Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog

What Is Zone Control and Why Should You Install It?

April 20th, 2015

Choosing a professional to install a new zone control system for your home or business is the perfect way to both keep everybody in the building more comfortable AND to save some money! Zone control allows you and the people in your family or your employees complete control over individual areas of the building. So, one person can lower the temperature in the living room without making it colder in the bedrooms. Or if one office tends to get hotter than the others due to the number of windows, for example, the employee can cool it off without affecting the rest of the building. Continue Reading

What Is a UV Air Purifier?

April 13th, 2015

The air filter in your HVAC system probably does a good job of eliminating a large percentage of the most common particles found in homes and businesses. However, it may not be so effective at filtering out a number of the most dangerous pollutants, which are often too small for the common filter. This includes living microorganisms such as mold spores, bacteria, and viruses. A UV air purifier provides additional protection against such biological pollutants in order to prevent illness and ease allergies. Continue Reading

When Is It Time to Replace Your Commercial Air Conditioning System?

April 6th, 2015

It is difficult to run a business without a proper AC system in place to keep the people on your commercial property as comfortable as possible in the summer months. But when the weather outside is still chilly, it’s difficult to think about the state of your commercial air conditioning system. Replace your system as early on as possible, particularly if you experience any of the following problems on your property.

  • Frequent Repairs - Do you find that your unit needs repairs far too frequently? Are you sick of replacing a new component every time a technician visits your business? It may be time for an upgrade. The components of an air conditioner work best when every part inside is designed to work together. So when you put a newer part on an older unit, it still cannot operate efficiently and that newer part may simply wear out faster than it should. After a number of years, replacing the entire system is simply a better choice.
  • Short Cycling - Does your unit turn on frequently only to turn off very shortly afterwards? This is known as short cycling, and it affects systems with faulty compressors or units that are too large for the space they cool. With packaged rooftop air conditioning units, you may only need to have a technician remove a module to correct a sizing issue. In other cases, however, replacement is necessary, which is a much higher risk if the compressor suffers damage.
  • High Energy Bills - Of course, the energy bills are high enough as it is on a commercial property. But many business owners these days strive towards a more energy efficient workspace. If you are concerned about the environmental impact of your AC, or if you just want to pay less from month to month, consider replacing your unit with an energy efficient model.

Don’t wait until the cooling season is in full swing before calling your local technicians for new commercial specialists. Call an expert today, and keep in mind that it takes a commercial specialist to service a complex commercial unit.

Call the experts at Atlantic Refrigeration for commercial air conditioning installation or service in Dover, DE.

Causes of Common Problems with Draft Beer Systems

March 27th, 2015

Customers expect quality when they order a cold beer on tap: just the right amount of foam and a crisp, clean, refreshing taste. That’s why it’s so important to have a quality draft beer system in your establishment, but these can run into trouble from time to time. Most draft beer system issues have to do with the carbon dioxide pressure and the temperature in the tank—though user error is often largely at fault. Check the temperature and pressure settings when you run into trouble, make sure your glasses are “beer-clean” and that your pour is on point, and call professionals when you encounter system trouble.

  • Flat beer – This could mean that the temperature setting is too cold (it should stay around 36-38 degrees Fahrenheit) or that the carbon dioxide is not pressurized enough. Alternatively, it could have to do with an improper pour or an oily glass.
  • Foamy beer – Check to make sure that you’re opening up the tap all the way and that you’ve poured properly. If this is not the problem, pressure issues may be responsible, or the temperature of the beer may be too warm. Call a technician if the settings appears to be correct but the issue persists.
  • No beer – If there is no beer at all but your system appears to be running properly, it may be time to call for professional repairs. Of course, you should also check to make sure that everything is properly connected—and that the keg is not empty.
  • Poor taste or appearance – When is the last time you cleaned the beer lines? Ideally, you or your distributor should clean the beer line about once a week, though three weeks is acceptable (and nightly is optimal), and anytime you replace a keg. If you’re not sure how to do this, call our team, though purchasing the equipment for this is not too costly. Of course, you should also check to make sure that the keg is within its expiration date, and that you do not use a keg for more than 3 weeks.

Atlantic Refrigeration can answer all of your questions about draft beer systems in Dover, DE and provide professional installation, service, or replacement so that your business runs smoothly. Give us a call!

Why Consider Different Options for an Air Conditioning Replacement?

March 20th, 2015

Have you come to realize that your air conditioner is no longer satisfying your cooling needs? Has your system finally broken down entirely, or is just requiring repairs to frequently to justify continuing on with them? If so, then contact the Berlin, MD air conditioning replacement pros at Atlantic Refrigeration. Not only do our technicians have the skill and expertise that they need to replace your air conditioner properly, but they can replace it with a variety of different options. That is why you should seriously consider your various options when in the market for an air conditioning replacement.

