Archive for March, 2015

Can Insulation Keep Cool Air in?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

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

Despite what many have heard, insulation is not just for colder climates. It’s also perfect for our Florida weather! It is true that proper insulation keeps your home a lot warmer when it’s cold outside, especially in harsh winter climates. However, it also keeps you cooler in the summer and lets your air conditioner run more efficiently.

There are many misconceptions about how insulation keeps your home cool. We’d like to clear that up in today’s guide. When you decide it’s finally time to add in or install insulation in your home for improved efficiency and better cooling performance, speak with the Astro Air Inc. team for attic insulation in Deerfield Beach.

Insulation may be made from any number of insulating materials, all of which have varying degrees of efficiency. This includes synthetic fibers, like fiberglass, and natural fibers, like wool. What all insulating materials have in common is the ability to limit the transfer of heat. In the winter, then, heat has a harder time leaving the home.

There’s a bit of a misconception about how insulation works in warmer weather, though. Some people believe that insulation helps to trap in the cool air, just as it helps contain heat in the winter. But this is an inaccuracy. Again, insulation slows heat transfer. Instead of keeping cool air in, your insulation helps to keep warmth from penetrating the air in your home. And since the attic is often the hottest part of your home, this is the perfect place to install or add insulation.

When you have enough insulation in the home, you won’t have to run your air conditioner as frequently. Air conditioners transfer heat to the outdoors, and insulation keeps this heat from returning and overworking your AC. An air conditioning system can become worn down quickly if it has to run for too long, so prevent an early demise by calling the experts at Astro Air Inc. today. We install and evaluate attic insulation in Deerfield Beach in the surrounding area. We’re happy to talk to you about additional energy saving options as well; all you have to do is pick up the phone.

How to Tell You Need Immediate Air Conditioning Repair

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Different households run their air conditioning systems in different ways. In some homes, the air conditioner is on at most times, as people in the home prefer a chilly climate. But in other homes, families prefer to keep the thermostat at the most efficient temperature in order to save some money and reduce their environmental impact. They may even keep the AC off on most days because the air outside is cool enough to let in a soft breeze instead.

If this is the case in your home, it may be difficult to decide when an air conditioner needs repair. You turn on your air conditioner, and you may notice that performance is not at its peak. Does this mean that you need immediate air conditioning repair? Or should you wait until the temperatures become warmer and going without enough AC seems unbearable?

In general, any problem with your air conditioner that is noticeable necessitates attention. Let’s say you hear a strange hissing noise from your AC, for example. The noise continues every time you run your unit, but it’s not loud enough for you to be concerned. This noise, however, could mean that refrigerant is leaking from the system. As it continues to leak, heat exchange cannot properly take place. This means that one of the coils may freeze. This not only prevents cool air from reaching your home, it also could leak onto the unit itself, resulting in a lot of money in damages.

You can tell that your air conditioner is in need of repair by paying attention to the following signs and taking them seriously. No problem is too big or too small for a technician to visit your home and check out.

  • No Cooling
  • Limited Cooling
  • Uneven Cooling
  • Strange Noises
  • Water Leaks
  • Short Cycling (running frequently and shutting off before the cycle is complete)
  • Hard Starting (struggling to turn on)
  • AC Tripping the Circuit Breaker
  • Thermostat Inaccuracies

And many more. Any time you feel like your air conditioner could stand for an improvement, call Astro Air Inc. We offer air conditioning maintenance visits for preventive purposes as well as comprehensive air conditioning repair in Palm Beach.

Maintaining the Condenser Unit of Your Air Conditioning

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

There are two main portions of your air conditioning system. The inside portion contains the evaporation coil, which helps to remove heat from the air in your home, and the blower fan, which sucks in the air from your home in order to cool it. The blower fan then pushes cool air into the home through the ductwork. After refrigerant absorbs heat from your air, it needs to release it somewhere. It moves outside to the condenser unit in order to accomplish this task.

The large outside condenser unit contains a few main parts that help to keep refrigerant moving in the way that is necessary for the refrigeration process to take place. The compressor pumps refrigerant throughout the entire system, adding pressure and heat. In the condenser coil, heat dissipates from the refrigerant as it converts into a liquid, and a large fan aids in the process.

When the outside portion of your air conditioning system is in poor condition, your home comfort suffers. Dirty or bent condenser fins keep heat from dissipating as easily, which means it takes a lot longer to cool down your home. This also means that your energy bills can skyrocket, and that there’s extra strain on the unit. Parts can slowly fall into a state of disrepair as they become overworked.

You should do all that you can to keep your condenser unit from malfunctioning. Repairs can be rather costly when they become too serious, and compressor damage often means replacing the entire outside unit. Maintaining your air conditioner involves paying attention to the signs of a struggling unit, changing the air filter regularly, and calling a technician for regular maintenance.

A technician will do everything possible to keep your AC in top shape during a maintenance visit, including adjusting some crucial components, cleaning some of the major parts, and performing a full inspection in order to let you know of any serious problems. This can help to improve efficiency and performance, and it may even extend the lifespan of the system.

Call Astro Air Inc. today and schedule an appointment for our quality air conditioning services in Boca Raton, FL from professionals you can trust.

Should I Repair or Replace My Older AC?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

You may have noticed that your older AC has slowed down in performance over time. Air conditioning components will begin to wear out eventually from overuse. After a time, your air conditioner may begin to use up a little bit more energy, and it might take a bit longer for your home to get to the right temperatures.

Does this mean that a new air conditioning system is necessary? Not always. Sometimes, you can get your air conditioner back in good working order with a scheduled tune-up. A professional will visit your home to clean, adjust, and inspect your system, steps which may help to improve the overall condition of the AC.

But in some cases, repairs and adjustments won’t do the trick. When you decide it may be time for new air conditioning installation, call on the help of the friendly professionals at Astro Air Inc. Follow along with our guide for some tips on when new installation may be best.

  • Frequent Repairs – If you find yourself calling a technician for repairs more than once in a year, your air conditioner is in poor shape. And if you’re replacing major costly components, it’s probably a lot less expensive to replace the unit right now than it would be to replace each part individually.
  • Poor Efficiency – You may also choose to repair an air conditioning system if the unit does not run efficiently. High energy bills are common in the summer, but it’s frustrating when these bills seem so much higher than they were the years before. A new air conditioning system will likely run far more efficiently than one that’s over a decade old, especially if you choose one highly rated for efficiency.
  • Old Age – In some homes, a sudden air conditioning breakdown could be disastrous. For those in poor health, reliable air conditioning is necessary to keep people in good spirits. You should replace your air conditioner before it fails so that it’s less likely to breakdown during a heat wave or whenever you need it the most.

Call the knowledgeable people at Astro Air Inc. for more information about air conditioning installation in West Palm Beach.