Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog

How Does Relative Humidity Affect Home Comfort?

August 31st, 2015

We live in Dover, DE, which means we’re no strangers to high humidity in the summer and low humidity in the winter. They can have a huge effect on your indoor air quality, almost as much as your air conditioner or heater. Indeed extreme humidity levels on both ends of the scale can force your HVAC system to work harder than it should, and increase the chances of a breakdown in the future. How does relative humidity affect home comfort? We’ve provided a quick breakdown below. Continue Reading

3 Ways to Reduce Your Cooling Bills this Summer

August 24th, 2015

We’ve hit the hottest part of the summer here in Dover, DE, and that means your air conditioner is going to be pushed to its limit keeping temperatures down every day. You’re probably used to paying higher monthly cooling bills in the summer, and to a certain extent, those bills are always going to be high. But with the aid of a trained technician, you can make some additions and improvements to your home to cut into those costs, while helping your air conditioner last longer before needing repairs. Here are 3 ways to reduce your cooling bills this summer. Continue Reading

What Happens During an Air Conditioning Service Call?

August 17th, 2015

Most people assume that an air conditioning technician serves one of two purposes: to install or replace an existing air conditioning system, or perform repairs on it. There’s a third service we perform, however, that can actually help alleviate the first two. Air conditioning service session should be scheduled at least once or twice a year, not to fix any specific problem, but to help prevent any problems from cropping up., In Dover, DE, we need our systems to fight the heat and humidity of summer, but if you haven’t had your system serviced in a while, you might want to think about doing it soon, and you should certainly do it once the summer finally ends and the cool temperatures of fall have set in. Here’s a quick breakdown of what happens during an air conditioning service call. Continue Reading

What is a SEER Rating and How Does It Affect my Air Conditioner?

August 10th, 2015

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, you may have heard the term “SEER rating” to describe the unit’s efficiency. The term stands for Season Energy Efficiency Ratio, and it’s a convenient way to measure how much an air conditioner is going to cost you to run when you have it installed. That’s a significant consideration, especially considering Dover, DE’s hot and muggy summers. Understanding the SEER rating is important to making an informed choice for a new air conditioner. A trained professional can help you with the specifics, but a brief overview of what the rating means makes a good place to start. Continue Reading

Unique Qualities of Commercial Air Conditioning

August 3rd, 2015

Air conditioning in the home is one thing, but commercial air conditioning in an office or retail space is an entirely different matter. Though the core engineering is similar, commercial air conditioning systems operate according to a very different set of principles, which means you need a technician trained in commercial air conditioning repair when you run into trouble. Dover, DE has a reputation as a business-friendly city in a business-friendly state. Running a commercial space here means understanding the unique qualities of commercial air conditioning. Continue Reading

3 Signs Your Zone Control System Needs Repair

July 27th, 2015

Dover, DE residents need their air conditioning to function during the hot summer months, and that goes for additions and upgrades as well as the core systems. For example, you may have a zone control system installed in your air ducts: a series of seals and valves that allow you to adjust the temperature individually for each section of your home, and even turn the air off in some rooms while leaving it on in others. It’s a great system, allowing you to save money by only cooling the parts of the home you need, and letting individual family members adjust the temperature in different rooms to fit their comfort levels. But like any system, it can run into trouble from time to time, and when it does, you need to get it repaired. Here are 3 signs that your zone control system could use a visit from a local technician. Continue Reading

Now is the Time to Prepare for Heating Season

July 20th, 2015

Here in Dover, DE, heating is the last thing on most people’s minds. Temperatures are soaring in the middle of summer, and our patented Atlantic humidity is hitting us hard right on schedule. Homeowners are concentrating on their air conditioners, as well as they should, and keeping yours reliably running is the top priority. But now is also the time to look ahead to heating season, which will be here before you know it. You have time to get ready for it by scheduling a maintenance session from a trained technician, and/or treating any lingering repair issues that may be present. The reasons why are self-apparent, but can easily be missed amid the heat waves and need for cooling rather than heating. Continue Reading

3 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

July 13th, 2015

No one likes to breathe dusty dirty air, and high humidity levels can create a gross clammy feeling in your home, as well as making the air feel warmer than it actually is. Dry air can cause your skin to itch and give you a nasty shock with static electricity, while germs and bacteria can spread illness and disease through your home. All of these are issues of indoor air quality, and while homeowners in Dover, DE, often focus on raising or lowering the temperature with their HAVC systems, IAQ can has just as much of an impact on the comfort of your household. The good news is that there are ways to improve your indoor air quality with the help of a professional technician. We’ve listed three of them below. Which one works best for you depends on your specific needs. Continue Reading

Why Should I Use Geothermal Heating and Cooling?

July 6th, 2015

Geothermal heating and cooling is an ingenious way to keep your house comfortable, and a fascinating alternative to traditional forced-air systems. It cost a fair amount up front and requires certain features on your property (a lot of square footage, for example, or the presence of a pond). But once installed, it provides numerous benefits that will make your life a great deal easier, as well as providing considerable savings in the long run. Those aren’t small concerns here in Dover, DE, where summers are hot and muggy and winters are very cold. So why should you use geothermal heating and cooling? We’ve provided a short list of the benefits. Continue Reading

How Does Refrigerant Cool the Air?

June 29th, 2015

Modern air conditioning begins and ends with refrigerant, a catch-all term used to describe various types of chemical compounds that constantly circulate through your system. Refrigerant is marked by a fairly low boiling point temperature-wise and an ability to pull heat from the surrounding air as it shifts from liquid to gaseous form. The air conditioning system simply takes advantage of that fact. Here in Dover, De, our hot summers mean that you need your air conditioner need to be functioning at its peak at all times. Understanding how refrigerant cools the air can go a long way towards understanding what kinds of problems may arise with your system. Continue Reading