Posts Tagged ‘Energy Savings’

3 Upgrades to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Here in Boynton Beach, FL, energy efficiency doesn’t often occur to many homeowners. People tend to associate the term with cold winters, which we don’t have, and with the insulation needed to keep heat in. But energy efficiency applies to every home, not just those in colder parts of the country. If you feel like you’re paying too much in cooling bills over the summer and are considering sensible ways to bring them down a few notches, we have some suggestions that might prove helpful. Here are 3 upgrades designed to make your home more energy efficient. (more…)

How Insulation Can Save You Money Year Round

Monday, January 14th, 2013

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

Being able to keep your home comfortable all year long is a great accomplishment, but sometimes the high energy costs we pay to do so can be a real deterrent. At Astro Air Inc., we believe that every single one of our customers should be able to heat or cool their home in Boynton Beach without having to worry about the cost. We may not be able to bring down energy costs, but we do have a few tricks up our sleeves to make your home more efficient. Here are some ways in which good insulation can save you money all year long.

One of the most basic concepts in heating and cooling your home is also one of the most effective. Put simply, you need to keep the heated or cooled air that you have paid for within your house. Insulation allows you to do this. You cannot fill up every crack or gap in your home envelope, nor should you. Your home needs some ventilation. That being said, you do not want to throw your money out the window. By scheduling a professional insulation installation with our team of experts, you can keep the air that you have paid to condition indoors where it belongs.

Insulation does not only belong in your walls, though. If you employ a forced air distributions system using ductwork to keep your home comfortable, then those air ducts should also be well insulated. If the air that is supposed to be circulated and dispersed throughout your home loses energy before it ever even makes it to the destination it is not really good for much. Good insulation can help you avoid this problem.

For more information about how insulation can save you money throughout the year, contact Astro Air Inc.. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have. Let us help make your home in Boynton Beach a more comfortable and efficient place to live.

How to Use AC Most Efficiently in Palm Beach

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Air conditioning is definitely something most of us in Palm Beach wouldn’t want to try and get through the summer without. But just because you need to run your  AC unit all summer doesn’t mean you need to suffer under unnecessarily high cooling costs.

So if you’re interested in ways to save on cooling without sacrificing comfort, here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Get a Programmable Thermostat – When you come home at the end of a long day, you want your home to be cool and comfortable. But if you only have a basic thermostat, you would have to leave your air conditioning on all day in order to make this possible. Paying to cool an empty house is probably the last thing you want to do. But what is the alternative? Programmable thermostats offer the best solution in a case like this. These devices can be easily integrated into just about any home air conditioning system and they allow you to set different temperatures for different times of the day. That means you can have your air conditioning off while you’re not home and set it to come on a half hour or so before you get there. This way, you get the pleasure of walking into a cool, comfortable house without paying extra to keep it that way when you’re not home.
  • Incorporate Passive Cooling – The design of your home and how you use it can also have an effect on how hard your air conditioning system needs to work. Taking steps as simple as closing the blinds to block out the afternoon sun, putting up awnings and making sure that the exterior of your home is painted a lighter color to reflect sunlight rather than a darker one that will absorb it are all excellent ways to reduce the load on your air conditioner.
  • Supplement Your System – You can also take a good chunk out of your cooling bills by using things like ceiling fans in conjunction with your air conditioner. A ceiling fan can effectively lower the indoor temperature several degrees on its own, allowing you to set your thermostat a little higher.

To learn more about how to use your AC efficiently or to schedule a service, give Astro Air Inc a call!

Save Energy and Save Money This Summer

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Though we hate to admit it, we all do it without thinking: turn the AC higher instead of turning on a fan, or forget about the thermostat settings which are set to full-blast when we are not at home.  Oftentimes it is the simple things which can have the most impact, and with saving energy this is true as well.

Households throughout the US will spend somewhere between $1,200 and $2,200 per year on energy costs.  With the cost of living in many areas of life skyrocketing, it’s nice to know there are some easy ways to lower at least one household bill: the energy bill.  Of course, some of these fixes are free, and some cost a little time and energy, while others must be paid for as long-term investments.

