Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog

HVAC Services You Don’t Want to Pass On This Winter

December 10th, 2018

three-checklistA question commonly asked of us is:

“When’s the best time to have a particular HVAC service performed?”

Since we’re just about to hit winter here in Delaware, we’ll approach that question by mentioning three services you should have done at this time of year.

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Common Furnace Issues You Don’t Want to Ignore

November 26th, 2018

turtle-neck-man-experiences-furnace-issuesIt begins with a sudden spike in your heating bill. Or maybe you’ve noticed some strange behavior, such as odd noises or strange operation. These are just a few of the ways that your furnace might begin showing a need for repairs. But, the sooner you spot these issues, the sooner you can get them fixed—before they turn into a full-on emergency.

We’ll keep you on top of it with a list of some common heating repair problems. If you notice any of them, don’t hesitate to call a heating repair expert in Delaware, DE to get a professional opinion. The sooner you have these problems taken care of, the better.

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A Few Tips on Maintaining HVAC Efficiency

November 12th, 2018

balancing-home-expensesInstalling an HVAC system is only half the battle. The other half is in keeping the monthly operational costs as low as possible. If that’s your goal, then we recommend doing all the research you can on HVAC efficiency.

While we’re not asking you to become a certified HVAC technician overnight, we think there’s enough good information out there to tell you the do’s and do not’s of HVAC efficiency. We’ll try to set you in the right direction with a few tips of our own:

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Choosing an Air Filter for Your Home

October 29th, 2018

woman-blowing-noseNow, don’t let this headline mislead you. Your HVAC system requires an air filter in order to protect sensitive components, such as the evaporator coil, from exposure to dust and dirt particles. However, these air filters have little to do with the overall indoor air quality in your home.

You may not have realized that a separate class of air filters exists and, if you or your family members have allergies and asthma problems, they might be just the thing to make all the difference. In this post, we’ll go over what you need to know about these kinds of air filters.

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All About Boilers

October 15th, 2018

boiler-gaugeBoilers are definitely one of the best kinds of heating systems out there, but we sometimes find that people stick with forced-air systems simply because they’ve never tried a boiler. It makes sense, because these forced-air systems are cheaper to install, and they get the job done pretty well. However, boilers in Delaware do have plenty of benefits to them that aren’t apparent. In this post, we’ll go over the basics of all things boilers.

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3 Areas of Your Water Heater to Check Before the Cold Season

October 1st, 2018

water-heaterThe cold season is approaching. If you have an air conditioner, then you know it’s nearly time to be shutting it off and switching all power to your heater.

However, that’s not the same story with your water heater. It has to work all-year-round, regardless of the season. Water heaters are often taken for granted because they perform quite well with little upkeep. In truth, there are several working components in a water heater, and many homeowners might not know just how much goes into it.

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Fall is Around the Corner: Time for A Furnace Check-Up

September 17th, 2018

technician-giving-furnace-maintenance-tune-upAccording to the calendar, fall will be arriving soon. Whether or not this is actually the case is an entirely different matter; summer seems to be working on its own schedule in the last few years. Regardless, about now is the perfect time to have your furnace looked at.

Why now? For one, any problems with your furnace can be fixed at your own leisure. You won’t have to be stuck in the cold waiting for an HVAC repair crew (who will be busy doing repairs for others). Second, if there are any serious issues, you’ll have plenty of time to budget or set aside money for the costs.

As for the other benefits, they include:

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3 Home Efficiency Upgrades for the Coming Cold Season

September 3rd, 2018

technician-working-on-radiatorIt’s only August, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be a little early to get you thinking about the cold season. After all, some stores are already putting out Halloween supplies!

We want to give you plenty of time to think about three different kinds of upgrades or modifications you could make to your existing HVAC and plumbing system. Under the right conditions, they could be perfect for saving you big through the fall and winter.

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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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