Posts Tagged ‘Attic Insulation’

Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Home

Monday, October 10th, 2016

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

Hurricane season is drawing to a close, and hopefully everyone here in Boca Raton, FL has weathered Hurricane Matthew safely and comfortably. As you take stock of your property and repair the damage, now might be an excellent time to perform further upgrades on your home, designed to improve the energy efficiency and help your heating and air conditioning systems function more effectively. There’s a number of ways to do this, most of which can be installed in your home by a professional very easily. (more…)

Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency with Attic Insulation

Monday, February 1st, 2016

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

We live in Boynton Beach, FL, which means we don’t pay a whole lot of attention to heat efficiency and energy efficiency in your homes. This can actually be a big mistake. Home energy efficiency isn’t limited to heating and the steps we take in the winter can pay huge dividends in the summer. This is particularly true when it comes to your attic insulation. Attics are the front line of home energy efficiency, since warm air rises, and most issues with your home’s ability to retain heated or cooled air starts from there. Attic insulation is a huge step forward in helping your home reduce your heating and cooling costs. Here’s a quick breakdown on who it works. (more…)

House too Cold? Attic Insulation is the Solution

Monday, October 26th, 2015

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

Summer matters more than winter in terms of home comfort here in Boynton Beach, FL. Our tropical climate means that winter is mild in the extreme, and heating often takes a back seat to cooling no matter what the time of year. Having said that, we still get our share of chilly nights in the coldest months of the year, and they can get chillier still if you don’t have a heating system installed in your home. Luckily, there are ways to address the issue without the fuss of installing a whole new heating system: mainly by improving your home’s energy efficiency through attic insulation. (more…)

3 Ways to Improve the Performance of Your Air Conditioning System

Monday, April 6th, 2015

An air conditioning system is only as good as its parts, so it’s important to keep the parts in top condition if you want your unit to last for years to come. Follow the three tips in today’s guide if you want your air conditioner to run efficiently, perform better, and potentially live a little bit longer than the average unit.

Change the Air Filter Regularly

Many people associate the air filter primarily with indoor air quality control. While an air filter does help to eliminate pollutants from the air, it also filters out contaminants that could otherwise damage your air handler. And if you let the air filter become too clogged with dirt and debris, it can do more harm than good. A clogged filter blocks airflow to the air handler, which is designed to take in a certain amount of air. With an airflow shortage, the inside coil may freeze, so be sure to change this approximately every 2 months.

Add In Insulation

A common misconception about insulation is that it is most effective in cooler climates. Insulating materials slow the transfer of heat, so that heat cannot escape from the home easily in the wintertime. But here in Florida, we’re more concerned with how insulating materials help to keep heat out of the home. Adding insulation to your attic, in particular, can prevent unwanted attic heat from penetrating your living space, which means you can save money by running your air conditioner for shorter amounts of time.

Schedule Professional Maintenance

Professional maintenance includes a complete tune up of your system that can improve the quality of your air conditioning system. Adjusting and cleaning some of the most vital components improves your unit’s ability to transfer heat. This means it runs more efficiently, cooling your home faster and running into fewer problems over time. Most professionals recommend AC maintenance once every year.

Contact the friendly air conditioning technicians at Astro Air Inc. for air conditioning services in Boynton Beach, FL, including insulation, maintenance, and repairs.

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.

What Type of Insulation Is Used in the Attic?

Wednesday, February 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.

Many people associate the term “insulation” with cooler weather. When it’s cold outside, you want there to be enough insulation in your home to lock in some heat so that your home stays warm. You can also purchase insulated blankets, jackets, and travel mugs, all of which are products manufactured to retain heat. However, insulation is just as important in the summertime as it is in the winter.

When you decide it’s time to take charge of your monthly bills and keep your home more comfortable in both the summer and the winter, call our team of skilled professionals. We can evaluate your existing insulation and help you to decide whether and where more insulation would help. Call Astro Air Inc. for attic insulation services in Wellington today.

Materials Used in Insulation

There are a number of different types of materials that may be used for attic insulation, but what they all have in common is their ability to slow the transfer of heat. In the colder months, your heating system works hard to generate heat, and for maximum efficiency, you should do everything in your power to keep this heat in the home. Insulation keeps heat from moving easily out through the walls, attic, or ducts. In the summer, insulation helps to keep heat from entering your home, making your air conditioner run more efficiently.

The materials used in insulations are most commonly some type of fiber, either natural or synthetic. The most common type of blanket insulation is made of fiberglass, though some blanket insulation is made of mineral wool or natural wools. A technician can lay these batts and rolls in the attic, though blown-in insulation is sometimes preferable.

Blown-in or loose-fill insulation involves using a machine to blow fibers into the area. In the attic, this is often ideal, since loose fill insulation can reach little nooks and crannies, and because the R-value of these materials is generally quite high. The R-value is an indicator of how effective and insulation material is, and the higher the number, the greater the efficiency.

You should always allow a professional to help you pick out your new insulation materials, as they have the right training to make such an involved decision. Call Astro Air Inc. for attic insulation services in Wellington today!

Rule Your Attic: Benefits of Improving Attic Insulation

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

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

Cooler weather is finally here, which makes now the perfect time to address possible deficiencies with your heating system. And this doesn’t mean simply mean having a technician inspect and clean your unit, although yearly heating maintenance is highly recommended. One of the most common reasons that a heating system struggles and that you do not feel enough heat is lack of insulation. And one of the places that insulation matters the most is the attic.

