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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…)

Now Is the Time to Add Insulation

Monday, October 31st, 2016

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Fall makes a great time to make improvements on your home, which can include anything from a fresh coat of paint to serious upgrades to your heating and air conditioning system. Among the options you should consider is the addition of insulation to your home. Ft. Lauderdale has long, hot summers and very short winters, which means that few homes concerns themselves much with insulation. That can be a big mistake. Not only will insulation help cut down on your heating bills in the winter, but they can be a huge boon for you in the summer. Here’s how. (more…)

When to Call for Emergency AC Repair

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

You can never tell when an air conditioner is going to run into trouble, and with high temperatures still dominating here in Boca Raton, FL, any kind of breakdown needs a swift response. The good news is that we offer emergency repair services 24/7, so we can be there for you no matter when the trouble arises. But when is an emergency call necessary? Are there times when you can just sit on the problem until normal business hours? That’s up to you to decide, but there are a few factors that can help you make the decision. (more…)

Keep Germs at Bay with a UV Air Purifier

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Summers in Boca Raton, FL are bad enough with the heat, but when you combine it with high humidity, the it can make the perfect Petri dish for germs and bacteria. This is of great concern to everyone, but particularly those with sensitive family members in the household, cu has infants, the elderly or people suffering from conditions such as asthma. The solution may be a UV air purifier installed in your home’s HVAC system and working to keep your home free of germs and infection. Here’s a quick breakdown of how it all works.  (more…)

Troubleshooting a Commercial Refrigerator

Monday, September 7th, 2015

If you run a restaurant or similar food preparation business, you know how important a good commercial refrigerator is to your operation. Without it, you have no means of keeping food cold and run the risk of spoilage after only a few hours. This is doubly true here on Boynton Beach, FL, where hot temperatures and stifling humidity can turn a meal fit for a king into something you wouldn’t feed to a stray dog with the snap of a finger. Commercial refrigeration is the key to keeping your business running, which is why you need to react quickly when problems arise. Here’s a quick guide to troubleshooting a commercial refrigerator, so you can spot the signs of an issue early and summon help before it interrupts your business. (more…)

What Happens When my Air Conditioner Short Cycles?

Monday, June 15th, 2015

You may have heard the term “short cycling” before, and if you’ve noticed your air conditioner turning on and off rapidly numerous times throughout the day, then you’re experienced it first-hand. It can seem annoying or a bit of a nuisance, especially if the system turns off before your house is adequately cooled. In truth, however, it’s a much bigger problem than that. Short-cycling can be caused by low refrigerant levels, a damaged compressor, or simply an air conditioner that is too powerful for the space it needs to cool. A good technician can diagnose the cause and implement a solution. But here in Boynton Beach, FL, our heat and humidity are too high to just let short cycling continue. “What happens when my air conditioner short cycles?” you ask. Here’s a quick breakdown.

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Some of the Unusual Movies Released for Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Hollywood has always tried to match movies up to the seasons to draw droves of viewers to the theaters: October is packed with fright-offerings, while the winter holidays skew toward warm and pleasing family films (as well as Oscar hopefuls). Valentine’s Day falls in an odd spot when it comes to the movie release calendar, however, since February tends to be a slower time for the film industry. The studios are as likely to slot strange movies that don’t fit anywhere else in their annual schedules into the Valentine’s Day weekend as they are films with powerful romantic appeal.

So, while the second weekend of February has featured hugely successful romantic comedies like Hitch, The Wedding Singer, and (of course) Valentine’s Day, some truly weird choices have debuted in this weekend as well. And a few have even gone on to tremendous success despite the bizarre match with the holiday. Here are a couple of the odder Valentine’s Day movie releases:

  • Dracula (1931): Yes, this Halloween perennial and the start of Universal Studio’s Classic Monsters actually came out on Valentine’s Day! But perhaps this makes some sense, as the Dracula legend has often received a “doomed lover” approach in the many years since Bela Lugosi made the aristocratic vampire a screen icon.
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991): Does any film seem less appropriate for Valentine’s Day than this unnerving and sometimes very violent psychological thriller? What’s even more astonishing than the film’s release date is that The Silence of the Lambs eventually nabbed the Oscar for Best Picture, an almost unheard of occurrence for a movie released so early in the year.
  • Daredevil (2003): This Marvel comic adaptation featuring Ben Affleck as a blind superhero does contain a romantic subplot, but the stronger connection to Valentine’s Day may just be that Daredevil wears a bright red costume.
  • A Good Day to Die Hard (2013): The least successful of the Die Hard film franchise, this is an excellent example of a studio dropping a film into a weekend where it doesn’t fit in the hopes that it works as counter-programming. (It didn’t.)
  • Wayne’s World (1992): Now here is an example of counter-programming that clicked with audiences. This comedy based on a Saturday Night Live sketch turned into one of that year’s biggest hits and spawned a sequel.

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a trip to the movie theater, or you have your own special plans, everyone here at [(site_name)] hopes you and your loved ones have a wonderful weekend.

