Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

What Are UV Germicidal Lights?

Monday, February 5th, 2018

UV-air-purifierAny homeowner in the area should be concerned about contaminants in their home. Weather like ours is quite humid for most of the year, which can foster the growth of germs, mold and bacteria. Viruses and other unwelcome visitors can enter your home as well: spreading illnesses and adding to the musty gross feeling when you take in a breath.

You can combat this in a simple way that makes use of your existing centralized air conditioner. UV germicidal lights, installed at the apex of your ducts by a trained professional, can make a huge difference in the health and comfort of your household. Here’s a breakdown on how it all works. (more…)

Install a Dehumidifier Now Before You Need It

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

whole-house-dehumidifierSummers are very hot in our neck of the woods, and they seem to start a little earlier every year. That means more than just high temperatures, however. Here in Florida, that means stifling humidity levels as well, which can cause as many problems to your home as the heat can. Air conditioners can deal with the issue in a rough way, but they’re not set up for such duties and excess humidity can add a lot of strain to them. A whole-house dehumidifier, on the other hand, can handle the problem the right way, and save your air conditioner a lot of wear and tear in the process. With the weather comparatively cool and the need for your air conditioner severely reduced, now is the perfect time to plan for an installation. It gives you plenty of time to set up a schedule before you have need of your system. (more…)

Air Filtration is Vital to Your Home

Monday, December 11th, 2017

indoor-air-qualityWe rightfully focus on temperature control here in Florida, especially in the summer when temperatures soar. But temperature control isn’t the only factor in keeping your home comfortable, and with winter coming on, now is an excellent time to consider them. Indoor air quality, in particular, is a key concern in our part of the world. With temperatures falling for the winter and the need for temperature control reduced, now is an excellent time to look into indoor air quality issues in your home. (more…)

UV Air Purifiers Keep Your Home Clean

Monday, August 21st, 2017

UV-air-purifierFlorida weather involves a lot of heat and humidity, especially this time of year. That in turn fosters thee growth of mold, bacteria, and other tiny invaders that can make your home a breeding ground for germs and stale air. The problem gets worse in the summer because most of us keep our doors and windows tightly shut to keep the cool air from our AC inside. That in turn allows those germs and bacteria to continually circulate in your home, lowering your quality of life and in the worst cases spreading colds and other sicknesses through your family members.  (more…)

Dehumidifiers Can Handle The Mugginess

Monday, August 7th, 2017

dehumidifier-high-humidityThe only thing worse than high temperatures during our Florida summers is the excess humidity that seems to drape the area like a blanket every year. High humidity levels in your home can be decidedly uncomfortable, and in the worst cases can even result in a health hazard. Air conditioners can roughly deal with the issue, but they’re designed for temperature control rather than humidity control, and high humidity can really wear them down. (more…)

Problems with Duct Breaches and Leaks

Monday, July 10th, 2017

duct-breaches-and-leaksMost homes in the area rely on centralized air conditioners to keep the temperatures cool inside when the heat spikes outside. We tend to focus on the air conditioner itself when trouble arises, but that isn’t the only part of the system, and troubles with other components can be just as problematic as troubles with the AC unit itself. (more…)

Don’t Use Air Conditioners to Lower the Humidity Levels

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Weather_Seasons_Outdoors_iStock_000013156211_XXXLarge-meCold weather isn’t usually a problem here in sunny Florida, and yet many residents often run their air conditioners in the winter even when they don’t have to. Why? It’s a way of getting rid of high humidity levels, which is always an issue in our neck of the woods. Air conditioners can serve as dehumidifiers in a pinch, though doing so is often wasteful and can add stress to your system. A better option is a whole-house dehumidifiers, which does the job in ways that an air conditioner can’t. (more…)

Don’t Trust Closed Vents for Air Control

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Most homes in West Palm Beach, FL have a system of ducts that channels conditioned air from your heater or air conditioner through the various rooms in your home. It’s an elegant system — effective and inexpensive — but it can run into trouble from time to time and not all of its problems come from wear and tear. The vents in most duct systems can be closed to prevent conditioned air from entering the room, and many homeowners use that to channel warm or cool air into one single part of the house. It works, to a point, but it can also lead to problems, especially in the winter. (more…)

Improve Efficiency on Your Heating System

Monday, December 12th, 2016

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

Heating systems tend to get short shrift here in Boca Raton, FL, since our winters tend to be short and mild. But because we live in a warm area, we don’t always pay attention to ways of improving our heater’s efficiency. As a result, we often pay more than we should on heating costs, and subject our heaters to more stress and strain than necessary. It doesn’t have to be that way. With a few upgrades and similar additions to your home, you can help your heater do its job much more effectively, and in many cases the same upgrades can help your air conditioner out in the summer too. Here’s a quick list of some options for you to consider. (more…)

Components of Indoor Air Quality

Monday, December 5th, 2016

We talk a lot about indoor quality on this blog. It’s an important part of your household comfort, and while the temperature control provided by your air conditioner and heater is just as important, you can’t leave it at that if you hope to maintain a pleasant and healthy home. IAQ products are just as important, and will do wonders for your home if you allow it. But what makes up indoor air quality, and what kinds of products are available to provide it? We’ve provided a quick look below. (more…)