Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog

How to Detect a Leaky Boiler

February 8th, 2016

Many homes in the Dover, DE area rely on boilers to keep themselves warm in the throes of winter. A boiler is an eminently reliable system and its use of steam to provide heat is both simple and economical. One of the biggest problems we encounter with boilers is a leak, which can wreak havoc with the process and diminish the system’s heating capacity. Even worse, because the system uses steam, it’s very hard for you to detect some leaks, since the water evaporates as it leaves the system, with no puddles or drips. The good news is that you can still detect a leaky boiler with some careful observation and diligence. When you do, you should shut it down and call in a repair technician immediately. Continue Reading

Beware of Problems with Your Heat Exchanger

February 1st, 2016

Furnaces will run into problems from time to time, as all appliances do, and while maintenance services here in Dover, DE can reduce the incidents of repair, sooner or later, most systems end up experiencing problems. There are, of course, gradient of problem, and while some issues can be left for a day or so while you schedule a service call, one thing that can’t is a cracked heat exchanger. Why? It’s dangerous for starters, as well as seriously interfering with your heater as a whole. Continue Reading

3 Alternative Forms of Heating

January 25th, 2016

Here in Dover, DE, most homes rely on traditional heating models to stay warm and cozy during the cold winter months. This usually means either a boiler (which uses pressurized steam to warm your home) or a furnace (which pushes heated air through the same series of ducts used by your air conditioner). Both are extremely effective means of warming your home and can serve you well. But they’re not the only kinds of heating system. If your home is the right fit, you might consider one of these 3 alternative forms of heating when the time comes to install a new system. Continue Reading

What is Boiler Kettling?

January 18th, 2016

Your boiler is a vital part of your household, and as heating systems go, you could do a lot worse. Boilers used steam and water pressure to heat your home, the concepts of which go back to the Roman days and which remain an efficient way of handling the heating in your Dover, DE home. Boilers benefit from their simplicity and ease of use, but like any system in your home, they suffer problems from time to time, and require a trained professional to correct. Among the most common is boiler kettling, which is created by hard water deposits in your system. It sounds like a dangerous issue, and while it isn’t, it’s still something that merits swift correction. What is boiler kettling and how does it affect your system? Read on for the answers. Continue Reading

Indoor Air Quality Products Make for a Healthier Home

January 11th, 2016

If you or someone in your family suffers from a condition like asthma, you know how important indoor air quality can be. Winters in Dover, DE lead to dry air – enhancing the chances of an asthma attack – while spring and summer bring high humidity and increased pollen count that can be just as bad. Your home should be a haven from those kinds of irritants, and with the installation of the right indoor air quality products. We’re provided a list of several below that you may want to consider. Continue Reading

3 Upgrades to Your Heating System

January 4th, 2016

Winter in Dover, DE is never easy, even when it gives us a break like it did around Christmastime. The better your heater is prepared for the slings and arrows Mother Nature can throw at it, the more easily you can keep your home and family safe and warm. Replacing your heater may not be in the cards this winter, especially if your existing heater is firing on all cylinders. That doesn’t mean you can’t give it a boost however. Upgrades to your heating system cost less to install and can be completed quickly by a trained professional, but can also do wonders for your monthly costs and for reducing strain on your system overall. Here are 3 potential upgrades you should consider if you want to give your furnace a boost this winter. Continue Reading

Don’t Call Heating Repair Until You Check First!

December 28th, 2015

With winter officially here, residents of Dover, DE have been firing up their heater in anticipation of some cold days and colder nights ahead. The last thing you need is trouble with your heating systems, and when malfunctions occur, you want a reliable service to make it right as quickly as possible. But make sure that you really need repairs before you do. It can be embarrassing – not to mention expensive – calling in a service professional, only to find that the issue could be resolved with the simple flip of a switch. Here’s a few things to check with your heating system before you call in a repair service. Continue Reading

3 Advantages to Zone Control Systems

December 21st, 2015

One of the big benefits to ductless mini split systems is their ability to divide your home into sections, each of which can have their temperature adjusted individually. Normally, this can’t happen if you have a centralized HVAC system, generating conditioned air from a single heater or air conditioner and distributing it through a system of ducts. However, a zone control system – a series of valves and shutters installed in your ductwork, each controlled with its own thermostat and activation panel – can achieve much the same thing without forcing you to get rid of your existing ducts. It can be a huge boon here in Dover, DE, especially for homes with a lot of square footage. Here are 3 specific advantages to zone control systems that you should consider. Continue Reading

3 Common Problems with Heat Pumps

December 14th, 2015

Heat pumps – which use the principles of air conditioning to both cool your home in the summer and keep it warm in the winter – are rapidly becoming a popular alternative to more traditional forms of heating and air conditioning. Our cold Dover, DE winters used to be prohibitive towards heat pumps, since older models couldn’t handle our cold fronts, but recent advances have made them reliable no matter what the temperature. Like any system, though, they still suffer breakdowns from time to time, and when they do, you need a qualified service to fix them. Here are 3 common problems with heat pumps that you should watch out for. Continue Reading

Geothermal Systems May Be Just What Your Home Needs

December 7th, 2015

Here in Dover, DE, we kind of get the worst of both ends on the heating and cooling spectrum, with hot, muggy summers and freezing cold winters. The solution to that dilemma may be a geothermal system, which draws upon the ambient power of the earth itself to warm and cool your home. There’s an initial up-front cost to such a system, but the long-term savings and overall efficiency often make the purchase worth it. Here’s a breakdown of how it all works: to show why geothermal systems may be just what your home needs. Continue Reading