Summer A/C Struggles?

It’s hot, y’all. Already. We all feel it, and after the barrage of spring storms, it seems that we’ve gone from one extreme to the other. As we approach triple digits, you’re relying on your air conditioner more than ever. There’s still time to reach out to our professional team for A/C maintenance, which can go a long way in ensuring you make it through the summer without issue.  

As your air 32611289_lconditioning system is working hard to combat the ever-increasing temperatures, keep an eye out for indications that the A/C is struggling. You can usually feel a difference if the air conditioner is not able to keep up with the expected cooling output, but there can be more subtle signs to watch for so that you’re not waiting for a sweltering day to realize that it’s not cooling.

Signs That Your A/C is Struggling

  • Difficulty cooling – Do you keep turning down the thermostat, hoping to feel a refreshing cool, but don’t seem to feel any difference? Or is it taking hours to change a single degree? An otherwise-strongly performing system can struggle to cool when coolant levels are low, which is a simple, inexpensive fix. However, there could be other variables causing the cooling challenges, so it’s worth having it checked out by professionals.
  • Excessive noise – Whether it’s coming from the ductwork and vents, the condenser unit, or you can’t even isolate the source, unusual noises can be an indication of loose or malfunctioning components. This can lead to bigger issues if left unaddressed. Not to mention, it’s difficult to sleep through the night with all that racket.
  • Little to no airflow – First order of business: check that air filter! Can’t remember the last time you changed it? Let’s go ahead and take care of that. When the filter has been replaced and ruled out as the issue, yet you’re still feeling very little airflow coming out of the vents, this could indicate a problem with the blower. Best to have it serviced.
  • Runs constantly – As we do get slight breaks in the heat during the evening and overnight hours (at least for now), you should be able to get through a 24-hour period with the A/C turning off at least a few times. The cooled temps should hold during this time. If your unit is running 24/7 and you’re struggling to feel cool, your system may be beyond its years or simply not at an appropriate SEER rating for the size of your property. (The current minimum SEER rating is 13, so if you’re dealing with an older unit, consider an upgrade to save on both efficiency and comfort.)

If this sounds like your air conditioning system, don’t wait another moment to call our team at Arctic Air Conditioning! Reach out at (817) 834-2829 and let our certified technicians come out and take a look.

We’ll help keep you cool throughout the summer!

It’s Spring! Time to Clean Your Indoor Air

Spring time has come around again, and that means it’s time for… Spring Cleaning! While you’re airing out your house, consider doing something to clean the air itself. Your home is your refuge from the outdoor allergens, so make sure you’re protected! Here are just a few ways you can improve your indoor air quality this Spring:

a photo of a woman blowing her noseAir Purifiers

Air purifiers are one way to keep clean air flowing through your home. They act as another layer of filtration to keep allergens from drifting around. Some can be set to oscillate in a single room, while other systems may be available to clean the air throughout your entire home. Ask a professional about your options.

Professional Duct Cleaning

Air ducts should be kept as clean as possible, but it’s especially important to have them cleaned when Spring arrives. They serve as a defense system that keeps the allergens out of your home, so call a professional to make sure they are clear of debris.

New Air Filters

Air filters are another important part of your HVAC system that need to be replaced frequently. Even if your ducts are blowing clean air, it won’t matter unless they have clean filters to blow it through. Ask your HVAC pro about new air filters to trap allergen particles.

Upgrading Your Old HVAC System

If you upgrade your HVAC system to use Energy Star compliant parts, you can get increased performance for decreased energy expenditure. These units are good for “going green“, as they have a minimal impact on the environment, and save energy — which saves you money! You might also be able to claim tax credits for switching to Energy Star.

We are available to answer questions and inspect your HVAC system. Give us a call so that we can get you all set for Spring!

Commercial HVAC Service

rooftop ventilationYour commercial property likely depends on a comfortable environment: having to close operations because your building is unbearably hot or cold can cost you valuable time and money. Utilizing a licensed commercial HVAC technician is key to getting your systems up and running while avoiding issues in the future. Here we walk through several key details of commercial heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems to help you stay on time and on target at your commercial location.

Comfortable Environment: Conducive to Business

Your restaurant, warehouse, school building, or office may be furnished with industrial equipment to keep your building habitable. Rooftop units, exhaust fans, or industrial strength furnaces and air conditioners are all within our wide range of service skills.

As commercial HVAC systems are highly complex, it is crucial that you work with a licensed HVAC technician that has specific training and experience with commercial systems. Our team of certified technicians are qualified to service all your commercial HVAC needs at competitive prices your budget will approve.

Call us at (817) 834-2829 to schedule your commercial heating and AC repairs, maintenance, and installations!

Bettering Your Indoor Air Quality

clean indoorsDo you remember the last time you changed your air filter? The air quality in your home has far-reaching implications so it is important to make sure it’s clean. In terms of public health, the EPA ranks indoor air pollution as one of the top 5 environmental threats to our well being. Here we walk through a few details of indoor air quality to help you maintain a healthy environment in your home.

Breathing Easy

The type of system that heats and cools your home will often determine the type of air purification that your home receives. Many traditional systems are fitted with an air filter that requires manual maintenance and replacement. While these filters trap hair and most dust particles, they do little to purify and clean the air. Supplemental humidifiers, UV germicidal lamps, and purifiers can be installed to complement your existing system and circulate safer air.

Indoor air quality affects everyone inside, not only those with respiratory ailments. Mold, pollen, dander, dust, and smoke can successfully be sifted out to allow you to breathe easier in your own home. Call us at 817-834-2829 to explore air purifying solutions today!

Finnicky Texas Weather

As residents of Texas, we know how finnicky the weather can be. Now that fall has come around the corner, we can expect a varying array of temperatures. Do you know how this affects your HVAC system? We go over it here. If you need repairs done, don’t hesitate to give Arctic Air a call today!

