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Why Replace Your Attic Insulation?

Monday, March 4th, 2013

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

We don’t often think about our attics. We keep old family heirlooms, boxes, and other stuff up there, but we rarely think about how it impacts the heating and cooling of other parts of our kitchen or living room. Replacing your attic insulation is a great way to improve the energy-efficiency and comfort of your home, no matter what type of heating and cooling system you have. If you need attic insulation replacement in Boynton Beach, call Astro Air Inc.. Our experts can help ensure that your insulation in good condition and that it’s properly installed. Here are a few of the benefits of having good insulation.

Benefits of Insulation Replacement and Repair in Boynton Beach

Attic insulation is typically made of fiberglass, mineral-fiber or foam. Insulation is given an R-value which estimates how effective it is in resisting heat transfer. The R-value is a helpful way to compare different types of insulation based on the needs of your home. The higher the R-value, the greater its insulating ability. Choosing the correct type of insulation can be difficult which is why it’s best to call your Boynton Beach insulation replacement experts at Astro Air. Here are some of the benefits to replacing your old, worn-out insulation with new materials:

  • Reduce energy usage – Your heating and air conditioning systems work hard to maintain comfortable temperatures all year long. If your attic is not properly insulated, you may be losing your hot and cold air through your ceiling. This makes your AC and heating systems work harder, which means they consume more fuel and electricity. Making sure your attic is insulated is a great way to potentially reduce your energy costs in Boynton Beach.
  • Comfort – Yes, energy-efficiency and comfort go together. When it’s easier for your system to reach your desired temperature, it will take much less time to do so. You can enjoy your cool and hot air for longer and know that your conditioned air is not going straight through your ceiling.
  • Home value – The potential energy savings from new attic insulation can sometimes be enormous. Additionally, you might be able to increase the value of your home with new insulation. A properly insulated attic is often a great incentive to homebuyers.

These are just a few benefits to replacing your attic insulation. If you think your home needs attic insulation replacement and repair in Boynton Beachcall Astro Air Inc. today. 

Heating and Air Conditioning Guide to HVAC Acronyms

Monday, October 29th, 2012

If you’re in the process of replacing part of your Wellington FL heating and air conditioning system then you’ve probably run into a ton of different acronyms. They can be really confusing because there are different acronyms for just about every feature, efficiency rating, and fuel type available. We decided that it would be really helpful for our customers if we put together a short guide to some of the more prevalent acronyms that you’ll encounter.

SEER – Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio

This is a cooling-only rating. The SEER measures an air conditioning system‘s cooling efficiency over an entire season. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient it is. The SEER rating is obtained by comparing the amount of electricity used to the amount of cooling it produces.

HSPF – Heating Seasonal Performance Factor

This measurement is for heat pumps only. Similar to the SEER rating, this measurement looks at how efficient a heat pump is during heating season. A heat pump with a HSPF rating over 9 is very efficient and could qualify for tax incentives from the government.

AFUE – Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency

This rating is for heating systems like furnaces. The AFUE measures how much of the fuel consumed by a system is actually turned into heat. If your current system has a 60% AFUE rating then that means it is converting 60% of the fuel it burns into heat. The other 40% is wasted. Newer systems can have an AFUE rating of up to 95% and sometimes even higher than that.

COP – Coefficient of Performance

The COP is used for heat pumps and air conditioners. It is obtained by comparing the temperature of the heat reservoir with how much energy it uses. If your air conditioner has a COP of 3 it means that it creates 3 units of heat for every Kilowatt-hour it uses.

If you have any questions about the efficiency of your heating and air conditioning systems in your home in Wellington FL, call the experts at Astro Air.

 

Commerical HVAC Gide: What You Should Know About Commercial Refrigerator Installation

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

If you’ve just opened a business in Wellington, FL and need some new refrigeration equipment or if you need to replace your current system, there are some considerations to think about to figure out which unit is right for you. We’ve put together a short list of some of the initial things you’ll have to consider when you get your new commercial refrigeration system.

Available Space

Obviously, one of the major factors that will determine which commercial refrigeration unit you can buy is the amount of available space that you have. Your contractor will measure how much room you have and figure out which unit will best fit the space available.

