Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

Choosing an Air Filter for Your Home

Monday, 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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Alleviate Asthma by Removing the Humidity

Sunday, 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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Install a Dehumidifier to Fight Muggy Air

Monday, August 7th, 2017

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Delaware summers mean high temperatures and lots of rain, and this summer is new exception. Most homeowners focus quite rightfully on air conditioning in such circumstances, and a good AC is likely the most important part of your home in the summer. But air conditioners are built to deal with heat, not humidity, and while they can cut down on the mugginess in your home, it’s often more of a side effect than an intended action.

Whole-house dehumidifiers, on the other hand, can remove excess moisture in your home the right way, as well as providing a number of other advantages. Here’s a quick breakdown on how they work and what they can bring to your home.

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Can Your Home Benefit from an Energy Recovery Ventilator?

Monday, July 10th, 2017

ERV-energy-efficiencySummer is here, and that means high temperatures hitting us relentlessly for the next few months. Your air conditioning system is going to be put to quite a test, as it is every summer. You’re usually going to have to pay more in monthly costs for air conditioning during the summer, since your system will need to run for longer periods of time. But just because you’re paying more doesn’t mean you should pay more than is necessary. Timely upgrades to your existing system can help you cut down on those high costs, and provide other benefits to the air conditioner as well.

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The Benefits of a Dehumidifier

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Indoor_Air_Quality_Filters_Duct_Cleaning_dreamstime_xl_20144812We’re still digging ourselves out after last week’s big blizzard, which hopefully marks the end of our winter. Temperatures are expected to be cool for a bit longer, but soon enough they’ll warm up and with them comes a marked increase in humidity levels. You likely have an air conditioner in your home to handle the hot and muggy weather of the summer. But you might also consider installing a whole-house dehumidifier to handle the humid air in your home. It can make a huge difference not only in your home comfort levels, but in the performance of your air conditioner as well.

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UV Air Purifiers Help Cut Down on Winter Colds

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Indoor_Air_Quality_Filters_Duct_Cleaning_894326_54591782-meUV stands for ultraviolet, a spectrum of light we can’t see. But we can often feel it when we go out in the sunshine: it’s what causes our skin to tan and burn. At lower levels, UV lights or blacklights are a common fixture at rock concerts, and in dark rides at amusement parks. They interact with chemicals in your laundry detergent to make your white clothes appear to glow in the dark. But UV lights can do more than just provide amusements or help your tan at the beach. They can form a very powerful weapon against germs and colds.

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Stop Winter Colds with a UV Air Purifier

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Winter colds are a constant problem in the Dover, DE area, and chances are you or your family have already experienced the misery they can bring. Colds are common in the winter for a number of reasons, but luckily, there’s an easy way to help cut down on them – and other types of illnesses to boot. A UV air purifier installed in your furnace ducts could be just the thing to shut them down.

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Have You Thought about an Energy Recovery Ventilator?

Monday, December 5th, 2016

With winter on its way in the Bridgeville, DE area, homeowners will be looking for any advantage they have to keep those energy bills down. There’s a number of ways you can do so, ranging from turning the thermostat down to a wholesale replacement of your heater. In between that, there are a number of upgrades you can perform to augment your HVAC system. We’d like to talk about a specific upgrade today, one which can make a huge difference in your home’s efficiency in winter and summer alike. It’s called an energy recovery ventilator. Here’s a quick breakdown on how it works. 

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Beware of Dry Air In Your Home

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Relative humidity levels in the air need to stand somewhere between 30% and 50% for most human beings to be comfortable. That doesn’t happen much in the winter here in Lewes, DE. As the temperature falls, the ambient moisture in the air coalesces into droplets (and eventually ice if it gets cold enough), leaving the air itself much drier as a result. It can be a huge problem in your home if you let it. Luckily, there’s an easy solution: a whole-house humidifier installed by an expert.

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5 Qualities of Top-Notch Emergency Repair Services

Monday, October 24th, 2016

No one likes to consider an emergency call to treat a refrigerant  leak, heating malfunction or similar problem. Bt such problems do arise and when they do, you can’t always afford to wait. A number of services in the Lewes, DE area offer emergency repair services, able to arrive 24/7 and correct any problem you may have. But how to you know you have the correct service? A quick rundown of qualities to look for can help:

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