Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heating’

Leaky Ducts Can Cost You a Great Deal

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Indoor_Air_Quality_Filters_Duct_Cleaning_dreamstime_xl_31113411If you have a forced-air furnace in your home, you’re probably aware of the ducts used to transport the heated air from the furnace itself into the various rooms in your home. (The same ducts are used to convey cool air from your air conditioner in the summer.) They’re usually kept safe behind your walls, in your attic, or tucked away in similar spots. But problems can develop sometimes: leaks can spring up when bolts and seals break down, and in the worst cases, and actual breach can develop. That can be devastating during our cold winters here in Dover, DE, and leaky ducts need to be dealt with as quickly as possible when you spot them.

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Gas vs. Electric: What’s the Best Furnace for You?

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Winters are cold in Lewes, DE, and a forced-air furnace is a popular option for many homes trying to keep warm. They’re economical and easy to use, which makes them the go-to choice when installing a new system. But furnaces are further subdivided between gas-fed units and those that use electricity to run. If you’re preparing to buy a new furnace, it behooves you to understand the benefits and drawbacks that each one offers. Every home is different and the type that works best for you depends on your particular circumstances. It pays to consult with a trained expert when making your decision.

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Is the Air Not Flowing in Your Furnace?

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Here in Seaford, DE, most homes use forced-air furnaces to stay warm in the winter. Furnaces don’t use heated water or other alternate forms of heating. Rather, burners pass warm temperatures through a heat exchanger to warm the air. The heated air is then blown through your ducts with a fan. But what happens when the air doesn’t flow as swiftly as you’re used to? Now is a good time to check for low air flow in your furnace, because if it crops up, you have time to address it before falling temperatures get too cold. Only a trained technician can identify the problem, but you can do yourself a favor by shutting the system down and calling for repairs the minute you spot the signs of low air flow. Why? Here’s a quick breakdown.

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What Causes Low Heat Levels in a Furnace?

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Many homes in the Dover, DE area depend on forced-air furnaces to keep warm in the winter. They’re inexpensive and easy to operate, which makes them a safe, effective means of heating. Like any other system, however, they run into trouble from time to time, and while only a qualified service technician can correct those problems, you can still spot the signs that something is wrong. Now is a good time to do so: when you’re running your heater but still don’t have as dire a need for it as you will in a few months when the temperatures really drop. You don’t need to be an expert to spot when heating levels drop, and when the air emerging from you heater is cooler than you expect it to be. The causes for cooling air are numerous, and can include the following:

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Now it the Time to Install a New Heater

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Summer still has a few weeks left to go, but with Labor Day done, we’re going to start seeing cooler and cooler days going forward. If your heater is showing signs of fatigue and barely limped through the last cooling season, now is the time to consider a replacement. Even if it still seems to be running, an older heater could be on its way to a major breakdown sometime this winter. A new one can benefit your home in more ways than one.

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Fall is Coming: Time to Check Your Heater

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Labor Day marks the de facto end of summer, and while Dover, DE has a few more hot days ahead, fall will be here before you know it. Labor Day also makes a great marker on the calendar to take a look at your heating system and start to get it ready for the cooler months. Why? If you notice any problems, you still have time to take care of them before you need your heating system, and by making preparations now, you can ensure that your system is ready to go the moment you need it. Here’s a quick list of steps you can take!

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What to Look for in a New Furnace

Monday, March 7th, 2016

As we approach the end of winter here in Bridgeville, DE, you may be looking at the end of your furnace’s life too. When properly maintained, a furnace can last for many years, but sooner or later, every system gives up the ghost, and if you were wrestling with high monthly bills or frequent repairs with an older furnace, this off-season may be the perfect time to replace it with a new one. Planning for it now gives you the most amount of time to have it installed, leaving plenty of room to ponder your options and have it ready to go before the temperature drop next fall. Here’s a brief list of what to look for in a new furnace to give you an idea of the variables involved.

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The Difference Between Efficiency and Saving Money

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Here in this blog, we often talk about efficiency: ways to improve it in your heating and air conditioning system, and features to look for that indicate a more efficient system. You may be surprised, however, if you buy an efficient device, only to find that your bills remain the same or even go up a little more. It’s quite common and with winter still raging here in Dover, DE, it can catch people by surprise. We’ve found that understanding the difference between efficiency and saving money can be very useful, not only in helping with your heating and air conditioning purchases but with your habits once a new system is installed.

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Beware of Problems with Your Heat Exchanger

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Furnaces will run into problems from time to time, as all appliances do, and while maintenance services here in Dover, DE can reduce the incidents of repair, sooner or later, most systems end up experiencing problems. There are, of course, gradient of problem, and while some issues can be left for a day or so while you schedule a service call, one thing that can’t is a cracked heat exchanger. Why? It’s dangerous for starters, as well as seriously interfering with your heater as a whole.

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3 Alternative Forms of Heating

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Here in Dover, DE, most homes rely on traditional heating models to stay warm and cozy during the cold winter months. This usually means either a boiler (which uses pressurized steam to warm your home) or a furnace (which pushes heated air through the same series of ducts used by your air conditioner). Both are extremely effective means of warming your home and can serve you well. But they’re not the only kinds of heating system. If your home is the right fit, you might consider one of these 3 alternative forms of heating when the time comes to install a new system.

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