Free, Do-It-Yourself Energy Solutions

These quick and easy, do-it-yourself, no cost solutions produce energy saving results almost immediately!

  • Adjust your Palm Beach  home’s air conditioner‘s thermostat to higher numbers, such as 78 while at home and 85 or higher when away.  Supplement AC usage with a ceiling or room fan, as moving air feels cooler on the skin.
  • Eliminate wasted energy by turning off appliances, lights, and equipment when not in use, unplug electronic chargers when not in use, and get rid of spare appliances such as refrigerators which are plugged in but not in use.
  • Put those dishwashing gloves away and let the dishwasher do the dirty-work!  Dishwashers use less water than washing by hand.  In addition, let the dishes air-dry rather than running through the heat-cycle to save even more.
  • Do laundry more efficiently by washing and rinsing in only cold water, and line dry instead of using the dryer.
  • Use the microwave to cook and not only speed up the cooking process, but use two-thirds less energy than a stove or conventional oven.

 Low-Cost, Economical Energy Solutions

Most of these energy saving options can be procured at the local hardware store, are fairly inexpensive, and can be easily done by any competent home-owner.

  • Replace HVAC filters regularly, according to manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Weather-proof your home by plugging air leaks on doors and windows with weather stripping, sealant, or caulk where applicable.
  • Purchase and install ENERGY STAR® certified products such as porch lights, floor and table lamps, pocket lights, and even programmable thermostats to ensure energy using items are using as little energy as possible.

 Invest in Energy Solutions

If it is important to you to save energy and money long-term and on a larger scale, there are a number of durable energy-saving investments to consider.

  • Purchase new windows, a new air-conditioning unit, refrigerator, or other household appliances which use less energy than older units
  • Install window and house shading such as patio covers, or strategically plant trees to shade the home during peak times of heat
  • Install a whole house fan which can suck cool air into the home after sundown or in the early morning in order to cool the entire house thus reducing air conditioning usage
  • Seal and insulate all household ducts in crawl spaces and attics
  • Increase or upgrade attic insulation to higher than the standard grade to keep housing temperatures more constant

To save energy also means to save money, and by following any of the simple steps listed above the average consumer can save energy and save money almost immediately. For more tips on how to save on your air conditioning in Palm Beach, give Astro Air Inc. a call!

Is it Cost Effective to Use a Ceiling Fan and AC at the Same Time?

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

There are a lot of ways to keep your Fort Lauderdale house cool in the summer, and chances are you’ve incorporated more than one of them into your home already. For instance, ceiling fans are great and can really keep you comfortable in moderately hot weather. But when the heat and humidity really start to pick up, you need something a little more powerful to take the edge off, and that’s usually some type of air conditioner.

One or the Other?

If you’re like most people, you switch off your ceiling fan when the AC comes on. After all, the air conditioner is powerful enough to cool the house on its own. So is it really worth it to expend energy running another, secondary cooling device?

In fact, it is. Ceiling fans in particular use very little energy. Yet they’re quite effective at making your home feel cool and comfortable. So there’s really no reason not to take advantage of their benefits while running your Fort Lauderdale AC.

Cutting Costs

You might be surprised to learn that far from being a waste of energy, using your ceiling fan and AC at the same time can actually save you money. That’s because the cooling power of the fan allows you to turn up the thermostat on your AC unit a couple of degrees without compromising your comfort levels.

And turning up the thermostat on your Fort Lauderdale air conditioner just that small amount will translate into pretty substantial savings on your monthly energy bills. That savings will more than pay for the cost of running the ceiling fan, and you save money.

Better Air Circulation

Running the ceiling fan with the AC on or off is always helpful in terms of promoting good air circulation throughout your house. And the more air circulates, the more comfortable your indoor environment will be. Good air circulation is also important because it helps to minimize the number of air contaminants that build up inside.

More Efficient Heating

The benefits of ceiling fans don’t stop with cooling either. In fact, you can run them in reverse to help maintain even heating in the winter. Essentially, there are few investments you can make that will serve you better throughout the year than a ceiling fan regardless of the other home heating and cooling systems you have in place.

If you need any help with your air conditioner this season, be sure to give Astro Air Inc a call!