Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog

What to Look for in a Commercial Air Conditioning Service

October 16th, 2017

commercial-HVAC-systemsWith the coming of fall comes cooler weather and a chance to give your air conditioner a break after a long, hot summer. This is the ideal time to have a trained technician give it a look and address any issues that may have cropped up over the summer. That goes doubly true for commercial air conditioners, which often have a much heavier workload than residential systems and require a service that specializes in commercial systems to treat. If you own a business or manage an office space, you should contact a commercial HVAC service to set up a maintenance session, or repairs if you suspect your system needs it.

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Repair or Replace Your Faulty Air Conditioning System?

October 2nd, 2017

air-conditioning-repairWe’ve come to the end of air conditioning season, as temperatures fall and heating system take over the responsibility of keeping your home comfortable. That makes now an excellent time to evaluate the state of an older air conditioner, especially if it needs repairs or is suffering from similar problems. With air conditioning no longer needed for several months, you can decide if your existing system can continue with a repair job, or if you need to talk about replacement.

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Preparing for Hurricanes and Storms

September 18th, 2017

HVAC-systems-prepare-stormWe’re in the midst of hurricane season here on the East Coast, and in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, homeowners are reminded of the devastation that inclement weather can bring. Even when the rainfall is less devastating than a full-bore hurricane, it can still affect your home’s system in ways you could never have anticipated. Proper preparation is key to handling heavy rains and flooding, particularly when it comes to key components in your home such as the heating and air conditioning system. Your HVAC system is vital to keeping your home safe and comfortable, and the more you can do to protect it from the weather, the better off you’ll be.

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HVAC Systems Come in Many Forms

September 4th, 2017

ductless-heater-air-condtionerMost of us are used to centralized air conditioners and forced-air furnaces in our home. They generate cool air or hot air in a single locale and then blow it through your home via a system of ducts. They’re efficient and inexpensive, but they’re not the only type of HVAC system out there, and depending on your home, an alternative model might be a batter fit for you. The autumn makes an excellent time to assess the state of your HVAC system. If it’s older and you don’t think it will last another year, now might be an excellent time to consider an alternative form of heating and/or cooling. We’ve provided a short list of alternative options below for you to peruse.

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Beware of Ice on your AC Coils

August 21st, 2017

frozen-ac-coilsThe sight of ice or frost on the coils of your air conditioner may not initially be cause for alarm. Isn’t the system supposed to be cool? In point of fact, however, ice on the coils is a sign of a significant problem, which requires the services of a professional to correct. How did it get there and what kinds of problems can it cause? Read on for the answers.

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Install a Dehumidifier to Fight Muggy Air

August 7th, 2017

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Delaware summers mean high temperatures and lots of rain, and this summer is new exception. Most homeowners focus quite rightfully on air conditioning in such circumstances, and a good AC is likely the most important part of your home in the summer. But air conditioners are built to deal with heat, not humidity, and while they can cut down on the mugginess in your home, it’s often more of a side effect than an intended action.

Whole-house dehumidifiers, on the other hand, can remove excess moisture in your home the right way, as well as providing a number of other advantages. Here’s a quick breakdown on how they work and what they can bring to your home.

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Is a Geothermal HVAC System a Good Fit?

July 24th, 2017

geothermal-hvac-systemsWith summer here and the need for a new air conditioner all the more prevalent than ever, this is a good time to discuss alternative options. Most of us are accustomed to traditional centralized models, but they’re not the only models out there, and depending upon the circumstances, you might do better exploring one of them. If your old air conditioner needs to be put out to pasture, the new one doesn’t need to be exactly like the old one.

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Can Your Home Benefit from an Energy Recovery Ventilator?

July 10th, 2017

ERV-energy-efficiencySummer is here, and that means high temperatures hitting us relentlessly for the next few months. Your air conditioning system is going to be put to quite a test, as it is every summer. You’re usually going to have to pay more in monthly costs for air conditioning during the summer, since your system will need to run for longer periods of time. But just because you’re paying more doesn’t mean you should pay more than is necessary. Timely upgrades to your existing system can help you cut down on those high costs, and provide other benefits to the air conditioner as well.

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When Does Your AC Require Replacement?

June 26th, 2017

air-conditioning-repairSummer is here, and if your air conditioner is on its last legs, now is the time to replace it with a new one. Doing so will allow you to take advantage of all the benefits a new system provides at the beginning of summer, instead of having to suffer through the hottest part of the year with a system that really isn’t up to snuff. It also means not having to deal with an unexpected breakdown in the middle of the summer, when temperatures are hottest and you can ill afford to go without proper air conditioning for even a few hours.

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Signs of Trouble with a Commercial Ice Machine

June 12th, 2017

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Restaurants and food preparation services in the Dover area often require ice machines to prepare beverages and to provide ice for keeping foodstuffs cool. When those ice machines run into trouble, they can shut down your entire operation: preventing you from adequately serving your customers and even forcing you to close your doors until the problem gets fixed in extreme cases.

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