Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog

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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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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