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Why Get a Whole-House Dehumidifier?

Monday, February 4th, 2013

There are a lot of factors that can affect indoor air quality, and many of them affect it in a very negative way. High humidity levels are common in Florida, and humidity is certainly one of the factors that can wreak havoc on indoor air quality and even the condition of your home. A portable dehumidifier is simply not enough in those areas where humidity is a real problem. Call Astro Air today for the information you need about whole-house dehumidifier installation service in Boynton Beach. Lower humidity levels to protect your health and property.

A major cause of concern with high humidity levels is the fact that biological pollutants such as mold thrive in damp settings. A whole-house dehumidifier, incorporated directly into your heating and air conditioning system, allows you to dehumidify your entire home evenly and effectively.

Indoor air quality is not the only victim of high humidity levels. As anyone that has ever listened to their grandmother knows, when it comes to general discomfort “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” High humidity levels in your home lead to damp, stuffy air. Surfaces may feel sticky and condensation may even lead to water stains on walls and carpeting. For those residents with respiratory issues this damp, heavy air can aggravate symptoms and lead to complications.

A whole-house dehumidifier can help you combat all of these issues. While it works with your air conditioning system, the dehumidifier can also operate independently on cooler days. Contact us today for more information.

The installation of your whole-house dehumidifier must be handled professionally. Get the quality dehumidification service you need in your Boynton Beach home. Call Astro Air today. Our highly skilled and trained service providers will ensure that your new dehumidifier works efficiently and effectively to improve your comfort and protect your home.

Common Heating Installation Questions

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Having a good heating system in Florida is necessary to stay comfortable during those cold nights in the winter. But what are some of the best systems to get installed in your home in Boynton Beach? Astro Air Inc. has put together some of the most common heating installation questions that we get.

What is The Best Heating System for Florida?

Nearly every home in Florida has an air conditioning system. Because of that, some of the most popular heating systems that we install can be installed as part of that system without having to do any kind of retrofitting. But the main idea is that you want to know that you have a good and efficient heating system that will work when you need. Here are some of the most common systems that we install here.

  • Furnace – Furnaces are one of the most popular heating options in the county. The most popular type of furnace in Florida is electric furnaces.
  • Heat Pump – Another popular option is a heat pump. Heat pumps are unique forced air systems in that they can both cool and heat your home. They tend to be popular for two reasons. Frist, because they are highly efficient. Second, you only need one system to both cool and heat your home.
  •  Electric Heating Strips – These strips are a popular choice because they require very little maintenance. They run off of the electricity that is already coming into your air conditioning system. They can be added right into your existing forced air system so the installation process is pretty simple.

What is the Most Energy Efficient Heating System for My Home?

This will obviously very drastically depending on exactly where your home is and how you use the heating equipment. But if you have an older heating system in your home, it is generally accepted that a newer heating system will be more efficient.

If you have any other questions about the heating system in your home in Boynton Beach, call Astro Air Inc.. We can help you pick out a good heating system for your home and install it quickly for you. We pride ourselves in our workmanship and in our customer service. Give us a call today to talk with one of our certified heating technicians.

What Does an Air Handler Do?

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Your South Palm Beach air conditioning system is a complex system filled with vital components tasked with keeping you comfortable. One of the most important of those component is the air handler – the device responsible for circulating the heated or cooled air produced by your system through the vents in your home and into each of your rooms.

The air handler is a metal box, usually consisting of a blower and the heating or cooling elements. It might also include dampers and sound attenuators along with an air filtration and humidity control system. The simplest air handlers are designed only to transfer the heated or cooled air to the various parts of your home, while the most advanced devices are designed to perfectly condition and clean that air as it is circulated.

 Types of Air Handler

There are a few different types of air handler as well, depending on the size of your South Palm Beach HVAC system and the nature of the heating and/or cooling used. Most homes, for example, use terminal units which consist of just an air filter, blower and coil. This very simple system is all you really need to heat and transmit air through your ductwork.

However, for larger systems, there are also makeup air units which use outdoor air instead of recirculated indoor air. There are also packaged and rooftop units which are designed to be placed outside. These devices are most commonly used for commercial applications when space is limited.

How the Air Handler Works

An air handler’s most basic component is a blower fan. This device is run by an AC electric motor and can be either single speed or variable speed depending on the size and scope of your air handler. The dampers on the fan will control the flow rate of the air going through the blower fan. Most residential blowers are part of the air conditioning or furnace system, while commercial systems often have multiple blowers to maintain steady airflow for a larger space.

Because an air handler passes all of the air that will go through your vents, it is the best place to install high quality MERV or HEPA filters to remove pathogens and contaminants. It is also a good place to install humidity control devices to either raise or lower humidity depending on the time of the year.