A lot of heat can escape through the attic without the proper amount of insulation to keep heat from moving in and out. Find out more about the benefits of choosing a professional contractor for attic insulation with today’s guide.

  • Greater Comfort: Attic insulation can help to make you feel a little bit more comfortable since less heat can escape through the ceiling of your home. Often, a lot of the heat our heating systems create can be lost through the attic, the structure of which does not provide an adequate barrier for heat transfer. But with insulation, heat has a chance to fill your home before it escapes.
  • Energy Savings: When heat escapes from the roof of your home, it will be more difficult for the heating system to heat up the living space. So it will run for longer, utilizing a lot of energy in the process.
  • Fewer Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Finally, a home that is well-insulated amounts to a heating system that emits fewer greenhouse gases, an environmentally-friendly decision.

It takes a trained heating technician to select the amount and type of insulation material. Insulation is rated by its R-value, which helps a technician to know how effective the material will be. A qualified professional will check for any air leaks and take the proper safety precautions, such as ceiling plumbing vents and any recessed light fixtures. And a technician has equipment that can help you to save some money on the job, so you won’t have to rent any special equipment or purchase the wrong type of insulation yourself.

Astro Air Inc. would like to help you to rule your attic and lower the cost of staying comfortable in the winter with our professional attic insulation service in Wellington. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

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.

How Attic Insulation Will Lower Your Cooling Bills

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

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

Insulation is usually associated with the cold months of the year, but the truth is that good insulation is important to you and your home all year long. This is because insulation slows down the transfer of heat: in winter, insulation helps keep the warmth inside; in summer, it helps keep the heat from entering your home. However, there is one spot that can be overlooked when it comes to proper insulation, and that is your attic space. Good attic insulation in Lake Worth is important for ventilation, comfort and energy efficiency. Astro Air, Inc., specializes in attic insulation, and we can help your home become more energy efficient.

What Does Attic Insulation Do?

There are several ways in which attic insulation helps lower your cooling bills:

Slows Heat Transfer

As we mentioned above, the job of insulation is to slow the transfer of heat. During the summer months, your attic can get very hot, with temperatures rising above 140 degrees. This is a tremendous amount of heat, and it will eventually start to transfer into your home if no insulation is present to stop it. Proper attic insulation allows your cool air to remain cooler for a much longer time than it does without it.

Helps Prevent Excess Moisture

Humidity is part of our daily summer weather in our part of the country, so your attic will gain moisture as it gains heat. Moisture, like heat, can travel into your home and increase the levels of humidity, making the air feel uncomfortable and creating more work for you air conditioner. Having good attic insulation blocks the flow of air that can carry humidity into your home.

Increases Energy Efficiency

Attic insulation creates a barrier that stops your conditioned air from heading into the attic and your attic heat from heading into your home. This reduces the amount of work your air conditioner has to do in order to achieve the cooling you want. Less work on the part of your AC means using less energy.

Attic insulation can help you save energy, be more comfortable and reduce moisture levels in your home. If you think your attic may be short on insulation, call the indoor air quality experts in Lake Worth who can help: Astro Air, Inc.

Boca Raton FL Insulation FAQ: What Is R-Value?

Monday, February 17th, 2014

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

Insulation is an essential part of keeping a home warm during cold weather and cool during hot weather. The insulation in the walls and floors of your house serves a thermal barrier that prevents the movement of heat. During times when you need to stay warm, the insulation will keep the heat from your heating systems trapped so it does leak away and create drafts. During sweltering summer weather, the insulation keeps heat from coming through from the outside, removing the stress from your air conditioner.

If you’ve recently considered replacing or upgrading the insulation in your home’s attic (the most important place for insulation, since it’s where the largest amount of heat enters and leaves), you will have come across the term R-value. Understanding this is important for knowing how best to insulate your home.

Contact Astro Air Inc. for more information about your options for insulation in Boca Raton, FL.

R-value: a rating of insulation efficiency

The R-value listed for insulation is an indicator of how well it stops the movement of heat. R-value is used throughout the construction industry as a measure of thermal resistance. It is determined as the ratio of the temperature difference across the insulation to the rate of heat transfer through the surface (a.k.a. heat flux). The higher the number, the more effective the insulation. To prohibit deceptive practices that might deceive customers, the Federal Trade Commission governs R-value claims.

As an example of the range of R-values, these are the usual ratings of the standard construction material found in homes: bricks have an R-value of R-0.2, hardwood is R-0.71, glass is R-0.14, and concrete is R-0.08.

Compare this to the R-values of insulation that can be placed in a home: standard fiberglass batts have between R-3.1 and R-4.3, high-density fiberglass batts are between R-3.6 and R-5, and spray foam is R-3.6. In all cases, the insulation is three to four times more effective at blocking heat than the building material. Although most insulation may look simple, in practice it makes an enormous difference in stopping heat from getting in or out of your home.

Make sure your home’s attic is effectively insulated

People often make the mistake of thinking that insulation is only useful for winter. This is misleading, since the proper insulation in Boca Raton, FL will make for a much more pleasant summer—and a less expensive one, since your AC will not need to work as much.

To find out how best to insulate your home’s attic this coming summer and the right R-value to keep you cool, talk to our experts at Astro Air Inc. today.