Sounds that Indicate You Need Air Conditioning Repair

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Here in Boynton Beach, air conditioning repair is no laughing matter. Our summers are as hot and muggy as they come, and without reliable air conditioning service, you may be left without a comfortable home just when you need it the most. Spring makes an ideal time to perform lingering air conditioning repairs: before the temperature climbs too high and you need the services of your air conditioner every day. Do how can you tell if you need it? Sounds and noises are an excellent indicator that something is wrong. Run your air conditioner for 15-20 minutes and listen for some of the following sounds that indicate you need air conditioning repair.

  • Hissing noises: A hissing or bubbling sound usually indicates a leak in your refrigerant lines somewhere. It could also mean a breach in the air ducts, causing air to leak out.
  • Buzzing sounds: Buzzing sounds usually come from malfunctioning electrical components, such as the fan motor or any of the wiring connecting the air conditioner to the household power grid.
  • Humming noises: In some case, a humming noise can extend from a leak in the air flow, created when the metal of the air ducts vibrates. In many cases, however, it’s caused by an electrical malfunction, typically from the fan motor or the compressor motor.
  • Banging or clanking noises: Compressors sometimes makes banging noises when they suffer from a malfunction, as do other moving components that have become loose in their housings. Similarly, rattling noises may arise when bolts or other small objects become loose in the air conditioner. They rarely cause damage in and of themselves, but have the potential to damage other components if left loose like that.

If you detect sounds that indicate you need air conditioning repair – basically any noise that you don’t recognize as a part of the unit’s normal functioning – then call upon the experts at Astro Air Inc. to help. In Boynton Beach, air conditioning repair is best conducted sooner rather than later, and our staff has the expertise to get your system back on its feet again quickly!

Air Conditioning Tip: Reducing Energy Costs

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Here in Boynton Beach, air conditioning systems are a stalwart line of defense against the heat and humidity that every year brings. If you live here, you know how essential your air conditioner is to your household comfort, and may pay a higher energy bill during those hot summer months as the expected price of a pleasant home. It doesn’t have to be that way. Reducing energy costs are a worthwhile endeavor for any responsible homeowner; you can bring them down with these air conditioning tips from the experts.

In the first place, it pays to schedule regular maintenance sessions for your air conditioning unit, ideally at the beginning and the end of the summer season. During such a session a service technician will tighten any loose bolts or fittings, clean dirty components and seal any leaks in the refrigerant lines before recharging the refrigerant to its optimum levels. That ensures that the unit will function at peak efficiency, without losing any energy to waste or malfunctioning. It also reduces the risk of a more serious repair issue cropping up in the future, helping to keep your costs down.

You can also reduce energy costs with a few sensible upgrades to your existing air conditioning system. For example, if you have an older thermostat, you could replace it with a newer digital model. Programmable thermostats let you automatically turn the air conditioner off and on when you leave for work, helping to keep costs down. Similarly, a zone-control system – letting you tailor the temperature to each section of the house and even turn off the air to rooms you aren’t using – will reduce the amount of energy spent to keep you cool, as well as lowering strain on the system itself.

All of this comes on top of common-sense ways of reducing energy costs, such as not running the stove or the dishwasher during the heat of the day, and setting your thermostat a few degrees higher than you otherwise might. For further air conditioning tips, and for Boynton Beach air conditioning issues of all varieties, speak to the experts at Astro Air, Inc. We can track down the source of any problems and restore your air conditioner to full functionality.

Strange Odors and Air Conditioning Repair

Monday, October 7th, 2013

In Delray Beach, air conditioning repair services need to handle all kinds of problems. Our weather can be pretty punishing with high temperatures and humidity, and a malfunctioning air conditioner can deprive you of a cool, comfortable home just when you need it the most. Learning to spot the signs of air conditioning problems is the first step to getting them fixed promptly. For example, no one likes smelling something odd when you turn the air conditioner on. Here’s how strange odors and air conditioning repair coincide.

Most central air conditioning systems use a blower to send cool air into your ducts. If there’s something smelly in the unit itself, the blower will pass that smell through your ducts and into your homes. The exact nature of the small can help pinpoint the problem in the unit. For example, if you smell ozone or something burning, it likely stems from an overheated motor or similar component. Many air conditioning units have automatic shut-off controls for such components, in order to prevent damage to other parts of the air conditioner. Regardless, if you smell something burning you should turn off the unit immediately and call a repair service.

A musty mildew smell is also common in cases like these. The likely culprit is a clogged drain line, which removes condensation collected in the condensate pan. Without an open line, the water will stagnate and the musty, mildew smell will pass into your home. This is particularly prevalent in Florida, where our high humidity contributes to bacterial growth in standing water.  A trained technician can clean and drain the line, then restore the condensate pan to its normal functioning.

Regardless of the source, a smell coming from your air conditioning unit usually means trouble. For issues with strange odors and air conditioning repair in Delray Beach, call upon Astro Air, Inc. for help. We service all of Delray Beach, air conditioning repair is one of our primary specialities, and we’re completely dedicated to your 100% satisfaction. Contact us to set up a service call today, and let us get to the bottom of those strange odors.