Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog

Alleviate Asthma by Removing the Humidity

August 19th, 2018

air-contaminantsIf the worst part of summer was the sun, then being indoors all day wouldn’t be a problem. The real problem is the humidity, which can linger for hours into the night, making it hard to sleep or feel comfortable.

For asthma sufferers, though, it’s more than just discomfort. Humid air is harder to breathe than normal air, which can aggravate the usual asthma symptoms (which are bad enough already). In this post, we’ll go more into depth on what high humidity means for asthma sufferers and how you can fight back.

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3 Causes of Compressor Failure

August 6th, 2018

compressor-in-outdoor-unitAn easy way to understand the purpose of refrigerant in your air conditioner is by comparing it to blood in the body. The refrigerant flows through the AC system, changing from a gaseous state to a liquid state, and leaves your home nice and cool as a result. Without the perfect amount, the system (or body) will fail to operate properly. However, this phase change is impossible without the compressor, the component that pumps the refrigerant through the system. In this analogy, then, the compressor is the heart. Likewise, a broken compressor won’t be cheap to fix. Before it gets to the point that you need to call an AC repair service, you can first look out for the symptoms of compressor failure as explained in the causes below.

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Say Goodbye to Hot Spots in Your Home

July 23rd, 2018

couple-satisfied-with-temperature-recline-on-white-couchAre there some rooms in your home that always seem several degrees warmer than the rest of the house? Rooms upstairs and those facing the sun throughout the day usually get it the worst. In the HVAC industry, we actually have a term for those rooms: hot spots.

A basic air conditioning system won’t immediately fix hot spots, which can be frustrating. The last thing you want to do, though, is lower the AC further to try and beat the heat in those rooms. It’ll probably work, but now the other rooms in the house will be way too cold. Plus, you simply shouldn’t have to use more energy than you really want to.

There are two solutions for hot spots, one for each type of air conditioning setup: Duct and ductless systems.

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Every Modern Home Needs a Tankless Water Heater

July 9th, 2018

tankless-water-heaterIn our modern era, we demand more convenience and quicker gratification. For some, this is a bad thing. At the end of the day, though, it’s hard to resist convenience and ease of use—especially when it comes to a warm shower.

First-time homeowners and current homeowners alike should consider modernizing their home with a tankless water heater. Although tank water heaters have been serving people for decades, tankless water heaters have several benefits that are making them a favorite among homeowners.

When it comes to water heaters, the true battle is between the tank versus the tankless. Likewise, we’ll be going through this article with direct comparisons of how a tankless heater outperforms its rival.

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3 Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater

June 25th, 2018

 

water-heater-tankOvertime, as your household changes, so will the demands you put on your water heater. Everything from the amount of people in your home to their lifestyles and habits. All the while, your water heater will still be aging.

 

To keep your monthly expenses down, your water heater in Delaware should match the demands of your household, just as it was when installed. Yet, if your monthly bills show otherwise, you should check out the three signs that it’s time to update your water heater.

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How AC Maintenance Saves You Money

June 11th, 2018

air-conditioning-repairSummer’s here, and you’ll be running your AC more than ever. This also means your monthly electric bill is about to go up too. This doesn’t mean, however, you must resign yourself to paying any more than necessary. Even if your AC system is running fine, you can still reduce your monthly bill through a regular maintenance schedule. Sounds good? We’ll go through the hows and whys below to explain how investing a little in your AC system now can save you more money over the long haul.

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Does Your AC Do This? You Need Professional Repair!

May 28th, 2018

The HVAC in your house is one of the most important features for your comfort and one of the biggest investments as well. Truth is, though, even the most well-maintained and high-quality HVAC system has a life cycle of about 10 to 15 years. Just like a vehicle, your HVAC needs regular maintenance and just like with your own health, it’s easier to address a problem at Stage 1 than at Stage 4 or 5. Here are a few warning signs that mean it might be time to make an appointment for A/C repair:

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3 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool this Summer

May 21st, 2018

man-cooling-offThings are starting to heat up here in Smyrna, DE! In no time, we’ll be operating our air conditioners at full-tilt, and we’ll need to ensure that they’re working just as they should. How would you rate your home’s ability to stay cool during the summer heat and humidity?

Read on to learn about 3 important ways to keep your home cool this summer, no matter the system, and no matter the size of your home.

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Help! There’s Frost on My Air Conditioning Coils!

April 30th, 2018

frozen-ac-coilsAir conditioning season is coming, and when our summer heat waves hit, you need to be on guard for any problems with your system. Only trained professionals should attempt to diagnose (much less repair) an air conditioner. The system contains potentially dangerous chemicals, and without formal licensing any attempt at repairs could be unsafe.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t learn to spot the signs that something is wrong, then call in a repair service to take care of it. Among the more subtle symptoms of trouble is the presence of frost or ice on the coils. At first, it doesn’t sound like a big issue. After all, isn’t the air conditioner supposed to be cold? In point of face, however, frost on your air conditioning coils is a sign that you need to turn off the system immediately and call in a repair service.

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Call Air Conditioning Repair Services for Refrigerant Problems

April 16th, 2018

air-conditioning-repairAir conditioners are far more than luxuries around here when summer temperatures rise and the weather gets hot. If your system breaks down, you may be tempted to attempt repairs on the system for yourself, perhaps in order to save a little money. This is a serious mistake. Air conditioners contain potentially dangerous chemicals like refrigerant, which requires formal training and licensing to handle safely. Indeed, refrigerant problems rank among the most common issues your air conditioner may face.

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