The number of different air conditioning systems on the market today can be a bit overwhelming. However, it can really pay off in the long run to weigh your options carefully before rushing into your AC replacement. There are a few different reasons as to why you should take your time when choosing your new system. The first is, of course, to find the system which best suits your personal preferences and usage habits.

Many homeowners inherit their HVAC systems with their homes, meaning that the system they use is not necessarily the one best suited to their needs. By switching things up when replacing your air conditioner with a different type of system, you may be able to live more comfortably and conveniently. Take, for instance, a homeowner sensitive to airborne pollutants. Because pollutants can circulate throughout one’s home via air ducts, if they infiltrate the system, opting for a ductless AC may be a good option to consider.

Efficiency levels, as well as environmental concerns, are another strong reason for carefully considering your AC replacement options. Both heat pumps and geothermal HVAC systems cool homes by removing heat from the air in the house, and then redistributing that conditioned air back throughout the livinng space with ductwork. However, such systems are also able to reverse their refrigerant flow, allowing them to transfer heat back into your home during the colder time of the year. This is incredibly efficient, as far as heating a home goes, and allows for year round comfort with just one convenient system.

As you can see, there are numerous good reasons for not simply replacing your AC with the exact same type of system when the time comes for a full replacement. Some homeowners may choose to do so, of course, and there is nothing wrong with that.

We here at Atlantic Refrigeration just advise you to take the time to consider your options, and to schedule your air conditioning replacement in Berlin, MD with a member of our staff.

Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. Participates in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

March 17th, 2015

Last Sunday, Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. took part in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade and had a great time! We love celebrating with our community and enjoyed seeing all the local residents, families and most of all, kids, enjoying the event. We look forward to participating again and can’t thank our local community enough for showing up and celebrating this great holiday!

Why Speak with a Professional Prior to Your Air Purifier Installation?

March 13th, 2015

If you need to remove polluting particles from circulating through your home’s air, one of the best methods is to have an air purifier integrated into the HVAC system. Air purifiers work in different ways: the two most common are electronic air cleaners that use ionization to draw contaminating particles out of the air, and UV air purifiers that bathe the air passing through the ductwork with ultraviolet radiation that destroys bacteria, viruses, mold spores, and other biological hazards.

It’s important that you work with professionals when you want to improve your indoor air quality. Contact Atlantic Refrigeration: we offer professional indoor air purifier installation for Middletown, DE and the surrounding areas, as well as other ways of improving the air inside homes.

The main reason that you need to talk to an indoor air quality specialist before you commit to the installation of an air purifier is that you must make sure you have the right type of purifier to address the specific issues in your home. Only a professional will be able to determine what is polluting your air and the appropriate purifier to counteract it.

For example, if the air in your home is declining because of the presence of microbacteria inside the ventilation system, an air cleaner that uses ionization will not provide help. Ionization is excellent for eliminating small particles and gas and odor molecules, such as pesticides and smoke, but it isn’t effective against organic contaminants. A professional will be able to tell if you have a microbacterial issue in your HVAC system and recommend using a UV air purifier to combat it.

A professional will also know the right size of purifier to solve the problem. A system that is too small will not clean your air effectively, and one that is too large will drain excess power.

You must also rely on professionals beyond consulting on which model to install: you must let them handle the installation itself. This is the only way you can be certain that the system is doing its job correctly.

We have the training and tools to see that your home receives the right air purifier for its needs, or whatever IAQ solution will help you receive cleaner air. For air purifier installation in Middletown, DE, trust to our professionalism.

Contact Atlantic Refrigeration when you are thinking about improving your indoor air quality in Middletown, DE or the surrounding areas.

Why You Should Schedule Regular Commercial AC System Tune-Ups

March 6th, 2015

When the heat of the summer season hits in the Dover area, it can hit pretty hard. We are not quite at the cusp of the heat’s real arrival just yet, but this is certainly the time at which you start thinking about the way in which you will cool your commercial property in the hottest months to come. The changing of the seasons may sneak up on you, but it is vital that you do not allow the heat of summer to sneak up on your commercial cooling system. That is why Atlantic Refrigeration recommends wholeheartedly that you schedule your commercial AC system tune-up in Dover today. That way, you can count on your system being ready for whatever type of heat the summer months can throw your way.

Routine commercial air conditioning tune-ups benefit the commercial property owner in a few different ways. First of all, this is the best way in which to ensure that your commercial cooling system functions as efficiently as possible. You are going to be running your commercial air conditioner a lot throughout the summer season. If you hope to do so without suffering exorbitant commercial cooling costs, then you are wise to schedule a professional commercial AC system tune-up with a member of our staff. This gives our technicians the opportunity to thoroughly inspect your system, making any necessary adjustments to ensure that your system functions at peak performance levels. Of course, this is not the only way in which routine commercial cooling maintenance can benefit your system, nor is it the only way in which it can protect your budget.

