Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog

3 Things to Look for in a New Heater

September 28th, 2015

Summer is over and with the turning of the leaves here in Dover, DE comes the need to fire up your heater for another season. If yours is old and ready to be replaced then now is an excellent time to plan for it, before the temperatures drop too far and you need your heater to function every day. A qualified service technician can help you plan for a new heater, then install it once you’ve made your decision. As you begin planning, here’s a short list of 3 things to look for in a new heater. Continue Reading

3 Upgrades for Your Air Conditioner This Fall

September 21st, 2015

Fall is officially here and that means your air conditioner will soon be taking a break for a few months while your heater takes over the duties of keeping your warm. That makes it the ideal time to consider changes and upgrades to your system to help it perform more effectively. Here in Dover, DE, there are a number of upgrades for your air conditioner you can consider this fall. They will help your system last longer and perform more efficiently, saving you money on monthly bills in the process. Here are three of them to consider. Continue Reading

Should I Upgrade My Heater?

September 14th, 2015

We’re coming to the end of air conditioning season here in Dover, DE, and while we still have a few more weeks of warm weather in front of us, winter will be here before you know it. Now may be a great time to upgrade your heating system with a new one before the snows start to fall. That way, you won’t have to suffer through another season with an old one that isn’t doing the job. But how can you tell if you need to upgrade your heater?  What’s the difference between a system that can keep going and one that needs replacement? The answers vary according to your unique circumstances, but here’s a few handy guidelines to help you out. Continue Reading

Why Do I Need a UV Air Purifier?

September 7th, 2015

If your family has recently added a newborn baby, you might have heard about UV air purifiers to elevate the level of cleanliness in your Dover, DE home. The same holds true for family members with asthma or similar lung conditions, or for elderly family members. Like newborns, they may have a decreased immune system, leaving them more vulnerable to colds, viruses and other infections. A UV air purifier makes a stalwart line of defense, and even if your family members are all healthy as horses, the system can be a good investment. How do they work and why would you need one? We’ve provided a quick outline below. Continue Reading

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