Changing Weather and Your HVAC System

Now that the temperature will start to drop, we’ll all start needing to use our heaters. Did you know that both your A/C and heater need to function properly for your heater to work? That’s because two coils in your A/C work to cool your home in hot temperatures, then switch their roles to heat it during cold ones. Luckily, with Texas’ randomly changing weather, you’ll need both functioning properly anyways.

 

Give us a call for any repairs you may need; make sure you stay comfortable this fall and winter! We offer professional services all year round.

Allergies Overview

Nothing can dampen an outdoor trip like a bad case of allergies. When they pop up, all activities suddenly become a huge burden. Have you ever wondered why they come about? If so, we have presented an overview to help you understand them here.

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Why do I get them?

Simply stated, allergies come about because of an overreaction by your immune system. It produces an antibody, known as “immunoglobulin”, that creates an inflammatory response, giving you your allergy symptoms. You actually “acquire allergies”, meaning you get them while growing up instead of during fetal formation.

What do I do about them?

To find out exactly what causes your allergies, go visit your practicing doctor; they can run one of a few tests (patch test, blood test or skin prick test) to find out exactly which allergens keep causing you problems. Afterward, they can determine the best course of treatment.

 

Did you know that air purifiers can work wonders for those who suffer from allergies? If you’d like to learn about getting an installation, give Arctic Air a call. You can talk to one of our friendly team members at (817) 834-2829.

Should You Get A Mini Duct System?

People who have just decided to add on to their home may experience dread at the thought of having to put in the time and money to install a whole new duct system. The good news? You don’t have to! A mini duct system proves an affordable & convenient alternative. It comes with a host of benefits, which we’ll go over here.

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Benefits:

  • They don’t take up a lot of space; you won’t have to do any remodeling to fit them in.
  • They have high energy efficiency; it takes almost no time at all to heat or cool the room they get installed in. Because of this, you can easily save energy by only using them when at home.
  • These ducts have a very easy installation process, which will save you time.
  • Unlike other HVAC systems, mini ducts don’t make any noticeable noise.

If these benefits sound appealing to you, you might want to consider a mini duct system for yourself. To find out more, talk to one of our qualified representatives at Arctic Air. You can reach us at (817) 834-2829.

Different Kinds Of Heating Systems

Different kinds of heating systems have been available for some time now. They all have their own unique perks. Most people do not seem to be aware of them, so to help we’ve compiled a basic overview of some of them:

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Forced Air System:

This type of system remains the most prevalent inside homes within the US. Air gets heated inside of a furnace (using some type of fuel, such as propane or gas), and then vents move that hot air throughout the house.

Radiant Heating System:

A wide range of people consider this system the best for comfortable, even heating. Generally, water gets heated in a stove that moves throughout tubing in the floors. Radiant heating (heat moving from one medium to another) then increases the house’s temperature.

Geothermal Heat Pumps:

This type of system, the newest available, has the best energy efficiency of any system because it utilizes the earth’s natural heat. It works like a refrigerator, but in reverse. Heat gets taken from beneath the earth, rather than put there.

 

If you would like any of these heating system types installed or repaired, Arctic Air Conditioning can be of service. We also offer many other HVAC options. For more information, you can reach our qualified professionals at (817) 834-2829.

Signs of a Damaged Furnace

Many people use a furnace for central heating. As with most technology, it can begin to sustain damage over time. Fortunately, there are some obvious signs to look out for to spot damage before it compounds. Here’s a quick overview:

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Malfunctioning Thermostat:

This could just be a problem with the thermostat itself; if it’s not, then your furnace is malfunctioning and needs repairs.

Unusual Sounds:

Once you’ve had a furnace for a little while, you’ll know all of the regular sounds it makes; if you hear new, unusual sounds such as grinding or screeching, it could be a loose belt, ignition failure, or problems with other components.

Heating Costs Rise:

It’s always a good idea to contact a professional whenever your heating costs spike; it’s something you need to get to the bottom of. Oftentimes it will be because of a malfunctioning furnace.

Poor Indoor Air Quality:

An old or malfunctioning furnace can send dust and mold flying throughout your house. These can affect those with allergies, causing skin/eye irritation, coughing, wheezing, etc. If these symptoms suddenly appear with everyone in the household, your furnace might be to blame.

 

Keep these things in mind when assessing the health of your furnace. Here at Arctic Air Conditioning, we offer furnace repair alongside a host of other HVAC services. For more information, please give us a call at (817) 834-2829.

4 Signs Your A/C Needs To Be Repaired

It may seem far away, but summer will be back around in no time; you’re going to want your air conditioner in perfect working order. It’s better to keep on top of repairs, rather than wait for your A/C to give out completely. Here are 4 signs that you need to call in an HVAC technician:

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1- Water pools under it:

Water builds up in the A/C; the drain pipes are supposed to move it out. When they break or malfunction, water builds up under the unit. Any time you see this, call an HVAC technician for repairs.

2- Airflow starts to get blocked:

When this happens, generally the blower fan has stopped working properly. If you notice reduced airflow, call in for repairs. If the fan is working fine, have them check the ducts for blockages.

3- You hear unusual noises:

After you’ve been around your air conditioning system for a while, you’ll know all it’s regular sounds. When a new one pops up, it’s a good idea to have it checked out.

4- Odd smells come from the unit:

A burning rubber or electrical odor coming out probably indicates over-heating. A musty scent could be a biological growth. Either of these should be taken care of immediately.

 

These are just some of the things to look out for when considering the health of your air conditioning system. Here at Arctic Air Conditioning, we offer A/C repairs and a host of other services. For more information, give us a call at (817) 834-2829.