A poorly maintained commercial air conditioning system is far more likely to suffer operational problems than one that is routine tuned up is. As your system works throughout the summer season to cool your property, it is going to incur no small amount of general wear and tear. When you fire up your system early in the following cooling season, you may find that this wear and tear has left your system vulnerable to problems and even a potential break down. Having it tuned up before putting it back into heavy use can really help you to avoid such unpleasant situations.

To do so, just dial our number. The pros at Atlantic Refrigeration are here to keep your system in excellent working order.

If you want to cool your commercial property effectively and efficiently, then you must schedule professional commercial AC system tune-ups in Dover with Atlantic Refrigeration and Air Conditioning.

Which Air Purification System Do I Need?

February 27th, 2015

In a perfect world, you wouldn’t have to worry about the pollutants that can drag down the quality of the air in your home. This is not a perfect world, though, and if you are waiting for your indoor air quality to clean itself, we don’t suggest holding your breath. Instead, dial our number and work with one of our fine air purification technicians. Not only can we help you to choose the most appropriate air purifier for your needs, but the Milford, DE air purification professionals on our staff will ensure that you get the very best performance possible from your new equipment. Here are a few tips to consider when determining which air purification system best suits your needs, courtesy of the IAQ specialists here at Atlantic Refrigeration.

First of all, know that different air purification systems are appropriate for different air quality problems. For many homeowners, using the right mechanical air filter is all that they need in order to resolve problems with airborne pollutants. Mechanical air filters are installed into your HVAC air distribution system. As air passes through the filters, a media filter traps pollutants while letting the air pass through. In some homes, though, more specialized equipment is necessary.

Electronic air purifiers are another great way in which to remove airborne pollutants from the air in your home, but they are not passive in the manner of mechanical air filters. Instead, these systems draw air into an ionization chamber. In this chamber, the pollutants within the air are given an electric charge. They are then trapped on oppositely charged collector plates. These plates are easily removed and must be cleaned from time to time. When the air leaves the ionization chamber, it is of a much higher quality and purity than when it went in. Not all pollutants can simply be removed from the with the utilization of such techniques, though.

Biological pollutants are of much concern to homeowners, as these pollutants can have seriously negative implications for one’s health and even a home itself. Mold, viruses, and bacteria all fall into this category. These living organisms must be destroyed, not simply trapped on a filter where they can continue to reproduce. With the use of a UV air purifier, which uses small amounts of UV radiation in order to destroy such pollutants, you can protect your property and the health of everyone therein from the adverse effects of such pollutants.

Schedule your air purification services in Milford, DE with the professional indoor air quality technicians on the Atlantic Refrigeration team.

Repairs a Geothermal Heating System May Need

February 20th, 2015

Geothermal systems are built to last – after all, they do have an average lifespan of up to 50 years – but that doesn’t mean they won’t ever have repair issues. There can be some concern over geothermal repairs because parts of the system are so different from more traditional heating systems, but when you hire trained experts, like the ones from Atlantic Refrigeration, you can rest assured that your geothermal heating repairs in Dover, DE, are in good hands.

Types of Repairs

Here are some of the repairs that can develop with a geothermal system:

Issues with the Heat Pump

Geothermal systems use a heat pump to transfer the heat back and forth. The heat pumps will either be water-source or ground-source, depending on the type of geothermal system you’ve installed. One of the most common problems with heat pumps is compressor issues. The compressor pressurizes the anti-freeze in the system, so problems with the compressor can create heating issues. Other issues that can develop are problems with the coils and issues with the condenser.

Scaling

There are a number of minerals in water, and sometimes these minerals can form a build-up in piping called “scale”. The ground loop of geothermal systems, and even the heat pump, can develop scale, which, if significant enough, can restrict the flow of the anti-freeze in the system. An acid flush performed by a trained professional can remove the scale build-up easily.

Ground Loop Leak

The ground loop developing a leak is one of the top concerns about geothermal systems, but it doesn’t have to be. First, leaks rarely develop and second, technicians use a specific process to pinpoint the leak location before digging. The process involves injecting non-toxic dye into the ground loop and waiting for the dye to bubble to the ground’s surface; the location of the dye on the ground’s surface indicates where the leak has developed. Once the dye appears, digging can begin and the leak can be repaired.

Geothermal systems are the most energy efficient systems available and their long lifespan can mean years of comfortable, very environmentally-friendly heating and cooling.

If you have concerns about geothermal repair in Dover, DE, call the experts at Atlantic Refrigeration today!