Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog

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

How Does Duct Testing Work?

June 22nd, 2015

Here in Dover, DE, you need every aspect of your air conditioning system to work when the summer heat starts to rise. That usually means the air conditioner itself, but in some cases, it can involve the ductwork that carries the conditioned air to the different rooms of your home. Ducts can develop clogs or breaches that can create serious problems for your system, but they’re often located in crawlspaces and other hidden locales that can be tough to reach. Duct testing is an effective ways of analyzing your ducts to determine if there are any problems and pinpoint their location. How does duct testing work? Here’s a quick breakdown. Continue Reading

Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. Supports the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware

June 19th, 2015

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware are a vital part of reaching and supporting our local youth in this community. It was with this in mind that our team here at Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. helped sponsor the Annual Irish Eyes Golf Open by participating in the Corporate Hole Sponsorship. We had a great time at the event this week and are extremely pleased that it was a success.

Our community is very important to us and we feel that the real winners here are the boys and girls that are able to take part in the programs offered by the Delaware chapter as well as the Rehoboth Club. Programs like these benefit everyone in the local area in some way, and give the participants opportunities they might not have had otherwise.

When we’re not providing amazing service to our local Rehoboth, DE community, we love taking part in events like this that enrich the lives of so many around us. Join us in thanking all that were involved and don’t forgot to show your support for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware and beyond!

Why is Short Cycling Tough on my Air Conditioner?

June 15th, 2015

With summer now here in Dover, DE, your air conditioner is put to the test once again. Heat waves and high humidity mean that you need yours to function like a pro to keep your household comfortable. Ironically, one of the more common problems with air conditioners often goes unnoticed by their users, or at best is treated as a minor nuisance. It’s called short cycling, and it takes place when your air conditioner turns on and off very quickly throughout the day. In some cases, it may shut down because it cools the air too fast, while in others it shuts down before the air is cooled. Either way, it’s very tough on your air conditioner, and a trained professional may need to take a look at it to set things right. Continue Reading

3 Benefits to Professional Air Conditioning Installation

June 8th, 2015

Homeowners often pride themselves of their self-sufficiency, and with the weather in Dover, DE turning warm, some may think that they can replace a faulty or outdated air conditioning system themselves. This is invariably a big mistake. Do-it-yourself projects are usually undertaken to save money, but air conditioners require licensed professionals with training and experience to perform properly. A well-intentioned effort to cut costs could end up hitting your pocketbook hard. Here are 3 benefits to professional air conditioning installation that you should seriously consider before proceeding with any do-it-yourself project. Continue Reading

3 Benefits of Dehumidifiers

June 1st, 2015

 

We live in Dover, DE, which means our summers come with stifling humidity as well as high levels of heat. Human beings tend to be most comfortable when the relative humidity level is between 30% and 50%. Believe us when we say that can get much higher in this neck of the woods. If you want to stay cool and comfortable this summer, you should consider installing a dehumidifier in your home to act in conjunction with your traditional HVAC system. Here are 3 benefits of dehumidifiers that you should consider if you want your home to be as pleasant as possible this summer. Continue Reading

Why Is There Frost in My Air Conditioner?

May 25th, 2015

It doesn’t sound like a big deal: frost forming on the evaporator coils of your air conditioner. AC units are supposed to create cold air, so why should frost be a big deal? Unfortunately, the frost is usually a symptom of a larger problem, and as long as that problem remains unaddressed, your air conditioner will struggle more than it should to cool your home. Dover, DE residents need their air conditioners to combat our hot and muggy summers. That frost and ice may be a harbinger of a more serious problem, so the sooner you can have it addressed the better. Continue Reading

How Is My Air Conditioning Sized?

May 18th, 2015

A new air conditioner is a significant purchase, and involves a number of considerations before pulling the trigger. You may not be aware of all of them, but they can have a serve impact on your new purchase, and require the services of a professional technician to get right. This is particularly important for residents of Dover, DE, and surrounding suburbs: facing another hot summer and requiring a new air conditioning system to function as efficiently as possible. In order to ensure that, you need to have your air conditioner properly sized to your home. By “sized” we mean the relative cooling power of your new unit, instead of the physical sized. “How is my air conditioning sized and why is that so important?” you ask. Let us provide you with a few answers. Continue Reading

What Constitutes an Air Conditioning Emergency?

May 11th, 2015

Summers here in Dover, DE are as hot and humid as they come, and when the temperature starts to spike, you need your air conditioner to function at top capacity. Unfortunately, breakdowns don’t always follow a 9-to-5 schedule, and sometimes your air conditioner runs into trouble much later than most businesses stay open. The good news is that professionals in the Dover area are on call 24 hours a day, and in the event of an emergency, they can come to your home to repair your system. But what constitutes an air conditioning emergency? At what point do you summon aid in the middle of the night and when do you simply hold on for normal business hours the next morning? It’s usually a matter of individual judgement, but here are a few guidelines to help you make the call. Continue Reading