Archive for November, 2014

10 Facts You Should Know about Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Thanksgiving has been celebrated as an official holiday in the United States for over 150 years, so you may think you understand all there is to know about this family feast. Most of us have heard the story of the pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving in 1621 after arriving in North America on the Mayflower. But did you know that only about half of the people on this ship were actually pilgrims? This fact is one of ten things that may actually surprise you about the Thanksgiving tradition!

  1. Although we often consider Thanksgiving a holiday unique to the United States, many other countries and cultures celebrate their own set of harvest-time and thanksgiving traditions. In Korea, Chu-Sok (or “fall evening”) is put on in remembrance of forefathers on August 15th of every year. Brazil celebrates a contemporary version of the U.S. holiday. Chinese, Roman, and Jewish cultures all have a history of harvest celebrations as well.
  2. President Harry S. Truman began the tradition of a ceremony held before Thanksgiving during which the president receives a turkey. George H.W. Bush was the first to pardon the turkey instead of eating it.
  3. In Minnesota alone, farmers raise over 40 million turkeys a year. In fact, U.S. farmers produce about one turkey for every one person in the country.
  4. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the average American will gain about one to two pounds every year during the holiday season.
  5. On the other hand, turkey is naturally high in protein and has been known to support and boost immune systems to protect against illness and speed up healing. So feast on!
  6. Abraham Lincoln issued a “Thanksgiving Proclamation” in 1863, but a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale can be credited with the idea. While Thanksgiving had been celebrated at different times of year in many areas of the U.S. for years, it was Hale, prominent magazine editor and author of the rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” who urged Lincoln to finally establish the national event.
  7. President Franklin D Roosevelt once tried to change the date of Thanksgiving to the second-to-last Thursday of the month in order to extend the holiday shopping season and boost the economy.
  8. Only about half of the people on the Mayflower were what we would consider today as “Pilgrims.” The other (approximately) 50 people were simply trying to find a way over to the New World.
  9. Gobble, gobble! Click, click? While male turkeys make a gobbling noise, females (hens) do not; it’s often described as a clicking.
  10. Even though we celebrate Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November, the month of June has been declared National Turkey Lovers’ Month by the National Turkey Federation so you can continue the celebration in the summer as well!

From our family here at Astro Air Inc., we’d like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

What Are the Benefits of Duct Repair?

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Without a reliable and effective ductwork system, your HVAC system cannot work properly. This can put stress on both you and your heating and cooling system. One of the best ways to reduce the problems caused by faulty ductwork is to schedule professional duct repair in Lake Worth. Since 1986, Astro Air, Inc., has helped repair many ductwork systems, so if you are having problems with your ductwork, call us today.

What Is Faulty Ductwork?

Faulty ductwork is ductwork that has significant corrosion, holes, cracks or disconnections. It can also be ductwork that has been damaged, installed incorrectly or ductwork that isn’t the right size.

What Are the Signs of Faulty Ductwork?

  • High energy bills – have you seen a rise in your energy bills but haven’t changed how you use your system? Air loss from faulty ductwork can force your system to work harder and as such, use more energy to operate.
  • Whistling noises – if are you hearing significant whistling noises coming from your air vents, this sound can be indicative of air escaping through holes and cracks.
  • Increased dust throughout your household – faulty ductwork allows a number of contaminants into your home, including excessive dirt and dust.
  • Strange odors – smells, fumes and odors can enter your ductwork easily and be transported directly into your living spaces.

What Are the Benefits of Duct Repair?

There are several important benefits provided by professional duct repair:

  • Better energy efficiency – it’s estimated that you can lose up to 30% of your home’s total air loss from faulty ductwork. Having the issues repaired helps to significantly reduce this significant amount of air loss.
  • Increased comfort – faulty ductwork often results in uneven heating throughout your home, including hot and cold spots. Repairing your ductwork helps your ducts to function optimally, so the air delivery is stable and reliable.
  • Less stress on your system – repairing your ductwork allows your HVAC system to achieve the heating and cooling you need without struggling to do so, putting less stress and wear and tear on your system.

