Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

How Worried Should Those Furnace Noises Make You?

Monday, March 30th, 2020
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When your furnace is running during cold weather, you have a good idea of what kind of noises it makes. A modern furnace won’t make a racket, but it does create a blanket white noise of air moving through the vents. When you’re near to the HVAC cabinet, you’ll be able to hear the burners running and the noise of the blower fan and its motor.

But if your furnace is making unusual sounds, ones you aren’t accustomed to hearing, you may feel worried something is wrong. Is it an emergency that needs 24/7 services from a Smyrna, DE, HVAC contractor? Or is it maybe nothing and you’re overreacting?

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Why Is My HVAC System Unevenly Heating the House?

Monday, March 16th, 2020
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The end of the winter season is when a heating system is most likely to run into problems. After all, it’s gone through a few steady months of regular work keeping a house warm against extreme cold. If a heater had proper maintenance done in fall, it has a strong chance of making it through to the warmer weather of spring without incident. But nothing can be guaranteed, and one common trouble a house may encounter with its heating at the end of the season is uneven comfort.

When heating is uneven, parts of the house will feel colder than normal, while others may feel hotter. Yes, stuffy rooms are as much a warning as cold rooms! Something is wrong with the forced-air heating system that has created this imbalance. It may be a simple error, but in many cases you will need a professional Georgetown, DE, HVAC contractor to locate the problem and fix it.

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Furnace Age—Let’s See What Is “Too Old”

Monday, February 17th, 2020
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Unless you move out of your house, you will eventually need to replace the household furnace. No matter how well you maintain a furnace, it will start to deteriorate from age and wear. Maintenance can help it reach a long service life, but a time will come when you’ll have to make the decision that the furnace is too old and needs a replacement.

What is “too old” for a furnace? That’s the big question, and it doesn’t have a straightforward answer. Not all furnaces are identical, nor do they wear out at the same rate. In this post, we can provide details about furnace age and performance to give you an idea about when to consider a new furnace.

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A Boiler That Won’t Do the Job? Some Reasons for Bad Boiler Behavior

Monday, February 3rd, 2020
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Boilers are still around and heating homes because they offer even and effective heating that often outdoes forced-air systems like furnaces and heat pumps. The even distribution of heat is one the advantages of having a boiler in the first place.

But if you have a boiler that isn’t giving you the even heating spread you expect from it, or simply isn’t meeting the target for warmth you need to stay comfortable, you may need to call for heating repair in Delaware to get it fixed. Our HVAC technicians are experts at handling boilers, which isn’t a skill you’ll find at every heating contractor in the area. Whatever issue you’re having with your household boiler, trust that we’ll find the source of the problem and have it fixed.

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Why We Install Mitsubishi Ductless Heating and Cooling Systems

Monday, January 20th, 2020

You have so many choices for home heating and cooling products. Probably too many, and we understand why it can feel bewildering to decide on what brand is the best for your home. But when you come to our experts for ductless heating in Delaware and Maryland, we already have the right brand in mind for you: a Mitsubishi ductless heating and cooling system. As a Mitsubishi Diamond Dealer, we are specially certified to install and service Mitsubishi products. We’ve found that they offer the finest when it comes to ductless mini split systems.

Why do we believe this strongly in Mitsubishi ductless comfort solutions? There are several reasons:

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Can My Gas Furnace Become Dangerous?

Monday, January 6th, 2020
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More than 66 million homes across the country use natural gas in some way. It’s the preferred power source for kitchens and the most reliable way to provide warmth while also saving money. Yet people still have concerns about the safety of using natural gas. It’s easy to become worried when you hear about accidents with natural gas resulting in fires, explosions, or carbon monoxide poisoning.

It’s true that natural gas can become hazardous, and the gas furnace in your home does have the potential to create safety issues. However, natural gas would not be used in 66 million homes (and five million businesses) if it was a regular safety problem. Gas furnaces are constructed to operate as safely as possible. As long as you have the furnace serviced regularly—annual professional maintenance tune-ups and prompt repairs as necessary—you and your family can enjoy years of worry-free heating.

However, we recommend you read below to find out how the furnace might turn dangerous. Arming yourself with this knowledge can help you know when to call us for professional furnace service in Georgetown, DE.

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Why December Isn’t Too Late for a Heater Inspection and Tune-Up

Monday, December 9th, 2019
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Any HVAC contractor who cares about their customers’ safety and comfort recommends annual fall maintenance for household heating systems. No matter if you use a gas furnace, electric furnace, boiler, in-floor heating system, heat pump, or ductless system, it needs to have a fall tune-up and inspection from our professionals. We are the Georgetown, DE, HVAC contractor with the ideal maintenance plan to see to not only your heating needs, but your cooling needs as well.

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A Few Important Facts About Boilers (Including Yours)

Monday, November 25th, 2019
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Although furnaces are the most common type of heating system in the country, boilers are close behind them. Particularly in our area, with many homes built without a central ventilation system. Boilers provide powerful and clean heating (no dust blown around from vents) and they often outlast other types of systems.

Not all HVAC contractors in the area provide boiler services, but we do. We’d like to share a few facts with you about boilers that may help you understand yours better—and that will help you know when to call our technicians for assistance.

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Understanding Efficiency Ratings for Electric and Gas Furnaces

Monday, November 11th, 2019
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Efficiency is an important word when it comes to HVAC systems. People want to make sure they have heating and air conditioning units that waste as little energy as possible. This not only keeps utility bills lower, it’s better for the environment because it puts less strain on power plants and natural resources. The US Department of Energy has a program called ENERGY STAR to help consumers identify products with superior energy efficiency and quality features. When you’re hunting for a new heating system or other HVAC product, look for the ENERGY STAR label.

But you’ll also want to look at the actual efficiency rating of the appliance, and this can become a bit confusing because different appliances have different criteria. Sometimes, efficiency ratings can be misleading without some extra information—and this is the case with the two most common types of furnaces, gas and electric.

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Should You Replace Your HVAC System With a Heat Pump?

Monday, October 28th, 2019

You’re reading this because it’s fall and you have plans to make a big change to your HVAC system before the winter weather arrives. You’re debating about a new choice for comfort: a heat pump. Heat pumps are similar to air conditioners—they move heat from one place to another using the circulation of refrigerant. The difference is heat pumps can switch the direction they operate so they function as both air conditioners and heaters.

This sounds like a dream choice, doesn’t it? Your year-round comfort needs taken care of with a single system that can switch jobs with an adjustment of the thermostat. Of course, it can’t be that simple. And it isn’t.

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