Available Storage

Another thing to think about is how much storage space you will need. The size of your business and the amount of food you’ll be preparing will help determine the size of refrigerator that you will need. You don’t want to get a commercial refrigerator that is too small for your needs, but you also do not want to waste energy with an unnecessarily large refrigerator.

Kitchen Layout

You and your kitchen staff are going to be using the refrigerator a lot. People will be rushing around, putting items inside the fridge and taking them out. You want to make sure that they have easy access to the fridge and that opening the doors don’t interfere with your kitchen’s operation. In some cases, a refrigerator with sliding doors might be a good option.

Drains and Electricity Source

Finally, you’ll want to discuss with your contractor where the refrigerator is going to be so that it can be connected to your electrical system. You typically want one outlet dedicated to your refrigerator so that you don’t overload it. Also, your refrigerator will need to drain condensation which will require a hose to go out the back of your appliance.

If you have any questions about your commercial refrigeration system, if you need repairs or installation services in Wellington FL or the surround area, contact Astro Air today.

Top 4 Upgrades for Your Boca Raton HVAC System

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Your Boca Raton HVAC system is a trusted part of your home’s comfort system. Without it you would be cold in the winter, hot in the summer, and breathing in contaminant laden air year round. So, it’s important that you install the best systems and subsystems available for your HVAC system. Here are some options to keep in mind when looking for ways to get the most from your heating and cooling.

  • Humidity Control – Don’t rely on your air conditioner to remove humidity in the summer. A dehumidifier is more energy efficient and reduces stress on your air conditioning system when the humidity gets high.
  • Air Filtration – Every air conditioning system and furnace comes with some form of air filtration, but is it enough? Standard filters are effective, but they are not always comprehensive. A good HEPA quality filter for your air handler and duct system will severely reduce the number of contaminants in your air supply and ensure that you and your family feel much better year round.
  • Ductwork Upgrades – If your ductwork is old, battered or starting to show its years, an upgrade may be in order. If nothing else, having your ductwork cleaned on a regular basis removes excess mold, dusty, pollen, debris and other pollutants that can affect your health and the quality of the air you breathe. Schedule annual cleanings of your ductwork and a biannual inspection to check for cracks and leaks.
  • Air Quality Controls – Beyond air filtration, you can upgrade your air handler’s ability to remove pollutants with a dedicated air cleaner and UV lights. These systems are installed in your air handler and/or ductwork to remove advanced pollutants like bacteria and mold and remove smaller particles including smoke, gas, and exhaust. Which system you need will depend on the level of contaminants in your home, so make sure you check with a contractor before choosing anything.

These upgrades are a great way to get more out of your Boca Raton HVAC system – in terms of both comfort and safety. Discuss your options with Astro Air Inc. today to learn more.

 

When Should You Call a Professional?

Monday, July 9th, 2012

If your Boca Raton air conditioning system suddenly stops working or is not keeping your house as cool as you think it should, the chances are good that you will have to call in a professional to make the necessary repairs and get you back on track. However, there are a few things you can do on your own before you make that call to ensure that this really is something you cannot take care of on your own.

While it may seem obvious, the first thing you should check is the thermostat to make sure that it is set to a temperature that will trigger the air conditioning to come on. If your thermostat for some reason is set too high, then the air conditioner will not receive the signal to start cooling the house. This is an easy fix, of course, and you will be back up and running in no time.

If the thermostat is indeed set where it should be, the next thing to check is the air filter. Most people with central air conditioning know that they should change the filter once every month or so, but this seldom actually happens.

If it has been a while since your air filter was changed, there is a good chance that it is clogged and therefore blocking air from circulating from the air conditioner through the rest of the house. This is an easy enough fix, as all you need to do is replace the current air filter and your system should be able to pick up right where it left of. However, if the blocked air filter has also caused ice to form behind it, you may have to wait for a couple of hours until the ice has a chance to thaw.

If none of these measures are able to get your Boca Raton air conditioning system up and running again, you should not hesitate to call Astro Air Inc.. Many air conditioning repairs are quite basic, but they still need to be performed by a licensed professional.