Your air handler is an incredibly important component in your South Palm Beach home heating and cooling system. Without it, all that heated and cooled air you pay for each year wouldn’t reach you. So, make sure to keep your system in tip top condition by scheduling a maintenance visit with Astro Air Inc. today!

HVAC Tip: Things Your Air Filter Can’t Filter

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Air filters are great to have in your home. Many people who own air filters, especially those who suffer from allergies or asthma, swear by them as being very beneficial to their health and general well-being. They help you feel comfortable knowing that your air is clean and fresh.

But how confident should you be in your Boca Raton home’s air filter? Is there anything your air filter is missing? Can you be sure that your air is as clean as can be?

Well, all air filters have limitations, and many do particularly well at trapping and removing certain types of air pollutants, but at the expense of letting others pass. What your air filter can and cannot do depends on what kind of equipment you have.

A conventional air filter, like the pleated kind you may have in your air conditioner, is designed to trap particles in the air. Pollen, dust, dander and other small but solid pollutants and irritants get trapped in their close-knit fibers. The thing to pay attention here is the filter’s HEPA rating—the higher it is, the smaller the particles it can trap. So, if you are using a lower rated filter, you may be trapping pollen but still breathing in smoke particles. Also, sometimes large, heavy particles settle before reaching the filter and can’t be trapped.

In addition to filters, there are other air cleaning options like ultraviolet germicidal (UVG) lights and photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) cleaners. PCOs are meant to filter out harmful gases, but have limited use in homes. UVG lights use radiation that is harmless to people but deadly to microorganisms to pure air of bacteria and other pathogens.

In sum, if you are concerned about the quality of the air in your home, the best strategy is probably to use multiple solutions, such as a combination of an air filter and UVG lights, in order to get rid of as many pollutants as possible. Keep in mind, though, that no system is perfect in keeping everything out of your air. For more information about how to maintain your Boca Raton home’s indoor air quality, give Astro Air Inc. a call today!

Air Conditioning Tip: Causes of AC Short Cycling

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Air conditioning short cycling is a common problem wherein an air conditioning unit will have either short run times or short off times.  This type of quick movement back and forth between being on and off–or rather starting and stopping rapidly–can be detrimental to the overall life of your Palm Beach home’s AC unit, and is also not energy efficient.

AC short cycling can have many causes, and many fixes.  Below are the main causes for air conditioning short cycling, which can be checked, diagnosed, and fixed quite easily.

  • AC Refrigerant Leak:  There could be a refrigerant leak somewhere within the AC unit.  A temporary fix might be to add refrigerant and recharge the air conditioning unit, but long-term, a Palm Beach HVAC specialist will need to be contacted in order to find and fix the leak properly, ensuring excess money is not paid to continually add an unnecessary amount of refrigerant.
  • AC Coil Icing: This means that the evaporator coil or cooling coil has become encrusted with ice or frost and is causing the unit to malfunction by turning on and off in short bursts.  Turning off the unit completely and letting the ice melt, then checking and replacing dirty filters can oftentimes fix this problem.
  • AC is Oversized:  The amount of power needed (or the BTUs needed) to cool a space is directly proportional to the size of the space or room which is being cooled.
    • If AC short cycling has been a constant problem since day one of an AC system installation, it is entirely possible that the A/C unit is too large for the space which it is cooling.  This could mean contacting an HVAC technician to have the unit analyzed and a new, smaller unit put in.
    • If A/C short cycling is a relatively new problem, some possible causes could be: closing or opening doors which previously were not closed or opened frequently, or the addition of partitions within rooms which effectively makes the room size smaller.  This could mean simply adjusting the thermostat, or the blower fan to a lower speed to compensate for the change, or opening interior doors to increase the size of the space which is being cooled by the AC unit.
  • AC Control Board Problem:  While less likely, the problem could be in a control board or control switch which has been damaged, thus causing erratic and rapid starting and stopping cycles.  In this case an HVAC technician would need to be contacted in order to replace the broken control switch.
  • AC Compressor Damage or Start-Up Issues:  Some AC systems have hard-starting compressors which take time to re-pressurize properly after shutting down.  If the AC system is being turned on or off manually on a frequent basis, the compressor might have a hard time restarting because the high pressure which had built up on the previous on-cycle had not had a chance to come down to normal levels again.  An easy way to diagnose this problem is if after leaving the AC unit shut off for thirty minutes, the unit works properly after being turned on again.  To help this compressor issue, an HVAC service technician can add a starter capacitor to the AC unit.

These and other AC short cycling causes can be checked, diagnosed, and fixed quite easily by an experienced Palm Beach HVAC professional.