Atlantic Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Indoor Air Quality’

Which Indoor Air Quality Products Work Best for Me?

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Indoor air quality plays as much of a role in the comfort of your Dover, DE house as temperature control. Indeed in many ways they are interconnected, since high humidity levels, dust and similar IAQ issues can severely affect your heating and air conditioning systems. There are a number of different IAQ produces that we can install in your home, but not all of them do the same job, and the one you install needs to fit your particular circumstances. Here’s a quick breakdown of a few of the most popular products, with some suggestions on which homes they might work best for.

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Protect Your Home Against Allergens

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Dover, DE gets its share of humidity in the summer, and that means allergens come out to play. If you or a family member suffers from allergies, this can be a devastating time of the year, with pollen, bacteria and other creepy-crawlies making your life miserable. Your home should be a haven against allergens, but you can’t help but let some in every time you open a door or a window. What’s to be done? Luckily, there are a number of solutions to be had. Some of which can be implemented very easily, while others require a trained technician to install new equipment in your home. But all of them will help you and your family breathe a little easier this summer. Let’s break them down for you. 

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3 Reasons to Install an Energy Recovery Ventilator

Monday, February 29th, 2016

If you live in Milford, DE, you know how tough it can be to keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Our weather has plenty of ups and downs, and the trick for more homeowners is to keep their homes as insulated against those variations as they can. An energy recovery ventilator – a pair of ducts connected to a heat exchanger, which swaps out stale air in your home with fresh air from the outside – makes a powerful weapon in that fight. It can be hard to understand what an energy recovery ventilator (or ERV) can do for you in this situation. Here are three handy tips to help explain the benefits that a good system can provide.

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Indoor Air Quality Products Make for a Healthier Home

Monday, January 11th, 2016

If you or someone in your family suffers from a condition like asthma, you know how important indoor air quality can be. Winters in Dover, DE lead to dry air – enhancing the chances of an asthma attack – while spring and summer bring high humidity and increased pollen count that can be just as bad. Your home should be a haven from those kinds of irritants, and with the installation of the right indoor air quality products. We’re provided a list of several below that you may want to consider.

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Avoid High Heating Bills This Christmas

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Dover, DE gets its share of snow and ice every Christmas, and with relatives coming over for the holiday season, your heater is apt to see a lot more use than it might otherwise. You never want to deal with faulty heating systems when you’re preparing a Christmas dinner or welcoming friends and family into your home, which is why now is the perfect time to cut down on those high heating bills. The steps you take today could make a big difference tomorrow, and ensure that high bills won’t put a pinch on your holiday cheer. Here’s a few tips on how to avoid high heating bills this Christmas.

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Energy Recovery Ventilators Improve Your Home’s Efficiency

Monday, November 16th, 2015

With winter on the way in Dover, DE, homeowners needs to consider every option in keeping their houses as energy efficient as possible. The better your home can retain its warm air – or cool air in the summertime – the more money you save on monthly energy bills and the less strain you put your heater and air conditioner under. There’s plenty of simple steps to improve your home’s energy efficiency, but one you might not have considered is an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) placed in your attic. We’re provided a quick outline of how it all works.

Ventilation without Loss of Temperature

The central purpose of an energy recovery ventilator is to swap out the stale air in your home with fresh air from outside, without losing the warmth (or coolness) your heater or air conditioner have worked so hard to provide. This is true year ‘round, but bears especial importance in the winter, when we shut out homes up tight to retain the heat. All of that stale air can force your heater to work harder to do its job – lowering humidity to unacceptable levels and forming a breeding ground for germs and bacteria to circulate endlessly. An ERV fixes that by linking two vents – one blowing fresh air in and the other blowing stale air out – to a heat exchanger in your attic. The air doesn’t co-mingle, but the heat exchanger pulls the heat out of the outgoing air and into the ingoing air.

What You Can Expect

As a result of this exchange, your air is refreshed and yet your household temperature remains the same. Even better the load on your heating system is reduced considerably, which means it doesn’t need to run as long to retain the warm temperatures in your home. Your monthly rates go down and your system doesn’t suffer from as much of a risk of a breakdown.

Atlantic Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Inc. installs and services energy recovery ventilators.

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3 Upgrades for Your Air Conditioner This Fall

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Fall is officially here and that means your air conditioner will soon be taking a break for a few months while your heater takes over the duties of keeping your warm. That makes it the ideal time to consider changes and upgrades to your system to help it perform more effectively. Here in Dover, DE, there are a number of upgrades for your air conditioner you can consider this fall. They will help your system last longer and perform more efficiently, saving you money on monthly bills in the process. Here are three of them to consider.

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Why Do I Need a UV Air Purifier?

Monday, September 7th, 2015

If your family has recently added a newborn baby, you might have heard about UV air purifiers to elevate the level of cleanliness in your Dover, DE home. The same holds true for family members with asthma or similar lung conditions, or for elderly family members. Like newborns, they may have a decreased immune system, leaving them more vulnerable to colds, viruses and other infections. A UV air purifier makes a stalwart line of defense, and even if your family members are all healthy as horses, the system can be a good investment. How do they work and why would you need one? We’ve provided a quick outline below.

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How Does Relative Humidity Affect Home Comfort?

Monday, August 31st, 2015

We live in Dover, DE, which means we’re no strangers to high humidity in the summer and low humidity in the winter. They can have a huge effect on your indoor air quality, almost as much as your air conditioner or heater. Indeed extreme humidity levels on both ends of the scale can force your HVAC system to work harder than it should, and increase the chances of a breakdown in the future. How does relative humidity affect home comfort? We’ve provided a quick breakdown below.

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3 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Monday, July 13th, 2015

No one likes to breathe dusty dirty air, and high humidity levels can create a gross clammy feeling in your home, as well as making the air feel warmer than it actually is. Dry air can cause your skin to itch and give you a nasty shock with static electricity, while germs and bacteria can spread illness and disease through your home. All of these are issues of indoor air quality, and while homeowners in Dover, DE, often focus on raising or lowering the temperature with their HAVC systems, IAQ can has just as much of an impact on the comfort of your household. The good news is that there are ways to improve your indoor air quality with the help of a professional technician. We’ve listed three of them below. Which one works best for you depends on your specific needs.

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