If you are seeing the signs of faulty ductwork in your home, don’t wait for the next high energy bill to schedule professional duct repair service in Lake Worth. Call Astro Air, Inc. today and schedule an appointment with one of our duct repair experts.

How a Clogged Filter Can Lead to Air Conditioning Repair

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

One of the important components in a central air conditioner is the air filter. The air filter is located between the return vents and the interior of the indoor evaporator unit of the AC, where the filter catches dust and debris that can come in from the house. The air filter prevents this contamination from reaching the interior of the cabinet. It has some limited use for preventing dust and dirt from getting into your home’s air, although this is not its main purpose. (Proper air filtration for better indoor air quality requires specially designed and installed filters.)

The air filter on your AC should be changed once a month when the cooling system is in regular operation. If the air conditioner uses a permanent filter, the filter should be cleaned once a month using a garden hose put on low pressure. Without this regular changing/cleaning, the filter will soon develop clogging, and this can cause serious problems for your AC and may lead to repairs.

If you require air conditioning repair in West Palm Beach, FL because of issues from a clogged filter, call Astro Air Inc. We offer 24-hour emergency service for whenever you need us.

There are two major ways that air filter clogging will cause air conditioning repair needs:

  • Dust and dirt contamination inside the cabinet: The air filter will not be able to do its job effectively if it becomes heavily clogged. Eventually, debris will start to infiltrate the cabinet. This can cause damage to mechanical parts, particularly the blower motor, and also interfere with electrical connections. One of the main reasons for blower motor failure is excessive dust across the moving parts. In some extreme cases, excessive clogging can even cause the filter to collapse inward into the air conditioning cabinet, which can create serious damage.
  • Icing over the coil: Clogs in the air filter will restrict airflow into the cabinet and across the evaporator coil, which will make it harder for the coil to absorb heat. As its heat absorption power drops, the refrigerant inside the coil will remain cold, causing it to turn water moisture along the coil into ice. As ice develops, even less heat will make it to the coil, and the process will continue, eventually stopping heat exchange altogether. At the first indication of ice on the evaporator coil, you need to call for repairs.

Aside from these repair troubles, clogged air filters will also cause a rise in your air conditioning bills and will weaken airflow from the vents, leading to poor quality cooling. Make sure that you stay consistent with changing the air filter so you can avoid all these problems. Call Astro Air Inc. if you need assistance with air conditioning repair in West Palm Beach, FL.

Why Your House May Be Losing Too Much Heat

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

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

Proper insulation is necessary for year-round energy efficiency and comfort. While many homeowners are very cognizant of installing the right amount of insulation in the main living spaces, attic space can be overlooked. A poorly insulated attic space can create ongoing issues, including problems with energy efficiency. If you suspect that your attic insulation in Deerfield Beach isn’t as good as it should be, call the people who can help: Astro Air, Inc.

Why Good Insulation Is Important

Heat moves in three ways:

  • Convection – the way heat circulates through liquids and gases
  • Conduction – the way heat moves through materials
  • Radiation – heat that travels in a straight line and is absorbed by anything exposed to it

Heat will always seek out cooler air, which is why insulation is necessary: it slows heat transfer significantly. But when you have an open attic space that isn’t properly insulated, you will be battling heat transfer year-round.

How Much Insulation Should I Install?

For attics that have no insulation at all, the recommended R-value, which denotes the efficiency of insulation, is between R38 to R50. This can equal anywhere from 4 to 10 extra inches of insulation, depending on the type of insulation you use and how much extra insulation you need.

Benefits of Proper Attic Insulation

Here are some reasons you may want to consider installing or improving the insulation in your attic:

  • Better energy efficiency – the EPA estimates that having the correct amount of insulation in your home can decrease your energy usage as much as 20%. This is a significant savings you can see throughout the year.
  • Better comfort – with a properly insulated attic, you won’t have to worry about heat leaving your home and heading into your cold attic space during the winter months.
  • Good for the environment – having the right amount of insulation in your home from top to bottom means you’ll use less heating. This is good for the environment because less heating means using less fuel.

Don’t let poor attic insulation in Deerfield Beach compromise your comfort and decrease your energy efficiency. Call Astro Air, Inc., today and schedule an appointment with one of our indoor quality experts.