhere else that may keep that cool air on the inside, you’ll probably across the term, R-Value. It measures the thermal resistance of the insulation material. When deciding on what type of insulation for your attic, consult an expert.
  • Replacement. If you already have some or full attic insulation, you may also want to consider replacing it with material of a higher R-Value. Doing so can help to improve the energy efficiency of your home not just for the cooling season, but also year round.

Insulation can have a great impact upon air conditioning performance. If your home is not properly insulated, your air conditioner is probably not cooling as effectively and efficiently as it could be. For insulation installation in Palm Beach, call Astro Air today!

Air Conditioning Guide: Getting to Know Your Air Conditioning Options

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Whether you’re installing an air conditioning system in your new Wellington, FL home, or replacing your existing system, it’s important to know what your options are so that you can make an informed decision. There is a lot of misinformation on the web, so it’s important to get in touch with a professional to get accurate information about your options. Only a certified and experienced air conditioning contractor will be able to advise you on what best works for your home and your budget. At Astro Air Inc., we love to talk to customers about their air conditioning options, and our highly-trained technicians are passionate about providing quality air conditioning installation service.

Let’s look at some of your air conditioning options:

  • Central AC. This is a classic split system, which means there is an outdoor and indoor unit. This is the most common type of air conditioning system, and is also known as central AC. It uses an extensive system of ductwork to send cool, conditioned air throughout your home. When an air conditioning unit with a high SEER rating is used, it can be both energy-efficient and cost-effective.
  • Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner. Like a conventional central air split system, there is an outdoor unit that houses the compressor, and an indoor unit that circulates the cool air. But unlike a conventional system, there is no ductwork. Ductless mini splits are space-savers, economical, and highly efficient. They also offer greater energy savings in the long-term if maintained well. The sleek indoor air handlers can be located in spaces throughout your home so that you can customize individual zone temperatures. This can also help you to avoid cooling your whole house when all you need is the downstairs, or upstairs.

You may also want to keep in mind that SEER ratings are only as good as the integrity of the entire system (including insulation), and the quality of the installation. That’s why customers in the Wellington, FL area rely upon the air conditioning experts at Astro Air Inc. We carry quality central air conditioners from Carrier, Trane, and Amana, and ductless mini splits from LG, Samsung, Mitsubishi, Sanyo, and QuietCool.

Why Replace Your Attic Insulation?

Monday, March 4th, 2013

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

We don’t often think about our attics. We keep old family heirlooms, boxes, and other stuff up there, but we rarely think about how it impacts the heating and cooling of other parts of our kitchen or living room. Replacing your attic insulation is a great way to improve the energy-efficiency and comfort of your home, no matter what type of heating and cooling system you have. If you need attic insulation replacement in Boynton Beach, call Astro Air Inc.. Our experts can help ensure that your insulation in good condition and that it’s properly installed. Here are a few of the benefits of having good insulation.

Benefits of Insulation Replacement and Repair in Boynton Beach

Attic insulation is typically made of fiberglass, mineral-fiber or foam. Insulation is given an R-value which estimates how effective it is in resisting heat transfer. The R-value is a helpful way to compare different types of insulation based on the needs of your home. The higher the R-value, the greater its insulating ability. Choosing the correct type of insulation can be difficult which is why it’s best to call your Boynton Beach insulation replacement experts at Astro Air. Here are some of the benefits to replacing your old, worn-out insulation with new materials:

  • Reduce energy usage – Your heating and air conditioning systems work hard to maintain comfortable temperatures all year long. If your attic is not properly insulated, you may be losing your hot and cold air through your ceiling. This makes your AC and heating systems work harder, which means they consume more fuel and electricity. Making sure your attic is insulated is a great way to potentially reduce your energy costs in Boynton Beach.
  • Comfort – Yes, energy-efficiency and comfort go together. When it’s easier for your system to reach your desired temperature, it will take much less time to do so. You can enjoy your cool and hot air for longer and know that your conditioned air is not going straight through your ceiling.
  • Home value – The potential energy savings from new attic insulation can sometimes be enormous. Additionally, you might be able to increase the value of your home with new insulation. A properly insulated attic is often a great incentive to homebuyers.

These are just a few benefits to replacing your attic insulation. If you think your home needs attic insulation replacement and repair in Boynton Beachcall Astro Air Inc. today.